Re: Thought for the Day (and this day in history....) HEROIC???

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Posted by Dr. Uncle Mark on December 17, 2000 at 04:55:14:

In Reply to: Re: Thought for the Day (and this day in history....) HEROIC??? posted by Bill R on December 16, 2000 at 21:41:10:

: : Huggy,

: : The quote is excellent!! And thanks for reminding me of this day. Boston Tea Party has always been one of my favorite "situations" of the pre-Revoluationary days. Along with many other bits of trivia, the number of tea chests thrown overboard (342) will always stick with my memory and I will probably be found blithering this number someday in the old age home!! The BTP was one of those instantaneous riots, unplanned, when the Sons of Liberty were together in numbers, being a wee bit tipsy, and decided to take the law into their own hands. Their "costuming" themselves as Indians was not so much to disguise themselves as it was a "let's dress up have some fun!" But, the BTP has gone down in history as one of our heroic events...definately an example of our independent American nature!! Pax Aye!

: : Dr. Uncle Mark

: Well now, Dr U.M.........the BTP was one of our HEROIC moments in history? Heroic you say? There is no greater patriot than I, but saying the Boston Tea Party is heroic is a bit of a stretch, don't you think? Yes, I suppose those treacherous wooden tea chests WERE quite combative and put up quite a fight against those brave SOL with only poor tomahawks and pry bars with which to defend themselves :) Not to mention how those several sea captains and watch standers posed such a terrible threat to an armed and angry mob. It was quite the grand statement I'll grant you, but falls a wee bit short of heroic, doesnt it?

: Bill R

Bill R:

Touche'....Yes, you are just calling it as it is. But, maybe it's heroic in the sense that these Sons of Liberty were purposefully disobeying the law to make a point, which in their minds, was a point of "independence" and fighting for freedom. There may be a deeper question here, Can disobeying the law be heroic? In this situation (Boston Tea Party) many of my collegues in the SAR and DAR would proclaim, Yes! But, your point is well taken and although I believe that most Americans (who know only the basics of the BTP story) would perceive this event as heroic. Maybe I'm wrong. Personally, I see it as one of those events which gave the colonists the impetus to push for war, much like the Boston Massacre (which was no massacre at all). More thoughts???

Pax Aye!!

Dr. Uncle Mark

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