Independence Day? 79% Of Americans Are Fine With The Current Level Of Tyranny

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Submitted by Michael Snyder of The American Dream blog,

On July 4th, the United States will celebrate Independence Day once again.  But who in the world are we trying to kid?  Our founders intended to create a society where freedom and liberty would be maximized, but that is not what America looks like today.  Instead, we live in a country that literally has millions of laws, rules and regulations.  We have a government that is obsessed with spying on the entire planet and that tries to watch, monitor, track and record as much information about all of us as it possibly can.  A “Big Brother” surveillance grid is being constructed all around us, and our militarized police are becoming more brutal with each passing day.  Sadly, most Americans don’t seem too alarmed by any of this.  In fact, a new Gallup survey has found that 79 percent of Americans are “satisfied” with the level of freedom in this nation.  That is a very alarming statistic.

If most people believe that everything is “just fine”, then our leaders are going to feel free to keep doing the same things that they have been doing.

That is why it is so frustrating that so many American “sheeple” appear to be so apathetic about the loss of our freedoms and our liberties.

But it was not all bad news in the Gallup survey.  Let’s take a look at the good news first…

The Good News

The good news is that Gallup has asked this question many times before, and over the years the percentage of Americans that are satisfied with the level of freedom in this country has been going down.  In fact, the latest figure of 79 percent is the lowest number that Gallup has ever recorded, and it puts us below 35 other countries

Seventy-nine percent of US residents are satisfied with their level of freedom, down from 91 percent in 2006, according to the Gallup survey, released Tuesday.

 

That 12-point drop pushes the United States from among the highest in the world in terms of perceived freedom to 36th place, outside the top quartile of the 120 countries sampled, trailing Paraguay, Rwanda, and the autonomous region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

So yes, Americans are way too apathetic about the loss of our freedoms and liberties, but at least the numbers are going in the right direction.

That shows that we are making progress.

And other recent surveys show this progress as well.

For example, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center, 74 percent of Americans do not believe that they have “to give up privacy in order to be safe from terrorism”.

That is a good sign.

And Americans are more dissatisfied with the federal government than ever before as well.

Gallup has found that a whopping 79 percent of Americans believe that there is widespread corruption throughout the government.

That is a new all-time high.

And Gallup has also discovered that confidence in Congress has fallen to a brand new all-time record low…

Americans’ confidence in Congress has sunk to a new low. Seven percent of Americans say they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress as an American institution, down from the previous low of 10% in 2013. This confidence is starkly different from the 42% in 1973, the first year Gallup began asking the question.

In fact, Gallup found that confidence in all three branches of the federal government is declining.

So there are definitely signs that the American people are waking up.

But the numbers also show that there is still so much work to do.

The Bad News

The bad news is that most of the country still appears to be deeply asleep.  Our liberties and freedoms are eroding with each passing day, and most Americans simply do not care.

Most Americans don’t seem to care that the TSA is fondling thousands of women and children in airports all over the nation every single day.

Most Americans don’t seem to care that the NSA is recording billions of our phone calls and emails.

Most Americans don’t seem to care that our police are becoming increasingly militarized.  As I wrote about the other day, there were only about 3,000 SWAT raids in the United States back in 1980.  But today, there are more than 80,000 SWAT raids per year in this country.

Most Americans don’t seem to care that a baby was recently maimed for life when a police officer threw a grenade into his crib during a SWAT team raid.

Most Americans don’t seem to care that police recently tasered a man 18 times.  In fact, it barely made a blip on the national news.

Most Americans don’t seem to care that the Obama administration has discussed making gun owners wear RFID tracking bracelets.

Most Americans don’t seem to care that a new California law would allow police to confiscate guns based on accusation alone.

Most Americans don’t seem to care that our public schools have been transformed into “Big Brother” indoctrination centers.

Most Americans don’t seem to care that the U.S. border is considered to be a “Constitution-free zone” where officials can freely grab your computer and copy your hard drive.

Most Americans don’t seem to care that people are being sent to prison for collecting rain water on their own property.

Most Americans don’t seem to care that facial recognition technology is being installed all over the nation.

Most Americans don’t seem to care that the Obama administration has expressed a desire to establish a national DNA database.

Most Americans don’t seem to care that our cell phones are essentially high tech surveillance devices.

Most Americans don’t seem to care that if you type the wrong thing into a search engine that the police could come knocking on your door.

Most Americans don’t seem to care that local governments all over the country are now using automated license plate readers to scan our license plates.

Most Americans don’t seem to care that the federal government is grabbing hundreds of thousands of acres of private land all over the country.

Most Americans don’t seem to care that Bible-believing Christians are regularly identified as “religious extremists” in official government training materials.

Most Americans don’t seem to care that the federal government has identified dozens of different categories of Americans as “potential terrorists“.

Most Americans don’t seem to care that we have a president that is treating the Constitution like a piece of toilet paper.

I could go on for hours, but I think that you get the point.

We are becoming a little bit more like tyrannical regimes such as Nazi Germany and North Korea with each passing day.

We aren’t there yet, but that is the path that we are on.

And once our liberties and freedoms are gone, they will be exceedingly difficult to ever get back.

So please help us wake up more Americans while we still can.

Time is running out.

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Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:00 | 4923293 JLee2027
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Gallup is a joke. Surveys can be manipulated to say anything. Besides which, it only takes a hard core 10% to start a revolt.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:06 | 4923306 LetThemEatRand
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Can't even blame Gallup for this monstrosity of a story.  If you read carefully, his entire list of things Americans are supposedly okay with, is not based on any survey at all.  He cites a couple of surveys that asked general questions.  Okay, most people think everything is fine because they are in the matrix.  But then he prefaces his entire specific list with "apparently, most Americans don't seem to care about...."

The real problem is that most Americans don't even know about his list.  They watch TV and are blissfully ignorant of the items on the list.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:07 | 4923315 knukles
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Interestingly, we'll all be celebrating the 4th.
The Government and Media will express such via idolatry and "remembrances" of fallen soldiers.

When in fact, July 4th is not a date that had any conflict.
It was the date upon which the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Nobody was hurt at the signing.

It is supposedly the day upon which we celebrate social values of personal freedoms, of self expression and economic independence from an overly intrusive Government.

Is that what you see being celebrated?

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/35447/Not-Over-for-Obama/

I didn't think so.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:09 | 4923322 Anusocracy
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Control is a very successful survival strategy.

Government is control.

Government will grow at the expense of more beneficial behaviors.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:15 | 4923341 fonzannoon
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One of my wifes friends posted on facebook today "THIS IS WHAT PROGRESS LOOKS LIKE!" and under it was the huge headline of the NFP 288k number today. My wife's job laid off a bunch of people this week so she was in a raw mood and asked me to post a response under her fb name. So I told her to ask that person what % of the jobs created were part time jobs and why is the labor participation rate at a 35 year low.

The person currently has about 100 "likes". My wife's response is the first response under his stupid post and neither he, nor anyone else has taken a shot at the questions. Nobody cares. It's all good.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:24 | 4923372 Bay of Pigs
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79% of Americans are brain dead idiots.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:26 | 4923384 fonzannoon
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Dude that is way too low. 

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:42 | 4923440 CH1
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They are still inside the Milgram Obedience Experiment.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:54 | 4923458 ZerOhead
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"Most Americans don’t seem to care that the Obama administration has discussed making gun owners wear RFID tracking bracelets."

If you really want to clean up corruption and terrorism and everything else wrong in the world it would be smarter just to chip the politicians/bankers/neocons/neolibs etc. and focus the 60,000 NSA operatives on watching every move they make.

After all aren't they supposed to be working for "We The People"?

Public servants my ass... self servants is what they are.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:59 | 4923787 SoberOne
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My rant from earlier.

This Independence day, remember you are free! Free from monetary oppression, free to eat wood pulp in your burgers, free to contribute your hard earned money to "find a cure", free to have a gay marriage (not recognized federally), free to stand in "First Amendment zones" to speak your mind, free to wave your Chinese made American flags, free to let the government spy on you and not care (doh!), free to enjoy your declining wages while real prices sky rocket, free to not choose whether to buy health insurance, free to be told you have ADD and that you need some pharmaceutical to fix you, free to continue to go to college riding on federal student loans, free to have your personal data sold to third party companies, free to watch and listen to the mainstream media controlled by 6 corporations, and most importantly, you are free to ignore your ignorance!America, Fuck Yeah!

 

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:17 | 4923821 BLOTTO
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I believe the 79% would refer to it as 'freedom,' not tyranny...

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=brainwashed

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 10:30 | 4924501 JR
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Where are the flags this Independence Day in the “Land of the Free”? In my neighborhood this week, a hopeful realtor planted an American flag as a gift from his agency in everyone’s front lawn; and all, save a few, promptly pulled them up.

Today I drove through another residential area (about 30 houses) and saw two flags, quite a difference from the July 4ths of America's happier yesteryears.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:59 | 4923501 CCanuck
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Fonz, forgive Bay of Pigs, he is a hardcore optimist.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:27 | 4923385 Boris Alatovkrap
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Is time for great purge, no? What is Mr. Benjamin Franklin saying, "Ever so often is must water tree of liberty with blood of revolution"?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:50 | 4923472 22winmag
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Jefferson said that, but your enthusiasm is appreciated.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:57 | 4923495 Escrava Isaura
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This title is 100% right….. giving and take .005% ‘might’ assume that: Something is not right!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:26 | 4923572 TahoeBilly2012
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Who is ready to be water? 

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:29 | 4923393 Anusocracy
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I would put it at 98+%.

The universe is almost entirely dumb matter, so is mankind.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:38 | 4923418 TahoeBilly2012
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50% of baseball is 90% mental and 90% of American's do not want to beleive that their Country is in trouble. Why should they, things aren't that bad really. The slow burn continues and the more the PTB suceed in the slow burn, the more people the can keep off the streets who just tell their friends "stay cool man, don't go out there...hey did you hear about the fireworks at...."

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:55 | 4923488 PrecipiceWatching
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Well, at least we beat self-absorbed, socialist-loving Eurotrash, in which apparently 90%+ are brain dead idiots.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 05:20 | 4924189 Lea
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The "Eurotrash, self-absorbed idiots" have been able to pull off mass protests America can't even dream of.

So much for "self-absorbed", when Americans may rant in front of their TV, but can't seem to get off their backsides to even join a rally. Have you seen the appallingly weak number of participants in any given American protest march?

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 09:22 | 4924407 Buckaroo Banzai
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Who is more pathetic, the people who don't bother protesting, or the ones that turn out in millions only to see things get even worse in their country?

Protest marches and rallies are for fools.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 04:43 | 4924170 mc225
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worldwide, it's a ship of fools

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 02:56 | 4926142 SF beatnik
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A check of Yahoo new, Google news, and MSN news. No mention of what is going on at the border. 

 

This is not an interesting  story?

 

This is not an important story?

 

I think most Ameicans who know about it feel it's very important, whether they like the invasion or not.

 

The MSM's avoidance of it is just more evidence of how the ruling elites control public opinion by controlling corporate media.

 

Gotta go to Drudge for coverage of this. The Drudge Report covers it extensively, every day. 

 

Point being that Ameicans aren't stupid, for the most part. The MSM keeps them in the dark about lots of important things.

(But why?) 
Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:27 | 4923387 LetThemEatRand
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"One of my wifes friends posted on facebook today...."

Just for a second, I thought you were an old school mormon, Fonz!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:35 | 4923408 fonzannoon
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LOL 

OT and sorry if this is long and throws the thread off but fuck snyder anyway. So I pay a shit ton of money for health insurance. A few weeks ago I go golfing. a day later I find a tick on my leg. My wife yells "we pay so much goddamn money for insurance you better go to the doctor". One of my friends is a nurse. I call her first and she tells me to bring the tick so they can test it. I bring it. It was a Saturday and the Doctor working tells me he does not need the tick, That if the tick has lyme, by the time they get the test back I could be affected by the lyme. So they get rid of the tick and just start me on antibiotics for the lyme and test my blood for a baseline and then test it again 2 weeks later (today).

I go back today and the primary doctor whose office it is was in.  he asks me to recount what happened. I tell him. 

Him: were you able to get in here with the tick? Me: Yes Him: Fantastic Me: your guy threw it out. said there was no need to test it Him: What??? (he then goes on to tell me that was wrong and they should have tested it as a precaution) Him: is there any wound or infection from the tick bite? Me: no (I show him) Him: good...he then put you on antibiotics? Me: Yes, amoxicillin for the Lyme Him: (puts his head in his hands and curses) Me: What the fuck is that about? Him: The Dr. put you on the wrong antibiotic. He treated you for the infection you did not have. Not lyme. Me: so I came in here with a tick and no infection and your guy threw out the tick and treated me not for lyme but for an infection I don't have. Him: that's correct Me: I did not take the antibiotics. Him: smart move on your part, that will be a $50 co pay.
Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:04 | 4923515 LetThemEatRand
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Best damn healthcare system in the world!   Guy walks into the doctor's office and says "it hurts when I lift my arm."  Doctor says "stop lifting your arm."  Guy says, "but how do I hail Obama, then?"  Doctor is whisked away by men wearing black shirts, tan pants, black boots.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:24 | 4923566 Yen Cross
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 O-Bunga-Care

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:36 | 4923596 LetThemEatRand
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Not to go further off topic, but pretty sure Fonz doesn't have O-Bunga-Care.  It was already broken.  Obunghole broke the broken window.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 00:31 | 4923942 Yen Cross
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 It was my fault Rand. I should have reserved my "common core" thoughts for another appropriate thread.

  I assume full responsibility. (unheard of in this day and age)

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 09:53 | 4924440 Dublinmick
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A very wise decision not taking the antibiotics. It is only in an extreme emergency I would consider them. After cipro years ago I noticed an old achilles heel tear came back. I do believe like they say it weakens ligaments among other things.

http://www.activistpost.com/2013/10/genetically-modifying-humans-via.html

New antibiotics genetically alter bacteria.

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/01/gulf-war-illness-tied-to-cipro.html

A U.S. military publication, The Air Force Times, made the connection that victims of Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome (“Floxies”) have been screaming about for years – that Gulf War Illness is tied to Cipro. In an article entitled, “New FDA warnings on Cipro may tie into Gulf War Illness,” it was noted that the August, 2013 update to the warning labels of all fluoroquinolone antibiotics stating that PERMANENT peripheral neuropathy is a possible adverse effect, prompted The Air Force Times to make the connection.

Civilians suffering from Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome (an adverse reaction to a fluoroquinolone – Cipro/Ciprofloxacin, Levaquin/Levofloxacin, Avelox/Moxifloxacin, Floxin/Ofloxacin and others) have noted the similarities between Gulf War illness and Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome for years. It is beyond likely, it is probable, that they are one in the same.

 

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:30 | 4923395 Thought Processor
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That means 21% have woken up.   That's a lot in my opinion.  

 

And I would imagine that the awakening process will be escalating soon..........

 

You can only spin these plates for so long.  Eventually the US will get it's share of everything that's been going down as the worldwide energy balance continues to tip out of our favor.

 

 

 

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:19 | 4923357 TeethVillage88s
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Holy Shiite, you're Right.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:33 | 4923403 putaipan
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crappy link to a crappy idea (we do/will need a general strike at some point) but a good summary of the notion of a "corporatized" america.  http://truthtalk13.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/the-non-violent-revolution-b...    we're gonna need another fourth.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:36 | 4923415 nmewn
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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.

Hell, reading this, it almost sounds like they were talking about where we are now ;-)

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good...illegal immigration enforcement.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them....NLRB.

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...Vichy DC.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries...FISA judges.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance...Czars-IRS-HHS-EPA/regulators.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures...DHS.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power...again, NSA-FISA-CIA-Pentagon.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:08 | 4923525 Stoploss
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Independence from what?  Celebrate shitting all over veterans? 

I saw an Army commercial the other day, the slogan read 'Join the Army, and fight for democracy'.  That's it.

The message came across very clearly:  'Join the Army, go fight and die somewhere for democracy'  I haven't seen it since. Straight out of Starship Troopers. LOL!!!

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:56 | 4924054 xtop23
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Why the fuk would anyone down vote knucks for his post?

Putz

 

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:29 | 4924721 Reset
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The only thing that I will be celebrating on the 4th will be the grand idea that our Founding Fathers had constructed and established but now has died. The country we live in today is not worth celebrating. Celebrate the ideal, not modern day America. 

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:22 | 4924590 TheReplacement
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Yeah but did you see that goal?!  Kim's ass is so big now...  Herro kitty.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:07 | 4923312 max2205
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I need a 15 pt list and a bonus chart

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:33 | 4923405 Falling Down
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More like 3%.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:40 | 4923428 junction
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Not just surveys can be manipulated.  The news media routinely reports on the 5-4 division on many Supreme Court decisions yet ignores the fact the Justice Stephen Breyer votes with the other three "liberal" justices only when there are five "radical right" justice votes to support taking away citizen rights.  When Justice Scalia voted with the liberal bloc to vote against mandatory DNA tests for persons arrested but not convicted of crimes, Breyer sided with the conservatives.  Today, Breyer did not sign the dissent in the Wheaton case involving Obamacare, birth control and religious institutions opting out.  The dissent was co-signed by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Elena Kagan, but not Justice Stephen Breyer, who also dissented with them in Hobby Lobby.  Breyer's record shows he is a closet conservative who will always vote against the Bill of Rights if he is the swing vote.  So you actually have six Supreme Court justices who are radical conservatives who don't believe in stare decisis, led by Chief Justice John Roberts.  Roberts would have found himself at home as a judge on the Nazi Peoples Court 70 years ago.  As Roberts proved loading the FISA court with judges like himself, goosestepping judges who hate the Bill of Rights.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:02 | 4923297 Coletrane
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if it were up to the majority, we'd still be living under the crown.

 

only three percent of the population had balls enough to take part in the revolution......

 

 

 

 

so much for the majority

 

 

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:02 | 4923510 explosivo
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I thought it was 30 percent that wanted revolution.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:09 | 4923530 El Vaquero
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At any given time, it was somewhere in the vicinity of 3% of the population that was willing to pick up a rifle or a musket and fight.  The 30% or so supported them, but not all of them fought.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:13 | 4923537 potato
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20% were separatists. A small part of those actually took up arms.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:44 | 4924272 Karl von Bahnhof
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But, but .... we still live under the crown.

http://larouchepac.com/node/31205

So what 4th July?

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 10:02 | 4924457 Dublinmick
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We are under the crown, your social seciurity number originates in the city of London which considers the US a bankrupt corporation in receivership. ABC agencies actually work for the UN. 18 trillion dollars printed mostly by the queen's banker need to be paid back. The majority of American presidents have been the queen's cousin and the current one is no exception.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:10 | 4924559 FeralSerf
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Most, if not all, Americans that descend from the English immigrants of Winthrop's Great Migration of 1630 are "kissing" cousins of The Queen.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:34 | 4924621 TheReplacement
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3% fought.  A much greater % supported them, from families to merchants, to slaves, and even some indian tribes.  The force in the field is always much smaller than the population that supports it, otherwise, the force would not be able to sustain itself with food, clothing, arms, or intel.  Sometimes the support was bare but the population wasn't exactly doing well itself.

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