That being said, if you’re going to call out someone else (or a group of people) for not being factually accurate or informed about a particular situation or event — you damn sure better know what you’re talking about.
Well, that wasn’t the case when Fox News host Andrea Tantaros called out Americans for not knowing their history.
Tantaros was trying to make some ridiculous claim that Americans are “less economically free” (based on a study the right-wing group Heritage Foundation did where they rated Americans as 12th on economic freedom) because they don’t know their history.
Okay, I could see that as being a possible discussion topic. But first I might want to find someone other than Ms. Tantaros to have that debate with because nearly immediately after putting Americans down for not knowing their history, she completely screwed up the history behind the Boston Tea Party.
“If you ask most people, they don’t even know why we left England. They don’t even know why some guy in Boston got his head blown off because he tried to secretly raise the tax on tea. Most people don’t know that.”
Yeah — that never happened. I guess that maybe she was trying to prove how poorly Americans known their history by proving how poorly she knows it?
The Boston Tea Party wasn’t about a tax on tea as many people falsely claim that it is. In fact, the Boston Tea Party was in response to a tax break the British government was giving the British-held East India Company so that they would be able to sell their tea in the colonies lower than anyone else.
While there were taxes levied on tea, the Tea Act (which prompted the Boston Tea Party) wasn’t about raising taxes, but the British government proving a tax break for a big powerful business (for its time).
Interesting, right? The Boston Tea Party was started because the government at the time (the British) was screwing over average citizens by providing unfair tax breaks for big business.
That doesn’t still go on today, does it?
But needless to say, Ms. Tantaros got basically nothing right. The Boston Tea Party wasn’t a response to a new tea tax, but a tax break, and nobody’s “head was blown off” over this non-existent tax.
Again, if you’re going to be so bold as to judge others for their lack of knowledge about a particular issue, be sure you know what the heck you’re talking about.
Otherwise you might make yourself look just as foolish as Ms. Tantaros did.
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