The Deadline – Midnight 12/16/1773

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)

As one “deadline” after another in the Debt crisis goes by, I am

reminded of another “deadline” faced by the patriots of Boston in

December of 1773. Unless they took action by the 16th, the Tea would

be landed and the Tax on it would become law.

Some 5000 to 7000 of them…the population of Boston was only 18,000…

crowded into Old South Meeting House on that cold, rainy morning determined to prevent landing of the Tea, “whatever the consequences”. In this latest attempt at “Taxation without Representation” their relations with the British parliament had reached a tipping point. By midnight they would

either make history, or, be history, risking all, one might say, to “get the gov’t off their backs”

Next day John Adams, well aware of the key role which his older cousin

Samuel had played behind the scenes, wrote this in his diary. “There is

a Dignity, a Majesty, a Sublimity in this last Effort of the Patriots that

I greatly admire…This Destruction of the Tea is so bold, so daring, so

firm, intrepid, & inflexible, and it must have so important Consequences

and so lasting, that I cannot but consider it as an Epocha in History…”

Meanwhiile, the “rebellious stripes”, America’s first flag, flew atop the

Liberty Tree, awaiting the next turn of events in the rebellion which

became a Revolution.

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  • edfactor

    I enjoy being reminded of that time.

    On a related note, often, when I am socializing with political liberals, which happens a lot, some people start disparaging the Tea Party, which I respect, but don’t belong to.

    I often say, “I wonder if, in 1773, you would have liked the original Tea Partiers.” They look at me in a confused way. I then go on to characterize what they were like, what the times were like, and what the average British-American citizen thought about the revolutionary activities then.

    I often end with, “I don’t think someone like you would have even liked the original Tea Partiers, either.”

    It definitely gives them something to think about.