Congress & Parliament of the 1700’s

Posted By on July 29, 2010

For years I have said the US Congress more resembles the British Parliament of the 1700’s than the constitutionally established Congress of the United States. In the last two years this has become even more obvious, and more and more citizens are realizing something is seriously wrong in Washington.

We must come to terms with some very basic understandings about pre-War of Independence America. First, the protests and armed revolt initially began NOT to seek independence from Britain, it began as a movement of British citizens seeking to defend and secure their constitutionally guaranteed rights as stated within the constitution of Great Britain. As I read more and more from that period, this one truth becomes more and more obvious. The cries and protests against the Stamp Act were cries of a basic violation of the British constitution. “No taxation without representation” was guaranteed by that constitution to all British citizens. This continued through the tax on tea and the Townshend Acts. The colonists even sent representatives to England in an effort to work with Parliament, i.e. Benjamin Franklin.

We see this enumerated within the body of the Declaration of Independence. While the Declaration specifically addresses the King, it is because he was the final voice in all acts of Parliament, and could have overturned their actions. For examples:

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For imposing taxes on us without our consent:

For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments: (Can you say, “fundamentally change America,” i.e. President Obama?)

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions. (Can you say, illegal immigration?)

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Do any of these sound even vaguely familiar? Let’s see… Congress has continually ignored the voice of the people by choosing to disregard the overwhelming volume of calls, letters and faxes expressing opposition to legislation pending action; i.e. TARP I & II, Healthcare, Bailouts of GM and Chrysler, Illegal Alien reform and amnesty, financial reform and the list goes on and on. They have refused to heed the petitions of the people. They have refused to enact legislation which the people have overwhelmingly supported and requested. They have refused to pass laws which would benefit the nation as a whole, and instead favored legislation respecting and “favoring” small geographic sections, or minority groups of citizens.

This applies equally across the gamut of the federal government, the Congress, the President and the Courts, AND it spans multiple administrations (both Democrat and Republican).  We are on the verge of some very serious undertakings within these United States, and unless “We the People” stand up and take appropriate action we may find ourselves in the midst of even more grievous circumstances.

The difference between 1770-1775 and today is this, “We the People” have the ability to radically change the makeup of Congress this year i November. We have the opportunity to “throw all the bums out.” I would add this should be regardless of political party affiliation. It is time we elected men and women of integrity and honor. Men and women who have principles and will stand for those principles regardless the pressure. Men and women who will uphold and honor the Constitution of the United States. Men and women who will work to reverse the trend of tyranny so apparent within the government today. These men and women need to be at ALL levels of government throughout the country, local, state and federal.

Will you pass this along? Will you join me in raising the alarm across the fruited plain, “The federals are coming!” Will you join me in standing against tyranny in all its insidious forms, Democrat, Republican & especially RINO? Learn you history and take the RATTLE Pledge and hold our politicians to the fire of responsibility and bind them with the chains of the Constitution.

Related Article Links:

Congress & Parliament of the 1700’s
The English Government of the 1700’s
More on Congress and Parliament of the 1700’s
Commentary on British Government from 1803

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