I’m listening to Hannity blabber on this afternoon, he’s currently interviewing/jaw-boning with Rick Santelli. You may know his name, I never heard of him before he did his little shtick on the floor of the Chicago mercantile. My guess is around 70% of it was staged by him (I’m not accusing those on the floor agreeing with him), specifically to get his name up in lights. But I still liked it. I always love a good old-fashioned American citizen seethe against the tyrants and thieves in Washington*.
And, hardly surprising, Santelli is talking about something on which he is apparently uneducated. He just said no taxation without representation is the reason this country was founded. Nope.
It’s actually a really cool story, I suggest David Mccullough’s 1776. Awesome book. The reason for the good old USA is actually pretty ass backwards from what we’re taught in public school (hardly surprising). The reason we have our country is not because we declared independence from England. The First Continental Congress sent a petition to King George demanding that he reign in the royal governors, who they considered were abusing their powers. They argued as citizens under the reign of the King of England, they were entitled to the protection of the Crown. The King responded, and so did Parliament, with several war ships and a contingent of soldiers with orders, that basically said, anyone who does not bow down and fully accept the ultimate authority of the Crown was to be hunted down like a dog and killed.
That meant that every founding father from George Washington right on down to the little kid playing the fife in the old ‘Spirit of ’76’ painting had to essentially bow down, kiss ass, suck you-know-what, bend over grab the ankles, and prayed to God it was sufficient supplication, before the most powerful empire the world had known to that time.
Or they could fight.
We all know what they decided. Like I said, I love a good old-fashioned American citizen group seethe. I’m not advocating violence or a new revolution, or anything like that. But I very much would love to see We The People throw a nice scare to the government. Just enough to remind them who exactly is in charge here.
*- The more I think about it, the more I believe we should petition the federal government to officially change the name of the District of Columbia to something other than Washington. It’s an insult to the father of our nation. Got any suggestions for a replacement? Leave a comment. Let’s start a competition, what name best describes the current incarnation of the seat of our federal government?