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July 3, 2010 - Ray Hall (Archive)

The 4th of July Holiday commemorates the adoption of our Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776 but our Independence came on July 2, 1776 when the Second Continental Congress voted a resolution of independence from the King of Great Britain.

The Declaration of Independence explained to the citizens of a new and emerging nation why a resolution of independence was necessary and to make it abundantly clear to the King of England why separation was necessary.

The authors of the Declaration recognized the legitimacy of government and stressed that governments should not be changed for light and transient causes, but the Declaration was a direct and personal attack on the King of England—not on government.

That is where the Tea People in their zeal to take back their country and to wrest control from immoral, corrupt and godless Liberal politicians who embrace socialistic—communistic programs—they see no difference—parts company from the founders they so loudly evoke.

The founders believed in government and confronted the King for his refusal to assent to laws; the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. The King also refused to pass laws for large districts of people and obstructed laws for the naturalization of foreigners and the King was critiqued for refusing to “pass others to encourage the migration hither.”

There is no resemblance between the Tea People and the Founders. The Tea People would abolish Social Security, health care including Medicaid and Medicare, unemployment benefits, abortions—even for rape and incest—the Internal Revenue Service and repeal Civil Rights laws.

All of that and more has been cited as campaign pledges from active Tea Party candidates not to mention deregulating private sector corporations like British Petroleum—BP. One Tea Party candidate for Congress has even suggested that “armies” be raised, apparently to overthrow the government by force or force others to be subjected to their governing ideology.

Government is necessary—it is not the enemy—and our Founders knew it was essential for our survival. Every grievance against the King in the Declaration had to do with building government—a government of free and independent states, that have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do.

At worst, if elected the Tea People would knowingly and willfully destroy the lives of citizens by the millions. At best, millions, the young, the old, the poor, the disabled and distressed would be left at the mercy of chance.



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