Bringing the Spirit of 1773 Back to Boston

Planning Central for the Boston Tea Party Protests

About 03/03/2009

In 1770, England placed a tax on tea that was sold in the American colonies.  The issue of “taxation without representation” angered the colonists, who began to smuggle tea into the New World to avoid the taxes.  Tea sales dropped by approximately 70% as early Americans boycotted the product.

Three years later, the East India Trading Company, with an excess of tea and facing bankruptcy, persuaded the Crown to allow it – and only it – to sell tea in the colonies without the tax.  Furious tea merchants, who could not compete with the East India Company’s prices due to their favourable treatment by the English government, revolted.  Colonists, angered by the taxes and then the callous actions of the Crown, joined in to protest the de facto monopoly.

The colonists tried, unsuccessfully, to prevent East India’s ships from reaching the harbour and docking.  On 16 December 1773, a group of four dozen revolutionaries, disguised as Native Americans, boarded the East India Company’s ships in Boston Harbour and threw 342 boxes of tea overboard.  The Boston Tea Party protested the taxation imposed on the colonies, the lack of representation in a remote and unresponsive government, and an instrusion into private commerce.

A government need not prohibit a certain man from going into business to ensure that he cannot be in it; nor it need grant a monopoly by law in order to create one. It does not need to prohibit members of a certain political party from gaining office in order to hinder their efforts.

The “stimulus” bill and TARP subsidise some favoured companies, banks, and people at the expense of those that the government does not take as kindly to.  Any company whose cost of doing business decreases is given an advantage over its competitors, not on the basis of excellence or ingenuity, but on the basis of favourable government treatment – bought and paid for by its competitors and the American people. Less costly and more ingenious ideas, rather than pushing the American economy forward, will be sidelined as the government artificially lowers the cost and increases the resources given to more expensive and less effective business models, inventions, and ideas.

A well-meaning attempt to discount the cost of a mortgage blocks tax-paying renters from the homeownership market by giving their tax money to mortgagees and  driving up the cost of housing.

Government funding to media outlets ensures that the marketplace of ideas will never flourish, but will be dominated by newspapers and TV shows that find favour with the current administration.  Americans no longer have the option to boycott a particularly odious news source or business: their tax dollars force them to subscribe.

Against this, we protest.

 

4 Responses to “About”

  1. ron villareale Says:

    Bravo. Found your site on Patriots for America. Please pass this to other Massachusetts members of yours and ask them to join the MA state group. Let all work together.

    http://patriotsforamerica.ning.com

  2. I’ll put Patriots for America in my “links” section. :)

  3. Patrick Says:

    I was there an taped the event. I used up three tapes each of which hold an hour of footage. I got every speaker and ended with the gentleman giving the speech from the Ayn Rand Institute.
    As soon as the footage is compiled and edited I will be posting it online, through Blip.tv and I’ll also make a Blogger site for the footage too.
    If someone wants to contact me about the footage, feel free: patrick@matv.org

  4. marsha Says:

    Someone told me that you guys did some tea dumping on 9-12-09? Is that true? That would have been great to “sea.”


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