The Great Boston Tea Party
On December 16, 1773 in the Boston harbor we the American people had a tea party – a group of Massachusetts Patriots upset over several issues organized that first tea party. They were protesting the monopoly on American tea importation. What had happen was the East India Company was given a monopoly on American tea importation. In protest a group of Americans dressed up like Indians and boarded the British ships and threw the cargo over board into the Boston Harbor.
The Tea Act (May 10, 1773) adjusted import duties in such a way that the East India Company could undersell even smugglers in the colonies. It had it’s origin in Parliament’s effort to rescue the financially weakened East India Company so as to continue benefiting from the company’s valuable position in India.
About midnight, Samuel Adams and a small group of Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians boarded the ships and jettisoned the tea. There were 342 chests of tea on three tea ships that they threw into the harbor. All this act did was to confirm to Parliament that Massachusetts played a key role as the core of resistance to British rule.
The East India company selected consignees in Boston, New York, Charleston, and Philadelphia, and shipped 500,000 pounds of tea across the Atlantic in September. The first tea ship, the Dartmouth, reached Boston November 27, 1773 and two more arrived shortly thereafter.
Charleston, New York, and Philadelphia refused to accept the tea shipments. But in Boston, the chosen merchants (including two of Governor Thomas Hutchinson’s sons as well as his nephew) were going to accept the tea. Samuel Adams and his group demanded that the tea be sent back to England with the duty unpaid. The Patriot groups led by Adams tried to persuade the consignees and then the governor to accept this approach. On December 16, a large meeting at the Old South Church was told of Hutchinson’s final refusal not to send the tea back to England.
Meanwhile, several mass meetings were held as tensions mounted with the introduction of the Coercive Acts of 1774. this move was intended to punish the colony in general and Boston in particular, both for the Tea Party and for the pattern of resistance it exemplified.
This act of rebellion did not accomplish much but it did make a statement to the British governments. Here we are 240 years later, again we are faced with unjust laws – the question before the house is do we organize a legal protest? If so what? To do anything illegal would make us just as bad as the members of our government who are making these unjust laws.
Our Constitution tells us that even the members of the government are to live under the laws of the land, that they have no special advantage over the governed. We have “A Constitutional Republic” as our form of government. As a constitutional republic each citizen is required to follow the laws of the land, no exceptions, we are all equal under the law.
On November the 14th of this year, the President of the United States by executive order changed the way the hearth care law was written which was not legal according to our constitution. If this was not bad enough, not one member of the Congress or the Senate said a word. What perplexes me is why the Congress and the Senate allows the president to issue these illegal executive orders? This president on his own has issued more executive orders then all the presidents before him. Most of these were illegal and not a word from the other branches of government. Why?
Our constitution calls for three branches of government, not one. Our forefathers fought a war with England for the freedom to live under a “A Constitutional Republic”. Over the years little by little we have relinquished many of our right’s under the constitution to self interests. Because of this we are now reaping the destructive results of these poor decisions.
Our forefathers fought a war so we could live as free men. But what is happening in Washington now is leading to a one man rule. In fact, if this trend is not stopped we could lose our freedoms and become like many of the third world countries. And we will be living under a dictatorship.
I started this paper speaking about the First Tea Party in Boston in the year 1773. Samuel Adams and a small group of Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians led the first party. I have a question for you, the reading public: where are the modern-day Sons of Liberty?
We don’t see an outcry from our elective officials, the ones we sent to Washington to protect our interests. For the most part they spend their time just making sure they get reelected. Look at what has been happening with the legislative members that are up for reelection in 2014. These representative are becoming afraid of losing their seat in congress so they are now speaking against this modern one man rule. My question is where were they when he was stomping on the constitution? It only became important to them when it may have caused them to lose their place at the top.
I will leave you with this last thought, will it take a New Tea Party to give us back the ….
“The Constitutional Republic” our founding fathers fought for, Think about that!
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