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Are We Headed for a Revolution of Our Own?

September 8th, 2012

With all of the fighting that’s going on amongst Americans today, it’s hard to believe that we ever agreed on anything — but we did just that when we declared our independence from Britain.

Back then, Colonists were sick and tired of getting hit with taxes — and having no say over any of the decisions that were made.  With the flick of a pen King George III created high taxes on things that Colonists had to use every day, like paper and sugar.  Adding insult to injury, the Colonists couldn’t even vote for members of Parliament!  Instead, they were stuck footing the bill for the motherland.

Eventually, though, Britain took things too far.  When a new law said that British soldiers could stay in Colonists’ houses (without the owners’ permission), it was the straw that broke the camel’s back.  Colonists called the legislation the “Intolerable Acts” and started boycotting British goods.

A few months later, the Colonists and the British were duking it out in the Revolutionary War — and changing the course of history in the process.

Today, Americans are just as angry as they were back then.  Ironically, the Colonists were fighting in order to get a government that gave them some peace and quiet — while today, it seems like the government is the biggest source of stress for our citizens!  Whether it’s healthcare, taxes, gay marriage, the economy, or something else entirely, Americans on both sides of the political aisle are unhappy.

How long will it be before tempers boil over and we change the course of history with another revolution?

It worked to America’s advantage the first time, but what’s to say it’s going to turn out so well the next time?

 

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