Saturday, July 4, 2009

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY: A DAY TO REFLECT

Happy 4th of July everyone! While celebrating this National holiday I think it appropriate to remember why it was established and what it signifies. Our nation recognizes this federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence that declared our Independence from Great Britain.

While many today generally look at it as another holiday and a day off work isn't it time to think about our history and what led us to declare our Independence in the first place?

With so much going on in America today and so many freedoms taken from us it is time now more than ever to start to understand why we declared our Independence in the first place. In short our forefathers were sick of being treated much in the same way we are today.

Remember the Boston Tea Party, the key event that led to the American Revolution, and ask yourself a question: Is history repeating itself with these excess taxes by our Government? Much in the same way the British tried to use a tea tax, as one example of recouping their money from war, are we not doing the same thing today with other taxes, or "fees" by our leadership?

Read this for more history on the Boston Tea Party: The Boston Tea Party, 1773

Read this closely from Wikipedia: As Europeans developed a taste for tea in the 17Th century, rival companies were formed to import the product from the East Indies. In England, Parliament gave the East India Company a monopoly on the importation of tea in 1698. When tea became popular in the British colonies, Parliament sought to eliminate foreign competition by passing an act in 1721 that required colonists to import their tea only from Great Britain. The East India Company did not export tea to the colonies; by law, the company was required to sell its tea wholesale at auctions in England. British firms bought this tea and exported it to the colonies, where they resold it to merchants in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Charleston.

The East India Company needed the money because they were struggling so the British Government decided to help them by creating a monopoly to benefit them. In this case Tea tax.

Now think about the whole charade creating a monopoly for gambling recently attempted for Churchill Downs.

Does the concept sound familiar?

While we celebrate this important holiday for America we must never forget the sacrifices by our forefathers to gain us the freedoms we take for granted everyday. Many lives were lost to gain us this freedom all for one goal.

The Independence to live our lives in peace and the opportunity to prosper without undue burdens placed upon us by a government interested in their own gains and not We the People.

We owe our existence to those who fought so hard with blood, sweat, and tears to earn our freedoms for us. We owe our support each and everyday to our soldiers who fight to preserve our freedoms everyday.

We also owe it to ourselves and our forefathers to continue to fight every day to preserve our rights and freedoms from government oppression. Being free isn't necessarily free. As our forefathers taught us we must work hard everyday to preserve it and defend it from those who would work to take it away from us.

The United States of America is still the freest Nation on earth and I for one am proud to be American. I will continue to fight for the freedoms our forefathers gained for us all to make this Great Nation stand tall and proud as leaders of the world. I will continue to fight against Government oppression and political malfeasance.

The question is will you?

Stand tall America and God Bless the USA!

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