Tea Parties are Politically Incorrect
Before you jump down my throat I like the tea-parties. I like the end message, I like the people.
Let me ask you this set of very leading questions:
- Should taxes be levied on select individuals to pay for the debts of the whole?
- Should the Federal government be bailing out the states?
- Should the Federal government be subsidizing big corporations at the expense of the small business person?
- Should taxes be levied to manage social discipline?
- Do you think civil action or discord could ever completely change the current macro tax policy of our nation?
These questions are at the heart of many of our political concerns today. THE BOSTON TEA PARTY does not relate to any of these. The Boston Tea Party is the wrong message.
Lets get to real history: The Whiskey Rebellion Shaped America
In 1791 Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, convinced Congress to pay for the revolutionary war (The federal government had assumed the states debts in what would become the first Federal bailout) by slapping a tax on distilled spirits and carriages. Hamilton's principal reason for the tax was that he wanted to pay down the national debt, but he justified the tax "more as a measure of social discipline than as a source of revenue." Is this sounding familiar or what?
Congress designed the tax so smaller distillers would pay by the gallon, while larger distillers (who could produce in volume) could take advantage of a flat fee. Spreading the wealth around. Smaller producers paid a higher tax than large producers.
People got very upset in 1793 from Pennsylvania to Georgia Federal tax collectors were harassed by the "Whiskey Boys" By the summer of 1794, tensions reached a fevered pitch, protests became an armed rebellion. One group, disguised as women, assaulted a tax collector, cropped his hair, coated him with tar and feathers, and stole his horse.
On August 7, 1794, Washington invoked martial law to summon the militias of Pennsylvania, Virginia and several states. The militia force of 12,950 men was organized, roughly the size of the entire army in the Revolutionary War. Under the personal command of Washington the army assembled in Harrisburg and marched into western Pennsylvania. The rebels "could never be found,"
The hated whiskey tax was repealed in 1803.
The rebellion quaffed all of those bullet points above.
The Whiskey Rebellion is My Mentor
I am in the Whiskey Rebellion.
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