Brushing the Dust Off of the American RevolutionSubmitted by dwalters on Tue, 07/23/2013 - 09:20
The American Revolution reached its apex the day the Declaration of Independence was signed. Many think of the American Revolution as a war fought between the original Colonies and the British; however, that is more accurately called the War for Independence. Over the years, many countries have become independent of parent nations. For instance, Vietnam – then French Indochina – became independent of France circa 1949. Thus, it can be recognized that wars do not necessarily lead to a change – a turning around – a revolution. Revolutions are intellectual in nature. Particularly, the American Revolution brought Man’s attention to two realizations: 1. Kings are not necessary (ie no one man is above the rest); and 2. Governments rule through the consent of the governed (ie the State serves Man and not vice versa). The American Revolution has not yet been taken to its logical end. It’s time to brush the dust off.
PERHAPS the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom.
~Thomas Paine, Common Sense
The United States is in a unique situation. Americans are weary of war. The State is enslaving our posterity through debt. Due to the endless printing of money, it now takes two people working to achieve the same standard of living that was once possible in a single worker household. Not counting inflation, Americans pay ~50% of their earnings in taxes (ie ~50% of their work week is in service to the State). The Right to Privacy has been destroyed by the gargantuan spying apparatus that keeps track of every call, every Facebook post, every Tweet, and every Skype conversation. Politicians represent K Street rather than Main Street. The President has a Kill List that has been known to contain – and has lead to the murder of – American citizens. The State operates a worldwide torture regime and imprisons people without any due process. It is now acceptable by law for American citizens to be captured and indefinitely detained by covert means. The mainstream media has essentially become the propaganda arm of the State. The Administration has targeted journalists that investigate too thoroughly – one, Michael Hastings, recently died in a mysterious fiery one-car crash. The IRS has been used to target political opponents of the President. Domestic police forces have been militarized, and home invasions by SWAT teams – where pets are often murdered – have come to replace a knock on the door to serve warrants. People not suspected of any crime are detained at roadblocks, asked to present their papers, and are treated like criminals if they question these pre-crime tactics. People that blow the whistle on State abuses are locked away under inhumane conditions, branded as traitors by politicians and pundits, forbidden from seeking asylum, and are hidden from the public once captured. The State seeks out every excuse to disarm the American populace – in violation of the 2nd Amendment. And the list goes on and on and on.
The train of abuses outlined in the Declaration of Independence barely compare – especially considering Our modern tax burden. King George III would blush if he were still alive.