Why Rebellion Is the Solution

When a government chooses to separate itself from its people, the people retaliate by delivering an ultimatum for it to shape up or be renounced. If the ultimatum is unheeded, and government signs the divorce papers, it is then made clear that the people will either fall in line or be penalized. At this point reconciliation is next to impossible, and the government tries to enforce its rule. Then a revolution occurs, and that’s all she wrote.
It was such an occurrence that happened over the span of several generations from the 1760’s to the mid 1770’s. Being so far from the colonies, England had an idea of what it expected from the colonies, and the colonies disagreed. Through ever invasive taxes in an effort to maintain a military presence in the colonies for their ‘protection’ – England realized that she had grown too big, and that colonies had to pay more to cover their share. With the molasses and sugar acts, she laid not only a heavy tax burden, but strict trading allowances on the colonies. In an effort to stay afloat and meet the increasing burden, colonists were forced to smuggling and other avenues for income. This upset England and she needed more money to enforce the sugar and molasses acts.
Yet what England refused to see was about to bite her. The ministry and parliament were laying these taxes and levies on the assumption that the frontiers needed protection from the natives and the forces of France and Spain. Yet what went unspoken was the fact that colonies owned militias, and others impressed into military service already gave up much to accomplish this. In addition, the threats on the frontier came not so much from colonial expansion, but from those who would anger the natives through poor trade ethics and outright swindling. It never occurred to England that the easiest answer would simply have been to let the natives fend for themselves and let the ones who made the mistakes pay for them. They instead chose to use their military to protect the brash few who conducted these excursions at the cost of land to the natives, and monies and trade with the rest of the colonies.
So when parliament and the ministry convened they decided that the Stamp Act was a way to make the colonists pay for their own defense. This of course angered many colonists as they had remote forms of government in place by the crown who were tasked with legislating their actions – not Parliament. So when word was passed that Parliament was going to pass the Stamp act, riots ensued. Several representatives went from the colonies to England to protest this action to Parliament, including merchants who would be put out of business should this Act pass.
Parliament was furious and stated that the colonies still belonged to the crown, and that it was maddening that they should not pay their share of ‘their defense’. It was at this point that one of the influential members of Parliament sympathetic to the colonies delivered a nasty retort so pointed and full of truth that the entire body fell silent for some time. Yet as always, the legislative body ended up ignoring such warnings and retort when it feels its own power in jeopardy. It was then argued that colonies had no right to emancipate themselves from the crown. The immediate retort was that they were loyal English citizens – not slaves. It was then pointed out that the colonists had grown rebellious – rioting against those sent to collect duties from the Stamp Act and tearing down their houses. It was pointed out that the colonists had tried peaceful means by writing to their representatives in the colonies, and that their words went unheard because parliament had not consulted with the colonies before running the Stamp Act through. Yet the parliament and ministry – separated from the colonists not only by distance but by beliefs and experiences, had already proved to the colonists that they had no say and would do what they were told.
In the years that followed up until the revolution, England tightened the collar more and more on the colonies. The more England tried to control the colonists, the more they turned against her. The more England tried to tax the colonists, the more she spent trying to enforce it. Then when England went to seize the armories at Concord, the divorce was finalized and there was no reconciliation.
In this brief analysis, we see a variety of lessons that both the people, and government alike should learn from. To the people the warning is simple – be careful whom you elect over you lest they give up your freedom and prosperity to increase their own position. To government it is equally simple – do not pass legislation based on scant information to cover the problems created by a fallacy. It is up to both the people and their governing bodies to pay attention and conduct their business in a responsible manner. If they cannot do this then they will start to damage previously uninvolved people which will have dire consequences.
Now that the inside the box problems were addressed, we can move on to the outside the box issues that unfortunately, go largely unaddressed.
The problem with having a united yet diverse body of people under common rule is that it quickly grows unsustainable. A dependency on a rule to some only comes at the detriment of another. As people learn to circumvent these rules, new rules are made that fix that particular issue, yet adversely affect so many more. Eventually the original rule that started the whole mess is forgotten, and the new ones soon follow it into obscurity as they get revamped. Meanwhile the intent of the original rule is completely forgotten yet its words are twisted in any way possible to meet the new demands put on the law at the request of a few. This rule is called the Constitution. Anyone who has studied the events leading up to its creation and how quickly it lost its intent are nothing short of dumbfounded as to its current abuse.
Now I am going to say something that few like to hear but it has to be addressed. Many of our founders knew full well that the new nation was going to change at some point in time. Not being able to foresee the future, they left their writings and history for us to learn from so that we would continue in the pursuance of freedom and liberty. Many recognized the Constitution for the compromise it was and therefore made the document amendable hoping that if it was to be changed, that it would be for freedom. However by forgetting what led up to its creation, we have taken this little document and amended it so many times that it really has no meaning left. It was meant to prevent the new nation from turning into another England.
High tax rate? Check. Reckless and damaging foreign policy? Check. Holding all citizens accountable for the mistakes of a few? Check. Bad economic decisions from trade down to government favor? Check. The idea that government is in charge and act on behalf of their surfs…err, I mean citizens? Check. The favors shown by government to those who support its size and structure? Check. Calling anyone who cries out against its misdeeds and irresponsible acts a terrorist (back then a traitor)? Check.
Get the point? We have turned into everything we fought against that made us. It goes beyond the realm of pathetic and into the depths of madness. However all is not lost. Just like those who fought so hard to give us our freedom in the 1770’s and later in 1812, many are rising up to take back our birthright of freedom. While this has not been accomplished with violence yet, it is a great sign that people are showing reason and restraint. So far the governing bodies should consider themselves fortunate of this fact.
Yet for an intellectual revolution to be successful, people need to stop the nonsense. Bandwagon hoppers and slogan chanters are all good and well for demonstration purposes, yet tend to parrot more than accomplish the necessary task of educating themselves on what went wrong to start with. You see rebellion does no good unless people understand what it is exactly that started it.
Rebellion is not accomplished constructively by the use of sword so to speak. All that does is forcefully throw off the current system, and it never produces better as time has shown. In an effort to mitigate this, people must know what went wrong, why it went wrong, and how to fix it. When we first won our freedom from England we had successfully completed the action, but the follow through left us unbalanced, and greatly at odds with what we preached. Hamilton and many other thought that the English system was perfect without the corruption, and fought tooth and toenail to reinstate it in the new country. Those like Madison and Jefferson who valued individual liberty and worked toward that end grew remorse the new government they helped create had led to such nonsense.
So it was that we created a new nation on divided principles – the biggest mistake a republic can make. We have gained great power at the expense of our children and theirs. We enjoy life – they pay the piper. That stops now.
As James Cox and many others so aptly pointed out, you cannot govern a free people – that implies that they are not really free. You see we do not have a state that helps mediate issues that arise between neighbors. We have a state that caters to whomever supports it, damns those who do not, and forces one neighbors whims on another – often at their expense. The word volunteer is nonexistent when it comes to aid as all resources are taken by force to be meted out to the powers favorites leaving little to those who would otherwise make real use of it in a non-wasteful manner. This is our government. They had over 200 years to ensure freedom and liberty as our founders intended – and failed miserably. They failed for the same reason England did in 1776 – you cannot govern a free people, and any attempt to do so will lead to the spoiling of the citizens, creating for them a debt to large to maintain, and then pulling the rug out from under their feet when their lies crumble to dust.
This is not a message for people to go out and break the current law. That would be stupid and would lead only to prison where no one can accomplish anything or look after their families. This is a message for people to educate themselves and others and keep careful and highly accurate records as proof. This means no taking events and quotes out of context. It means reading an explanation in its entirety to ensure its understanding as oppose to the picking whatever fits their agenda. This means to drop the dependency of having everyone else tell you what you want to know, and learning it yourself while engaging in meaningful debate to broaden their horizons. This means ensuring your sources are accurate and take into account all contributing factors.
This means that if people really want to be free, they have to be more than they ever have been before, and truly become the world leaders in freedom and peace. If this cannot be done, then we do not deserve freedom, and it will be lost within the next few years. We have little time left to accomplish this before violence becomes inevitable – in which case we all lose. We do not need to keep imitating the mistakes of other countries, but rather proving that freedom prevails. You want to be free? Prove it. Educate everyone you can, and don’t dare stop pressuring your politicians to stop the nonsense as hard as you cannot without force. We need to retake our freedom – before the whole chain starts all over again and we wind up right back where we started. Rebel with your pen now, or fight for your life with a gun later – your choice.

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