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Friday, July 02, 2010

JOEL SWANSON; AMERICA, COMPLACENT IN COMFORT ON JULY 4?

Information for today’s Commentary is taken from the June 24th issue of The Patriot Post.

Founding Father James Madison wrote “The people of the United States owe their independence and their liberty, to the wisdom of those who opposed the minute tax of 3 pence on tea, of those who understood the magnitude of the evil comprised in that precedent. Let them exert the same wisdom, in watching against every evil lurking under plausible disguises, and growing up from small beginnings.”

 

As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s birthday, Independence Day, on the 4th of July; it is fitting that we pause to consider the origins of the American Revolution and the liberty it enshrined for generations since.

 

On December 16th, 1773, “radicals” from Boston, members of a secret organization of American patriots called the Sons of Liberty, boarded three East India Company ships and threw 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor. This event, to protest oppressive British taxation and tyrannical rule, became known, of course, as the Boston Tea Party.

Resistance to British King George had been mounting over enforcement of the 1764 Sugar Act, 1765 Stamp Act and 1767 Townshend Act, which led to the Boston Massacre and gave rise to the slogan “No taxation without representation.”

 

The 1773 Tea Act and resulting Tea Party protest galvanized the Colonial movement opposing British parliamentary acts, which violated the natural, charter and constitutional rights of the colonists. In response to the rebellion, the British enacted additional punitive measures, labeled the “Intolerable Acts” in hopes of suppressing the growing insurrection. Far from accomplishing the desired outcome, however, Britain’s counter measures led colonists to convene the First Continental Congress on September 5th, 1774, in Philadelphia…the first step towards formalizing a declaration of liberty.

 

The words of our Founding Fathers, words that set the stage, words that motivated and turned a conglomeration of farmers and shopkeepers into a determined force of American Patriots, with a common purpose; are words that ring as true today as they did over 225 years ago. Benjamin Franklin, the elder statesman of the group, and probably the one with the most to lose said “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly, we will all hang separately.”

 

Thomas Jefferson declared, “Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.”

 

Indeed, then, as now, Americans had become complacent in comfort, unable or unwilling to comprehend that the consequences of foregoing liberty for refuge are dire. And the words of Benjamin Franklin must again and forever, ring in our ears; ring in the ears of American Patriots, as we remember the bravery of the Sons of Liberty  and that first step towards a free and democratic America.

 

And again, quoting Benjamin Franklin, who repeatedly set the tone of the American Revolution, then and now; “They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety,” Franklin wrote, “deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Have a great and patriotic 4th of July my friends and may God Bless the United States of America! I’m Joel Swanson and that is my comment for today.

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Comments

“Independence Day” may become “Dependence Day” soon. Get involved, get active, or get the government you deserve…

Lynn Bergman on July 3, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Fear socialists are winning…check out this leader!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtxeCg6HpEE&feature=player_embedded

Lynn Bergman on July 5, 2010 at 12:55 pm
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selling Audi on December 31, 2010 at 09:05 am
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