Today, throughout America, modern-day revolutionaries are quiety scattering tea bags around state capitals in a mass protest more akin to weekend suburbanites mulching their front lawns than the Boston Tea Party of 1773.

Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist visited one such party today in Washington's Lafayette Park before setting Washington Post readers straight on the significance of the tea party movement sweeping the nation.

When Norquist talked with Big Think last year, long before the announcement of Obama's $787 billion stimulus that has inflamed taxpayer passions, he described tax increases as "the central issue that divides the parties."

The big problem with these little tea parties is that they are really lame. They don't exhibit the passions of pre-Revolutionary Boston, more like the whinings of a political party stuck in the past. Here's Paul Krugman describing how useless it is for Republicans to think they can reinvigorate their party with a few packages of Lipton following a free, Democratic election.