Surprise, surprise, surprise as Gomer Pyle would say. The old adage “he who refuses to learn from history is doomed to repeat it” has never been truer than it is under the cabal governing in DC today. As liberal heads threaten to explode allow me to demonstrate my point:
In 1765 the British Parliament decreed that all papers (contracts -commercial and personal, licenses, legal documents-bills of sale, lading etc., media – including newspapers and pamphlets and even playing cards) had to have a tax stamp. It was a way for the government of Great Britain to raise funds to recoup the money expended in defending the colonies, otherwise known as paying for the wars and peccadilloes of the dimwits in charge. The Stamp Act, as it was called, was passed by a body of lawmakers who had no loyalty or concern over those who were going to bear the brunt of these “taxes”. There was NO debate, NO representation and NO recourse. The Stamp act further solidified the backlash already brewing in the Colonies. Years of inept leadership, officious toadies (who got their jobs because they were FOG-friends of George III, or political backers of some member of Parliament) was taking it’s toll on the good people of the American colonies. Most of them came to this country seeking the freedom to worship, work, and live on their own terms. The reality became much different as the British government tried to solve it’s monetary problems using the backs of people they refused to represent. This was one of the watershed events that lead to revolution.
Fast forward to today Aug 14, 2010. We have been informed by our overlords that we will now be forced to pay for health insurance. Everyone will be covered, well not really everyone, but almost everyone or at least 2 in 5. For our own good cigarettes, gasoline and coming soon to a community near you, snacks are and will be taxed to the max. After all if something is bad for you taxing it will make you stop thus cutting down on the harm to yourself, the environment, your community and the world. Of course who decides what is bad for you changes daily. Sometimes it’s doctors with financial axes to grind, sometimes it’s politicians who are lobbied (bribed) to push certain items. Then there are the experts (past drips under pressure) who, like Al Gore, Sean Penn and Michael Moore, have absolutely NO experience or training in any of the subjects they feel free to pontificate on.
We are going steadily down the same path which led to the “shot heard ’round the world” and like then it won’t be the actual violence that begins the revolution. It will be the continual chipping away at the God given rights Americans possess. Eventually even the dim among us are going to have to admit that those in charge of government be they elected or hired are dangerous to our lives, liberties and pursuit of happiness.
So the next time you hear about the Soda Tax remember the Stamp Act and where that led us. I personally am not looking forward to hand to hand combat in the streets but I am getting closer than ever to applying for a concealed carry permit. I will protect myself and my own. I pray every night it will not come to that………..but I am losing faith in not only those doing the governing but the governed as well.