A lot of people say we should be respectful of politicians, even if we disagree with their actions. They say we should “respect the office.”’ That certainly isn’t how the American colonists treated British officials who were abusing their power.

In 1767 and 1768, Parliament passed a series of laws known as the Townsend ActsThe acts included the New York Restraining Act, which shut down the colony’s legislative assembly as punishment for its refus