"These are the times that try men's souls . . ." So wrote Thomas Paine (1737-1809), a British pamphleteer, on the eve of the American Revolution in 1776.
Then, for American colonists and now for U.S. citizens, taxation plays an extremely important role.
Then the issue was "taxation without representation" and today it is taxation with representation. The question arises, "How do we rein in our representatives to serve our needs and issues rather than their own personal gratification and electability?"
Many of those whom the American public elect to office to serve take separate roles as political leaders and by self-elevation remove themselves from the control of the general public.
Two examples come to mind: Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Through their ability to grant appointments and give favors from their positions of power within their constituencies, they are able to keep themselves in office.
The entire body of the American public must suffer their offensive and oppressive rules and regulations approved at the national level.
Today taxation with representation is proving to be just as offensive when it becomes excessive and when government assumes a role of master instead of servant of the people, which today is ever more the case.
In pre-Revolutionary days, the public expressed its anger with what has become the revered "Boston Tea Party" when colonists boarded British ships in Boston Harbor and dumped the cargos of British tea into the water.
That act of resistance to taxation and excessive regulation is reflected today in the tea party protests against ever more oppressive and expensive government.
As under the rule of tyrannical King George III, today's government rules and regulations are denying American citizens their God-given individual freedoms.
A new tyranny has come to exist in the land: the tyranny of excessive regulation and the making of oppressive rules.
Representation is at the forefront today as America faces a general election on Nov. 2. A new House of Representatives and 37 members of the U.S. Senate will be elected.
This could prove to be a watershed election and movements for changes are attempting to force out the controlling party domination.
The Democratic Party today controls both the Executive and Legislative branches of government.
Recent Republican victories in Senate primary races in Massachusetts and Virginia in which tea party activity played some role give encouragement that the general election on Nov. 2 will bring about a change substantial enough to alter the course of government in the United States now and into the foreseeable future.
On another note, billionaire George Soros entered the American political scene with a broadcast speech endorsing the use and possession of marijuana.
George Soros is best known for breaking the Bank of England, creating havoc in Britain by by causing the loss of billions of pounds and family fortunes across the nation and making himself a billionaire. He has been previously mentioned in this column.
Soros has a unique way of de-stabilizing currencies at no cost to himself but creating billions in losses to the public. He uses a method known in financial circles as shorting the market, which brings about an immediate devaluation in the currency market of any nation selected. The individual who shorts the market invests nothing until the currency under attack settles in value to a much lower level.
At present the value of the U.S. dollar is at a low point and therefore vulnerable to such an attack.
George Soros operates in the open and his transactions are in broad daylight and are not illegal. He is a master at manipulating currencies and has done so in several eastern European countries.
Soros is also a master at manipulating people and circumstances and has funneled huge amounts to Democrats and liberal causes. Most recently he gave $1.8 million to National Public Radio purportedly to “buy political reporters” and $1 million to Media Matters to fight Fox News.
Indeed, these are trying times.
E. Ralph Hostetter, a prominent businessman and agricultural publisher, also is a national and local award-winning columnist. He welcomes comments by email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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