posted on Jul, 4 2009 @ 01:01 AM
It is midnight right now and July 4th Independence Day for the United States. Tonight there will be festivities, barbecues, and fireworks to
commemorate the astounding feat made by our founding fathers over 200 years ago. The crust of their discontent with Great Britain was unfair taxes
levied by Parliament against their colonial subjects to pay for the defense of the colonies from the French and Indian Wars which ended in 1763.
Britain was shouldered with an astronomical debt much like the US government today, however, the taxes to pay for it are yet to be seen.
Essentially all the colonists wanted was a voice in the legislation being passed upon their heads, however, the King and the Parliament in general
decided to give them the deaf ear. So colonial representation at Westminster was out of the question. Revolutionary fervor reached a fever-pitch in
Boston and the surrounding areas with many acting out against oppressive measures enacted by the Crown. Colonial militia were put on alert as British
troops flooded Boston to restore order. Civil disobedience was being held together by a slender thread. Finally, in 1775, the British made an attempt
to disarm the colonials in Massachusetts by attempting to seize the colonial ammo supply in Lexington and Concord. This was "the shot heard around
the world." After this, armed conflict ensued and the rest is history.
Like our forefathers some 200 years ago, we face many of the same problems today. We have merry monarchs and nobles in our own government that enact
legislation without consulting their constituents. One such act would be the Tarp program passed by Congress in 2008 and often referred to as "the
Banker Bailout." I remember the outrage by people before the bill was passed. Many sent letters, emails, and phones calls to their legislative
leaders to stop such an act, however, like the King and Parliament of old; they chose to give a deaf ear and pass the law any way. Now the American
tax payer is going to have to pay for this for generations to come.
This act alone opened the flood gates for more deficit spending on a grand scale and for grandiose projects during a bitter recession. Like our
colonial forefathers some 200 years ago; we are feeling the squeeze with seemingly no redress by our elected leaders. The same follies performed by
Britain are being enacted by our own elected leaders during modern times.
So for posterity, lets not forget what led up to our Independence and look at what is happening before us today. It's as though a re-run of 1776 is
happening in 2009. So as you chow down on a drum stick or crack open your beer or carbonated beverage if you are not a drinker, lets remember the
sacrifice of our founders; and keep in mind that sacrifice in the dark days before us. I hope the politicians remember the perils of the past made by
their brethren in the British government over 200 years ago and remember who they serve. To be true students of history we must not forget the past
with posh celebration and merry ways, but truly remember where we came from and where we are heading. Happy Independence Day to all!!!
[edit on 4-7-2009 by Jakes51]