The real Boston Tea Party occurred on November 29, 1773. The British imposed various taxes, including one on tea, and the Colonists petitioned to have a say in Parliament. They were actually trying not to break away from England. But forced quartering of British Troops in people’s houses, invading US ports, commandeering US ships at sea and conscripting their sailors, just added to the offenses. The multitude of taxes, imposed by The Crown, just added to the problem.
The Boston Massacre, on March 5, 1770, where five colonists were killed by British Army Regulars was just one more offense, by The Crown, that showed a lack of compassion for Colonists. George III, King of England, had (perhaps) over-taxed his own people, as well. But, at least they had a “voice”, albeit a very small one, in Parliament. The Colonists did not have any participation at all. Accordingly, the mounting taxes–without any voice in Parliament–became the rallying cry. TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!
Today’s “Tea Party” does a real disservice to the True Patriots who dumped tea into Boston Harbor, in 1773. There continue to be questions as to who or what finances that effort. Grass roots, HUH? Given the control of the Republican Congress that the “Tea Party” has, how can anyone complain about Taxation Without Representation?