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Why was no taxation without representation a meaningful slogan

Why was the idea of "no taxation without representation" so important?

The Sugar Act raised the issue of "taxation without representation." The colonists said that they were not represented in Parliament - the British lawmaking body. The British government said they were "virtually" represented: they said the elected officials in Britain cared about the Americans. The Americans said that virtual representation was no representation. Your officials are supposed to fight for you. The officials in Britain could not possibly know or care about what was best for Americans.

Americans said they needed to be "directly represented." This meant that the Americans would elect one of their own to go to London and represent their point of view in Parliament. You can control the people you elect

- they work for you. If they do not represent you well, you won't elect them again. If we had had some Americans elected to Parliament, they might have convinced the other officials that the Sugar Act was unfair and should not have been passed.

The slogan "no taxation with out representation" was not about taxes, it was about rights. British citizens in Britain had the right to vote for or against any taxes that were placed on them. Because Britain would not allow the American colonist to elect people to Parliament, we were not being treated as citizens, we were being ruled. The slogan meant, if the British government was not going to give us equal rights as citizens, they had no right to tax us.

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