We must guard against apathy if we are to remain free. We must guard against the attitude that says oh well what is the difference, I can put up with it for a little while. I saw an extremely dangerous comment on Facebook today. The conversation was about wearing face masks. One lady said that it was government dictating for a short time and so it was not worth the time or energy to fight against the demands.
What an incredibly dangerous attitude, but an attitude that has become common in the United States today. We have seen the collectivists (Marxists, communists, socialists, progressives, Democrats, - all virtually the same) take a freedom here, a liberty there, and more and more of our Constitution is shredded. Americans said that some political correctness would be OK, it just was not worth the time or energy to fight it. Today we have cities outlawing free speech and fining and or jailing people for saying things they deem to be offensive. Americans accept this.
Today we have the government controlling every facet of our lives, and Americans accepting it. Now in the name of safety, we have governments telling us we have to wear masks, places of worship and business have to keep lists of people who attend or frequent their business, telling us they have the right to follow us wherever we go, and they have the right to come into our homes and remove family members. Americans are saying that this is just for a short time and they do not have the energy to fight it.
A quick lesson in history. Accurate history is no longer taught in our schools, and that is a large part of the reason Americans would say, fine take my liberty and freedom, it is just for a short time and I do not have the energy to fight it. Some Americans are aware that an incident now referred to as The Boston Tea Party took place. Very few Americans understand the critical elements of the Boston Tea Party that led to the Intolerable Acts, that led to the First Continental Congress, that led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in the Second Continental Congress.
And here is the rest of the story. The people of Boston and Massachusetts had been had many disagreements with King George and Parliament. The King and Parliament were much like many of the governors and mayors in America today and essentially said that the citizens of Boston and Massachusetts were their subjects and must accept what they are told. In a try to trick these people into accepting that subjugation, the Tea Act came about. The Act was the solution to save the East India Company from bankruptcy.
The Act said that the East India Company would have a monopoly on selling Tea to Massachusetts. Because of special tax reductions given to the East India Tea Company the actual cost of tea to the colonists would be reduced, and the British said this would be a good thing. This, in today’s world would have been heralded as a victory for the people. Samuel Adams showed the people of Massachusetts that this was nothing more than a trick to take away their liberties. Yes the cost of tea would be lower, but the liberty of choosing from whom they could buy their tea would be removed, plus the King and Parliament tried to slip in one of those buried clauses we see so often that said the citizens of Massachusetts would now recognize the right of the King and Parliament to tax and rule them.
Samuel Adams set a brushfire of freedom when he revealed this political trickery to the people, and fortunately for us, the people said yes they would expend the time and energy for liberty, and the Boston Tea Party happened. Today, we are free because people were willing to take the time and expend the energy as opposed to buying tea at a lower cost.
There is a cost to liberty. That cost is measured in many ways, including time and energy. What is Freedom and Liberty worth to you? To the lady on Facebook, it was not worth much. I pray she is not representative of Americans today, but I fear she is. Thank God this lady was not one of the American heroes in Boston Massachusetts in 1773. She should be ashamed of herself.
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