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I was at the federal building April 15 for the Tea Party tax protest and wanted to comment on the speech given by Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

I believe the Attorney General came close to suggesting that we take up arms against the government. He told stories of the individual colonists taking up arms and followed those stories with pleas to “take action.”

Also, his revisionist history of the Boston Tea Party seemed odd. I believe he implied that the original tea party was a protest against taxation.

A speaker who came later correctly pointed out that original tea party was a protest against a tax cut given to The British East India Company. However, even that speaker twisted the history a bit. He suggested that the tea party was a result of the colonial protest of the British government “bailing out” a big company (trying to put it in a modern context).

I believe the real reason was that the reduced tax (targeted at one wellconnected company) gave the East India Company an advantage over Americanbased merchants.

D. MacPherson
Salt Lake City

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