There's a big difference between the Boston Tea Party of December 16, 1773 and the group of ignoramuses that usurped the name. The colonist were protesting the sweetheart deal granted by the Crown and Parliament to the East India Company, the multinational corporation of the time, giving it a virtual monopoly of the tea trade in the colonies. The current Tea Party is in the pocket of the big multinationals who in their own way have monopolized the economy and driven locally owned businesses out of the market.<quoted text>
It just occurred to me that the loyalists in the 1770s probably criticized the original Tea Party participants in Boston just as much as modern-day loyalists criticized the Tea Party movement across the nation.
Ironic, isn't it, that the loyalists back then supported more taxation and were on the wrong side of history too?