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It’s about the Tea Party

Not this tea party…

Or this…TeaParty

Or this…TeaSet

I’m talking about this Tea Party

December 16, 1773, in Boston, Massachusetts, a small group of colonists, (perhaps America’s first revolutionists) dressed as Mohawk Indians, boarded three ships anchored in the Boston harbor and over the course of three hours, dumped their tea cargo overboard. Those darned insurrectionist colonists!

What was that all about? Honestly, it’s not a lot different than some of the same things we face today – Taxation without Representation. Oh sure, we have elected officials in high office, but between you and me. I don’t feel very represented.

The original tea party was nothing more than a Tax Revolt lead by colonist Sam Adams. It was about the Tea Tax, which had been enacted by Parliament and signed off on by King George in May of 1773.  The point of the Tax was literally to save the financially troubled East India Trading Company – possibly the first government bailout. Funny thing about the Tea Tax – it didn’t raise the price of tea. To the contrary, it actually saved the colonists about a shilling per pound over the Dutch tea being smuggled into the colonies.  The point was this taxation without representation thing. It was about moving towards independence from British rule.

There’s enough history about the Boston Tea Party that I’m not going to fill this blog with information readily available with a quick Google.  I just wanted to commemorate the event that pushed us closer to the American Revolution.  The freedoms we know today were born on 342 crates of tea dumped into the Boston Harbor that December 16th, some 237 years ago.

The Tea Party of today took it’s name from this historic event.  Although many of the principles and goals of the group differ from the original colonists, the fundamental concept of freedom from a tyrannical government is at the foundation of today’s movement.

Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. ~John Adams in a letter to John Taylor, April 15, 1814