Tuesday, August 3, 2010
The Tea Party movement continues to be in the news for various reasons. The modern Tea Party is a grass roots movement comprised of individuals who are concerned about the direction our nation is headed and has no real leader. It takes its name from "taxed enough already," but it is about freedom, independence, and liberty. The historical tea party took place on December 16, 1773, when people referred to as "radicals" boarded three East India Company ships and threw 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor. The "radicals" were actually members of a secret organization of American Patriots called the Sons of Liberty. This event in protest of oppressive British taxation and tyrannical rule, became known as the Boston Tea Party. James Madison stated, "The people of the U.S. owe their Independence & their liberty, to the wisdom of descrying in the minute tax of 3 pence on tea,, the magnitude of the evil comprised in the precedent. Let them exert the same wisdom, in watching against every evil lurking under plausible disguises, and growing up from small beginnings." Today we find ourselves subject to unjust taxation once again. Even though we technically are represented in Congress, we continue to be taxed for purposes that are not authorized in the Constitution and that we loudly proclaim that we do not want. The tax burden being levied on Americans will eventually kill free enterprise and collapse our economy. American Patriots have mustered once again to form a Tea Party movement. This movement is gaining in strength and is about restoration to first principles and Rule of Law rather than revolution. All patriots must stay the course and hold our ground as we try to maintain the independence and liberty provided to us by our Founders.