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Historical fact: Independence Day is a celebration of freedom from government tyranny

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Happy July 4th, my fellow Americans. It's the Independence Day weekend! Independence from what, you might ask? As even the somewhat revisionist history taught in public schools readily admits, July 4th is a celebration of independence from government tyranny under British rule.

And what kind of government tyranny, specifically? Well, the kind that involves warrantless searches of peoples' homes, where government agents could just waltz right into your private home for no reason and conduct a search without even getting a court-issued warrant. That was a form of government terrorism waged against the people, and when the USA declared its independence from British rule, it adopted a new rule at home that specifically forbade such tyrannical government actions.

That rule is called The Fourth Amendment. It protects citizens from illegal searches and seizures undertaken by a tyrannical lawless government.

Yet, sadly, in just the last decade, the U.S. government has now thrown out the Fourth Amendment and is back to operating exactly like the British tyrants we defeated to earn our independence in the first place! Now in the United States, TSA agents at the airport conduct illegal searches of travelers on a routine basis, with no search warrants issued, no just cause and no legal justification whatsoever. The TSA has become to modern-day America what the British tyrants were to the colonials in the 18th century.

But it gets even better. Today, police in Indiana now have the court-affirmed "right" to conduct warrantless house-to-house searches without any just cause whatsoever. The state supreme court there has ruled that police no longer need warrants to break into private homes and search them for anything they want, at any hour, for any reason!

Even worse, courts are also ruling that you cannot resist an unlawful entry into your home by a police officer -- even if that police officer is committing a crime by breaking into your home!

Police brutality is now so widespread and common across the U.S. that police are beating, arresting, tasering and charging speech-impaired teenagers with resisting arrest!

Some police, it turns out, are so uneducated that they interpret a speech impediment as some kind of mockery or "disrespect."

Not all cops are bad, of course. Most cops are hard-working citizens who perform a thankless job for wildly insufficient pay. They put their lives on the line to help keep our local communities safe, and they deserve our thanks for that effort. But increasingly, the bad cops seem to be losing their cool and forgetting they are supposed to serve the public, not terrorize the public like some sort of badge-wearing gang of government thugs.

Tenth Amendment protections

After the War of Independence, other rules were written into the new U.S. Constitution to make sure the People could never again be abused by government tyrants. The Tenth Amendment provided for states' rights, limiting the role of the federal government in controlling local issues.

But the federal government now says it has supreme power over all states, and it forces itself onto the states through things like airport screening programs (TSA) and the nationwide prohibition of marijuana, involving federal DEA agents raiding medical marijuana facilities that have been legally licensed by the state. The federal government, in other words, respects no state law whatsoever.

Efforts are underway to reassert states' rights and nullify the tyrannical control of the federal government. See here to learn about The Tenth Amendment Center and its work to protect the freedom of citizens in every state.

Obamacare and economic tyranny

The federal government is also now engaged in economic tyranny by forcing citizens to purchase a health insurance policy from a failed "sick care" system that doesn't even work! It's called "Obamacare," and the courts are ruling that the federal government now has this power to mandate that all Americans buy whatever private product the government orders them to buy!

Take this one step further, and soon you'll see the government ordering all Americans to buy an American-made car, or buy a government-mandated life insurance policy, or buy a new house to lift the housing market. Under this bizarre interpretation of the Commerce Clause there is absolutely nothing the government can't control in your life as long as it can argue there is some economic impact on others. The government can even force you to stop growing corn on your own farm, even if you don't sell it to anyone!

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