Independence Day 1776, we won our freedom from an intrusive government that heavily taxed us and oppressed our religious freedom. Independence Day 2017, we face historically high taxes, and our religious freedom is once again in jeopardy.
July 4th, 1776 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming independence from Great Britain. It came about a year and a half after the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord. But why did all this happen in the first place? What sparked this revolution?
It really started in 1620 when a group of people known as the radical English Separatist Church left England to escape the jurisdiction of the Church of England. They felt the Church was corrupt and they fled in search of religious freedom. They hopped on a ship called the Mayflower, sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where they settled.
Fast forward 145 years to 1765, England still controlled America and Americans still paid taxes back to England. This is when we started to see some serious opposition to British policy. It was when British Parliament passed the Stamp Act, which raised taxes to fund the British army in America. The colonists voiced their opposition in congress, but the act was enacted anyways in November. Colonists boycotted British goods and Parliament repealed the Act less than a year later. Things calmed down a bit until the Tea Act in 1773. The first major Act of cronyism in America. It granted a monopoly to the East India Trading Company. It allowed the EITC to undercut its competitors and most colonists felt it was a tyrannical move. In response, a group of patriots organized the Boston Tea Party and dumped about 18,000 £ of tea into Boston harbor. This obviously pissed off Parliament. One thing leads to another and in April of 1775, we have the start of the revolutionary war. The rest is history, but what can we take away from that, and how can we apply it to what’s happening to our country right now?
The settlers wanted two major things. Religious freedom, and lower taxes.
They fought and died for both. Last week in Illinois, state legislature passed a bill that imposes a 33% income tax increase. That makes the Stamp Act look like nothing. Most Americans today pay roughly 50% of their income to the Government once you factor in federal income tax, state income tax, sales tax, estate tax etc. 50%. That’s basically Marxism. Our forefathers would roll over in their graves. They started a revolution for far less.
Then there’s religious freedom. Religious freedom in America is under attack worse than ever before. Children aren’t allowed to mention God in public schools, there’s a movement to remove “under God” from the pledge of allegiance, the Supreme Court is set to rule on the religious baker case in the near future, and it will almost certainly rule against religious freedom. Now, I’m all for separation of church and state (so were the framers) but this goes beyond that, particularly in the Christian bakery situation. It boils down to this; a private business does not have a duty to serve you. Denying someone service based on their sexual orientation or race, etc is morally reprehensible and an extremely poor business decision. Businesses that discriminate against people should be allowed to fail. The free market is ruthless; if a bakery refuses to make a cake for a gay wedding, they should be free to suffer the repercussions. Let them get destroyed by social media. They deserve it. Forcing bigots to serve the people they hate, essentially gives them a free pass to stay in business in spite of poor decision making. People who make poor business decisions should have the right to fail. Let them. But I don’t believe the Supreme Court will rule in favor of religious freedom. Think about that. 241 years after the Declaration of Independence was adopted, we abandon the principles on which it stood for. Sickening.
It’s not over yet. We saw some resistance last year with the move away from centralized leftist government through the election of Donald Trump and Brexit, but I thought it was going to be bigger. It’s still early on, but I’d like to see some victories for religious freedom and lower taxes. It was only the whole point of the American Revolution- the greatest victory for freedom and liberty of all time.
Happy Independence Day
By: Dave Wilkins