Winter 1773: The American Colonies

In the most simple terms, the American colonists believed Britain was unfairly taxing them to pay for expenses Britain incurred during the French and Indian engagements. Additionally, colonists believed Britain’s Parliament did not have the right to tax them because the colonies were not represented in Parliament. In 1767, Parliament passed the Townsend Revenue Act. The Townsend Act exacted a tax on tea and other commodities imported to the colonies. When the Tea Act, replaced the Townsend Act six years, granting the Crown’s East India Company a monopoly on tea sales in the American colonies, the colonists had had enough.

Former NYC Police Commissioner Speaks-Out


Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik offered his analysis on the current state of the Justice Department on Wednesday’s edition of SiriusXM.

Kerik reflected on partisan and political corruption at the FBI and DOJ: “Not one of these people has been brought up on criminal charges, or even ethical charges. McCabe was terminated. Comey was fired. Page is gone. But at the end of the day, there are Americans all over this country that would be sitting in prison right now if they made the same decisions, if they violated the law the way these people did.”




Liberty or Lethargy?


On November 13, 1787, Thomas Jefferson wrote to John Adams’ son-in-law, William S. Smith.

Serving as minister to France between 1784 and 1789, Jefferson was abroad for the “one rebellion” to which he alludes in his letter. Shays’ Rebellion took place in Massachusetts. The uprising was spurred by increasing dissatisfaction with state and federal government. Organized and led by revolutionary veteran, Daniel Shays, 4,000 people rebelled against economic and civil liberty injustices. Although the armed uprising was defeated, it prompted numerous officials to call for stronger national government to suppress future uprisings.

DoJ Charges Dozens


On Tuesday, federal prosecutors announced that they were charging dozens of people, including famous actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, in an alleged scheme to help students get admitted to colleges under false pretenses. They are being charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Thirty-eight people have reportedly been taken into custody thus far.