Benjamin Franklin Gates: You know, of all the ideas that became the United States, there's a line here that's at the heart of all the others. 'But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.'
Riley Poole: Beautiful...I have no idea what you just said.
Benjamin Franklin Gates: It means that if there is something wrong, those that have the ability to take action have the responsibility to take action.
Ron Paul observes that our founding ancestors fought a war against the British Crown to reclaim far less liberty lost compared to today. Today we face, among other intrusions on our freedoms, stifling tax rates, pervasive government surveillance, restrained travel, a dominant military industrial complex, a devaluing dollar, and burgeoning federal debt.
Given that our founding ancestors thought that 1-2% tax rates were excessive and merited forcible response to throw off the oppressive regime, one can only imagine what our freedom loving predecessors would be up to today.
One thing does seem certain. They would be saddened by our lack of resolve to preserve the liberty they toiled so hard to secure for us more than two hundred years ago.