I wrote this a couple years ago. Still holds true today……
Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays and this one seems even more meaningful. I have always identified July 4th with the signing of the Declaration of Independence; declaring freedom and independence from the control of Britain across the ocean.
Why is this Independence Day so meaningful to me? Just look at what has happened to this great country in the past decade – just the past several years. Over 200 hundred years ago the settlers of the original 13 colony’s, tired of an over-controlled dictatorship of the British kingdom declared independence to be able to set a new course, a new path towards freedom and fair representation. On July 4th (or a historically close date) Adams, Franklin and Jefferson among others signed the Declaration.
What would they think today? What would they think of the massive taxes placed on almost every conceivable venue of business and commerce? What would they think of the rules, policies, procedures, and other governing “requirements” that most any citizen must accept and follow to do – well, most anything? Want to start a business? Permits, fees, taxes, licencing. Want to buy a car? Licence, sales tax, property taxes, insurance, inspections. Want to buy a house and land out in the country? Will you every truly own your property? If you do not pay your property taxes every year the government will take the land from you.
What if the government decides that for the greater good a road should go through your backyard? In many states their are laws stating the government can force you to sell your land to them. You will have no choice.
What would Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson think of the “freedom” we live in today? I think they would be appalled. Asking them their opinion on whether or not they would support the government REQUIRING citizens to purchase healthcare insurance – I suspect they would frown being appalled at such an idea. Numerous examples of governments overbearing efforts at control over citizens can be found easily. Towns requiring kid’s to get a permit to set up a lemonade stand is just one example. Another is the ridiculous laws preventing restaurants from placing salt on tables to “protect” us from ourselves. New York City’s recent efforts to control the size of drink cups to be filled with soda is just another intrusion on our freedoms.
Does the government not have better things to do with our tax dollars?
So this Independence Day I am looking at the United States of America with no less patriotism than ever before. I am also looking at the future with a realism that most just won’t stomach – this country is heading downward and I just do not see any method for a reversed course. I am motivated and am doubling my efforts to reach my preparedness goals to be as INDEPENDENT from the need of anything related to government as possible.
Enjoy your Independence Day!
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