The Ethics That Revolve Around the Tea Party Movement
When most people think about the Tea Party Protest, they think about the Boston Tea Party. On December 16, 1773, a group of colonists boarded ships loaded with tea and destroyed it by throwing it into the Boston Harbor. The basis of the protest comes from the famous saying “no taxation without representation.” After the Tea Act was passed, tea became one of the next items in the new world to bear a tax. Although the basis for the movement is similar, the Tea Party Protests presented in this paper represent the modern movement started in 2009. The purpose of the paper is to analyze the ethics that revolve around the movement and determine if their protests are in line with their common beliefs. To be able to fully understand the movement’s ethics, a brief history will be presented, followed by an outline of the movement’s core beliefs. Once the beliefs are fully understood, the ethics behind the individual protests will be easy to analyze.
When you think about the history of the modern Tea Party Movement, you cannot discount how the past has affected the present. The ideal of liberty and self-government is not modern at all. Although the Boston Tea Party is not a direct precedent for the modern movement, it certainly carries some of the same ideals that are part of the current platform. Through the centuries, men have understood that their rights come from God and have fought for them to be guaranteed beginning way back with the Magna Carta, to the English Bill of Rights all the way through to the U.S. Bill of Rights. The modern movement is considered to start in February 2009, just one month after President Obama took office. Rick Santelli is credited with starting the movement with a rant against the Obama Administration’s proposal to help homeowners refinance their mortgages when faced with foreclosure. He is famously quoted for saying that he would organize a Chicago Tea Party and dump “some