Looking back at the causes of the American Revolution, one must wonder if any Spirit of 1776 still exists. Onerous taxes and restraint of trade by the Navigation Acts and Stamp Act along with the quartering of a British army proved to be the impetus that lead to open revolution. King George III had assumed leadership of the Tory's and initiated a hugely corrupt power grab in Parliament by raiding the treasury and buying seats for his sycophants.
We now have an imperial Presidency truly monarchistic in it's opulence and pomp. His Majesty summons Pittsburgh pancake makers to Washington DC to cook his breakfasts. He summons chefs from Chicago and St. Louis to prepare his meals. His guests must be entertained by minstrels from the West Coast.
Her Royal Highness wears $540 tennis shoes while doling out food to the needy as they snap pictures of her on their cell phones. Together they, along with their court, dine on $100 a pound Kobe beef and sip the finest of wines and champagne.
While enjoying the most lavish lifestyle of any presidency, including the Reagan's who took heat from the press for their entertaining, our current Lord and Liege has bankrupted the Empire with his extraordinary spending and proposes Cap and Trade Taxes that produce nothing but a three thousand dollar drop in the average American family's lifestyle and more income to use for patronage. There is also a movement afoot to initiate a Value Added Tax, much like in the European Union. Each step from raw material through processing and finally being delivered to the consumer is taxed. While the Fair Tax would be a final stage only tax and eliminate all other federal taxes, this Value Added Tax is in addition to all others.
King George III wanted an army of 10,000 soldiers in the colonies. King Barack wants to create an army of 250,000 at first, loyal to Their Royal Majesties, to report upon his subjects. It is said an armed population are citizens. An unarmed population are subjects. His Majesty's assault upon the Second Amendment is underway and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) "Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age" along with their changing of the Arbitron rating system according to a recent article by Dick Morris, it is clear that the First Amendment is under siege. The next Amendment to be eliminated is the Fourth and it is likely this is underway already, though still under the radar of the remaining free press.
Had anything of the current magnitude of abuse occurred in colonial days, there would have been protests and open insurrection. To our benefit, close to a million citizens protested on April 15th across the land, yet no one is calling for open revolution. As the systematic dismantling of the free enterprise system and everything identifiable as freedom and American identity continues, one must wonder what level of tyranny it will take for the Spirit of 1776 to sweep the land and end the corruption in Washington DC.