|I am very happy that you have made the choice to
be a part of “The Greenwich Tea Party Patriots
of South Jersey.” Tea Party Patriots is a
grassroots organization represented by ordinary
citizens standing up for liberty and dedicated to
reclaiming America’s founding principles.
|I’m certain you will be asked at some point why
the name “Greenwich?” I chose the name for a
reason I thought we could all be very proud of.
|Greenwich is a small town in Cumberland County just a few miles up on the Cohansey River which empties into
the Delaware Bay. Founded in 1675 (older than Philadelphia, founded in 1682) it remains almost the same today
as it did over three hundred years ago when the British flag flew high over it. The main road through Greenwich is
still called "Ye Greate Street."
|In the autumn of 1774, the inhabitants of the village of Greenwich were surprised to see a British ship called the
"Greyhound" landing at their port. The Greyhound was laden with a cargo of tea sent by the East IndiaTea
Company. She was apparently sailing under the impression that the conservative values of the people of New
Jersey would allow them to easily submit quietly to a small tax. What they did not know is that the locals had been
protesting paying taxes as early as 1714.
|Daniel Brown, a British sympathizer, was found among the townspeople and the Greyhound's crew secretly
unloaded the cargo of tea into the cellar of his house. This did not go unnoticed by the citizens of Greenwich. News
of the Boston Tea Party had already reached Greenwich and the defiant example was regarded by many of the
local settlers as worthy of their own contempt for the British. Fate now presented them with their own opportunity
to duplicate the act.
|On the evening of Thursday, December 22, 1774, a group of about 40 young Whigs, disguised as Native American
Indians, broke into Daniel Bowen's cellar, removed the tea and burned it in an adjoining field. On that night, the
patriots of Cumberland County expressed their discontent by reacting to oppressive government measures. They
took a stand for their independence and democracy.
|Greenwich has been granted the distinction of being one of the five tea-party towns in America (Greenwich being
the final one). The others were Charleston, Annapolis, Princeton, and Boston. In 1908 a monument was erected in
the old marketplace on Ye Greate Street to commemorate this historic event.
|I thought how fortunate we are that we could be so proud to have such a historic event right here in our own back
yard. 1774 Tea Party Patriots fought for independence. 2010 Tea Party Patriots fight to keep it.
|One of our goals is to become well-informed and action-oriented. We will openly discuss the situations that are
currently presenting themselves on all levels of our government. We will expect our appointed representatives to be
not only fiscally responsible, but we will also hold them accountable to the highest standards as set forth in The
Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of The United States and The Bill of Rights.
|I applaud you for taking “a stand” and again, welcome.
|The impetus for the Tea Party movement is excessive government spending and taxation. Our mission is to attract, educate, organize, and mobilize our fellow citizens to
secure public policy consistent with our three core values of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets.
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