Friday, November 20, 2009

The lesson of our forefathers

Friends, readers, countrymen:

In 1765, the British parliament passed the Stamp Act, which placed a duty (tax) on any "skin or piece of vellum or parchment, or sheet or piece of paper, on which shall be ingrossed, written, or printed," almost anything.  The colonists were outraged and protested, not only because they couldn't afford the levies, but because those levies were assessed without any elected representation from the colonies.

"No taxation without representation."  You certainly remember this from history lessons in elementary school (God willing).  The Stamp Act coupled with excessive taxes on imports (such as tea), provided the impetus for the revolution that would take the lives of thousands and beget the birth of the United States of America.

These incendiary taxes were miniscule compared to the taxes we face today, but they were unjust.  Today our citizenry is on the precipice of a new federal stranglehold, which places Americans in the crosshairs of exorbitant, unfair government and levies:

40% tax on health insurance which they purchase;

Fines (taxes) or jail for insurance which they do not purchase;

A penalty tax on insurance of people that are married.

What do you think Thomas Paine would think?  How about Patrick Henry?  John Adams?  Thomas Jefferson?

They would all roll over in their graves to witness the current capitulation of the American people to big government.

Stand up, America.  It may be your last chance.

1 comment:

  1. It's time to form a grass-roots effort protest what congress is doing. I noted that the 'protests' at the California colleges over a 32% tiution increase is captivating the media. They did not seem as interested in covering the Tea Party protests. Perhaps it's time to 'break some glass'... When we behave, we are called an angry mob. It's time to show congress what an angry mob is...