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What Happened 250 Years Ago?

"The Boston Tea Party was a political protest that occurred on December 16, 1773, at Griffin’s Wharf in Boston, Massachusetts. American colonists, frustrated and angry at Britain for imposing 'taxation without representation,' dumped 342 chests of tea, imported by the British East India Company into the harbor. The event was the first major act of defiance to British rule over the colonists. It showed Great Britain that Americans would not tolerate taxation and tyranny sitting down, and rallied American patriots across the 13 colonies to fight for independence."

Our Tea Party movement began in 2009. In February, CNBC reporter Rick Santelli ranted and called for a "tea party" on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. This launched the current tea party movement. A protest erupted throughout the States on April 15 when some fiscally conservative citizens gathered to call for lower taxes and a reduction of the national debt. This was, of course, the day our Income Taxes were due. A large tea party movement grew from state to state. It was beat down by the IRS. Lois Lerner of the Obama Administration and her agency went after these conservative groups.

A few original tea parties remain. The Texoma Patriots, a local tea party, held its first meeting in August of that year with a protest march against Obama Care. We started at the Federal Building and marched down to the Grayson County Courthouse in Sherman. Then US Representative Ralph Hall marched with us and held a talk on the Courthouse steps. We meet regularly and bring in candidates as well as speakers to educate voters on conservative issues. Join us to help ensure freedom and prosperity for future generations.

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