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WERE PATRIOTS POLITE AT THE BOSTON TEA PARTY?

The liberal media is shocked and appalled by citizens actually yelling at their elected representatives. Oh my. The horror!!! Some 70 year old men and women are so menacing and threatening to our "leaders". Imagine a man in a wheel chair asking you tough questions with a raised voice. I think all 535 congressmen should spend a few weeks on Alaskan King Crab fishing boats in the Bering Sea. Maybe the townhall meetings will seem less threatening.

When Great Britain was forcing more rules, regulations and taxes down the throats of the Colonies without allowing the colonists a say in the matter, were the colonists quiet and polite? NO. They were pissed off. They gathered into angry mobs and acted disobediently. I understand there may have even been catcalls and foul language.

This is America. Go to townhall meetings. You can yell, shout, and ask tough questions. We need to strike fear into the hearts of 535 corrupt politicians. Civil disobedience is what is required today.

"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves." - Henry David Thoreau

 

In September and October 1773, seven ships carrying East India Company tea were sent to the colonies: four were bound for Boston, and one each for New York, Philadelphia, and Charleston.[35] In the ships were more than 2,000 chests containing nearly 600,000 pounds of tea.[36] Americans learned the details of the Tea Act while the ships were en route, and opposition began to mount.[37] Whigs, sometimes calling themselves Sons of Liberty, began a campaign to raise awareness and to convince or compel the consignees to resign, in the same way that stamp distributors had been forced to resign in the 1765 Stamp Act crisis.[38]

 

When the tea ship Dartmouth arrived in the Boston Harbor in late November, Whig leader Samuel Adams called for a mass meeting to be held at Faneuil Hall on November 29. Thousands of people arrived, so many that the meeting was moved to the larger Old South Meeting House.[51] British law required the Dartmouth to unload and pay the duties within twenty days or customs officials could confiscate the cargo.[52] The mass meeting passed a resolution, introduced by Adams, urging the captain of the Dartmouth to send the ship back without paying the import duty. Meanwhile, the meeting assigned twenty-five men to watch the ship and prevent the tea from being unloaded.[53]

Governor Hutchinson refused to grant permission for the Dartmouth to leave without paying the duty. Two more tea ships, the Eleanor and the Beaver, arrived in Boston Harbor (there was another tea ship headed for Boston, the William, but it encountered a storm and was destroyed before it could reach its destination[54]). On December 16—the last day of the Dartmouth's deadline—about 7,000 people had gathered around the Old South Meeting House.[55] After receiving a report that Governor Hutchinson had again refused to let the ships leave, Adams announced that "This meeting can do nothing further to save the country."