From the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. 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. http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html
It is interesting to read this document again in its entirety, comparing the offenses of the King of England with the offenses of our own current Federal government. How amazing it is to see that much of what the King was doing all those years ago is being repeated today by the government we established then in order to liberate ourselves.
They frustrate us with laws upon laws that are not based upon right and wrong, but upon further control of the people.
They molest us with surveillance and investigation, for no good reason.
They rob us with taxes upon taxes — our employers are taxed for their inventory, and for fact that they employ us, we are taxed on the money we are paid, and we are taxed on the things we buy.
They straightjacket us with regulations, causing us to break laws we know nothing of, just by going about our daily lives.
And they do it all “for our good”.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.
The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.