The Boston Tea Party, December 16, 1773, was a significant date on the road to democracy and independence.
There was a simple premise that motivated the colonials who threw the tea overboard.
There should be no taxation without representation.
That patriotic ideal stemmed from the social compact - that free people gathered together and made decisions through equal participation in representative government.
The very act of declaring independence and forming this nation in the next decade recognized that decisions were made for the common good, as noted in the preamble of the Constitution:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility provide for the common defecne promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
If people are unhappy with legislation adopted by a properly elected body of delegates, they can protest, they can vote, and they can even request an 'activist' court to overturn the acts of the legislature.
The Boston Tea Party was organized to support an elected representative government, not subvert it. This government has every right to impose taxes, adopt helmet laws, regulate banks, set air and water pollution standards, control handguns, and give a woman the right to control her body.