History that Applies to TODAY!
THE STAMP ACT OF 1765
The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament on March 22, 1765 with an implementation date of November 1, 1765. The new tax was imposed on all American colonists and required them to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used. Ship’s papers, legal documents, licenses, newspapers, other publications, and even playing cards were taxed. The money collected by the Stamp Act was to be used to help pay the costs of defending and protecting the American frontier near the Appalachian Mountains (10,000 troops were to be stationed on the American frontier for this purpose).
The actual cost of the Stamp Act was relatively small. What made the law so offensive to the colonists was not so much its immediate cost but the standard it seemed to set. In the past, taxes and duties on colonial trade had always been viewed as measures to regulate commerce, not to raise money. The Stamp Act, however, was viewed as a direct attempt by England to raise money in the colonies without the approval of the colonial legislatures. If this new tax were allowed to pass without resistance, the colonists reasoned, the door would be open for far more troublesome taxation in the future.
OK >>> Is this striking anyone’s ears/eyes/brain the way it’s hitting mine??? Say, OBAMACARE? Say, the Obama Tax hikes? WHY? Come on, America, make the APPLICATION!!!
Few colonists believed that they could do anything more than grumble and buy the stamps until the Virginia House of Burgesses adopted Patrick Henry’s Stamp Act Resolves. These resolves declared that Americans possessed the same rights as the English, especially the right to be taxed only by their own representatives; that Virginians should pay no taxes except those voted by the Virginia House of Burgesses; and that anyone supporting the right of Parliament to tax Virginians should be considered an enemy of the colony. The House of Burgesses defeated the most extreme of Henry’s resolutions, but four of the resolutions were adopted. Virginia Governor Fauquier did not approve of the resolutions, and he dissolved the House of Burgesses in response to their passage.
THE LOYAL NINE >>> The SONS OF LIBERTY
The ramifications of the Stamp Act affected almost everyone in the American colonies. The Stamp Act was in essence a tax on paper. The Stamp Act outraged colonists, and the Loyal Nine was formed with the intent of preventing the Stamp Act from taking effect. The Loyal Nine incited, organized, and managed mob rule in the streets of Boston to protest the Stamp Act. These Patriot mobs used tactics of fear, force, intimidation and violence to demonstrate against the Stamp Act, and they targeted pro-Stamp Act supporters and officials. The Loyal Nine organized these mobs by putting anti-Stamp Act pamphlets and signage all over the streets of Boston, hanging effigies of public officials and others who supported the Stamp Act. They are credited with the establishment of the “Liberty Tree” located in Boston’s Hanover Square. The “Liberty Tree” served as a central meeting place for speeches and a staging area for organizing street violence, protests, and demonstrations. The Loyal Nine identified the targets of the mobs and set strict boundaries about how far the violence could escalate on their intended victims. In secrecy, these “actions” were carefully planned, organized, and directed by the Loyal Nine. The intent of the Loyal Nine in the summer of 1765 was not independence, that notion was too premature; it was focused on the goal of repealing the Stamp Act.
So now, the unrest in growing in the Colonies because “Momma” Britain isn’t listening. Leaders begin to emerge and find one another. They begin to come up with ideas to think, to talk, to argue … what is the best way to deal with Britain’s unwillingness to listen to the complaints and needs of those living in the Colonies?
In August of 1765, the paths of the Loyal Nine and the Sons of Liberty crossed and ultimately merged. The men of the Loyal Nine joined the Sons of Liberty and became an integral part of that organization. Although not a member of the Loyal Nine, Samuel Adams, who by the summer of 1765 was emerging on the scene as an important Patriot leader and organizer, met and worked with the group and probably influenced it. It is no coincidence Samuel Adams is often credited as being the founder and leader of the Sons of Liberty, and that the Loyal Nine merged into the Sons of Liberty. MORE on the STAMP ACT HERE
Outraged and wary of the British Parliament, a handful of brave rebel businessmen began to meet to discuss what might be done to stop or slow the tyranny under which they lived. They felt the British, especially with the STAMP ACT, were setting a dangerous precedent. These men became known, historically, as the Loyal Nine. Lest you fall into the mind-trap that a handful of people cannot make a difference, please read more …
Is there something in common here? The STAMP ACT – OBAMACARE, “FAST and FURIOUS,” Solyndra, 9% unemployment, soaring gov’t debt, unapproved executive orders, on and on the failures of the current President read like a bad Sci-Fi novel. Our greatest fears have come among us and made it to the White house! Now what? Dare we raise our voices? Dare we join together and voice our dissatisfaction? How can we not with the proud and brave heritage we share?
Again I ask …