Paul and company thought of themselves as British, not Americans, because they were British.
This is a tad late for “Independence Day” but just too good to not permanently record in the FlyoverPress Bog’s Archive.
It is time we begin to think of ourselves as True Americans (Rebel Citizens) and the uS government as the Feds and the enemy. — jtl, 419
by Smokey Briggs via The Monahans News
What Mr. Revere shouted was, “The Regulars are coming, the Regulars are coming.”
“The Regulars” referred to the regular army troops of the nation of which Paul and his fellow rebels, were citizens.
The concept of “American” did not yet exist.
What he was warning of, was the approach of the armed forces of his country — of the approach of fellow Englishmen bent on carrying out the lawful orders of his government.
Today, Revere would yell, “The Feds are coming,” or “The Army is coming.” And, today, he would be just as guilty of treason as he was in 1775.
What Independence Day actually represents is telling your government to, “Go to Hell.”
We seem to forget this around July 4th, when everyone breaks out their flags, and starts babbling about living in the, “The Land of the Free,” and any criticism of government is met with cries of, “Love it or Leave it.”
I think our founding rebels decided to “Leave it.”
Alexander Hamilton stated in The Federalist Papers No. 79, “A power over a man’s subsistence amounts to a power over his will.”
I am no fan of Hamilton. He crafted the Constitution with the goal of creating a powerful central government that could wrest power from the individual states (and hence the people themselves), and he was successful, but he was right about the relationship between economics and freedom.
Slaves work, and then find out how much their master(s) will allow them to keep.
Can you think of a better description of America’s system of taxation today? There is no legal limit to the amount “your” government can demand of your income. That you get to keep some of your earnings is simply the largess of your masters, but they are under no legal obligation to leave so much as a crumb in your bank account.
The tax burden on the average person in these not-so united States ranges over 50 percent when you toss in all the taxes and fees levied by governments large and small on top of Social Security and income taxes.
The tax burden imposed on our traitorous forefathers by their king has been estimated at around two percent.
I suspect that the rebels who founded this outfit would find our meek acceptance of massive taxation disheartening, and that old King George III would get a good laugh out of it.
The wheel has turned full circle. Now, instead of celebrating the courage of a pack of traitorous rebels who committed treason over a tax that was paltry compared to today’s tax burden, we have turned Independence Day into a celebration of a nation/government (these are different names for the same outfit) — a nation/government that would treat the founding fathers as traitors just as King George did. There is some rich irony there.
Of course, we shield ourselves from this truth by claiming that we are a democracy, and that we, “tax ourselves.”
This is hogwash. Allowing the slaves on the plantation to elect one of the masters as “president” every few years, and then letting him set the tax rates, is not “taxing ourselves,” and is not freedom.
It is nothing more than theater meant to distract the slaves from the bitter truth that they possess no freedom.
It is a charade.
If we were free, there would be an option on every ballot for, “none of the above,” and if “none of the above” won the election, the office and its corresponding bureaucracy would be dismantled and tossed into the dustbin of history, along with the corresponding tax burden that was collected to support it.
Instead, you get choice A, or choice B — and from my experience over the past 50 years, I would say there is not a dime’s worth of difference between either of the choices.
Taxes always go up.
Freedom always suffers.
The founding rebels must spin in their graves every year on the 4th when they watch us celebrate a government that steals more than 50 percent of our production, surveils our every move and conversation, claims the right to sexually assault women and children at airports, and which uses the supposed protections of the first ten Constitutional Amendments as toilette paper for 364 days of the year, before dragging out the bedraggled tatters as decorations on the 4th of July.
Love it or Leave it?
How about change it? Of course, that is treason.
So, for the record, what Independence Day actually stands for, what our founding rebels actually did, what we actually should be celebrating is:
Tarring and feathering government tax collectors.
Rioting over government intrusion into our lives.
Vandalizing the property of companies that are intertwined with the government in ways that are injurious to the people (Boston Tea Party).
Disobeying lawful government orders.
Illegal firearms ownership.
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