Friday, July 10, 2009

The Tea Bag as a Symbol

The Boston Tea Party of December 16, 1773 was protest by Boston colonists against the British Crown government.

A group of sixty colonists boarded three British ships in Boston Harbor containing cargoes of tea. The tea carried a tax that the colonists refused to pay. Sam Adams devised a plan to dress as Mohawk Indians, board the ships, break open all 342 chests of tea and throw them overboard.

The Tea Party was an act of defiance by the colonists in refusal to pay the taxes. It was a culmination of the frustration they felt because they had no representation in government who passed laws against them.

Today's Tea Parties similarly are demonstrations by citizens who feel lack of representation in Washington. They feel the government is out of control passing laws, breaking records in deficit spending, approving takeovers of banks, insurance companies, automobile manufacturing, and giving bailouts.

The Boston Tea Party was a defining moment in the growth of America. Hopefully, today's Tea Parties will do the same thing. Use the tea bag as a symbol to reflect the same thoughts and ideas that the colonists had.

It symbolizes sovereignty, unity, liberty, integrity, and courage. It promotes hope and determination to change present day government. People display this symbol to indicate they are committed to this effort and to help make others become aware they need to become involved.

Wear it in pride...

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