Massachusetts Tea Party – Mass Tea Party
This Mass Tea Party website is intended to provide an effective, timely and seamless intra-Tea Party communications vehicle for our state. Each Tea Party member Group has complete autonomy over every aspect of its membership and activities. However, whenever a meeting notice, event or activity is posted internally to members of one Tea Party Group, a simultaneous informational feed is provided to this sites front page as well.
The Boston Tea Party was a direct action by colonists in Boston
Our mission is to bring Courage, Honesty and Integrity back into government, through education and targeted activism, for the purpose of restoring the United States to a Constitutional Republic as it was originally founded.
Our goal is to attract, educate, organize, and mobilize our fellow citizens to secure public policy consistent with our three core values of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets
.We must act quickly to reverse the current direction of our political class or we may lose that opportunity for years to come. Once freedom is lost, it could take generations to restore. We have a moral obligation not to leave this task to our children and grandchildren. We must act and act now to save our country.
Without our intervention at this time in history, the unsustainable spending by this government could conceivably drive us to social upheaval and second-world status.
• Fiscal Responsibility
• Constitutionally Limited Government
These values serve as the foundation and guide the direction of all our Tea Party Activities.
The Boston Tea Party was a direct action by colonists in Boston, a town in the British colony of Massachusetts, against the British government and the monopolistic East India Company that controlled all the tea imported into the colonies. On December 16, 1773, after officials in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor. The incident remains an iconic event of American history, and other political protests often refer to it.
The 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 for a variety of reasons, especially because they believed that it violated their right to be taxed only by their own elected representatives. Protesters had successfully prevented the unloading of taxed tea in three other colonies, but in Boston, embattled Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused to allow the tea to be returned to Britain. He apparently did not expect that the protestors would choose to destroy the tea rather than concede the authority of a legislature in which they were not directly represented.
The Boston Tea Party was a key event in the growth of the American Revolution. Parliament responded in 1774 with the Coercive Acts, which, among other provisions, closed Boston’s commerce until the British East India Company had been repaid for the destroyed tea. Colonists in turn responded to the Coercive Acts with additional acts of protest, and by convening the First Continental Congress, which petitioned the British monarch for repeal of the acts and coordinated colonial resistance to them. The crisis escalated, and the American Revolutionary War began near Boston in 1775.