The Stamp Act, the Sugar Act, the Revenue Act. What do these have in common? All were taxes that summarily incited a particular group of men to rise up and claim independence from those who levied the aforementioned. They were so compelled to rail against The Man for their own possessions, monies, and FREEDOMS that they felt their only course of action was to risk certain death to ensure them.
And fight they did- for Principle, for Integrity, for Freedom. They fought for the rights they felt were inalienable, unable to be taken away, not negotiable, not fuckwithable.
So how did we get here? How did we get to a point in our country’s history where we depend on the government we’re supposed to limit to provide for us? How did we get to a point where so many of our fellow Americans believe the government WE are supposed to tell what to do is supposed to protect us and tell US what to do? At what point did we decide to make negotiable those freedoms which so many fought to secure 238 years ago? We allow that same government to tax every aspect of our lives to line their own pockets and further their own political agendas with our money and freedom, encourage it even. We do so under the misguided notion that doing so helps those with less because the majority of Americans don’t want to actually have lend a hand to a neighbor themselves, but would rather let the government do it- a complete contradiction to the Founding Fathers’ vision.
HOW. DID. WE. GET. HERE??
Growing up, my brother and I were taught that if we wanted something done, the only way to make sure that it did was to do it ourselves. If we wanted something, we earned it and it was OURS. We didn’t take from others, or depend on others to do our schoolwork, or whine if someone didn’t cater to our every need. We learned to be…………independent.
So, why is there no shame in generations depending on the government to feed, clothe, and house their families? Why is handing over to the government the inalienable and base right to protect that which we hold dear even remotely acceptable? The majority of Americans can’t fend for themselves without grocery stores, law enforcement, the electric company, or the service industry in general because they’ve never had to do so.
They’ve lost their Independence. Period. And they’d better wake their asses up and take it back before they all become subjects. I know I damn sure won’t be one.