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David Sadler For Congress (2002) 12th CD/Illinois

From: Arthur Bush
To: David Sadler
Subject: The Harvest
Date: Wednesday, June 04, 2003 7:51 PM

It appears to me that we (citizens) of the old British Colonies and now the United States have come full circle.

Many people were forced to migrate to the colonies. Vagrants, the poor, criminals, religious outcasts and indentured servants. The colonists were 'children' of the British Empire.

A necessary work force to be farmed and cared for by the benevolent oppressive Crown.

Absolute power of life and death over the colonists was often held by the oligarchy or agents of the crown.

Unless you were a landed aristocrat or an agent of the Crown, you had no rights.

Incrementally, the citizens of the British Colonies rose against tyranny.

From the crushing of Bacon's Rebellion of 1676, it was another 100 years before the Colonies moved against the Crown (some kicking and screaming wishing to remain loyal to the Crown).

As evidenced by the mention of Bacon's Rebellion, no revolution is an arbitrary event started on a whim. Many think that Bacon's rebellion was the precursor to and training ground for the revolution that succeeded a century later. Incrementally, the patriot psyche was developed and nurtured over a significant time frame.

Many colonists refused to pay quitrents and levies, they smuggled goods, caused riots, initiated boycotts, gained freedom to establish religion (except Catholics), were able to choose their own ministers of the Church, started their own schools, elected their own assemblages, and many times refused to pay the Crown's Governors.

For large numbers of men to turn from their daily lives to hurl themselves against existing status quo and face the mightiness of the world's foremost ruling government requires an accumulation of significant grievances and tensions.

The final actions of the Crown caused the irrevocable spark.
In 1764 the American Revenue Act was passed by parliament (paving the way for the Stamp Act).
1765 The Stamp Act enacted to pay for British Army in the Colonies.
1765, the Mutiny Act was passed by Parliament, which allowed the Army to be housed in private homes.
1767, the Colonists (patriots) reacted to new oppression caused by the Townshend Acts (Imperial trade and regulations).
1770, Boston Massacre
1773, Tea Act giving the East India Company a monopoly on the tea trade.
1773, Boston Tea Party
1774, Coercive Acts passes Parliament to exact a toll upon Boston to crush resistance.
1774, First Continental Congress convened.
And only after new and increased oppression by the Crown did the citizens ultimately revolt.
April 19, 1775, Lexington, (Shot heard Around the World) and Concord

And only after new and increased oppression by the Crown did the citizens ultimately revolt.

Incrementally, from the early 1780's, early 1800's, through the Second American Revolution where State's and Individual Rights were taken, to Woodrow Wilson, FDR's New Deal, Johnson's Great Society and now to Bush's Patriot Act, we find ourselves today burdened with a tyrannical government further curtailing and in some cases eliminating our freedoms and rights.

Generation by generation, ever-increasing infringements and erosion of natural rights & liberties have become accepted by the majority. Each following generation, thinks, "That's the way that it is.", and doesn't question what they don't know. Each new generation (since Government took over Education) is taught, not educated, in the public school that we are free and the greatest nation in the world. With no knowledge of the Constitution, Revolutionary War, other history or even the definition of Freedom. This assures further infringements in a like cycle.

The United States has gotten to where it is today by government initiated incremental erosion of our rights and the citizens have abdicated their role by general neglect or acceptance of those infringements. We have traveled the entire circle. From tyranny, to freedom, to tyranny.

To "peaceably", attack tyranny.
Plant the seed of Revolution:
Civil Disobedience

Be satisfied that in 30 to 100 years, after you are long gone, there may (or may not) be some men and women with the 'Holy Madness' to water the seedling and pass it on to another generation for the fruit to bear after further accumulation of infringements.

To defeat tyranny.

There are a long list of lost of liberties and government oppression. They are stacked like tender and cord wood waiting for a spark. Strike the match, pray and hope that the spark will be the catalyst and emotional impetus for the revolution to begin.

Not one of us will survive this life.
Why entrust future generations with the responsibility of picking the fruit.
Is it not ripe?

It's not that I prefer violence. I believe violence will occur.

I would be eternally grateful if most legislators followed the lead of Ron Paul and other like minded leaders. It isn't happening.

What will cause the spark? I suspect the economic catastrophe we are entering.

The power elite (FED, Military industrial complex, old money aristocrats, etc.) controls the US. All special interest groups want favor from government over all others (Business assoc., unions, Farmers, Petroleum industry, Medical Society, States, and etc.) Every favored contract, advantageous legislation or entitlement is at the expense of the individual.

The state and federal government has imposed laws and taxes on every aspect of our lives. Most American citizens pay over 50% of their earnings in one form of tax or another. Every citizen has broken the law as they are written.

Restraint through laws and regulations. Servitude through abusive taxation. The government allows families to survive and grow only to harvest the offspring as cannon fodder in the next global conquest.

Land of the Free? Try not paying your taxes. We have become slaves to the state.

Calm and patient planting leaves the problem to other generations. All the while government is enslaving the public citizen, reaping the public's wealth and ingenuity for empire building and oppression.

Arthur Bush