The Tea Party stage
Except for those who’ve hopelessly fallen off the deep end for "you know who," up in the White House, Americans are totally fed up with government and all of its departments comprising the vastly over-sized, over-stuffed and over-paid bureaucracy.
Of course, not every little secretary in government is overpaid (some of them are probably underpaid), but the ones who might speak up and be listened to when the top guns vote themselves another whopping raise; you know the ones, they get nice raises all along too, sometimes just to keep them quiet.
So, this kind of thing has been going on for so long and since vastly over-paid officials tend to spend most of their time concentrating on how to remain in office, paying attention to the things that matter most to ‘We the People,’ their constituents, is mostly left laying on the wayside, attended and neglected.
Consequently, the size, tyranny and cost of government have literally gone through the roof, which was already leaking badly.
These sorts of things have been going on for so long and actually gaining in intensity, to the point where ‘We the People’ have literally thrown up our hands in total frustration and (surprise!) GRABBED A TEABAG.
More Tea Parties are in the works, for sure and beyond that, we may need to consult history.
Actually, a look back at items leading up to the original ‘Boston Tea Party’ might be helpful at this time.
In 1760, a tyrannical-type (George III) became king in England. On April 5, 1764, Parliament passed the Sugar Act, raising taxes on sugar, coffee, wine, dyes and cloth being shipped to the colonies.
Following quickly on its heels, Parliament, on April 19th, passed the Currency Act, prohibiting the colonies from issuing paper money. Since gold and silver cannot be imported into the colonies, it became difficult to conduct business.
Less than a year later, on March 22, 1765, the Stamp Act imposed taxes on books, paper goods, playing cards, newspapers, pamphlets and on all legal documents, wills and deeds. Subsequently, the Sons of Liberty organize to resist.
May 15, 1765 brought Parliament’s Quartering Act which ordered colonists to provide British troops a place to live.
Does any of this begin to sound somewhat familiar? Oh, there’s more, much more to come.
But, on Oct. 7, 1765, the (colonies’) Stamp Act Congress met and protested TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION by sending a letter with demands to Parliament.
On March 18, 1766, Parliament repeals the Stamp Act due to pressure from BRITISH MERCHANTS.
However, 1767 brought the Townshend Acts, wherein lead, tea, paper and paint were taxed. The Restraining Act suspended the New York Legislature until colonists house British troops.
British troops arrive on Oct. 1, 1768 to enforce custom laws. 1769 brought a Parliament resolution allowing colonials accused of treason to be tried in Britain.
The 1770 Boston Massacre brought death to five colonists at the hand of British troops.
In 1772, Joseph Warren and Samuel Adams of Massachusetts organize Committees of Correspondence.
1773 brought the ‘Boston Tea Party’ wherein colonial men, disguised as Mohawk Indians, threw tea from three ships into the Boston Harbor.
General Gage arrives at the colonies in 1774 to command British troops and trials are moved from Massachusetts to England.
Isn’t it interesting, for instance, that Parliament responded to British merchants at the same time they were piling it on their far-away colonial subjects?
The question begs to be asked: Have ‘We the People’ become far away to our local, state and national officials? Have they become little tyrannical-type kings?
It appears so, for ‘We the People’ have advanced already to the Tea Party stage.
May God bless as we go forward.