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Heroism or Terrorism

by on July 26, 2011

I would like to take the opportunity to educate some individuals in regards to the history of the United States. Because of the Patriot Act an individual who exercises their sovereignty through their individual rights is threatened of being viewed or persecuted as a terrorist. No one has gone as far as what our founding fathers had to go through to become a Republic Nation. These men are patriots and heroes though we fear retaliation, discrimination, and possible persecution for simple being the minority and exercising our sovereignty through free speech, non-violent protest, etc. when we see our elected officials falling far from the guidelines.

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We view these as acts of heroism. Today they would be viewed as acts of terrorism

1765 – In July, the Sons of Liberty, an underground organization opposed to the Stamp Act, is formed in a number of colonial towns. Its members use violence and intimidation to eventually force all of the British stamp agents to resign and also stop many American merchants from ordering British trade goods.

1765 – August 26, a mob in Boston attacks the home of Thomas Hutchinson, Chief Justice of Massachusetts, as Hutchinson and his family narrowly escape.

1765 – On November 1, most daily business and legal transactions in the colonies cease as the Stamp Act goes into effect with nearly all of the colonists refusing to use the stamps. In New York City, violence breaks out as a mob burns the royal governor in effigy, harasses British troops, then loots houses.

 1766 – In January, the New York assembly refuses to completely comply with Gen. Gage’s request to enforce the Quartering Act.

1766 – In August, violence breaks out in New York between British soldiers and armed colonists, including Sons of Liberty members. The violence erupts as a result of the continuing refusal of New York colonists to comply with the Quartering Act. In December, the New York legislature is suspended by the English Crown after once again voting to refuse to comply with the Act.

1768 – In February, Samuel Adams of Massachusetts writes a Circular Letter opposing taxation without representation and calling for the colonists to unite in their actions against the British government.

1770 – Violence erupts in January between members of the Sons of Liberty in New York and 40 British soldiers over the posting of broadsheets by the British. Several men are seriously wounded.

 1772 – In June, a British customs schooner, the Gaspee, runs aground off Rhode Island in Narragansett Bay. Colonists from Providence row out to the schooner and attack it, set the British crew ashore, then burn the ship. In September, a 500 pound reward is offered by the English Crown for the capture of those colonists, who would then be sent to England for trial. The announcement that they would be sent to England further upsets many American colonists.

 1772 – In November, a Boston town meeting assembles, called by Sam Adams. During the meeting, a 21 member committee of correspondence is appointed to communicate with other towns and colonies. A few weeks later, the town meeting endorses three radical proclamations asserting the rights of the colonies to self-rule.

December 16, 1773 – About 8000 Bostonians gather to hear Sam Adams tell them Royal Governor Hutchinson has repeated his command not to allow the ships out of the harbor until the tea taxes are paid. That night, the Boston Tea Party occurs as colonial activists disguise themselves as Mohawk Indians then board the ships and dump all 342 containers of tea into the harbor.

1774 – September 5 to October 26, the First Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia with 56 delegates, representing every colony, except Georgia. Attendants include Patrick Henry, George Washington, Sam Adams and John Hancock. On September 17, the Congress declares its opposition to the Coercive Acts, saying they are “not to be obeyed,” and also promotes the formation of local militia units. On October 14, a Declaration and Resolves is adopted that opposes the Coercive Acts, the Quebec Act, and other measure taken by the British that undermine self-rule. The rights of the colonists are asserted, including the rights to “life, liberty and property.” On October 20, the Congress adopts the Continental Association in which delegates agree to a boycott of English imports, effect an embargo of exports to Britain, and discontinue the slave trade. At dawn on April 19 about 70 armed Massachusetts militiamen stand face to face on Lexington Green with the British advance guard. An unordered ‘shot heard around the world’ begins the American Revolution. A volley of British rifle fire followed by a charge with bayonets leaves eight Americans dead and ten wounded. The British regroup and head for the depot in Concord, destroying the colonists’ weapons and supplies. At the North Bridge in Concord, a British platoon is attacked by militiamen, with 14 casualties.

April 23, 1775 – The Provincial Congress in Massachusetts orders 13,600 American soldiers to be mobilized. Colonial volunteers from all over New England assemble and head for Boston, then establish camps around the city and begin a year long siege of British-held Boston.

May 10, 1775 – American forces led by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold capture Fort Ticonderoga in New York. The fort contains a much needed supply of military equipment including cannons which are then hauled to Boston by ox teams.

One Comment
  1. Milton W T permalink

    I’ll admit not all of our actions look good. It isn’t all tea dumping and being massacred in Boston; I got the same pro-American history lessons that everyone else got in grade school. Gandhi didn’t exist back then and non-violence was tried until the 1760’s. The British were a real monarchy and an Empire- localities loyal to the Crown were run no better than Quartzsite is today! There were few alternatives than ugly, depraved acts of mob thuggery. The colonists became the Gadsden Snake, not to be tread upon, at least until the Civil War.

    About the Civil War, yes the Confederates fought for slavery- but they also were more for states rights as opposed to the Union which favored more centralized federal government with less states rights. After the Civil War, the 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution have more or less been ignored, and a simplistic “Federal Supremacy” interpretation to the Constitution has allowed the federal government to do more and the states to do less, with federal law being “supreme” over state law. Challenging federal overreach is very difficult in the modern age, with bureaucracy, spineless state and local officials, and a pliant media spewing ad hominem non-sequiturs alongside racist and radical propaganda concerning those that challenge federal power. Ironically, while the idiots in DC fiddle about the debt ceiling and Phoenix rests on its laurels concerning illegal immigration, Quartzsite has already defaulted on it’s freedom, and liberty was deported by the quartzsite council. In the era of too big to fail, Q-site is too small to notice by entities that in theory have more than enough power to deal with the deprivation of life, liberty, property, and happiness. Arizona was not a party in the Civil War, and thus antebellum thinking should have no influence. Uncle Sam is too broke and busy to care what Arizona does to Q-site. Jan Brewer would look good if the National Guard marched on town hall and an impromptu perp walk of the council commenced. Nevermind- she is too busy doing nothing to care.

    The Federal Government would spend less money if the states took on more roles and exercised more power. Thus corrupt towns would be swept aside by more confident and empowered state governments. Who likes town government anyway? Who likes it? Who wants it? Who needs it? Not I. My town stinks but it is no quartzsite.

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