A Rick Perry History Lesson


The Rickster remembers:

There was a time in the history of this country when people were afraid to go out in public. You go back to Boston in the 1770s and people had to disguise themselves… They were afraid that they’d be persecuted for sending the message about unfair taxation.

Matthew Yglesias corrects:

Contrary to Perry’s assertion, nobody was “afraid to walk around in public” in colonial Boston out of “fear that they’d be persecuted” for objecting to high taxes. What actually happened was that “disguised men and others then went on board the tea-ships moored at Griffin’s Wharf, and in the course of three hours they emptied three hundred and forty-two chests of tea into the water of the harbor.” Apparently not all the tea partiers actually did wear disguises at all, but clearly the point of wearing disguises wasn’t generalized fear of public expression of dissent but specific fear that acts of vandalism were illegal. For all that’s changed in the subsequent 230 years, this aspect of American life is basically the same. People who want to protest peacefully do so freely, people who want to destroy other people’s property are more likely to wear masks.

You may remember the fun Stephen Colbert had with the Palin take on Paul Revere’s ride…


Rick Parry (“That’s with an ‘A’ for America and Iowa”) was Colbert’s write-in choice for the Iowa Caucuses. Maybe we have some more good Parry fun to look forward to on Colbert this week.