Samuel Adams wrote, “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush Fires in people’s minds.”
Adams was one of the founding fathers of the United States, and cousin to John Adams, our second President. A political activist and master of politican spin from Boston, he was instrumental in informing citizens in the other twelve colonies about the situation in Boston as the British blockaded that port. He was involved in the Sons of Liberty, the agitators, and the committees of correspondence (the means by which patriots organized and kept in touch with one another).
The Boston Tea Party led to the Coersive Acts, which led to Lexington and Concord and the American Revolution. Samuel Adams took part in the Continental Congress which eventually passed the Declaration of Independence. After the War was won, he had input into the Articles of Confederation and the Massachusets Constitution. He became the 4th Governor of Massachussets.
The original Sons of Liberty were agitators. During the protests of the Stamp Acts and the Coersive Acts, the majority of Americans had no intention of declaring independence from Britain. As time and events played out, they had the a brushfire of liberty ignited in their minds.
The Tea Party Activists have gone back to Sam Adams for their inspiration. After all, he prevailed.