Wisdom from History – Questions..

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Questions: Like the question that one member of the “Sons of Liberty” in Boston ask another member in reference to the British parliament’s “Tea Act,” of 1773…

“What the hell does King George and the fools in parliament think they’re doing?

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The Tea Act was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain. Its principal overt objective was to reduce the massive surplus of tea held by the financially troubled British East India Company in its London warehouses and to help the struggling company survive.

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A related objective was to undercut the price of tea smuggled into Britain’s North American colonies.

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Via the good ‘ol “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours,” policies too often throughout history used between politicians and select big business.

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This was supposed to convince the colonists to purchase Company tea on which the Townshend duties were paid, thus implicitly agreeing to accept Parliament’s right of taxation.

The Act granted the Company the right to directly ship its tea to North America and the right to the duty-free export of tea from Britain, although the tax imposed by the Townshend Acts and collected in the colonies remained in force.

It received the royal assent on May 10, 1773, colonists in the Thirteen Colonies recognized the implications of the Act’s provisions, and a coalition of merchants and artisans similar to that which had opposed the Stamp Act 1765 mobilized opposition to delivery and distribution of the tea. The company’s authorised consignees were harassed, and in many colonies successful efforts were made to prevent the tea from being landed.

In Boston proper, this resistance culminated in the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773, when colonists (some disguised as Native Americans) boarded tea ships anchored in the harbor and dumped their tea cargo overboard.

Parliamentary reaction to this event included passage of the Coercive Acts, designed to punish Massachusetts for its resistance, and the appointment of General Thomas Gage as royal governor of Massachusetts.

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These actions further raised tensions that broke out into the American War of Independence in April 1775.

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Parliament passed the Taxation of Colonies Act 1778, which repealed a number of taxes (including the tea tax that underlay this act) as one of a number conciliatory proposals presented to the Second Continental Congress by the Carlisle Peace Commission.

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The commission’s proposals were rejected.

The Act effectively became a “dead letter”, but was not formally removed from the books until passage of the Statute Law Revision Act 1861.

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The Boston Tea Party (initially referred to by John Adams as simply “the Destruction of the Tea in Boston” was a political protest by the Sons of Liberty in Boston, a city in the British colony of Massachusetts, against the tax policy of the British government and the East India Company that controlled all the tea imported into the colonies.

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On December 16, 1773, after officials in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor.

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Today’s 21st-century tea party, is concerned about exactly the same tyrannical dictatorial policies of Barack Obama, as the tea party participants in 1773…

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..the rhetoric has been updated, nevertheless the message that Americans are sick and tired of picking up the tab for omnipotent do-nothing tax and spend politicians is the same.

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The incident remains an iconic event of American history, and other political protests often refer to it.

The Tea Party (1773) was the culmination of a resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act, which had been passed by the British Parliament in 1773.

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Colonists objected to the Tea Act because they believed that it violated their rights as Englishmen to “No taxation without representation,” that is, be taxed only by their own elected representatives and not by a British parliament in which they were not represented. Protesters had successfully prevented the unloading of taxed tea in three other colonies, but in Boston, embattled Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused to allow the tea to be returned to Britain.

The Boston Tea Party was a key event in the growth of the American Revolution. Parliament responded in 1774 with the Coercive Acts, or Intolerable Acts, which, among other provisions, ended local self-government in Massachusetts and closed Boston’s commerce. Colonists up and down the Thirteen Colonies in turn responded to the Coercive Acts with additional acts of protest, and by convening the First Continental Congress, which petitioned the British monarch for repeal of the acts and coordinated colonial resistance to them.

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The crisis escalated, and the American Revolutionary War began near Boston in 1775.

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Currently, (in my humble opinion) ..the government, ..and/or, the “Obama administration,” ..is out of control, ..off the deep end, (or whatever other cliché anyone wishes to lead with…

America will not survive until 2016 if conservatives don’t pick up seats in 2014…

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Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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