Tomorrow, anti-tax zealots around the nation will gather for "Tax tea parties" It's tax day, and their homage to the Boston Tea Party is supposed to remind their government that they don't like paying taxes and they don't like wasteful spending.
Which is all fine and dandy. Honest people can disagree about how which government services to fund and with how much money. That's why we have elections and public hearings and the legislative process.
What's less honest about all of it is pretending you are some kind of American patriot, as if the Founding Fathers just hated taxes and that's the only reason they declared independence. Inappropriately appropriating the Boston Tea Party is not cool.And that's what's going on here, at least according to the head of the Oregon Center for Public Policy, a respected West Coast think tank.
[I should stop here and ask: With all the facebook pages and weblogs that are devoted to the 500 tea parties that will be taking place across the country today, Trejbal had to go to some obscure radically liberal "think tank" out in Oregon to find out what's REALLY taking place? Please.]
Everyone knows the "No taxation without representation" line, and it's still a valid principle (except in Washington, D.C.). But that's not what's going on at tomorrow's events. These people have representation. If they wanted to truly honor the original Tea Party, they would be protesting against all of the loopholes and handouts for corporations and the wealthy.
Adams and the other patriots at the Boston Tea Party were interested in a just tax system and marketplace. Call your protest tomorrow something else. [link]
The grievances against a reckless, punitive, and and unresponsive government that propelled the Boston Tea Party are different from those grievances against a reckless, punitive, and unresponsive government that drive today's tea party demonstrators, therefore today's revolutionaries should find a different name for their movement.
And they wore funny clothes back then too. That's a second disqualifier.
Look, kid, here's the link: Patriots in 1773 and patriots in 2009 were/are protesting government run amok. The patriots of today are no less patriotic toward hearth, home, and community than those in Boston were way back when.
Admit it: You just don't like these people and you want them to stop.
Or is it fair to say, based on your other post this morning, that you want them all imprisoned?