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It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.”
–Samuel Adams



Town Crier Committee Report




Parallels Past and Present

By APN staff

239 years ago on April 19, 1775 an event occurred that changed the history of the world. Sadly very few Americans have any idea of what transpired on that fateful day. The fact that most Americans are clueless regarding THE most important day in all of American history begs a question. If we do not know our history and heritage, is that not relevant to why we seem to be losing more of our liberty with each passing day?

The real story of April 19, 1775 is one of true inspiration which should create pride in being an American. Mere farmers and shopkeepers stood up against the most powerful military on earth at that time. The empire of Great Britain was so huge that the sun never set on it, yet the British colonists drew a line in the sand. They would not surrender their liberties to a tyrant nor tolerate confiscation of powder and ball. So did you think the "shot heard round the world" was about "taxation without representation" or a mere tax on tea? If so, you would be quite wrong!

 
The cost of British imperialism had finally gotten completely out of hand with the French and Indian War--a massive seven year world war that ended in 1763. The series of continuous wars had depleted the treasury as multiple foreign wars are expensive. Britain had actually doubled their national debt with the French and Indian war. Imagine that…..The colonies in North America for generations had been largely left to govern themselves as Britain was involved in imperialistic conquests. That status quo began to change as the King's attention turned to another revenue source to pay for Britain's expensive wars: his colonies on the American continent. Thus began a series of taxes with the 1765 Stamp Act being especially hated by the colonists. A stamp indicating payment of tax was to appear on all manner of paper involving documents, newspapers, contracts, deeds, and even playing cards. Previously the colonists had made their own decisions about taxes and did not take kindly to outside interference. The Sons of Liberty--of which Paul Revere was a part--was formed and resisted these taxes, even running customs commissioners out of town. The British government responded in 1768 by sending a fleet into Boston Harbor forming a ring with cannon trained on the town. Now how would you feel about that?

With the coming of more British soldiers, violence spilled over as British Regulars fired on taunting colonists killing 5. This was known as the Boston Massacre. After this incident, the British Parliament backed off the taxes except for a new tax on tea. But the Parliament did resolve that it had the right "not only to tax but to bind in all cases whatsoever" the British colonists in North America. This gross miscalculation led to the Boston Tea Party where colonists dressed as Indians dumped many chests of ten into the harbor worth about $1.5 million in today's dollars. Many in Parliament had stakes in the East India Tea Company and expressed their anger to the Tea Party with the 1774 Coercive Acts to force the colonists to submit. These punitive acts restricted importation of essential foreign supplies and replaced the colonist's local governance with appointees by the King. To wit: t
he port of Boston was closed, the Charter of Massachusetts was revoked, town meetings were curtailed, a new system of courts were created with Royal judges replacing judges elected by the colonists, and British officials were immune to criminal prosecution in Massachusetts. And if that wasn't enough, Imperial officers were authorized to transport colonists accused of political crimes across the seas to Britain for trial, with no ability to call witnesses or access to a jury of your peers. Is that sounding like our current day NDAA? To make matters worse, The Quartering Act required colonists to house British troops on demand. With more British regulars in town than the 3000 or so militia age males over 16, Boston was a town under an occupying army. In 1774, King George the III appointed General Thomas Gage as Royal Governor in Massachusetts with orders to reduce that restless colony to obedience and peace. General Gage was both the enforcer of the Coercive Acts and the Commander of British troops in North America.

It is easy to see why the Colonists referred to the Coercive Acts as the Intolerable Acts. The colonists were essentially being denied rights guaranteed to all free Englishmen under English law. The Colonists actually had sympathizers in Britain due to such infringement of rights. Other North American colonies united to help the Massachusetts colony that had been singled out for assault of their liberties. With the Port of Boston closed, the Colonists became adept at smuggling in essential goods with the help of other colonies. They also engaged in nullification of other provisions of the Coercive Acts. When General Gage appointed new judges to replace those the colonists had elected, angry colonists refused to sit on the juries, which in turn caused newly appointed judges to refuse to sit on the bench in fear of their lives. Even the clergy defied General Gage when he refused a request to declare of day of fasting and prayer, a New England tradition in troubled times.

General Gage responded to the Colonist's non-compliance to the Coercive Acts by planning a series of counter operations. By confiscating large supplies of black powder and lead ball, Gage hoped to effectively disarm the colonists and thus remove their ability to resist. At the time, large quantities of black powder for muskets was kept outside of towns in separate buildings due to the explosive nature of black powder. In September 1774 Gage mounted a successful powder raid on the powder magazine six miles outside of Boston, removing all the powder. The outrage by the colonists resulted in thousands of militia marching toward Boston and only turning back when it was apparent that the damage was already done. Twice more powder raids were attempted but were foiled each time by alerted colonists who had developed a highly effective alarm system. It was this same alarm system in which Paul Revere played a major role on April 19, 1775. That is the fascinating history which lead to the first shot being fired in what would become the American War for Independence. British Parliament banned further importation of muskets and black powder leading the colonists to believe the desire of the Crown and Parliament was total submission and enslavement of the colonists, as they knew the difference between free men and slaves was the ability to own and use firearms.

So you see, it wasn't just about "taxation without representation" or tea parties, but the last straw was the Colonial version of gun control. When you look at what is going on in our country today with the push for bans of certain firearms, UN Arms Treaties, gun registrations, and resistance on the part of gun owners in multiple states, do you think history is repeating itself?


April 11, 2014

Times, they are a’changin

Millennial Generation continue to show their enthusiasm for the Tea Party

The young man with the skateboard under his arm stops playing and gets serious. He reads the sign Replace Congress Impeach Obama and dismounted to talk about it with one of the Town Criers. Then, two young ladies strolled by and get in the mix. As they say, “Times, they are a’changin.” “And that’s good news,” so say the Town Criers. . The Town Criers are a Committee of the St. Augustine Tea Party. [See “A look at Town Crier’s history” August 26, 2013 at
 
http://www.examiner.com/review/a-look-at-town-crier-s-history Ed]
                                          

More and more of the Millennial generation are getting involved as the impact of Obamacare and the lies surrounding it are being exposed. ‘Obama mania ‘has evaporated. “Sanity is returning and the younger generation gets it. They were lied to and they know it, according to the Town Criers.

The Town Criers, right lower, believe that their years of standing up for the Constitution by actually ‘doing something’ (instead of just talking) has made the difference. “One-on-one contact with living human beings has an electric effect on the youth, in particular” said Dave Heimbold SATP Media Chairman. “Our hope is that the Millennials pick up the baton and run with it.”







 

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