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It's Time to Declare Your Independence from Tyranny, America

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It's time to declare your independence from tyranny, America.

For too long now, we have suffered the injustices of a government that has no regard for our rights or our humanity.

Too easily pacified and placated by the pomp and pageantry of manufactured spectacles (fireworks on the Fourth of July, military parades, ritualized elections, etc.) that are a poor substitute for a representative government that respects the rights of its people, the American people have opted, time and again, to overlook the government's excesses, abuses and power grabs that fly in the face of every principle for which America's founders risked their lives.

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We have done this to ourselves.

Indeed, it is painfully fitting that mere days before the nation prepared to celebrate its freedoms on the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the City Council for Charlottesville, Virginiathe home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration voted to do away with a holiday to honor Jefferson's birthday, because Jefferson, like many of his contemporaries, owned slaves. City councilors have opted instead to celebrate "Liberation and Freedom Day" in honor of slaves who were emancipated after the Civil War.

This is what we have been reduced to: bureaucrats dithering over meaningless trivialities while the government goosesteps all over our freedoms.

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Too often, we pay lip service to those freedoms, yet they did not come about by happenstance. They were hard won through sheer determination, suffering and sacrifice by thousands of patriotic Americans who not only believed in the cause of freedom but also had the intestinal fortitude to act on that belief. The success of the American revolution owes much to these men and women.

In standing up to the British Empire and speaking out against an oppressive regime, they exemplified courage in the face of what seemed like an overwhelming foe.

Indeed, imagine living in a country where armed soldiers crash through doors to arrest and imprison citizens merely for criticizing government officials.

Imagine that in this very same country, you're watched all the time, and if you look even a little bit suspicious, the police stop and frisk you or pull you over to search you on the off chance you're doing something illegal.

Keep in mind that if you have a firearm of any kind (or anything that resembled a firearm) while in this country, it may get you arrested and, in some circumstances, shot by police.

If you're thinking this sounds like America today, you wouldn't be far wrong.

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However, the scenario described above took place more than 200 years ago, when American colonists suffered under Great Britain's version of an early police state. It was only when the colonists finally got fed up with being silenced, censored, searched, frisked, threatened, and arrested that they finally revolted against the tyrant's fetters.

No document better states their grievances than the Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson.

A document seething with outrage over a government which had betrayed its citizens, the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, by 56 men who laid everything on the line, pledged it all"our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor"because they believed in a radical idea: that all people are created to be free.

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I agree 100%, but the U.S. is now no better off than Hong Kong. They're both on the same path. It's only a matter of time until both become Orwellian, tyrannical hell holes.

The sad part is that the people in Hong Kong fully realize what China is capable of. The American idiots will never accept what this fascist government is capable of, until it's too late.

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Personal Governance may be good enough to set you free. Please try to think for yourself - one day at a time. If you need a drink, take it.

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Thanks, friend. .. jusr performed lubricarion

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John, you are phenomenal, keeping up such a prolific pace for now more than 30 years.

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