On December 16, 1773, a number of men in Sam Adams’ “Sons of Liberty” organization boarded ships in Boston Harbor in order to dump nearly 350 chests of East India Company tea into the waters. This was the Boston Tea Party, and the goal was to help the British Parliament understand that the colonists rejected the premise that a distant government had the right ”to regulate one’s life and dictate how it would be conducted and at what price.”
Almost 240 years after the Boston Tea Party, the potency of its ideals are still alive and well, but are being directed at the tyranny of a stateside government instead of one across the pond.
Beginning all around the country in 2009, patriots have organized and attended rallies marked by the “Don’t Tread On Me” Gadsen flags made popular during the American Revolution. Their goal, like that of the original tea partiers, has been to help President Obama and other Washington politicians understand that lucid Americans forthrightly reject the continued expansion of government and the idea that a politician or group of politicians possesses the right to regulate or otherwise dictate the daily minutiae of our lives.
And for those who like to keep count in such matters, it appears that in the match between tea partiers and big-government politicians, the tea partiers are winning hands down.
If we take Obama’s ascendancy to the presidency as our starting point, since that time conservatives have ousted a number of no-good, tax-and-spend Democrats and replaced them with conservatives who are often Republicans and who are running on Reagan-like principles of cutting taxes and shrinking government.
A case in point here is Republican Chris Christie’s November 2009 victory over Democrat incumbent Jon Corzine in New Jersey’s gubernatorial election. Although Obama visited the Garden State three times to campaign for Corzine, the conservative message of Christie and his tea party supporters squashed any positive impact the president otherwise might have had.
In that same election cycle, Bob McDonnell ended the Republican Party’s eight-year losing streak in the Old Dominion by defeating Democrat Creigh Deeds to win Virginia’s gubernatorial race. He won the election handily thanks to the strong support of tea partiers, also referred to as “independents” by mainstream news outlets, who can’t bring themselves to admit the success that conservative-driven tea parties around the nation have achieved.