The Boston Tea Party: 12/16/1773
December 16, 2013 marked the two hundred and fortieth anniversay of an event that was a key factor that led to the American Revolution. The issue? Taxation without Representation. Today, we see the same problem in our schools. See Common Core: Education without Representation. And we see that Americans can vote to tax their fellow Americans more, but aren't taxed themselves. This is called "Representation without Taxation."
Today's Taxed Eough Already (TEA) Party movement took its name from the original Boston Tea Party. I remember Rick Santelli's famous rant that launched the movement back in 2009. If you missed it, here's the link.
Here's the link to the article titled "The Boston Tea Party 1773," which begins:
"Victory in the French and Indian War was costly for the British. At the war's conclusion in 1763, King George III and his government looked to taxing the American colonies as a way of recouping their war costs. They were also looking for ways to reestablish control over the colonial governments that had become increasingly independent while the Crown was distracted by the war. Royal ineptitude compounded the problem. A series of actions including the Stamp Act (1765), the Townshend Acts (1767) and the Boston Massacre (1770) agitated the colonists, straining relations with the mother country. But it was the Crown's attempt to tax tea that spurred the colonists to action and laid the groundwork for the American Revolution."
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