The Taxation That Our Founders Hated!

In light of all the distortions and half-truths that are constantly repeated, let’s be clear –what sparked the ire of our founders was not taxes; it was tyranny.  Their theme was not simply Taxed Enough Already – it was Tyrannized Enough Already.  Their tolerance for tyranny was taxed to the max – that’s the taxation the founders could no longer take.

The original tea party was not just about money and the driving force toward American independence was not simply taxation.  At the crux of the matter were the PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNMENT that created the taxation - taxation WITHOUT REPRESENTATION.  It was about government eliminating the common rights of the people.  The motivation behind the tea party event was Great Britain’s attempt to remove the people’s right to electively engage in trade, by mandating purchases only from the government…

But if our Trade is to be curtailed in its most profitable Branches, & Burdens beyond all possible Bearing, laid upon that which is suffered to remain, we shall be so far from being able to take off the manufactures of Great Britain, that it will be scarce possible for us to earn our Bread…?  [Samuel Adams, May 15, 1764, Boston Record Commissioners' Report, vol. 16, pp. 120-122]

Sam Adams went onto explain that the act of arbitrary taxation makes slaves out of a free people:

For if our Trade may be taxed why not our Lands? Why not the Produce of our Lands & every thing [sic] we possess or make use of? This we apprehend annihilates our Charter Right to govern & tax ourselves--It strikes at our British Privileges, which as we have never forfeited them, we hold in common with our Fellow Subjects who are Natives of Britain: If Taxes are laid upon us in any shape without our having a legal Representation where they are laid, are we not reduced from the Character of free Subjects to the miserable State of tributary Slaves?  [Samuel Adams, May 15, 1764, Boston Record Commissioners' Report, vol. 16, pp. 120-122, emphasis added]

Sam Adams saw the big picture. He knew that if the king assumed the power to lay taxes contrary to the common rights of the colonists, without giving the people any voice, there would be no limit to the power of this government.

This current government feels it may force the citizens to purchase healthcare based entirely upon the condition of being alive. If the government is granted such power over the people, ignoring the voice of the people and denying their proper representation, then where are the limits to this power?

Adams, attempting to make this point very clear, emphasized that;

“among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. These are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the first law of nature.” [Sam Adams, The Report of the Committee of Correspondence, to the Boston Town Meeting, Nov. 20, 1772]

Was it the money that caused our founders to demand independence?  No.  It was the erosion of Liberty.  The violation of sound principles of government.  One quick look at the Declaration of Independence will tell the tale.

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

It was not money; it was the King controlling the entire government, eating away at the separation of powers and coercing Parliament into submission, creating a government ruled solely by the whim of the King.  How does this compare to the government we see today?

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. •He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. •For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. [Declaration of Independence]

America now has a Congress that is unwilling to fulfill their solemn oath to stop the current “Kingly” administration from usurping legislative power.  Instead, we are subjected to empty words and political gamesmanship like the ones from Sen. Mitch McConnell and his great petition of the people to grovel before Obama and beg him to stop stealing legislative power.  This Congress has never stood with “manly firmness,” but this King has none-the-less dissolved their power by their own cowardice and has forced them into compliance through their own negligence.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. [Declaration of Independence]

America now has a Congress and King refusing to protect the people.  Although protection from invasion is actually one of the delegated powers of the Federal Government, our federal government has refused to provide for America’s protection. Instead of dealing with the threats, they argue that limiting the people’s Liberty is the way to keep America safe.  And the “State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.”

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers. [Declaration of Independence]

America has a Congress who will not respond to the King’s veiled threats and open chastisement of the Supreme Court?  Are not these actions an attempt at obstructing the Administration of Justice and an open declaration that he will refuse to assent to the law?

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance. •He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: [Declaration of Independence]

America has a Congress who will not reign in Executive Regulatory Agencies?  How many NEW regulatory agencies, czars, and regulations must we suffer before Congress acts?  What about the regulations and government intrusions by these arms of the King that are literally “harassing our people and eating out their substance?”  Do we just dismiss the raids on the farms and co-ops over raw milk?  Do we forget that Abner Scheonwetter spent 6 years in prison after a regulatory agency prosecuted him for violating an unconstitutional foreign law?  Do we allow the EPA to override the Bill of Rights and enforce THEIR OWN law upon the people without due process as they did to the residents of Bonner County, Idaho, among others?

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury: For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences: [Declaration of Independence]

America has a Congress that will not only do NOTHING to stop the usurpation of power by the King, but contributes to and enables this tyranny through laws like the Patriot Act, sections 1021 and 1022 of NDAA, and The Federal Building and Grounds Improvement Act [HR347].

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power. [Declaration of Independence]

America has a government that attempts to regulate out of existence our right to bear arms. Where will the power of the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA end?  When will Congress step up and become the “sure guardians of our Liberty” as demanded by James Madison?  Our Congress has failed to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people.  It has become a government of the King.

For our founders, it was never just about the money and it was always about the tyranny of a King and his government that felt the "good of the Kingdom" was more important than the common rights of men.  For more than a decade, they continued to speak and continued to be ignored.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people. [Declaration of Independence]

We have been ignored too long, but we will not be silent.  We will continue from now until November and beyond.  We the people will recover our nation.  We will not quit.  We are resolved to give our last breath in the defense of Liberty.  It is time America, to declare that these princes and their King are unfit to be rulers of a free people. It is time America, to put Liberty FIRST.  It is time America to reclaim the once great nation our founders sacrificed all to give to us.  It is time America to determine that we will once again be a government of the people, by the people and for the people.  It is time America, to save our children from the burdens of tyranny and the price to be paid for Liberty.  It is time to continue to identify the hypocrites and cowards.  It is time to support TRUE CONSTITUITONAL CONSERVATIVES, ones who have proven themselves by actions, not by idle words.  It is time to fire the rest of them, regardless of their personality, their former occupations, or their charming good looks.  Do we want Liberty or do we want slavery.  The choice is just that simple, because it is NOT about the money.

ABOUT: KrisAnne Hall travels the country teaching groups the truth about the history of our great founding documents and the government that our founders really wanted us to have.  She is a Constitutional attorney and former state prosecutor, when forced to choose decided she would not sacrifice liberty for a paycheck. She is a disabled veteran of the US Army, a Russian linguist, a mother, a pastor's wife and a patriot. Awarded the Freedom Fighter award by Americans for Prosperity, and the Certificate of Achievement from the Sons of the Revolution for her defense of Constitutional principles, Congressman James Blair Award for Defense of the Constitution. Author of "Not a Living Breathing Document: Reclaiming Our Constitution, and the DVD series The Roots of Liberty: The Historic Foundations of The Bill of Rights.  Because our children are the future of America, KrisAnne has also authored two children's books, Bedtime Stories For Budding Patriots and Essential Stories for Junior Patriots. 

To Contact KrisAnne to teach the Constitution to your group or order her books or DVDs go to http://www.KrisAnneHall.com

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Comment by Terry Reitz on April 12, 2012 at 2:17am

Excellent article, KrisAnne, thank you.  It is refreshing to "meet" someone who remembers the "Forgotten Connection" between the two, interdependent, documents - The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution For the United States of America.

Sharon, your questions go right to the heart of almost every post here and are a direct reflection of your, inherent, understanding of the spirit that is America.  There is insufficient space here to address them but, if you wish, I can offer you a starting point with the firm belief that you can go on and, in thoughtful deliberation, draw your own conclusions, in answer to them:

Home of the Eagle

Comment by Ed Stoneham on April 10, 2012 at 1:23pm

Chas Jones,

Among those lawful means to be exhausted is the action of citizen's arrest, which has long been considered a right in the event that there is no other means by which a lawbreaker can be arrested before doing more damage. The lawbreaker, in this case one who is violating the Constitution, can be arrested and be immediately presented to law enforcement authorities. In this case the authorities in question would be the members of the House Judiciary Committee. If the members of the House Judiciary Committee refuse to adjudicate (i. e. conduct impeachment hearings), then we must arrest the members of the Judiciary Committee and try them before the American citizenry. This is pretty much the prescription of Thomas Jefferson and of the Declaration of Independence.

Comment by J. Andrew Reid on April 10, 2012 at 7:56am

Thanks, Chris Anne:  

You are exactly correct. We need to press our representatives to do their duty as stated in their Oath of Office.  This post should be sent to each of our Representatives in the House because they are the ones who have to face us at town hall meetings where only a few are called on to ask questions or make statements. If hundreds or thousands of their constituents sent along this message via email they may begin to understand that we do not feel represented. AND, keep in mind they are up for election this November so they will be paying attention but it is numbers that get that attention.

If we cannot get our elected officials to do their Constitutional duty there are very few avenues remaining and my fear is that this is what Obama and his cronies are planning for. It is hard for me to believe that our elected representatives do not see this danger.

Comment by Chas Jones on April 10, 2012 at 4:24am

We The People ... are facing a crisis very similar to the one faced by our colonial forebears. Sadly, we face not a king 3,000 miles across the ocean today, but instead we face those who disdain our constitution and individual Liberty and who seek "by any means possible" to destroy our constitutional republic and the Liberty it is sworn to protect.

I seek to use ALL lawful means to defeat these domestic enemies of Liberty. Only once ALL lawful means are exhausted will I support force of arms. I hope lawful means will be sufficient ... if not, I appeal to ALL able bodied men and women to defeat those enemies "by any means they will understand."

Comment by Jon Brunke on April 9, 2012 at 8:36pm

"For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever."


This portion of the DOI and John Adams reference in NOVANGLUS are direct references to what the so called "declaratory act":



The title alone is kind of scary.  Here’s the last portion of the act the DOI and NOVANGLUS referred to when they mention “in all cases whatsoever”.

“…[Parliament] had, hath, and of right ought to have, full power and authority to make laws and statutes of sufficient force and validity to bind the colonies and people of America, subjects of the crown of Great Britain, in all cases whatsoever.”


There is one other sneaky thing going on here. Parliament passed another bill along with this one. That bill repealed a whole bunch of taxes the colonists had been resisting.  The affect was that all of America was rejoicing that Parliament had seen the error of its ways and backed off.  Not John Adams and company.  He knew Parliament was up too, he read the bill.  He understood the colonists were being intentionally misled.  He knew the act was claiming a legal authority at the same time it was pretending to be doing the colonists a favor.

Kind of like what the federal government does today...


Comment by Jon Brunke on April 9, 2012 at 8:07pm

John Adams wrote a series of articles in 1774-1775 that were later compiled into a book whose aim was to reveal the "the principle points of controversy between Great Britain and her colonies".


Taxation without representation didn't seem to play a large role in the conflict in his view (as best I can tell from his writing).  Rather it was Parliaments claim that it could legislate "in all cases whatsoever" (as has been pointed out by KrisAnne).  On that point here are a couple of examples from the book.


"IN a former letter I hazarded an opinion, that the true history of the American Revolution could not be recovered. I had many reasons for that apprehension; one of which I will attempt to explain... Of the determination of the British cabinet to assert and maintain the sovereign authority of parliament over the colonies, in all cases of taxation and internal policy… I am wearied to death by digging in this mud; with searching among this trash, chaff, rubbish of acts of parliament; of that parliament which declared it had a right to legislate for us, as sovereign, absolute and supreme, in all cases whatsoever. But I deny that they ever had any right to legislate for us, in any case whatsoever. And on this point we are and were at issue, before God and the world.” (NOVANGLUS pg 294)


Here's a (LINK) to the 1775 book if you're interested.

Comment by Ed Stoneham on April 9, 2012 at 7:16pm

Make that 2020.

Comment by Ed Stoneham on April 9, 2012 at 7:14pm

The Stamp Act was enacted in 1765. It was a sign of the encroaching enslavement of the colonists by the kingdom. The American Revolution began ten years later.

Obamacare was passed in 2010. Shall we take a guess as to what will happen by 2019?

The Stamp Act was repealed the year after it was enacted. Obamacare may be found unconstitutional or may be repealed soon. The parallels are immense.

Next up: the Boston Massacre in 1770.

Be ready.

Comment by David J Edwards on April 9, 2012 at 6:59pm


In the real America, "We The People" ruled ourselves through our legally and equitably chosen Representatives.  We did not think of such power as coming from outside of ourselves.  All power to Rule sprang from within us.  If a small ruling "elite" takes away that power, and holds it for themselves at our expense, then America no longer exists. 

That you, or any conservative American, would use the phrase "our RULERS" is reason enough to Fear for this nation and to fear a government which is no longer "of us"... no longer part of, or ruled by us... "We The People".

If the Real American form of governance is not re-established, we must learn to bow to Masters and hope they are merciful, or else we have chosen to be killed.

Masters give slaves no other choices.  Slaves may submit and obey, or die.

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on April 9, 2012 at 4:29pm

Thank you Ron.

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