Independence Today

bostonmassacreWhile reading a Rasmussen article I ran across this interesting set of statistics which were buried within:

“Only 20% now consider the federal government a protector of individual liberty. Sixty percent (60%) see the government as a threat to individual liberty instead.”

Given the Supreme Court’s recent overreaching rulings, Obama’s executive orders intended to usurp the law, the DOJ’s selective enforcement of law, the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, and the NSA’s illegal surveillance of US citizens, the above statistic is foreboding.

I wonder what percentage of citizens felt this way in 1770 when government soldiers fired on their own citizens on King Street in Boston and ignited a fire in the hearts of patriots all over the country?

6 years later the Revolutionary war began in earnest. Thousands of patriots would die, be tortured and lose everything they owned to gain their independence from an oppressive, tyrannical government that no longer had their best interests at heart.

If you don’t see the similarities today, you don’t want to.

Tomorrow we celebrate that very necessary revolution. Don’t sanitize what it was. I’m sure, like today, most people called those patriots “wingnuts”, “intolerant”, and no doubt “tea partiers”. Those men who killed their government’s soldiers, hung traitorous government officials, publicly declared war on their government under threat of death – those criminals are our forefathers.

So, when it again becomes necessary to resist an oppressive government, as these very men said it may, don’t be so quick to condemn them.

Rassmussen Reports

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