Many people believe that the American Revolution began when the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord. Not so! The Revolutionary War began at Lexington and Concord, but the actual revolution had been going on for quite some time.
Prior to discussing the American Revolution, it is essential the people understand the reasons why a people would choose to go to war with their established government. There lies within each individual a desire to be free of burdensome laws and unjust taxes.
Anyone who has ever been told that they must do something that conflicted with their personal beliefs has felt the fire of indignation. It was that fire of indignation which formed the basis for the American Revolution.
Samuel Adams once said, “The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule.”
The American Revolution began when the King of England began imposing unjust laws, and burdensome taxes upon the colonies. The King of England imposed such burdens as the Stamp Tax, the Townshend Acts, the Coercive Acts, along with a long list of other dictates that the colonists found to be distasteful and oppressive.
With each new law, with each new tax, the colonists respectfully petitioned the King to ease these burdens imposed upon them. The Kings refusal to listen to these peaceful attempts of the colonists only caused tensions to build.
Something had to give. The Boston Tea Party was a perfect example of the colonists taking matters into their own hands. The final straw came when the Kings forces attempted to confiscate the arms of the colonists at Lexington and Concord.
The founders realized that to seek their independence was a huge step, and not something to be taken lightly. That sentiment was explained when Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown 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, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
Yet the time did come when our nations founders felt that they had no other recourse but to take up arms and fight for their liberty, liberty that could only come when they had obtained their independence from an oppressive government.
Once our founders were successful in obtaining their independence, they sought to ensure that future generations would be secure in their as well. They drafted a system of government, that was designed to protect the people from oppression, only if they kept a watchful eye upon the actions of their government.
Former Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis is quoted as saying, The makers of our constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness… They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions and their sensations. They conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone the most comprehensive of the rights and the right most valued by civilized men.
It was our responsibility to ensure that our government did not overstep its authority and once again subvert our liberty. George Washington clearly explained that responsibility when he said, The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered… deeply, …finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.
Over the course of time, the majority of the people in this country have gotten soft, complacent, and more importantly, have forgotten what it means to be truly free and independent.
However, there are those of us in whom that sacred fire of liberty still burns strong. We are the ones who have kept our eyes trained upon our government, instead of upon our televisions. And we dont like what we are seeing!
Are you aware that during the war for our independence that only about three percent of the people were actually engaged in fighting against the Redcoats? The rest of the people were pretty equally divided among three groups. There were those who supported the cause but did not fight. There were those who remained loyal to the King and opposed the cause. And then there were those who remained neutral, accept the outcome, no matter how it turned out.
The reason I tell you this is because I have to wonder, is history about to repeat itself? A good many people in this country cannot recognize the signs. They have been anesthetized to the truth by the lies taught to them about our system of government. They have taken for granted the lies told to them by the media, and by those elected to represent them. Finally, they are completely ignorant as to the powers granted their government by a charter from we the people.
Our government is plundering our nations livelihood while we sit back and watch Football or reality TV. I often hear people tell me that I over exaggerate, that things are not as bad as I make them sound. I too frequently hear people say that our government just would not do things like that.
Let me tell you what Frederic Bastiat had to say about that, Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Thus the beneficiaries are spared the shame and danger that their acts would otherwise involve… But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to the other persons to whom it doesn’t belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish that law without delay … No legal plunder; this is the principle of justice, peace, order, stability, harmony and logic.
It is of no importance that the actions of our government are often the result of the desires of the majority of the people. Thomas Jefferson told us that, Bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
Those of us who still remember the principles upon which this nation was founded, and who have read the writings of our founders are tired of being oppressed. Just as our founders, we have petitioned our government for redress.
I have binders full of letters I have received from my elected representatives. They are all form letters, politely thanking me for my views, but never truly addressing my concerns. I have quoted the Constitution, and I have asked them to explain to me where the Constitution grants them the authority to do what they do. Not once have they undertaken to explain to me where they get the power to pass these burdensome laws and unjust taxes.
These oppressive acts taken by our government have been coming at a rate which causes people, such as myself, great concern. We understand, as did Maxwell Anderson, that, When a government takes over a peoples economic life it becomes absolute, and when it has become absolute it destroys the arts, the minds, the liberties and the meaning of the people it governs.
What we are seeing is the transformation of our republican system of government being turned into a socialist state. Merriam Websters dictionary defines socialism as, any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.
Has not our government assumed control over many of the major financial institutions? Has not our government assumed control over the automotive industry? Now, are they not attempting to assume control of the health insurance industry under the guise of health care reform?
Far too few people have taken the time to try and read the proposed legislation which our government claims to be a health care reform bill. Do they realize that if they fail to accept this new form of government controlled health insurance, they could face a fine, and possible jail time?
If you fail to pay the penalty for not purchasing this new insurance, you could be penalized by the Internal Revenue Service, the same thugs who come after you if you dont pay your taxes.
Are you aware that the penalty could go as high as $1,900, and that if you dont pay the IRS will take you to court and undertake normal collection proceedings? If found guilty in court, violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and face a year in jail and a $25,000 fine? Does that sound like freedom of choice to you?
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. That quote applies to the vast majority of the people in this country.
Our rights have been infringed upon to the point that they barely exist any more. Yet as long as people can buy beer, watch whatever show they choose on television, they believe they are free.
There are those of us who know better. We have been trying to warn the people of these violations for a long time now. All the while we have watched as our rights continued to be taken from us.
No more! Just as those patriots in 1776 took their stand, we have decided that we will no longer acquiesce to our governments infringements of our rights. William O. Douglas once said that, The right to revolt has sources deep in our history.
I do not want it to come to that. I understand the consequences of that path. Not only will we be forced to fight our own government, but we will be forced to fight neighbors, and family as well.
Yet we who still retain that sacred fire of liberty realize that if we are to retain that liberty, a choice may soon have to be made…stand and fight, or surrender completely.
I am reminded of what Christ said in Matthew 10:34-37, Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
I realize that if it comes to the point where we must make the choice to fight, or become slaves, I will most likely die. But to me, the alternative is much worse. It does not need come to this. If only the people would wake up, turn off their televisions, and pay attention to what is happening in this country.
History does not have to repeat itself. But if it does, I will be ready.
Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders and says “OH SHIT!!…. HE’S AWAKE!!”