By Mary Starrett
January 14, 2009
For 7 years, the American colonists saw red everywhere they looked. British troops had taken over their towns. Colonists had put up with increasing taxation, being spied on and having their normal, day-to-day lives scrutinized. One cold night in Boston in 1775, an altercation turned deadly and before it was over British troops had shot and killed five colonists. That was a turning point. By then the gloves were off and those who lived in the new world were ready to fight for freedom. Some thought it would be best to just let King George and his army increase taxes and restrictions unchecked. Others knew fighting back was the only way they would stand a chance of securing freedom for themselves and their children. As British subjects, the colonists were fighting for their freedom against their own government!
The antagonism that had been growing ever since the British sent armies to occupy towns and enforce more tax burdens led to the American Revolution.
In 2009, we face a similar situation. We can choose to stand up to increasing government tyranny or we can consider ourselves subjects who had best just take the path of least resistance.
In a matter of days, we will watch as a man who is doubtless not even eligible to be president takes office. He will swear to uphold the same Constitution he has so often spat upon through his contempt for its intent and disregard for its restraints.
Those who have been paying attention know that Barack Obama’s stated plans include unprecedented battering of the 2nd Amendment. That is in addition to what critics have called a “tax rampage” that will add a crushing blow to Americans already reeling from the effects of government’s meddling in the economy. Under Obama, the redistribution of wealth that both Republicans and Democrats have implemented for decades will kick into overdrive. That will prove lethal to our way of life. Get ready to see some Americans paying tax rates of over 50%. We will become like the Canadians who now have access to the best health care - right across the border in the U.S.
Doubt the result of “universal health care”? Then, talk to cancer patients in B.C. or Saskatchewan or Alberta who have been sent home to die because they do not qualify for treatment under their “free-for-all” system.
Under an Obama presidency and with Congress complicit in all his Constitutional crimes and misdemeanors, we will see an increased minimum wage choke the life out of what’s left of small and large businesses alike.
Abortion will become a sacrament under this gruesomely pro-death man.
The troop surge (that was such a rousing success in Iraq) will now be applied to another insane and immoral war- this time in Afghanistan.
predictions should not be taken to presage our demise.
Just like the colonists in Boston back in 1775, we can choose to stand our ground, sacrifice our comfort and fight back.
We fight back every time we write a letter to an elected official a letter to the editor or send a donation to an organization that fights for the issues close to our hearts.
We fight back each time we dare run for office against the incumbents.
In addition, we fight back with each prayer we utter invoking Divine Providence.
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In 1775 Boston Patriot Joseph Warren said:
“Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you, depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn.
Act worthy of yourselves.”
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