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“IT IS THE DUTY OF THE PEOPLE TO ASSERT THEIR FREEDOM”
by Kelly Gneiting
(Nov. 18, 2010) — Two words. Samuel Adams. What comes to mind? Put “a beer” on one end of the yardstick and “a patriot” on the other end.
In 1765 an oppressive British Parliament imposed the Stamp Act on the 13 colonies of British America. The act required that most printed material in the colonies be produced on paper from London carrying an embossed revenue stamp. Material requiring the stamp included legal documents, newspapers, bills of lading, and purchase receipts. The British felt that the 13-page act, which carried a sentence of death for violating, was just, and would pay a portion of their expenses for having a British military presence in America. Samuel Adams in Boston believed the tax was “a violation of the rights of Englishmen, being taxed without their representative consent.”
Undeterred, Samuel Adams, who donated long hours as an opinion columnist for the Boston Gazette, didn’t hesitate to call the tax “another tactic of British oppression meant to lead the people to the habit of contemplating themselves to be the slaves of men.” These sentiments rang throughout Massachusetts and the rest of the colonies. In Boston it took mere days for harassed Stamp Act distributors to resign. The tax was never collected.
In like manner, the 1773 Boston Tea Party was a direct action by colonists in Boston, led by Samuel Adams, to dump three shiploads of unfairly taxed tea into the watery Boston Harbor after Parliamentary officials refused to return it back to Britain. The tenaciousness of Samuel Adams helped to define a free America. Are there like-minded folks today, uncompromising in their spirit and relentless in a pursuit for reclaiming freedom?
“Stamp Acts” today fall upon us like rain and “unfairly taxed tea” shows up at America’s harbor continually– mostly mandated by a dominant Federal Government in which politicians reverence. America needs patriots like Samuel Adams, who, when offered “great personal advantages for making peace with your king…” reacted by saying “Sir, I trust I have long since made my peace with the King of Kings…”
“It is the glory of the Constitution that it hath its foundation in the law of God and nature, never made for politicians to alter.” said Sam Adams in a 1769 letter to London. “It is the duty of the people to assert their freedom and to take all rational and necessary methods when Constitutional boundaries are broken and rights are invaded.”
Thomas Jefferson said of Mr. Adams “In depth of purpose, zeal, and sagacity no man in congress exceeded, if any equaled, Sam Adams. In 2010, will you throw your hat in the ring to save America?”
Kelly Gneiting is the Western Regional Coordinator for the National Independent American Party (IAP). His email address is FreedomForIdaho@gmail.com.