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Let It Begin Here

by RightHandMan

It seems like we’ve been hearing about some version of a health care bill for years and yet the beginning is just now upon us. While many are only now realizing the encroachment of our government into our lives, years of tolerated expansion have emboldened those who desire to limit our liberties.  After years of allowing our federal government to blackmail the states, expand constitutional terms and powers, and increase onerous taxes, the people are becoming aware of the federal tyranny presiding over them.

Sunday the House will be voting on the current health care bill and, if passed, it will mark for many the end of a hard fought battle.  I would argue the opposite, that this Sunday will mark a new beginning. Americans aren’t made of the spirit that endures usurpations, and yet the government may soon force its citizens to buy health insurance – an encroachment not experienced since King George III and Parliament created the Townshend Revenue Acts.

The Townshend Revenue Acts weren’t the first attempts by the British to raise money off of the backs of Americans.  Originally, the spirit of America grew from colonists who were once proud to call themselves British.  For 150 years American colonists endured exploitation from acts such as the Sugar Act, Stamp Act, the Declaratory Act, as well as many other abuses.  Every successful infringement on the colonists’ liberties only emboldened the British to impose further abuse.

On October 14th 1774 the members of the new Congress and declared their opposition to Britain and their Coercive (Intolerable) Acts by passing a Declaration of Resolves which within stated:

…to these grievous acts and measures,
Americans cannot submit…

Within months John Hancock and Joseph Warren began preparing for war, Parliament declared Massachusetts in a state of rebellion, and Patrick Henry made his famous speech “Give me liberty or give me death!”  The American horse had taken the first steps to “throw his master.”

In April of 1775 Joseph Warren told Paul Revere to warn the citizens that Britain was sending troops to Concord.  The method Revere used to spread the news by lighting a lantern in the steeple of the Christ Church and was later immortalized in the Longfellow’s poem:

One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm.

As the British reached Lexington, Captain John Parker stood firm with his 77 Minutemen whom he had told:

Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.

Today our political leaders stand against the will of the people bolstered by years of ignored intrusions.  This horse is once again carrying too great a burden.  Thankfully, our founders created a way for us to buck our leaders without war.  Through democratic processes we MUST take back America, put the power back in local and state government, and draw back the federal expansions that have crippled us for too long.

We are not the servants of a few, but the few in government are servants of us.  It is necessary to rebuild this philosophical foundation for a more healthy union and the extension of liberty.  I have no earthly king and I am subject to no ruler, and therefore I find, as did the founding patriots of this great nation once did, that our government has created measures and acts so grievous that Americans cannot submit.

The intention and direction of Washington is already clear.  Sunday, no matter the outcome, will change little in the greater scheme.  Either way, our wakeup call has been sounded and the beacon has been lit.  We must, without violence, but within the system created for us, stand our ground against this ever growing and corrupt tyranny – let it begin here!


Filed under: decleration of resolves, intolerable acts, john hancock, joseph warren, patrick henry, paul revere

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  • Teresa March 20, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    What an excellent, spirited, patriotic post!

    I agree, regardless of the outcome of tomorrow's vote, this is just the beginning of a new battle to fight against this tyranny and return our country back to the principles of our Founders.

    As Americans we will rise up to the challenge and ultimately win the war.

  • John Carey March 20, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Great post Right. Once again you have managed to relate what is happening today with what our Founders went through. Well done!

  • Right Hand Man March 20, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Thanks for the comments. Too much praise, I'm afraid. I only pray we are the modern day minutemen, ready to stand and fight for our country's cause.

  • presentdiscontent March 20, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Excellent article! The parallels are amazing.

  • The Born Again American March 21, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    I toddled off to bed here in the east before reading your post, then got up this morning and posted prior to reading this… Although approached from different angles, the message is the same…


  • Ron Russell March 21, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    I let a comment on this post yesterday, but guess it didn't take. You are correct, this is only the beginning of the war to take back this country from what is fast becoming a Marxist state. Its only the first round with many more to come.

  • Abbey March 21, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    Love the blog thus far. Interesting, informative, and irrevocably true. Just a heads up, Israel Bissel actually rode those 345 miles from Watertown to Philadelphia. Fun fact for the day, I suppose. And John? DAMN THE LIBERAL MEDIA!!!
    -Your Daily Abbey.