On December 16, 1773, the taxpayers of Boston had had enough.
The Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum website recounts the story:
On the cold evening of December 16, 1773, a large band of patriots, disguised as Mohawk Indians, burst from the South Meeting House with the spirit of freedom burning in their eyes. The patriots headed towards Griffin’s Wharf and the three ships. Quickly, quietly, and in an orderly manner, the Sons of Liberty boarded each of the tea ships. Once on board, the patriots went to work striking the chests with axes and hatchets. Thousands of spectators watched in silence. Only the sounds of ax blades splitting wood rang out from Boston Harbor. Once the crates were open, the patriots dumped the tea into the sea.
The silence was broken only by the cry of “East Indian” as patriots caught Charles O’Conner filling the lining of his coat with tea. George Hewes removed O’Connor’s coat, threatened him with death if he revealed the identity of any man present, and sent him scurrying out of town. The patriots worked feverishly, fearing an attack by Admiral Montague at any moment. By nine o’clock p.m., the Sons of Liberty had emptied a total of 342 crates of tea into Boston Harbor. Fearing any connection to their treasonous deed, the patriots took off their shoes and shook them overboard. They swept the ships’ decks, and made each ship’s first mate attest that only the tea was damaged.
When all was through, Lendall Pitts led the patriots from the wharf, tomahawks and axes resting on their shoulders. A fife played as they marched past the home where British Admiral Montague had been spying on their work. Montague yelled as they past, “Well boys, you have had a fine, pleasant evening for your Indian caper, haven’t you? But mind, you have got to pay the fiddler yet!”
Montague’s words were to be an omen for the patriots. The party was indeed over for Boston.
Fast-forward 237 years:
And in Chicago:
Last week the Chicago Tax Day Tea Party held a Christmas Party at Dugan’s Irish Pub, and there was a bomb threat. Here’s their Facebook statement.
…Last Friday we held our downtown Christmas Party at Dugan’s Irish Pub.
We had a great crowd and the bar was filled with Christmas cheer until smoke began to fill the entire venue.
At approximately 8 p.m. the Chicago Fire Department were called to the bar to put out what was a very smoked filled bar.
After waiting outside for nearly an hour, we were told that the bar was closed for the night and we were asked to gather our belongings.
There were four small dynamite looking devices found in the men’s bathroom, smoldering in the trash can.
The following evening I received a phone call from Chicago Police Department Bomb and Arson officials.
Written on the lid of one of the toliets were: F*CK THE TEA PARTY
Bomb and arson officials have deemed this incident an arson.
Luckily, nobody was hurt, however, the good people of Dugan’s lost an awful lot of money.
Police are investigating and we are not going away.
Make sure to commemorate the anniversary by picking up the phone and making yourselves heard in Washington as the tax-and-looters carry on.
Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121. If you don’t, no one will.