The Boston Tea Party of 1773 was led by British subjects in America resentful that the government in power was giving earmarks and tax favours to special interests such as the East India Company.
Revisionist historians have, of course, suggested that it was entirely the brainchild of Boston merchants and smugglers (often the same thing) whose tea would be undersold by the East India Company. But no one should underestimate the justified anger of taxpayers who felt their livelihoods were threatened by government.
This 18th century exercise in "outdoor activities" has recently received new life in America. Taxpayers across the country are demonstrating against a "stimulus" bill that stimulates government and special interests and hangs a millstone of debt around the necks of Americans and their children.
The idea that only "the rich" will pay for the trillion dollar deficit is rightfully dismissed as class warfare and inaccurate math. As we see with Senator Dodd's Irish 'cottage' and Representative Rangel's Caribbean getaway and the huge expenses collected by MEPs and the second homes mysteriously acquired by British politicians - we pay for government boondoggles and the politicians get rich.
On the night of December 16, 150 British activists (now known as American patriots) disguised themselves as Red Indians, boarded the East India ships in Boston Harbour and dumped 200 tons of tea into the drink.