Today marks the 242nd anniversary since the Boston Tea Party. This historic event that contributed if not lead up to the American Revolutionary War, was carried out by the group called the Sons of Liberty. Basically the demonstration, with some of the participants dressing up as native Americans, dumped an entire shipment of tea, shipped in by the East India Trading Company. It wasn’t just one ship either. They dumped whole cargos from multiple ships, into Boston Harbor.
Ultimately this was about protest over the Tea Act. You see the colonists were British citizens, but we’re not allowed representation over this issue of taxation. Hence the now famous phrase, “taxation without representation”.
“John Adams and many other Americans considered tea drinking to be unpatriotic following the Boston Tea Party. Tea drinking declined during and after the Revolution, resulting in a shift to coffee as the preferred hot drink.” – Wikipedia
But the Boston Tea Party kinda helped start it off. One other thing thing that was underestimated was the eventual attempt to confiscate firearms.
I’ll leave you with this quote from Patrick Henry’s speech delivered on March 23, 1775 to the Virginia Legislature…
“The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us.”
Making laws without considering the input of citizens, then trying to force it upon them by first disarming them, is the quick route to armed resistance. Since before we were a nation, we’ve been willing to use armed resistance to defend our God-given rights. We don’t have rights because our government grants them. We have basic civil liberties because we’re born with them.