Please remember that within this debate of what our modern political struggles are and what our founding fathers faced, there resides a large gap in the way information was delivered. During the time of the stamp act and the present day media had completely different technological delivery systems as well as a total difference in the ethical creation of the content being delivered to the public.
It was actually around the time of the stamp act that journalists started to come together and form what is our modern day system of reporting. The big difference is that when the stamp act was being protested, newspapers were still mostly editorial pages full of opinion and often not backed up by anything other then logic and sometimes not even that.
Today the field of journalism has progressed vastly and now requires an objective eye on the workings of the world. Unfortunately I feel this struggle for an unbiased approach to journalism fading with the rise in conservative talk radio and television.
Media organizations are now taking political sides and not so subtly. The Fox News network is perhaps the biggest criminal in this regard with their obvious conservative bias coming through in a barrage of subjective comments and selective reporting styles.
The reason this is so critical to how we look at civil dissent is that the form of media that people are exposed to will greatly effect the type of response they have the any administration's policies.
It is scary to me that we might actually be stepping back in time politically because of the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin. The fact that people actually think we are treated like the colonial citizens of the stamp act days is very concerning.