Wed, 08 Apr 2009 22:05:00 +0000 – Anti-Tax Tea Parties: They are not just for American history any more--we need them now! And you can be a part of this new making of history.
On the night of December 16, 1773, American patriots entered into the history books--and laid the foundation of our enduring freedom. That great event, of course, was the Boston Tea Party. Here's the background: In May of that year, the British government of King George III passed an import tax raising the price of tea in the American colonies. Opposition to such "taxation without representation" ran strong, especially in Massachusetts, where pamphleteer Samuel Adams (using the 18th-century equivalent of talk-radio) stirred the "The Sons of Liberty" to action.
On the night of December 16, more than 100 of these "Sons," disguised as Indians, boarded three British ships--Dartmouth, Eleanor, and Beaver--and threw more than 300 chests of tea into Boston Harbor.
There was no violence, nobody was hurt--but a powerful point was made.
Today, in our time, we need to make a similar point in the face of arrogant power. And you can, too, on April 15, when millions of Americans will gather in peaceful protest across the country, protesting against the evils of over-taxation and its wicked handmaidens, over-spending and over-regulation.
If you visit the Web site of Tax Day Tea Party, you will find plenty of information on how and where to get connected to a tea party--or how to start your own tea party.
Plenty of big names will be involved, ranging across the country. Glenn Beck will be in Texas and Newt Gingrich will be in New York City. Sean Hannity will be in Atlanta. Neal Cavuto will be in Sacramento. And many, many more--FOX News and FOX Nation folks will be providing full coverage.
But most of all, the "Tea Party 2" movement needs YOU.
James P. Pinkerton is a Fox News contributor. He is a former White House domestic policy adviser to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.