Being someone who can identify with the Tea Party movement, there was a time that I was offended at the term "teabagger". After all, we all know what an intended deragatory term this is. However, after reviewing the history of the song "Yankee Doodle Dandee" I think that I may change my mind.
As a term "Doodle" first appeared in the early 17th century, and is thought to derive from the German term dudel or dodel, meaning "fool" or "simpleton". The verse, "stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni", implied that the Yankees were so unsophisticated that they thought simply sticking a feather in a cap made them the height of fashion. However, Americans later embraced the song as their own, turning it back on those who had used it to mock them.
So how about it conservatives? Should the party be renamed "Teabaggers"? After all, the paralles are obvious. Those in the movement are largely unsophisticated compared to that of their ruling elitists in Washington. So as they cling to their "guns and Bibles" perhaps they will continue to rise up and fight the distant European-like government that has invaded their shores?