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Striking Similarities

Two hundred thirty years ago yesterday, fifty-six individuals signed a document pledging their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to establish individual liberty on planet earth. In the document these courageous individuals stated the philosophy upon which human relations exist and the sole purpose of government. Since they had tried every which way to reason with the king of England to change his relationship with them and that they were not justifying their rebellion for light and transient causes, they appealed to the “Supreme Judge of the world” asking for his blessing that their intentions were indeed correct.

As honorable individuals do, they also stated to the world twenty-seven reasons why they were justified for terminating their relationship with their current government. Today’s Americans have very similar grievances with their current government.

In 1776 the major complaint was that King George refused to acknowledge the current laws of the day that were wholesome and necessary for the public good. Today’s government, though, acknowledges laws like the Patriot Act, income tax, and spying on individuals without the appropriate legal authority that are not wholesome or necessary for the public good.

Another complaint was that the king did not enforce the laws already on the books, very similar to what today’s government does. Still another complaint of the colonists was that the king would dissolve the legislative bodies or have them meet at unusual, uncomfortable, and distant places. Although the president cannot dissolve congress nor have congress meet in an inconvenient location, he really does not have to because congress continues to hand over its powers to the executive anyway such as the duty to declare war and allowing the making of law through executive orders.

Very similar to today’s current situation, the colonists stated that King George made it extremely difficult for foreigners to immigrate to the colonies, and just like King George our current government has erected a multitude of new offices sending hither swarms of officers to harass American citizens eating out their substance making it very difficult for individuals to live.

Acknowledging a jurisdiction foreign to their constitution was another grievance and reason our ancestors gave for declaring their independence, similar to how the current American government looks upon the United Nations charter today. Today’s American government, like that of King George, cuts off trade with other parts of the world through tariffs, fees, and agreements with other governments. Although taxes are imposed with the consent of the citizenry as opposed to what the king did without citizenry consent, the elected representatives who impose the taxes in the first place do not have the courage to get rid of them nor do they have the courage to stop the profligate spending.

In many cases, like that at Guantanamo, individuals are deprived of a trial by jury just like the colonists were in 1776. Individuals can also be tried in a location where the crime was not committed if it is supposed that a fair trial cannot be had.

By obliterating the Bill of Rights today, the current American government acts similarly to King George, when he abolished the most valuable laws of the colonist’s day. The king actually waged war against his own people. The American government wages war against its own people through the war on poverty, the war on terror, the war on crime, the war on drugs, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and every other war the American government initiates. All of these wars are a war against its own people because individual rights are taken in exchange for so called security.

Today’s American government destroys individual property and lives through all of these wars and through the misuse of eminent domain. Instead of protecting individual rights, the current American government continues to enslave its citizens and make the citizenry more dependent upon it. This is not freedom and is not what the Declaration of Independence is all about.

The similarities between what the founders faced in 1776 with their government, and what the current generation of Americans face today with theirs, is very striking indeed, including the leaders’ name George. A huge difference, however, is that the founders gave the current generation of Americans the Constitution as a method of peacefully returning American government to its original foundation of individual liberty. Now all that is needed for freedom to prevail today is for all Americans to know and enforce the U.S. Constitution.

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