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The Boston Tea Party still matters

On December 16, 1773 roughly 200 men, some dressed like Indians, boarded three ship in the Boston Harbor and dumped 342 crates of tea in the water.  It was an act of protest against the draconian policies of an oppressive government.  It was a liberty loving people standing up for the right to be heard and the right to have their grievances addressed by the British Parliament.  The main grievance was taxation without representation.  Even though the British lowered the duty on tea, the colonists believed that by accepting the tea under these conditions, they would be admitting that Britain had the right to tax them without representation.  What many do not know is that the colonists made numerous attempts to have their message heard by the British Parliament.  They even attempted to persuade the three ships to leave the harbor peaceably without offloading their cargo.  It was only after rumors began to circulate throughout Boston that there was going to be an attempt to offload the tea that colonist felt compelled to act.  The rest as they say is history.

Why does the Boston Tea Party still matter today?

It matters because liberty matters.  Without liberty we are nothing.  There will always oppressive governments trying to steal away the liberties of their citizens.  They will use smoke and mirrors, scare tactics, and a variety of techniques to legislate or regulate liberties away.  The colonists of Boston had the courage to stand up for liberty.  They stood up against an oppressive force and sent the powerful message of “no more” to the British.  Today we have a government that infringes on the individual liberties of its citizens on a daily basis.  Our elected officials operate beyond the the scope and strict limitation placed on them by the constitution.  At no other time in American history has the individual citizen’s life been so regulated by the federal government.  Freedom has all but become an illusion.

I sometimes wonder if the day will come when we the people will find the courage to stand up for liberty and our constitution.  Will we see a day when we the people actually fire our elected officials for not supporting or defending our constitution?  I ask myself this question all the time.  What will it take to get people motivated enough to embrace the constitution again?  How long do we have as a nation if we continue to allow our elected representatives and our President to operate outside of the scope of their limited powers?  My guess is not very long.  This is why the spirit of the Boston Tea Party still matters today; because liberty matters.  As i said without liberty we are nothing.  With liberty the sky is the limit.  This is why we must continue to fight for liberty each day.  The day we stop fighting for liberty is the day we become subjects again.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

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  • Infidel de Manahatta December 16, 2011 at 4:40 AM

    It’s a good thing MSNBC wasn’t around then. “Racist tea partiers protest against British of color.”

    But seriously our so called freedom today is an illusion. The government tells us what light bulbs to use, what temperature to set our thermostat etc etc. The only thing left is to issue permits when people want to travel, just like in the old Soviet Union. And that will probably happen here (all in the name of preventing “climate change.”
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    • John Carey December 16, 2011 at 6:40 AM

      It absolutely astounds me just how much liberty we have surrendered. Think about how much of our daily lives are managed by federal or state regulations each day. I don’t think this was the founders idea of liberty.
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    • Silverfiddle December 16, 2011 at 7:19 AM

      They also would have criticized them for trying to blame it on Native Americans…
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  • Steve Dennis December 16, 2011 at 5:09 AM

    Great post John. I ask myself the same question all the time also. When are Americans going to say enough and enough and realize that the government doesn’t provide us with our freedoms, we provide the government with its?
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  • theCL December 16, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    When are Americans going to say enough [is] enough …?

    I’m tough on conservatives because of this very question. A related question I often ask is, “When did conservatives learn to love the state?” In less than 100 years, the American right has gone from “Our Enemy, the State” to “National Greatness.” Today’s conservative represents a radical philosophical departure from both American and conservative movement traditions.

    Going back further in history, the original Tea Party was a radical act by British citizens against their own government – a government, mind you, that was far less expensive and intrusive as today’s US federal government. We’re Americans, not British, thanks to these brave men. But how many conservatives are willing to go out on a limb to stand up for liberty today?

    Virtually none.

    Contra the original Tea Party, today’s Tea Partiers are quickly lining up in support of statists who advocate(d) everything Tea Partiers claim to be against. Why? Simply because they wear an ‘R’ on their lapel (so much for the revolution, eh?). Then in the name of “war, oh glorious war,” they readily accept police state tactics, a president who wields more power than King George III himself had ever dreamed of, and Keynesian economic theory sold with a “conservative” twist.

    And that right there is the real problem with the wars … As long as politicians claim x is required to fight the war, conservatives will support x. As long as said politician aggressively supports the wars, their domestic agenda and philosophy of government does not matter. Thus war allows politicians to get away with whatever they want … because, like you know, anyone who is skeptical of said politician’s intentions is an “unAmerican whacko!”

    In other words, today’s conservatives act not like the Patriots of 1776, but exactly like the Tories. Is that really the side you want to take? Think about it. Because nothing will change in this country until conservatives start thinking for themselves and changing on an individual basis. Everything else is just an exercise in unsatisfactory masturbation.
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    • John Carey December 17, 2011 at 8:59 AM

      Wow CL! Your comment should be a post. Very excellent analysis and it overflows with truth. I was just talking to RHM the other day about this same topic. Nothing is going to change until conservatives take a good hard look at themselves and decide the type of conservative they are. If they are big government conservatives who have no problem with government centrally planning our economy, regulating our lives, and basically interfering in our daily activities then Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are the candidates for you. If you desire limited government, an end to perpetual war, a free market economy, and the enforcement of our constitution, then you should be looking towards Ron Paul. Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and Michele Bachmann fall somewhere in the middle of both. The key is nothing will change until we change. And so far…well we’re just not willing to take that big of a step.
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