He Talked Independence With a 21-Gun Voice

In reading up on the revolutionary war, I come across a repeated theme:

A strong central government is necessary for the security and stability of any country. No brainer, right? Otherwise we dissolve into a lot of squabbling, self-interested tribes.

AND, a government must be able to collect tax.

Also not a stunning thought, but I find it interesting that taxes–the ability to collect, and the amount, and who pays and who controls revenue–these issues have been at the core of domestic concern since before our country was.

George Washington's army suffered terribly because the continental congress could not collect adequate tax. Indeed, if it weren't for the generosity and tenacity of such men as Robert Morris and John Paul Jones who begged and borrowed and dug deep into their own pockets to finance the cause of independence–if it weren't for them; well, who knows what might have happened?

Also interesting that the American Revolution was far from a mass movement of the people. Most colonists were going about their business with little or no thought for where the tide of history was taking them. Very few actually fought in the Continental army. Many even sided with the king, or at the very least, profited from selling supplies to his troops.

It was the passionate few who made the difference, who rose above the common rabble willing to wrest their living from any source, and saw a larger picture.

Now, as then, we cannot wait for the country as a whole to rise up and fix the system. For the voice of the masses to cry out and raise the standard of moral freedom and integrity. Real, lasting change always starts with and is carried out by the few.

The question is, are you one of them?

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