Wednesday, June 11, 2008

"High Prices Rebellion Week" - July 4-11, 2008

I have a great idea!
Remember that tv commercial where everyone is like a cog in a turning wheel in this store until someone pays with a check instead of a debit/credit card? When the check came out, everything stood still and all attention was on the person writing the check. We can also get attention by putting this country into a near virtual stand-still by not using money - no cash, no check, no credit, for an entire week. To get through this, you may want to take a week's vacation from work and purchase groceries to have at home before hand. Also, don't use ANY gas that week unless it's an emergency situation (fire or life). If enough people throughout the United States do this for one week it should/will get Washington's attention. (so much for the Tax Stimulus Checks!) To continue - after that week, we start bartering with each other for things we need instead of using money whenever possible. A lot of us could use bicycles to get around for a month instead of our gas-powered vehicles. That should drive prices way down on everything, including gas!

My guess is that most of us "good US citizens" don't want to give up our daily routine as we know it, and we wouldn't want to sacrifice in the least, any creature comforts, as long as it wasn't required. Right now, our government is earning more tax money each time you buy gas, food, clothing, etc., therefore, the lawmakers have no incentive to make any changes for the better for us. We have to force the change ourselves.

Remember why the Boston Tea Party happened? If not, read up on your history - December 16, 1773. Although the villain isn't tea (tax) this time, the principle is the same when it comes to challenging overpriced gasoline, food and goods. We need to stage a major rebellion very soon to keep our country and middle class America from going down the tubes any further.

I'll lead it - who will follow???? I declare the week of Friday, July 4th through Friday, July 11th, "High Prices Rebellion Week". If you agree, prepare yourselves to make a difference and gain your independence from high priced gasoline, groceries and other necessary goods.

Please pass this message along quickly to everyone on your address list. We have only a short time remaining to spread the word by July 4th.

FRtR > Essays > Boston Teaparty
Boston Teaparty
By Cassandra Jansen
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In 1773, Britain's East India Company was sitting on large stocks of tea that it could not sell in England. It was on the verge of bankruptcy. In an effort to save it, the government passed the Tea Act of 1773, which gave the company the right to export its merchandise directly to the colonies without paying any of the regular taxes that were imposed on the colonial merchants, who had traditionally served as the middlemen in such transactions. With these privileges, the company could undersell American merchants and monopolize the colonial tea trade. The act proved inflammatory for several reasons. First, it angered influential colonial merchants, who feared being replaced and bankrupted by a powerful monopoly. The East India Company's decision to grant franchises to certain American merchants for the sale of their tea created further resentments among those excluded from this lucrative trade. More important, however, the Tea Act revived American passions about the issue of taxa tion without representation. The law provided no new tax on tea. Lord North assumed that most colonists would welcome the new law because it would reduce the price of tea to consumers by removing the middlemen. But the colonists responded by boycotting tea. Unlike earlier protests, this boycott mobilized large segments of the population. It also helped link the colonies together in a common experience of mass popular protest. Particularly important to the movement were the activities of colonial women, who were one of the principal consumers of tea and now became the leaders of the effort to the boycott.
Various colonies made plans to prevent the East India Company from landing its cargoes in colonial ports. In ports other than Boston, agents of the company were "persuaded" to resign, and new shipments of tea were either returned to England or warehoused. In Boston, the agents refused to resign and, with the support of the royal governor, preparations were made to land incoming cargoes regardless of opposition. After failing to turn back the three ships in the harbor, local patriots led by Samuel Adams staged a spectacular drama. On the evening of December 16, 1773, three companies of fifty men each, masquerading as Mohawk Indians, passed through a tremendous crowd of spectators, went aboard the three ships, broke open the tea chests, and heaved them into the harbor.As the electrifying news of the Boston "tea party" spread, other seaports fo llowed the example and staged similar acts of resistance of their own.'


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