Sunday, April 4, 2010

Comparing present day events to the causes of the American Revolution.

The one subject that is on the minds of many American's today is will we have another American Revolution. Revolution comes about when the citizens of a nation face a great loss of liberty, oppressive government rule, taxation without representation and a threat to our national sovereignty. Many of these same causes existed in the mid 18th-Century that gave birth to our first American Revolution and our new country are present today. It is worth making a brief comparison to further understand the situation.
Major Events That Led to the American Revolution
The road to revolution built slowly over time. Many events fed the growing desire of the thirteen colonies for independence. Following are the major events that led to the Revolution.
 1754-1763 - French and Indian War This war between Britain and France ended with the victorious British deeply in debt and demanding more revenue from the colonies. With the defeat of the French, the colonies became less dependent on Britain for protection.
       1764 - Sugar Act
      This act raised revenue by increasing duties on sugar imported from the West Indies.

       1764 - Currency Act
      Parliament argued that colonial currency had caused a devaluation harmful to British trade. They banned American assemblies from issuing paper bills or bills of credit.

       1764 - Committees of Correspondence
      Organized by Samuel Adams, these helped spread propaganda and information through letters.

       1765 - Quartering Act
      Britain ordered that colonists were to house and feed British soldiers if necessary.

       1765 - Stamp Act
      This required tax stamps on many items and documents including playing cards, newspapers, and marriage licenses. Prime Minister George Grenville stated that this direct tax was intended for the colonies to pay for defense. Previous taxes imposed by Britain had been indirect, or hidden.

       1765 - Stamp Act Congress
      In 1765, 27 delegates from nine colonies met in New York City and drew up a statement of rights and grievances thereby bringing colonies together in opposition to Britain.

       1765 - Sons and Daughters of Liberty
      Colonists tried to fight back by imposing non-importation agreements. The Sons of Liberty often took the law into their own hands enforcing these 'agreements' by methods such as tar and feathering.

       1767 - Townshend Acts
      These taxes were imposed to help make the colonial officials independent of the colonists and included duties on glass, paper, and tea. Smugglers increased their activities to avoid the tax leading to more troops in Boston.

       1770 - Boston Massacre
      The colonists and British soldiers openly clashed in Boston.

       1773 - Tea Act
      To assist the failing British East India Company, the Company was given a monopoly to trade tea in America.

       1773 - Boston Tea Party
      A group of colonists disguised as Indians dumped tea overboard from three ships in Boston Harbor.

       1774 - Intolerable Acts
      These were passed in response to the Boston Tea Party and placed restrictions on the colonists including outlawing town meetings and the closing of Boston Harbor.

      Conflict and Revolution 1775 to 1776

       April 14, 1775 - Massachusetts Governor Gage is secretly ordered by the British to enforce the Coercive Acts and suppress "open rebellion" among colonists by using all necessary force.

       April 18, 1775 - General Gage orders 700 British soldiers to Concord to destroy the colonists' weapons depot.

      That night, Paul Revere and William Dawes are sent from Boston to warn colonists. Revere reaches Lexington about midnight and warns Sam Adams and John Hancock who are hiding out there.

      At dawn on April 19 about 70 armed Massachusetts militiamen stand face to face on Lexington Green with the British advance guard. An unordered 'shot heard around the world' begins the American Revolution. A volley of British muskets followed by a charge with bayonets leaves eight Americans dead and ten wounded. The British regroup and head for the depot in Concord, destroying the colonists' weapons and supplies. At the North Bridge in Concord, a British platoon is attacked by militiamen, with 14 casualties.

      British forces then begin a long retreat from Lexington back to Boston and are harassed and shot at all along the way by farmers and rebels and suffer over 250 casualties. News of the events at Lexington and Concord spreads like wildfire throughout the Colonies.

       April 23, 1775 - The Provincial Congress in Massachusetts orders 13,600 American soldiers to be mobilized. Colonial volunteers from all over New England assemble and head for Boston, then establish camps around the city and begin a year long siege of British-held Boston.

       May 10, 1775 - American forces led by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold capture Fort Ticonderoga in New York. The fort contains a much needed supply of military equipment including cannons which are then hauled to Boston by ox teams.

       May 10, 1775 - The Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia, with John Hancock elected as its president. On May 15, the Congress places the colonies in a state of defense. On June 15, the Congress unanimously votes to appoint George Washington general and commander-in-chief of the new Continental Army.

       June 17, 1775 - The first major fight between British and American troops occurs at Boston in the Battle of Bunker Hill. American troops are dug in along the high ground of Breed's Hill (the actual location) and are attacked by a frontal assault of over 2000 British soldiers who storm up the hill. The Americans are ordered not to fire until they can see "the whites of their eyes." As the British get within 15 paces, the Americans let loose a deadly volley of musket fire and halt the British advance. The British then regroup and attack 30 minutes later with the same result. A third attack, however, succeeds as the Americans run out of ammunition and are left only with bayonets and stones to defend themselves. The British succeed in taking the hill, but at a loss of half their force, over a thousand casualties, with the Americans losing about 400, including important colonial leader, General Joseph Warren.
      Today we see a Marxist Socialist sitting in The White House, a person by the name of Barck Hussein Obama who was raised in a foreign country (Indonesia), who never learned as a child what it means to be an American and who had a father who was a native of Kenya and a British subject. His mother was a communist and so was his childhood mentor Frank Davis. Not much else is known of this person's background because he has spent almost two million dollars on lawyers who have been successful, so far, in keeping his childhood and school records a secret. But since he came in to office he has appointed numerous people who hold anti-American feelings and these people have made numerous attempts to destroy our Constitution and Bill of Rights. He bows repeatedly before the heads of state of foreign countries in violation of the protocols of his own government.
      Today The Bill of Rights represents the bulwark of our freedom but that has become eroded by The Patriot Act which was created to apply to foreign terrorists but has been used against American citizens, as well. The U.S. Supreme Court has reaffirmed our 2nd Amendment rights to own guns but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to the United Nations Small Arms Treaty and some liberals argue this treaty, if it wins the consent of Congress, will supersede our Constitution. The UN’s “Small Arms Treaty” is nothing more than a massive GLOBAL gun control scheme, designed to register, ban and CONFISCATE firearms from law-abiding citizens. Conservative are calling it an Act of War and such an action would most likely spark a new American Revolution.
      The question remains how much more damage can the Democrats do before the November elections? No one wants to think about the consequences. Will American blood be spilled upon American soil once again in the name of Liberty?

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