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Whatever happened in Boston?

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As a student of history I have to ask myself from time to time what in the world happened to Boston?

There was a time when Boston was a bastion of patriotism and a hotbed of revolution against tyrannical government.

Remember what you recall from your history classes in school. There was the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre and its resistance to the Quartering Act and the Sugar Act.

In 1764, Britain’s Parliament passed the Sugar Act to collect American revenue on molasses – one of the essential ingredients in rum – brought from non-British colonies. At a town hall meeting James Otis condemns Britain’s "taxation without representation", and in June of that year the Massachusetts House of Representatives organized a Committee of Correspondence to communicate with the twelve other colonies regarding their mutual grievances with Britain. Boston merchants agree in August, to boycott British luxury imports and lead the way for other colonies to join.

Britain’s Parliament passed the Stamp Act, the first direct tax on the American colonies, in 1765, and it was opposed in every colony. The Stamp Act was repealed the same day the Declaratory Act became law in 1766. The Declaratory Act asserted the British government had the complete power to pass laws governing the American colonies.

In 1767, The Townshend Revenue Acts place a tax on tea, paper, and other imports.

On March 5, 1770, a company of British soldiers, pressed by an angry crowd, opened fire, killing five of Boston’s "town-born." An engraving by Paul Revere, which hung in many homes, kept the memory of those deaths alive. It was elevated to something approaching a holy day on Boston’s social calendar and was memorialized every year on that date.

In December of 1773, Boston militants held the Boston Tea Party, destroying British tea in protest of the Tea Act. That act of civil disobedience was repeated in several colonies, but with considerably less fanfare. King George III was furious and slammed down on Boston, which was viewed as the seedbed of America’s rebellious spirit. Boston’s bustling port was closed down in retaliation for the Tea Party, which shut off the town’s lifeline.

By mid-April 1775, direct orders came from London to end the insurgency. The seizure of weapons and powder at Lexington, Massachusetts, was General Thomas Gage’s prime target. Spies informed him that Samuel Adams and John Hancock, principal leaders of the insurgents, were staying in the parsonage of Reverend Jonas Clarke. Gage chose his best troops and proceeded toward Lexington to seize the weapons and the rebellious duo.

In the tower of Christ Church, known as "Old North Church," signalmen waited to signal the direction of Gage’s military: a single light (the poetically famous "one if by land") if they were marching south. Two signal lamps meant they were heading for Lexington. When Charlestown Whigs saw the two lamps two riders were dispatched for Lexington to warn Adams and Hancock. One was William Dawes and the other Paul Revere.

When the British troops approached Lexington American militia confronted them. When the British opened fire, the first Americans to die in the Revolution died there, most shot in the back. The action shifted to Concord, where more Massachusetts men had gathered. Over the course of the next few hours, America was transformed.

"It was a glorious morning for America," were Samuel Adams’ words. Ralph Waldo Emerson termed it "The shot heard round the world."

That was then, and this is now. Look at what we have from Boston, and Massachusetts in general.

Of course, that’s the home of one of the longest serving, most left-wing liberal senators ever to go to Washington. You know, the one who can’t drive a car across a bridge, much less rescue the young woman passenger. I’m talking about Teddy Kennedy, of course. The famous drinker, womanizer and advocate of bigger and bigger government taking your money in taxes but squirreling his away in trust funds on foreign soil.

Next in our infamous rogues gallery line-up from Massachusetts is the treasonous John Kerry, Democrat presidential candidate in 2004. John Kerry was not only not a war hero – he was a coward. A man who would accumulate combat medals for later use in political campaigns is simply beyond contempt. Even lower is the man who would slander his fellow veterans, living and dead, by accusing them falsely of committing war crimes.

The last one I’ll mention is Barney Fag – uh, Frank. He’s a congressman from Massachusetts. You know, the one whose boyfriend ran a male prostitution ring from his apartment. He’s also the one who was having an affair with a guy from Fannie Mae, one of the major elements in our current financial meltdown. Frank, of course, protested loudly there was no problem at Fannie. Perhaps he was just talking about his love life.

So whatever caused Boston and Massachusetts to go from a model of patriotism and love of liberty to a bastion of liberal turncoats? I can’t seem to come up with a satisfactory answer. How does an area go from loving their country to the point of offering their lives for it to the point of having men represent them who are the exact opposite?

It’s a mystery.


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