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Framing The Framers of the Constitution

© Matt Wuerker

Considering that the Boston Tea Party was actually against the East India Tea Company (the then equivalent of a multinational corporation) it is difficult to believe that the founders of this country really intended for corporations to have the same rights as people and for money to be considered protected speech.



  1. J Singleton wrote:

    I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.

    – Thomas Jefferson

    Monday, July 5, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Permalink
  2. pat andrews wrote:

    Thank goodness! Someone is actually READING the constitution. I have often noticed that reactionary tea partiers often read their bibles with the same lack of understanding that they use when reading the constitution!

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Permalink
  3. R DeDominick wrote:

    On December 16, 1773, after Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea back to Britain, a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor. The incident remains an iconic event of American history, and other political protests often refer to it.
    The Tea Party was the culmination of a resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act, which had been passed by the British Parliament in 1773. Colonists objected to the Tea Act for a variety of reasons, especially because they believed that it violated their right to be taxed only by their own elected representatives. Protesters had successfully prevented the unloading of taxed tea in three other colonies, but in Boston, Hutchinson refused to allow the tea to be returned to Britain. He apparently did not expect that the protestors would choose to destroy the tea rather than concede the authority of a legislature in which they were not directly represented.
    The Boston Tea Party was a key event in the growth of the American Revolution.

    I am trying to fathom the weak connection to corporations you stated that the BTP was about. You need to bone up on your basic 6th grade American History.

    It’s a shame when ignorance is put on public display.

    Friday, August 6, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink
  4. J. Iannello wrote:

    The difference between 1773 and now would be that you are not being taxed by Britain. Taxes in the United States are levied by the U.S. government. They are elected by Americans.
    Applying the circumstances of the Boston Tea Party to today’s politics doesn’t work.

    Monday, January 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Permalink