The Boston Tea Party was the culmination of a resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act, which had been passed by the British Parliament in 1773.
Colonists objected to the Tea Act because they believed that it violated their rights as Englishmen to “No taxation without representation,” that is, to be taxed only by their own elected representatives and not by a British parliament in which they were not represented. Protesters had successfully prevented the unloading of taxed tea in three other colonies, but in Boston, embattled Royal Gov. Thomas Hutchinson refused to allow the tea to be returned to Britain.
Jim Firth, in his Other Views’ article, has attempted to equate those colonists with the modern Tea Party, and in a sense, he’s right. The colonists were protesting the taxation policies of King George 111. Today’s Tea Party (Taxed Enough Already) was formed in protest of King Obama 1 and his slavish devotion to ever-higher taxes on all Americans, rich and poor alike.