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Boston Tea Party
Leader Thomas L. Knapp, Founder
Founded July 4, 2006 (July 4, 2006)
Dissolved July 22, 2012 (July 22, 2012)
Headquarters Online
Ideology Libertarianism
International affiliation Interlibertarians

The Boston Tea Party (BTP) was a U.S. political party named after the Boston Tea Party of 1773. Its ideology was libertarian.

A group of former Libertarian Party (LP) members founded the party in 2006. They criticized the LP for its "abdication of political responsibilities", saying that "Americans deserve and desperately need a pro-freedom party that forcefully advocates libertarian solutions to the issues of today".[1]

The party effectively disbanded in July 2012.[2]


The Boston Tea Party supported reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposed increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.

Program and resolutions[]

The party's 2008–2010 program – the four points of Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty[3] – advocated, among other things, the withdrawal of all American troops from around the world, including Korea, Japan, Europe and the entire Middle East; an immediate and complete end to warrantless searches and seizures, warrantless surveillance, and other practices that encroach on personal freedom; and an audit of the Federal Reserve.[4] The program was deliberately adopted from Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty.[5]

On December 2, 2009, the national committee passed a resolution in Support of “Honest Money”.[6] One week later Ron Paul introduced H.R. 4248: Free Competition in Currency Act of 2009, a bill 'To repeal the legal tender laws, to prohibit taxation on certain coins and bullion, and to repeal superfluous sections related to coinage.'[7][8]

The party's members adopted their 2010–2012 program at their online convention held in May 2010. Its five main points are 1) End the Wars of Aggression and withdraw US troops from around the world, 2) End the Federal Reserve Banking System, 3) End the War on Drugs, 4) End Abuses of Liberty such as the Patriot Act and Military Commissions Act, 5) End the Immigration Fiasco by eliminating government restrictions on human migration.[9]

The 2010 Boston Tea Party convention passed resolutions: calling for an independent investigation into the events of September 11, 2001; opposing intervention in Columbia; in support of the "Liberty Amendment"; and renouncing government in all forms.[10] On July 5, 2010, the National Committee passed a resolution opposing "Top Two".[11] On August 8, 2010, the National Committee passed a resolution to join the Coalition Against War Spending.[12] On November 19, 2010, the Boston Tea Party National Committee passed resolutions; opposing the TSA, naked porno-scanners & enhanced pat-downs and supporting the 2nd & 9th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America.[13] On February 4, 2011, the Boston Tea Party National Committee passed a resolution of support for the Tunisian and Egyptian people as well as the "rights of all peoples wishing to alter or abolish their present form of government."[14] On March 1, 2011, the Boston Tea Party National Committee passed a resolution supporting War Crimes trials “for every person that has violated the 'law of war'.” The BTP National Committee also passed a resolution condemning government censorship and any press organization and/or members of the media that intentionally distort and/or misrepresent facts.[15]


The party was founded in objection to new policy changes by the Libertarian Party announced at its Oregon convention in 2006.[16]

In September 2008, the libertarian website posted an article by libertarian economist Walter Block. In it, Block proclaimed his preference for the Boston Tea Party's candidates over those of the LP.[17] Block and other libertarians expressed discomfort over the "unlibertarian" history of the LP's 2008 presidential candidate, Bob Barr, a former Republican congressman.

On the April 19, 2011, episode of Jeopardy! the BTP was a $2000 clue in a category called "The Mad Tea Party".[18]

On July 22, 2012, Darryl Perry announced his resignation as chair of the party.[19] As there were only two remaining members of the BTP National Committee at that time, Perry's resignation effectively disbanded the party.[2]

Electoral history[]

2008 presidential election[]

Charles Jay was the party's first presidential nominee. He received the BTP presidential nomination in the 2008 general election. He was on the ballot in Florida, Tennessee and Colorado.[20] He was also a write-in candidate in more than ten other states.[21] Thomas L. Knapp was the party's vice presidential nominee.[22] Knapp was also a candidate for US Congress as a Libertarian Party candidate in the same election.[23] However, alternate running mates included Marilyn Chambers (Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah), Barry Hess (Arizona), Dan Sallis, Jr. (Colorado), John Wayne Smith (Florida) and Thomas J. Marino (Washington).[24][25]

In the 2008 presidential election, Jay received 2,422 votes, putting him in 15th place.[26]

2012 presidential election[]

On December 23, 2011, after a two day Presidential Nominating Convention which took place online and was open to all BTP members, Tiffany Briscoe of Maryland was chosen as the 2012 BTP presidential nominee on the first round of voting with 13 out of 20 votes.[27] Kimberly Johnson Barrick of Arizona was chosen as the vice presidential nominee on the 2nd round of voting.[28]

On March 6, 2012, the party membership removed Briscoe as the BTP presidential nominee, replacing her with NOTA.[29]

On March 20, 2012, the party membership passed a motion to hold a new presidential nominating convention, which began on March 30, 2012.[30] Jim Duensing of Nevada was nominated on the 4th round of balloting.[31][32] Barrick remained the VP nominee.

Ultimately, the BTP did not run a candidate in the general election as the party disbanded in July 2012.[2]


  1. Byrnes, Sholto (2008-10-23). "Bizarre political parties: The Boston Tea Party". New Statesman. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Darryl Perry Resigns as BTP Chairman; Party ‘Effectively Disbands’", Independent Political Report. July 22, 2012.
  3. "Boston Tea Party Program". 2010-06-02.
  4. "Program of the Boston Tea Party". The Boston Tea Party. 2008-10-26. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
  5. "News". The Boston Tea Party. 2008-09-13. Retrieved 2008-12-16.
  6. "Resolution in Support of “Honest Money”". The Boston Tea Party. 2009-12-02. Retrieved 2010-08-08.
  7. "Free Competition in Currency Act of 2009 Bill Summary". Library of Congress. 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2010-08-08.
  8. "Is Congress listening to the BTP??". Boston Tea Party. 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2010-08-08.
  9. "News". The Boston Tea Party. 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  10. "Convention Resolutions". 2010-05-26. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  11. "Resolution Opposing "Top Two"". 2010-07-05. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
  12. "Resolution to join the Coalition Against War Spending". 2010-08-08. Retrieved 2010-08-08.
  13. "Resolutions opposing TSA and supporting the 2nd & 9th Amendments". 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
  14. "Resolution of support for the people of Tunisia & Egypt". 2011-02-04. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
  15. "BTP National Committee Passes Resolution Supporting War Crimes Trials". 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
  16. Knapp, Thomas L. (as Kn@ppster) (2008-06-06). "A brief history of the Boston Tea Party, part one". Last Free Voice. Retrieved 2008-11-07.
  17. Block, Walter (2008-09-11). "More Sarah Palin". Retrieved 2008-10-31.
  18. "Show #6132 – Tuesday, April 19, 2011". 2011-04-19. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  19. Perry resignation
  20. "Boston Tea Party wraps up convention". Independent Political Report. 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  21. Gresko, Jessica (2008-10-31). "In the 2008 election, time to party like it's 1773". The Miami Herald. Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-10-31. Template:Dead link
  22. Winger, Richard (2008-07-01). "Boston Tea Party". Ballot Access News. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
  23. "Liberty for America, Vol. 1 No. 1" (PDF). George Phillies. June 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  24. "2008-2009 Voter Guide | the Boston Tea Party". 2009-05-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01.Template:Dead link
  26. "2008 official presidential general election results". FEC. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
  27. "Vote for Presidential nominee". 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  28. "BTP Announces 2012 Presidential Ticket". 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2011-12-25.Template:Dead link
  29. {{cite web |url= |title=Reults of poll to overturn decision of chair |accessdate=2012-03-10 |2012-03-06Template:Dead link
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