Is your name 'Shawty Lo'?<quoted text>
Yes, carol, it's true; colonials loyal to the King of England rejected the notion of a bunch of hooligans and white trash breaking the law and destroying property. On the other hand, so did everyone else. The local Indians would have objected to to the unhelpful characterization but the merchants had already paid the British Army to exterminate them with smallpox infected blankets handed out by none other than George Washington.
According to all available data, the original tea partiers were greedy merchants primarily, motivated by nothing more than to divert the few pennies the British government was charging on tea and paper into their own pockets. And, true to your wandering analogy, these merchants were joined on this occasion by thieves and smugglers who saw the orderly, protected flow of goods and raw materials back and forth to the Motherland as an infringement on their right to prey on others.
The, um, law-abiding "Loyalists," were simply doing their best to obey the laws at that time, and destroying other people's stuff wasn't a high priority for them, so, no, there's no irony here at all, just greed and self-interest, and it is in this that you overlooked the primary parallel.
You overlooked another interesting parallel as well: all of the original "tea partiers are dead."
What the original thugs DID do was to enrage the British government sufficiently to dispatch more troops to protect their colonial interests; a surge if you will. And it was this "surge" and its consequences that eventually provoked the distinctly unhostile citizenry of eastern Massachusetts, much like the Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan who still don't understand why nobody was there to greet them with flowers and chocolates.
At the time of the American Revolution, taxes imposed on the colony by the Mother Country amounted to some 4% and very few paid that. A pittance given the millions of pounds sterling Britain had invested in protecting and expanding and governing the colony. What IS certainly ironic is the picture of a nation 250 years later willing to invade two countries halfway around the world for more than TEN YEARS, and then have the very people who called for these actions refuse to pay for them. Even the British were smarter than that. I, for one, want my five trillion dollars back.
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