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Why Did We Select the TeePee for the TP? 
A Native American can take just so much crap like this before he finally goes
looking for political scalps.

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A teepee instead of a tea bag for the tea parties?  It's simple, really.
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As we've mentioned elsewhere, this whole tea party business which has of late been rumpling some parts of America reminds us here at the magazine of what the Indians went through.  Yes, we know it is politically incorrect to refer to them in this way, but when one dives into paleoanthropology one sees maps that show that humanity got here from there. One of the founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson perhaps, or maybe Washington -- found stones inscribed with Hebrew characters in "Indian burial mounds" in -- was it Iowa?  Well, it wasn't called Iowa, then, was it?  But somewhere up there.
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Anyway, wherever they came from, when they got here, they ate the last Wooly, then Columbian Mammoths, if there were any left, then
headed in the direction of the nearest buffalo.  (There's a buffalo ranch south of Forest Grove, Oregon in the Tualatin Valley. You can buy buffalo steaks and find out for yourself why the Indians liked that kind of meat.)
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Some of these early native settlers built housing out of the trees that to this day prosper in the Pacific NW.  Others moved on and set up residences in the Great Plains.  It is these residences that caught our eye when we were thinking about the tea party logo.  The Sioux and the Cheyenne.  The Blackfoot and the Crow.  These people and their sub-groups and clans, made up the great tribes of this land.  Their war bonnets and their teepees came to symbolize them.  These were warriors who prior to the arrival of the Europeans fought battles over land with their genetic brothers.  Their tribal borders sagged this way and that as these conflicts were waged.  If you liked good fishing and hunting, it was a pretty good life.
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A turn in the way of things
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Through all that's happened since, that tent has remained a symbol for people of courage who lived free and in tune with the parameters of nature. 
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And, now we have the tea parties. These folks are upset by the European socialists who have brought their fatal political disease to the New World.  Collective ownership of the assets of the nation.  Professors of Propaganda in our schools and universities.  And, now comes Obama and Friends.  They were the last straw.  The horrible George W. Bush has an average unemployment rate in the six percent category, then the Progressive Savior spends trillions of dollars borrowed from the slaves of Mao to build fifty-nine road signs singing the praises of the job-growth in the road sign sector -- and on, and on and on.  The national car goes into a deep ditch, and they blame the driver who last had the wheel a hundred and fifty miles back down the road.
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Obama, indeed, was the last straw.  Woodrow Wilson, Teddy and Franklin, plus the Hippy Sixties were irritating, but didn't bring the warriors out into the street.  That took Obama.  Socialized medicine, trillion-dollar public works boondoggles, kissing the ring fingers of every despot on the planet and then announcing the "summer of recovery?"
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A Native American can take just so much crap like this before he finally goes looking for political scalps.
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So, for the tea parties, we picked the symbol of the last Americans who loudly objected to being robbed and raped by European invaders.  We picked the teepee.
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(Added thought on September 20:  The recent primary results indicate that there are a great many natives who share the tea party tent.  Added thought on November 20: The recent mid-term results not only indicate, but also prove, the point.  Tea Party tribes poured out of their teepee and have   re-taken most of their ancestral lands.  It was a massacre !!  The predicted Mayan end-of-the-world prophecies for 2012 may be political in nature. )
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One final point
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We have pondered long and seriously about the Indians in past years, and have come to one unusual conclusion about that subject.  It seems to us that if caucasian Christian pilgrims hadn't come to North America, the world would be very different, today.  Our wins in both world wars were based on the resources and industrial capacity the descendants of those colonists found and developed, here.
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Which brings up another odd thought.  Liberals like to talk about reparations quite a lot.  We have one in mind, as well.  The federal government "owns" somewhere around a quarter of the land in the United States of America.  Maybe it's 20%.  Maybe it's 30%.  Whatever the percentage is, we're not using it.  What would happen if we gave a great big chunk of it back to the previous owners?  (Native Americans are not the first people to live here.  Look up "clovis point" and you will see who actually were the original humans to inhabit North America. They went extinct, died off, before the Indians arrived.) 
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God knows how many taxpayer dollars are spent "taking care" of those millions of "government" acres.  It would be fascinating to see what the Indians would do with all that land.
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                                 --  LL/OrMag
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Postscript 9/15 -- Some readers have asked for proof I have the professional skills to suggest a logo design.  Click on this link  Alaska Airlines   and you will read that proof.  The logo you see there is known around the world.
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