Sons of Liberty: The Tea Party Movement

T2AR: The Second American Revolution, Part 3

The Tea Party movement that began in 2009 took its name from a famous chapter of American history – The Boston Tea Party. That famous act of civil disobedience was the culmination of the heavy hand of King George and a Parliament imposing oppressive taxation upon a hard working people.

In the late 1760’s, King George sent 40,000 British troops to America to assist his tax collectors. In 1770, British soldiers fired on a group of unarmed colonists in Boston who were throwing snowballs at them. Five colonists were killed in what became known as The Boston Massacre. As penalty for the murders, two soldiers had their thumbs branded with a hot iron. While some taxes were repealed, the Townsend Act that imposed a tax on tea, remained.

In 1773, fifty members of the Sons of Liberty, dressed as Indians, boarded British ships and tossed 342 chests of tea into the harbor. One of these rebels was Paul Revere and their action became forever known as The Boston Tea Party. Historians point to this act as the catalyst to the American Revolution.

Conservative Americans in 2009 took their name from the Sons of Liberty and their famous act of frustration with their government. But then as now, many Americans did not share their views. Many of the colonists, known as Loyalists, sided with King George and were appalled at the lawbreakers. Some offered to pay for the damage. Like their predecessors, Tea Party members have accused of being nuts, racist, haters, and worse. Their support is far from universal.

The similarities of 1773 to 2011 are striking. Instead of comprehending why the colonists were frustrated with his existing taxes, King George responded by imposing even more taxes on the colonies. The new acts of hostility towards his colonies came to be known as The Intolerable Acts and pushed the colonists closer to war.

President Obama has ignored the pleas of millions of Americans who openly protest high taxes, wasteful spending and excessive borrowing. Like King George, Obama has proposed higher taxes on “millionaires and billionaires” as his response.

In 1774, all of the American colonies except Georgia sent representatives to Philadelphia to determine how to respond to The Intolerable Acts. This gathering was called the First Continental Congress.

SEE ALSO:
T2AR: The Second American Revolution, Part 2
T2AR: The Second American Revolution, Part 1 

(Robert J Cristiano PhD is the Real Estate Professional in Residence at Chapman University in Orange, CA, Senior Fellow at The Pacific Research Institute and President of the international investment firm, L88 Investments LLC. He has been a successful real estate developer in Newport Beach California for thirty years.)

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