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The Declaration of Independence happened because of a specific set of historical circumstances. We aren’t taught about those in our schools anymore, so one goal that I have in analyzing the Declaration is to provide that historical context.

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

When I was in honors history class in high school and later as a political science minor in college, instructors would throw out the term “The Intolerable Acts” without explaining that these were. The Intolerable Acts were passed by Parliament partly in response to the “Boston Tea Party” (December 16, 1773). In 1774, the British government decided that it was not possible to single out the participants in the Tea Party for punishment, so imposed a series of punitive actions against the town of Boston and the entire colony of Massachusetts Bay. There were five acts:

  1. The Boston Port Act closed the port of Boston beginning June 1, 1774, until the East India Company had been repaid for the losses it had suffered as a result of the Tea Party; this act in effect declared a military blockade of Boston. Thus, John Hancock and others became smugglers.
  2. The Administration of Justice Act empowered the Massachusetts governor (a political appointee sent from DC … I mean, London) to transfer either to Britain or to another colony for trial any official or soldier accused of a capital crime committed in the line of duty who could not expect a fair trial in Massachusetts.
  3. The Massachusetts Government Act nullified and altered the Massachusetts Charter in several ways, by stipulating, among other things, that the Council would thenceforth be appointed by the Crown rather than elected by the House of Representatives, and that town meetings could not be held without the prior written approval of the governor.
  4. The Quartering Act authorized every colonial governor under certain conditions to lodge troops in private establishments; this act showed that the British government intended to act firmly, very likely with force, to suppress American self-government.
  5. The Quebec Act reversed previous colonial policy by depriving inhabitants of Quebec of representation in government; this act also declared that the Roman Catholic religion was to be given the support of government in the exercise of its “accustomed dues and rights,” meaning that Catholics would be taxed to support the Catholic clergy. It also extended the territory of Quebec far southward, including a vast area we call Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Many American colonists viewed this as a cynical British attempt to buy the loyalty of Catholic priests so that they would not protest its abolition of republican government in Canada and prevent the westward expansion of the colonies by peopling the western region with Catholics who would willingly submit to despotic government if their priests urged it.

So it’s 2013 and the Intolerable Acts are history, right?

Oh, really????

1) How many of us will need medical care that will become unavailable in the United States within a half-decade of the full runout of ObamaCare and have to travel to third-world countries just get get medical treatment? Many doctors — my own and a cousin who works at a major research center — say this will be the outcome of ObamaCare.

2) I’ve mentioned Shaeffer Cox here before. An Alaskan who was an effective voice for liberty who also shot his mouth off in private, planning what he and his small group would do if there was ever a governmental collapse and theoretical soldiers came to impose theoretical martial law. He was found guilty of crimes against the government, though there was never any actual action taken. How did a jury come to that conclusion? Well, it wouldn’t have in Fairbanks because here we know that venting keeps you from actually carrying out crimes of violence. The feds knew that we knew that, so they transferred the federal jurisdiction to Anchorage, which is a far less libertarian town. The demographic makeup of the jury was essentially no long-time Alaskans. The prosecutor wanted people who were afraid of guns, unfamiliar with rifles, and preferrably either military members or their spouses. They got that. Arguments by the defense that Anchorage, which is 400 miles away from Fairbanks, was not a venue of like-minded citizens fell on deaf ears. The prosecutor went so far as to say in the media that the trial could also be held in Washington DC because all of the United States is federal venue. Do you think that’s a fair trial? Cox also had to pay for every defense witness to travel and to stay in Anchorage, which limited the scope of his defense because when you’re locked up behind bars, you can’t make any money. Of course, he was found guilty.

3) Alaska’s constitution requires that our wildlife resources by managed for the benefit of all Alaskans. Federal law (not constitution, just a law) requires that wildlife be managed for with rural preference. Forget that rural residents also have easier access to the game (remembering that Alaska has few roads, so you have to fly in). During times of scarcity (definition of which changes with the federal wind from week-to-week sometimes), rural residents get first crack at the game and then urban residents get a chance. But, ironically, when it comes to fish, out-of-state commercial fishers get first shot off-shore, then the rural residents and finally, the urban residents. So, 25% of the population of the state gets more access to 100% of the game than 75% of the state does — in violation of our state constitution, because of a law that probably violates the United States constitution.

4) The Quartering Act — soldiers do not live in our homes. Discussion closed! WRONG! The NSA has the ability and the usurped authority to listen to our telephone conversations and read our emails and Word Press posts for the purposes of using that content against American citizens. Anyone with a GPS equipped car can be tracked easily with modern technology and there’s no reason to believe you’re not being We’re living the Quartering Act every day and most of us don’t even realize it.

5) If you live in a western state, you know that most of your state belongs to Washington DC. Good luck using it for ANYTHING. If you live near a wetland, have fun in court if you ever want to build anything. Think it would be a good idea to build a refinery so the gasoline would be cheaper in your area? Laughing hysterically at the suggestion. There hasn’t been one permitted in over 25 years. Are we being prevented from expanding? And, what about the buy-off? Well, faith-based organizations take federal dollars in exchange for … not discussing politics. Alaska almost seceded in the 1980s, so the federal government increased revenue-sharing — making us part of the interstate highway funding system, for example — in order to placate us and make us less surly. It worked — for a while.

The Intolerable Acts — alive and well in a town near you.

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