4th of July, History repeats itself.
Across the colonies, the “Sons of Liberty” formed to resist the new taxation. Colonial leaders appealed to Parliament stating that as they had no representation in Parliament, the taxes were unconstitutional and against their rights as Englishmen.
The crown anxious to pay for war debts against the French in defending the Americas seemed intent on taxing the colonies, tempers came to a head with the tea tax of 1773
Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty fed up with the tyranny of the crown struck a blow for freedom and carried out the now famous Boston Tea Party.
Though celebrated by the colonials, the Boston Tea Party quickly unified Parliament against the colonies. Angered by a direct affront to royal authority.
“Angered by a direct affront to royal authority” Hmm that reminds me of a more recent time and a more recent occupant of the seat of power.
If you listen to the current leader of the American territories you will hear him speak about the new tea party, it seems he is angered by their affront to royal authority. What is his answer to the system of checks and balances and the powers granted to the congress as we near our nations birth? Executive orders- dictated to the subjects-no approval from your representatives in Congress-King George would be proud.
Our forefathers went to war with the worlds superpower over a sales tax, can you imagine what they would have done if they were alive for the current transgressions? Let’s see
- The spying on American citizens with the NSA.
- The dream act
- fast and furious
- IRS targets American citizens not politically aligned with himself.
- Sues Arizona over border enforcement
- Pays to Import Illegal children to US then uses executive orders to stop them, wants to send troops to Texas and Arizona.
- Force private citizens to purchase government health care.
- Abandon American citizens in Benghazi, would not look good right before the election.
- Oh yea It’s a video, least that is what they told the parents of the dead when their caskets were delivered home. Despicable.
- Making recess appointments, Ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme court.
- Supplying Al Queda rebels in Syria.
- Was against Gay marriage before he was for it.
- Makes public school kids eat food they won’t eat.
The list could go on and on.
If you question him you are a zealot, a whacko, a threat, need to be watched, need to be audited, need to be silenced. Sounds a lot like King George, maybe history will repeat itself, maybe these tea party people maligned by their commander and chief will fight tyranny like their fore fathers, maybe Sam Adam’s memory can add some support. On July 4th 1776 a free people emerged to take on the military superpower of their time, and Declared their Independence
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for a people to advance from that subordination in which they have hitherto remained, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the equal and independent station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s god entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the change
We hold these truths to be [sacred and undeniable] selfevident, that all men are created equal and independent; that from that equal creation they derive in rights inherent and inalienables, among which are the preservation of life, and liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these ends, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government shall become destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing it’s powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes: and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. but when a long train of abuses and usurpations, begun at a distinguished period, and pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to [subject] reduce them to arbitrary power, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –
So this fourth of July maybe we can remember our roots founded in the law, written in the U.S. Constitution, Perhaps We the People will muster the courage to speak up to power and fight tyranny. In the famous words of Patrick Henry: “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”
Happy 4th of July, Happy Independence day, Independence it’s a nice concept,