A sip of history

April 18, 2009 

Free speech was shown to be alive and well with the various tea party protests in Raleigh and throughout the country. My question is, why do people think the original Boston Tea Party was about raising taxes? Folks need to know their history.

The Boston Tea Party of 1773 was a response to a company deemed too big to fail, preferential trade agreements and lucrative franchises given to some businesses but not others. The company too big to fail was the British East India Company, the preferential trade agreements were the rights to export merchandise directly to the colonies without regular taxes and the franchises were politically motivated gifts. Sound familiar?

Yes, history repeats itself, but we learn its lessons only if we remember it. We are in a sensitive moment in time when we must pull together and reflect carefully on history and the foundation we are laying for our children and our grandchildren.

Liz Smith

Raleigh

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