Revolutionary Spaces presents
Boston Tea Party 249th Anniversary Commemoration
Friday, December 16, 2022
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Ladies of Boston
Explore what people in Boston might feel about the tax on tea and the best way forward for the colony.
- Even with the tea tax, the tea is cheaper than it has ever been before! It is even cheaper than the smuggled Dutch tea available in the colonies.
- The tea tax is minimal!
- It is the only tax remaining out of many that were passed by Parliament in the 1760s. All other taxes were rescinded when they proved ruinous to the colonies; the three pence per pound tax can hardly be termed ruinous!
- Taxation is the right of every government!
- Taxes have always existed and will always exist!
- All Englishmen pay taxes!
- Along with the rights and privileges of being an Englishman comes the duty and responsibility of paying taxes.
- This tax strengthens our relationship with England and the Empire and benefits us directly!
- We receive the protection of the British military—the strongest military force in the world! This military force protected us from French attempts to take the colonies in the French-Indian War.
- British troops protect us as well from native peoples who are still allied with the French, and who continue to terrorize us along our frontier borders.
- The tax pays for administrators to run the colonies.
- As part of the British Empire, we maintain a special trade status; we receive the highest quality of goods from England, and are able to trade with all areas of the Empire with few import duties.
- We are all Englishmen, and are represented in Parliament.
- It is unreasonable to suggest that colonists are not represented in Parliament. It is well known that Parliament does not provide for geographic representation, but that there is virtual representation! Virtual representation states that the members of Parliament spoke for the interests of all British subjects rather than for the interests of only the district that elected them.
- Entire cities in England—Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, and Liverpool—do not have representation!
- Mr. Franklin and others in England convey our ideas and needs to Parliament.
- Besides being treasonous, the talk of breaking up the Empire is unreasonable. Locke wrote that only an unresponsive government should be overthrown; Parliament has proven to be responsive by rescinding taxes and other policies that the colonists objected to. There should be no loose talk about leaving the Empire.
- The East India Company is a beneficial monopoly.
- The tea is cheaper now because Parliament is helping the East India Company remain solvent.
- Were the East India Company to go bankrupt, it could cause widespread economic depression throughout the Empire.
- The tea tax, despite its small amount, is outrageous.
- The tax pays the salaries of administrators, most of whom are foreign-born, to run our government. They have no responsibility or loyalty toward the people whom they govern. They are unaware of local needs, not used to our local customs, and insensitive to our local talents!
- It is not the amount of the tax, but the principle. Other outrageous taxes were enacted in the past and were proven to be ruinous. This tax is no different!
- The tax creates a monopoly.
- Only seven men control the selling of tea in Boston. If this monopoly is sustained, what will be next? Iron? Lead? Paint? Glass? Merchants will be driven out of business!
- The tax is simply to provide revenue to keep the East India Company afloat!
- The restrictive taxes have hampered merchants by forcing them to do business outside of the Empire, in some cases forcing them to become smugglers to stay in business!
- The colonies are an important part of the Empire.
- We are an economically important colony, but are not treated as such.
- American colonial free trade with other countries will enrich and strengthen the Empire as a whole. Parliament must think in the long term.
- We are Englishmen in America, and are reputed to have the rights of Englishmen, but these are not respected.
- The colonies are not represented in Parliament.
- There is no opportunity for our ideas to be expressed in Parliament. We have no say in how and on what we are taxed.
- We have been forced to govern ourselves for over 100 years due to Imperial neglect, and now the war debts suddenly make them remember, regulate, and tax us!
- The soldiers in Boston are a menace to us!
- They have always contributed more to the unrest than the peace. (Remember the Boston Massacre?!)
- The presence of soldiers was forced on the people of Boston, and not requested by the assembly. Why pay for unwanted tormentors?
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