Remember in 2010, when Sarah Palin told a Tea Party crowd: “Don’t be thinking that we’ve got victory for America in the bag yet…We can’t party like it’s 1773” ?

Libs jumped all over this “gaffe,” screeching that Palin was “too stupid” to know that the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.

Well, seems they were too stupid to actually Google “1773.”

They might have learned something.

via The Weekly Standard: Happy Birthday, Tea Party: Remember, remember the sixteenth of December

Two hundred and forty years ago this month, a gang of Bostonians dressed as Indians boarded the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver and dumped 90,000 pounds of tea into Boston Harbor. That fateful action on December 16, 1773, and Parliament’s inflammatory response—closing the Port of Boston, altering the colony’s charter, radically limiting popular government in Massachusetts, allowing the quartering of troops in private houses, among other arbitrary measures—precipitated the American Revolution. The Boston Tea Party, like the revolution more generally, seems to be a relic of a bygone age, despite the modern namesake it’s inspired. Is it just the appellation that reverberates today?

….There are, in fact, several echoes of the original Tea Party in the modern one. In both cases, we have a fight to preserve self-government, legal questions regarding the constitutional limits of the government’s powers and the structure of constitutional government, and the inability of a distant elite to distinguish between vigorous citizens and an unthinking rabble.

Here’s another important number coming up: 2014.

We’ve got a lot of work to do.

….The original Tea Party was a New England affair, while today’s is a national protest. But many of our Tea Partiers, like their colonial ancestors, want America to be that “city on a hill.” They believe that what is special about America is under attack, and they are, metaphorically, throwing tea into Boston Harbor in the hopes of forcing the establishment to take notice and persuading the rest of the country to rally alongside them.


The Weekly Standard: The Battle of 2014

Washington Examiner: The Republican establishment and insurgent groups brace for all-out war

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  1. Kitten says:

    As America goes, so goes the world. That’s not hyperbole, that’s a fact. 2014 is for the future of our country, whether for good or bad. It’s been 240 years since the Boston Tea Party. While the number 2 represents separation; i.e. right vs left, conservative vs liberal, good vs evil. The number 40 can represent many things; including testing, and/or a generation. Lord knows we’ve been tested with this regime, now let’s be the generation that turns things around for good, for everyone.

  2. Alain41 says:

    Good WS article.

    Like this: “…One or two of the “Indians” on board went for the booze, but they were stopped. An overzealous rebel broke into the captain’s quarters; the captain was reimbursed for the cost of the broken lock. This was the most American of protests…”

    Look forward to the author’s book on John Adams thoughts on the Constitution.

    • Alain41 says:

      Here are some of Madison’s thoughts on the Bill of Rights.

      “…Madison also wanted to clearly spell out that each branch of government had clear, distinct roles.

      “The powers delegated by this Constitution are appropriated to the departments to which they are respectively distributed: so that the Legislative Department shall never exercise the powers vested in the Executive or Judicial, nor the Executive exercise the powers vested in the Legislative or Judicial, nor the Judicial exercise the powers vested in the Legislative or Executive Departments,” he said in the last part of his proposed Bill of Rights.

      Neither of these items made it through the congressional review process. But Madison felt strongly enough about the separation of powers clause that he wanted it as the new Article VII in the Constitution.

      And the second part of the new “Article VII” did survive in the Bill of Rights. It read, “The powers not delegated by this Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively.”…”–politics.html

  3. Maynard says:

    I saw the news article about how the likely next Prime Minister of India is barred from entering America. Why?

    …the State Department denied him a visa, on the grounds of a section of U.S. law barring any foreign official deemed responsible for “severe violations of religious freedom.”

    So why haven’t we deported Obama?

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