The American Dilemma and How We Can Fix It


““My Dearest Wife Agnes,

I will begin my return to Philadelphia tomorrow but I hope that this missive will reach you before I see you in person.  My dearest, you should have no concern for my well-being should the events that have transpired in Boston reached you.”

“Mr. Dawson and I had concluded our business and had gone down to the harbor to a charming pub which he knew.  We enjoyed a wonderful repast when we heard the sound of a commotion outside.  To our surprise, a bunch of Bostonians, many dressed in the garb of the native heathen, had begun flinging cargo from several of the ships.  We later learned that this was tea sent to the colonies from the far off lands in which it was cultivated.”

“Both Dawson and I were appalled at this savagery.  These are men of mean spirit and low account and they shall, when our good King George hears of their effrontery, be punished for their misdoings, of that I have no doubt.  For to ignore this boorish, mean spirited and uncivilized behavior is to do nothing less than to capitulate to the basest form of anarchy.”

With all my affection,

Your loving husband, Richard

17 December, 1773 A. D.

Letter from merchant Richard Farnsworth to his wife.

By altering a few names, dates and places in this letter, we could as easily be talking about a letter written by a Democrat in his or her description of how Republicans are portrayed.  And if the Democrats wants to categorize those who fought a valiant effort to defund Obamacare as anarchists, then that should be construed as a badge of honor – not a mark of shame.  The corollaries between this recent Republican effort and the Boston Tea Party are rather remarkable.

The rallying cry at the Boston Tea Party was, “No taxation without representation,” referring to the fact that the British Parliament imposed a tax on the colonies yet the colonies had no one to represent their views in Parliament.  So what does a tax on tea have to do with Obamacare?  Everything.  You see, according to the highest court in the land, Obamacare is constitutional because it is a “tax” and can be imposed because of that document’s Commerce Clause.

Before the ACA was passed, Sen. Charles Grassley (R- IA) added an amendment which specified that the members of Congress and their staffs be subject to the law in the same way that every other American is subject to it.  That became a part of the law as it was passed by Congress and signed by Obama.  However, among the many changes which King Obama made to the law by “Executive Order” was one which gave the members of Congress and their staffs preferential treatment.

One of the compromise offers that Speaker Boehner and the Republican House offered to Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Senate would have required that all members of Congress pay the tax (Obamacare) in the same way that the law imposes it on every other taxpayer in the country.  The Senate refused even to consider that proposal.  Apparently, Reid believes that he and his self-serving cronies are so important to human history that they are above the law.

Common sense suggests that if something is a good thing, every rational person would want to participate in it.  That should be most apparent to those who wrote the law and best know what it contains.  Shouldn’t it cause all of us to question the benefits of a law from which the legislators who passed it want to be exempt from it?  And if the president’s signature law is such a great deal, then why aren’t he, the vice president, members of the Supreme Court and their staffs not participating either?

The “anarchists” at the Boston Tea Party protested intrusive and oppressive government and helped catalyze what was to become the War of Independence.  Their frustration with the heavy hand of monarchy started the colonies on a path which led to the creation of the greatest experiment in democracy that was ever seen on the planet.

If working to change a self-satisfied, self-serving government is anarchy, then we need more of it.


Comments on: "ANARCHISTS" (5)

  1. Sarah may have had a point with her “Party like it’s 1773” remark.

  2. For some reason this reminds me of a C-Span interview I bookmarked in March, 2011 (How The West Was Lost); i.e., once you’ve fully understood the nature of the problem, what can you then do to fix it? Do you simply complain? Or instead begin (with yourself) to change? Is it not true that actions speak louder than words? And if that’s the case, what should those actions be (in addition to tossing the tea.)?

    • It’s a lesson learned from history that kings tend to resist being overthrown – whether they’ve gotten there through “Divine right” or the electoral process. It’s pretty comfortable living at the top, I guess.

      Therefore, since we are blessed to be living in a constitutional republic, we the people have the ability to replace those in power with others who better represent our interests through the electoral process.

      I recently convinced a very intelligent acquaintance to register to vote, for the first time, in his 59 years. His former attitude was, “they’re all crooks.” (Frankly, I don’t disagree with a large percentage of his findings).

      Now if he convinces his also intelligent wife to do the same, that’s two new voices to be heard at the polls. And, frankly, while I have pleaded, cajoled, argued, reasoned and done everything in my power to bring him to this point over one and one half years, I think that looking at Obamacare was the driving force that pushed him over the precipice.

      If we could repeat that small victory one million times, there might be hope.

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