On the night of December 16, 1773, the Sons of Liberty organized by Patriot leader Samuel Adams, dressed up as Mohawk Indians and boarded three cargo ships belonging to the East India Company. The ships were in port in the Boston Harbor to unload the latest shipment of tea from Great Britain. The objective of the Sons of Liberty was to dump all 342 chests of British tea into the Boston Harbor as a protest against the tax placed upon it.
It all began when the British Crown demanded tribute via a tax on tea. In response to the Tea Act, the colonists purchased smuggled tea from the Dutch instead of the taxed British tea that came its East India Company. The East India Company was in trouble in the 1770’s and needed to sell 17 million pounds of tea sitting in warehouses in London to the American colonies to ease its financial woes. Lord Frederick North waived the tax that was to be paid by the EIC when the merchant tea ships arrived in London, but kept the tax for the arrival to the American colonies. Thus, this tax waiver actually lowered the price of the tea and made it cheaper than the Dutch smuggled tea that the colonists purchased. It was a trick by Lord North and the East India Company to get the colonists to take the path of least resistance and buy a cheaper product, though that product would still be taxed by the British, thus purchasing the taxed tea would have given the Tea Act legitimacy over the American colonists. The colonial patriots saw through the plot and turned back any EIC tea ship that landed on their shores. However, Thomas Hutchinson, the royal governor of Massachusetts, issued a decree in December of 1773 that would mandate that the EIC tea ships to not be turned back before unloading their cargo. Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty sent agents requesting that the royal governor rescind his decree but Hutchinson refused, the tea ships were to be unloaded. Upon hearing the news, Samuel Adams gave his Sons of Liberty the cue to commence their operation in unloading the cargo right into the Boston Harbor. The colonial patriots refused to be bought off and the rest is history.
Our patriot forebears acted out of principle. Knowing that the British taxed tea was actually cheaper than the smuggled tea, they threw it in the Boston Harbor anyway. They wanted to thumb their nose at Parliament and King George’s taxes. Today’s Americans would’ve bought it and drank it.
I have to say that I’m extremely disappointed and am losing my last ounces of faith in my fellow countrymen right now. Most modern Americans have zero principles to stand upon and are being bought for a very cheap price. The economic stimulus that is being promised to us by Congress and the Trump Administration is merely crumbs off the king’s table to quell any sort of resistance and rebellion from the public. Think I’m overexaggerating? All I hear are jubilant cheers and celebration for the $1200 ($2400 for married couples, plus $500 per child) checks that everyone will receive in the coming weeks from their slave masters in Washington. Crumbs off the king’s table for the slaves so that they won’t rebel against the tyranny that is being built upon this manufactured coronavirus crisis. Yes, the ruling elite know just how to shut the cattle up in the pen, and as I’ve said in the past, they know how to take our own human frailties, weaknesses, vices, lusts and greed and use them as weapons against us. This is what this whole thing is all about, folks. This is not to “help” you, it’s to shut you up. And you’re going to shut up because most of you will not bite the hand that feeds you. Just think, however, if Americans were as principled as our patriot forebears like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty, and collectively saw through this scheme and told the government to stick their “money” where the sun doesn’t shine, the equivalent of dumping the taxed British tea into the Boston Harbor. They would have a huge problem on their hands, but they’re counting on you to take it and shut up, like stuffing a pacifier in a crying infant’s mouth. Americans are going to drink the tea and love every sip.
Did you know that this stimulus package amounts to SIX TRILLION DOLLARS? Where do you think that money will come from? Most of you think it’s just free money and no payment to the piper will come due. Do you understand just how far this thing will sink us even further into the pit of debt? Did you know that only a SMALL PORTION actually goes to public as stimulus checks and the rest goes to bail out the banks, the airlines, and other pork barrel spending? Not to mention that if you make over $75,000, you don’t get one. One portion of the country is forced to pay for the other portion. What was that that President Trump said during his State of the Union speech back in January about how America will never become a socialist country? He’s a boldfaced LIAR. This is socialism to a T. And for all you people out there saying, “Well, who cares about the rich people, they got enough anyway, they need pay their fair share“, you need to check your Marxist attitude, sir or ma’am. A lot small business owners that are out of business right now make over $75,000 a year, in fact it’s nothing for a small business owner to claim $75,000, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are pocketing that as profit. They could be just scraping by making six figures in order to maintain their business expenses. They’re now screwed, thanks to Trump, the CDC, the state governors, and all of the other local tyrants.
As for me, I’m giving my $1200 away to charity. You see, unlike most so-called “patriots”, I practice what I preach. I don’t want nor do I need a socialist welfare bailout from Uncle Sam. I’m an American, I can stand on my own two feet just fine without the “help” of Big Brother. Even if I lost my job tomorrow, I will do what I must to make an honest living and I will never stand in a welfare or unemployment line. No matter the price, I can’t be bought. If most Americans had that same attitude we’d probably be in a lot better shape. But unfortunately, most Americans are bought for very, very cheap.
Americans should understand that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” I guess most Americans forgot that.
Also, for those justifying the fear and government/media tyranny surrounding this event, what about the diseases and plagues that were prevalent during our ancestors’ day? What about smallpox that wiped out whole communities and plagued Washington’s Continental Army during the Revolution? It’s funny how the Founders were so intimately familiar with such diseases and viruses, but yet made no mention to suspend the rights of the people during an outbreak. Just another stark contrast between Americans then and so-called “Americans” now.
Americans today remind me of the story of Esau in Genesis 25, who sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of soup, and became subject to him. Americans are selling their birthright (freedom) for a bowl of soup (false safety and security), and will be subject to their masters in government. The taxed tea is convenient, easy, and safe. It appeals to the animal instincts, which is to survive at any price. However, the price will be heavy and so will be the chains. Our ancestors understood this which is why they threw it overboard.
People are talking about the uncertain times we’re in, however, our ancestors faced nothing but uncertain times. The entire New World was a land of uncertainty, but they bravely and faithfully prevailed. Though the days ahead look dark, I still have the hope that there is enough of a remnant left in America that will prevail in the future. Lord willing, this may be the beginning of our time to shine.