In the early years of the American colonies revolt against British rule, there are several landmark events that stand out in history. One of these is the Boston Tea Party in which some “rebellious” colonists, in Boston, Massachusetts went aboard a tea ship docked in Boston Harbor and threw all the tea overboard as a clear expression of their strong anti-tax opinions. Although these colonists impacted history and played a critical role in the Revolutionary War, it is doubtful they fully comprehended the leading role they exemplified for generations to come.
Throughout the 1990’s there were many anti-tax protests to display the public’s outrage of government taxes. In more recent years, Republican Congressman Ron Paul of Texas and his supporters held a fund-raiser on the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party for the 2008 Presidential Primary Race. The politician’s platform was to remove the United States from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as to do away with the Federal Reserve System. He and his followers strongly supported giving State governments more rights and keeping the National government at bay.
In 2009 a Tea Party protest was conducted by the Young Americans for Liberty in response to Governor Patterson’s suggestion for an obesity tax. This was one of over 100 taxes that the New York State Governor proposed. Many at the protest wore Indian head dresses resembling those worn by the Boston colonists at the original Boston Tea party.
In February 2009, a Seattle conservative Blogger, Keli Carender, rallied a protest the day before President Obama signed the nation’s stimulus package. She did not lean on other groups, but rather through her own networking was able to gather approximately 120 people. Later on February 27, 2009, she and many other “Tea Party” protestors across the country (in 40 different cities nationwide) protested to show their rage at the government’s behavior. It is believed that both Bush’s bail out and Obama’s bail out are the events that gave birth to the modern day Tea Party Movement.