Jul 03, 2017
This Independence Day America will turn 241 years old; it is hard to believe our young Republic has achieved so much in such a short time. It was on July 2nd, 1776, that the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence.
By 1765, American colonies had grown tired of British rule and the lack of taxation without representation. The Stamp Act was the first major opposition to British policy by the colonies; the act was designed to tax colonists to raise revenue for the standing British army. The colonists declared the Stamp Act unconstitutional and resorted to mob violence to intimidate stamp collectors into resigning. These policies continued with the Townsend Acts and the Boston Tea Party, leading the colonies to declare independence.
I personally feel like the colonists did in the 1700s, with our local, state and federal government out of control taxing, spending and regulations, killing our economic freedom. These policies literally take your hard-earned money out of your wallet to feed the beast instead of providing for your family.
We are an exceptional nation as we were founded on the principle that we are endowed with “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” But our government today takes half of what we earn through taxes and regulations. Not only do they take our money, they regulate our goods and services. The government restricts what services an entrepreneur can offer, where we can purchase products from, it also restricts if we want to smoke, what foods we can eat, our soda and even what we can view on the internet.
Freedom is being responsible for your own actions and lives and to realize that we still posses the power of our future. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their safety and happiness.
Happy Birthday America
Rafael Him, New Baden
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