posted on Apr, 19 2012 @ 11:01 AM
Forgive me for not be quite so eloquent of poster METACOMET was, but I feel it is necessary to at least repost their idea in some form today, April
19th, since ATS decided to remove it and has yet decided to refrain from giving me reason as to why, and has moved any attempts to ask why into the
private complaints sections. That has been three days now and it is neither here nor their, so I digress. Credit for initially bringing this topic to
light indeed goes to METACOMET and I am going to place my own spin on it.
On this day, some 237 years ago, the first shots were fired between the American militia and British troops at Lexington and Concord and thus The
American Revolution had begun. These people that began fighting that day were a different breed of people that we should be proud to call our
ancestors, but I doubt very much would be proud to call us their kinsmen.
More than two centuries later, the freedoms and liberties that they died to personify and exemplify lie wasted, a muddled heap on the ground and all
the most Americans can worry about are what have come to be known as "first world problems". You are so damn content with your life and the simple
gratifying features that you fail to realize that this life isn't life at all - it is a cage.
And what do I mean by that? Well you are placed into your roles. You are given the illusion of choice, but in the end the choice in not really there.
Who places you there? The system. Who controls the system? The politicians. Who chooses the politicians? You do... from a select set. Who chooses the
set? The wealthy. But take it a step back down - your job, your schooling, your medication, what you eat, how you raise your children, how you build
your homes, how you choose to live - it is ALL JUST A CAGE You are given a set of rules and you NEED to live by them. You try to exit that cage then
you either die are are forced to quite literally - LIVE IN A CAGE!
And yet people are content with this. People are fine with this. Somehow, people still wake up each day, go to their 9-5's, eat their dinners, watch
their nightly news, post on ATS, go to sleep, rinse, repeat, and do absolutely nothing - day in, day out, nothing more than complaining, making
excuses to make them feel better about doing nothing and accepting their lives inside of a cage.
"I have kids to raise." "I like my job." "Look at people in other countries, we don't have it nearly as bad as they do!" "Well we just have to
vote in new people, that's all." "I honestly don't see anything wrong with what is going on."
Congratulations. You are an excuse maker. You will raise your kids to live in a continuously perpetual more horrible world. You like your job so you
don't give a damn about anyone else out there who is unemployed. You divert the attention away to other countries who have never had what America had
to make it seem like slavery is alright in comparison. You pretend like voting matters when anyone with a brain knows it doesn't. And you are in
denial if you don't see the difference between the freedoms we are supposed to have under the Constitution and the limitations on government,
compared to the power that the federal government has over the people today.
Prior to April 19th, 1775, do you know what the British Monarchy did to the American people to warrant such hate to cause an uprising of the magnitude
they were about to get?
The Stamp Act - The act placed taxes on a handful of goods ranging up to 12% on some items.
The Townshend Act - The act placed an 8%-12% tax on teas which led to the Boston Tea Party
The Boston Massacre - A riot control gone wrong that left 5 dead and several wounded
The Intolerable Acts - In response to above- placed restrictions on town meetings, allowed British troops and officers to be tried outside of
Massachusetts, and required the housing of British troops.
That... that's about it.
Do you know that the current federal government charges $1.01 tax PER PACK of cigarettes? For most brands that is roughly a 50%-100% tax. States taxes
are even more in some places. New York's is 4.35 - in JUST TAX. Meaning you are paying 5.36 in TAX along for a pack of cigarettes in New York state.
Sounds fair right?
Did you know that all of your gas was federally taxed? Sure is. 18.4 cents per gallon goes back go uncle same with 24.4 cents for diesel. The US
state average is 47 cents per gallon. That is about an 8.5% tax we pay on our gasoline that we HAVE to use every single day.
Colonists didn't have to use tea or playing cards. In fact, I don't believe any item that was considered "necessary for modern survival" was taxed
at the time. But today - sure, let's just do that. And no one seems to mind enough today.
But wait... there is more... you all ready?
Income tax, sales tax, property tax, social security tax, medicare tax, Corporate income tax, Transfer tax, excise tax, Unemployment tax, Consumption
tax, payroll tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax, sales tax, toll tax, alcoholic beverage tax, environmental affecting tax, poll tax, retirement
tax, real property transfer tax, wealth tax, commercial motor vehicle tax, commercial rent tax, horse race admissions tax, hotel room occupancy tax,
utility tax, insurance tax, lawful gambling tax, fur tax, deed tax, contamination tax, mineral tax, petroleum tax, sports bookmaking tax, wind energy
production tax, communications tax, air transportation tax, gift tax, death tax, and of course my favorite of all - LUXURY TAX.
That damn Stamp Act. What a hoot.
So that covers that taxes, but what about the dead. *Gasp* Did our government ever possibly harm a soul?
Well, if you are not a conspiracy theorist (not sure why you are here)... and you throw away the innocent lives lost at Waco and Ruby Ridge - and you
ignore the intel that the Lusitania sinking was intentional, Pearl Harbor was easily preventable, the Gulf of Tonkin never even happened, and Iraq
never had any weapons and we knew this - and you ignore the questionable evidence and lack of investigation into the attacks on September 11th, 2001 -
you are still left with the current wars of today, with Iraq winding down and Afghanistan still going, and Iran getting ready for similar treatment. I
personally believe that the more than 130,000 civilians killed in Iraq and Afghanistan over nothing is more than enough to warrant heads of the
commanders who issued the orders to wantonly attack. That right that is no conspiracy theory, that right there is just truth that we - the most
"free" and "prosperous" nation on the Earth in the last decade has resulted in the death over 130,000 innocent men, women, and children - just
like all of us - who just wanted to go about living their lives.
But for me… a person who has studied and questions all of those things I listed above – you should have no problem see where the hatred for my
government comes from. Because when you melt it all down and when you think what it… what if all of that is the truth – and you know it very well
may be – then that means that the government that I live under, the government that I vote for and choose every four years – is responsible for
the deaths of MILLIONS OF PEOPLE who had nothing to do with them. That doesn't sit well on my conscience. Not one of them does.
To be continued in next post.....