In three days, I will turn thirty three. I am now a third of a century old, and I have not known true freedom in my lifetime. But then again, neither have my parents who are around seventy.
America is no longer a truly free republic. We are nowhere as bad as the Soviet Union was, but we are arguably worse off than we were under the British Crown- before our glorious Revolutionary War threw them off. We must face this reality if we are to rectify it.
The “taxation without representation” that our ancestors chaffed under was a relatively minor expense compared to present day American taxes deducted from our paychecks -Federal income, State income, Social Security and Medicare “contributions”, and a health insurance premium paid to a government chartered corporation (or face a penalty/tax on your Federal income tax form!).
The principle of taxation without representation is philosophically wretched, but the 1770’s era effects of it were relatively light. Today, Americans have abandoned the just principles of their ancestors and accepted massive taxation with (sort-of) representation. Obviously, our Congressional representatives in Washington, D.C. (who are often lawyers) do not really listen to the common man among his constituency. And this is without even mentioning the taxes and fines leveled by executive agency fiat!
How was gun control under the Founders? Nonexistent. Well, nonexistent except for the Militia Act of 1792 which stated that every free white man was to purchase and maintain his own military grade rifle for militia duty. Contrast that with today!
Did the Founders carry a government issued, bar code scan-able, picture ID with them everywhere -especially when they operated a horse on public funded roads? Nope. Needless to say, the Founders did not assign each citizen a number to track them from birth until death (Social Security Number).
The Founders made inflammatory public speeches that were not suppressed. The American press published Paine’s Common Sense; the modern American controlled press corporations censor any serious dissent.
Our Constitution and Bill of Rights secured our God given right to privacy and private property with the 4th and 5th amendments. Now warrantless searches and asset forfeiture are common, especially if the person is suspected of holding traditional American political beliefs or might have a prohibited plant (that some of the Founders grew on their plantations).
The Founders had actual money in their pockets, silver and gold coin. Today we carry an inherently valueless and redeemable in nothing paper script issued by a private banking corporation known as the Federal Reserve. Or better yet, we carry a little plastic card that changes our valueless paper bank notes into electronic impulses in a computer and allows us to spend these fantasy assets -assets that do not physically exist and have no true value.
I wonder if our ancestors would have sacrificed their blood and treasure to fight the American Revolution and establish our Constitutional Republic had they seen how weak, ignorant, unappreciative, and decadent their descendants would be just two short centuries later?
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