The following letter from “An American Guesser” was published in the Pennsylvania Journal on December 27, 1775. Its author has been identified as Benjamin Franklin.
Written after fighting had begun between the Colonists and the British, but before the Declaration of Independence, it gives us a glimpse into Franklin’s observant mind.
‘Tis curious and amazing to observe how distinct and independent of each other the rattles of this animal are, and yet how firmly they are united together, so as never to be separated but by breaking them to pieces. One of those rattles singly, is incapable of producing sound, but the ringing of thirteen together, is sufficient to alarm the boldest man living.”
This book is a collection of quotes that I believe will inspire each reader, The American Patriot, to triumph over tyranny. May God Bless America! Don’t Tread On Me – An American Patriot’s Book of Quote is a reminder to all patriots that the struggle in America between liberty and tyranny has been an ongoing battle. The Founders of America were triumphant in their war against the tyranny of the English King, George III. Will the patriots of today be equally triumphant?Will liberty prevail? The tyranny of today brought on by massive government growth and spending both federal, state and even county and city has exploded into a heavy burden that founder Thomas Jefferson warned against,”Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work to give to those who are not.” I believe, as most others believe, that government has a vital role to play in civilized society. However, I also believe there is a Constitutional limit to the role government should participate in our lives. Ronald Reagan said it best, “Government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem.” This quote lies at the core of the fundamental battle being waged in America today. The Liberal or Progressive Democrat believes that governments role includes solving all of societies inequalities. While the Conservative Republican believes less government and private industry can best provide the foundation for our success. The Tea Party movement has established itself on the belief that both parties promote larger government and more spending. These American patriots believe, as I do, that less government is good government. I agree with what Dennis Prager has often said on his radio program, “The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.” How can government continue to grow and grow and spend and spend and not become more a part of our lives? How can the citizen that is dependent on government for “the pursuit of happiness” not be made smaller. Remember, “A government big enough to provide you everything is big enough to take everything.”
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