Monday, March 22, 2010

Precedent

The Stamp Act of 1765, of which today is the 245th anniversary, inflamed citizens of the 13 colonies and led directly to the American Revolution of 1776. The government of America was fundamentally changed as a result. That was arguably the last fundamental change until about 1940.

American colonists opposing continuation of Britain's suzerainty amounted to about 40% of the population. Yesterday, our present day government defied the will of about 60% of its people, now to be known as "subjects."

The Stamp Act was repealed on March 18th 1766.

Update: 8:14.

I meant to include this link for a more comprehensive examination of this topic;
Why Tea Parties?

4 comments:

Paladin said...

A small quibble: 1913 was a very bad year. The government fundamentally changed with the 16th and 17 Amendments, both ratified in 1913. Both should be repealed. This infamous year also marked the passage of the Federal Reserve Act, creating the Fed and ushering in the age of fiat money.

The 16th legalized the income tax. What greater intrusion into liberty and privacy has ever been concocted in this nation? The 17th provided that U.S. Senators would be elected by popular vote, thus disturbing the balance of power among the branches of goverment and crippling the balance between the General Goverment and the Several States.

Jason Gillman said...

on the 17th.. Watch NJ recall of Menendez.. Many claim recall cannot happen, though it has cleared first hurdle.

Hershblogger said...

Without the 16th Amendment most of the other noxious changes would have been far less likely. So, I'd agree 1913 was probably worse. The potential was realized in the early 40's.

I hope Menendez is recalled.

Paladin said...

Regarding Menedez, I find this statement by the NJ Democrat Party Chairman to be revealing.

"Those are not the kinds of radical movements that typical, hard-working folks in New Jersey sign up to join, and that's why this group is looking to Glenn Beck for help,"

Glenn Beck could probably carry New Jersey by 10 points right about now.