Tyranny – An Old Familiar Foe


“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

Thomas Jefferson


The authors of The Declaration of Independence clearly outline why the Americans wanted to separate from the tyranny imposed by the King. The majority of the Declaration is a list of the actions committed by the King that would lay claim to his tyranny.

In this lesson we examine 3 of the “Acts of Tyranny” as listed and declared by the American people on July 4th, 1776. Our assignment is to determine if they are still present today.

Act of Tyranny  # 1

“He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.”

It is the unseen political cooperation by those who govern that makes sure that the laws necessary for the public good are never really enacted with any measure of effectiveness.

Most would agree that a balanced budget would be good for the republic, yet those who govern will not enact this measure. To enact such a measure would require Congress to dismantle the institutions that give rise to its power. It is against man’s nature to willingly give up power and so the will of the people is once again at odds with those who govern. Tyranny is present.

Act of Tyranny # 2

“He has erected a multitude of new offices and sent hither, swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.”

A survey of today’s landscape would reveal that Local, State, and Federal offices litter the cities as well as the country side. The laws and regulations imposed on the people have grown ten thousand fold since a multitude was declared as tyranny. Their costs have bankrupted government at all levels and given the people tremendous debts to repay.

The wealth of the people is being taken. The will of the people is being trampled upon. Tyranny is present.

Act of Tyranny # 3

“For imposing taxes on us without our consent”

Those who govern have learned many ways to disguise the burdens of taxation and the transfer of wealth. The laws have become so entangled and cumbersome that armies of specially trained soldiers are needed to enforce and carryout its burden.

The greatest tax cannot be seen coming out of your pocket because it is taken from your future. It is imposed without the consent of the people by the reckless and misguided actions of those who govern. It is the tremendous burden of public debt that has stolen the wealth of a nation. The most obvious burden of tyranny is not always so obvious. Tyranny is Present.

It seems that an old familiar foe has indeed returned.

Tyranny is Present in America.

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