This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

Taxation without representation is tyranny!

When the American colonists in the 1700s, including my family, spoke the words, "Taxation without representation is tyranny!", they were not protesting taxation itself, they were protesting taxation without having a voice in the government. As all history buffs know, if the British government had given the colonists even a small representation in Parliament, the American Revolution could have been prevented. The British made a mistake.

Taxes, of course, pay for government. And as a society, we agree that a government needs to exist, in the form of protection, like the police and military, and for infrastructure, such as roads, courts, etc. Representation in government begins with the acceptance of the need for government. If you believe that there should be no government, as many people do, you are an anarchist. If you are not an anarchist, it's just possible that you have never been involved with the process of being represented in government. If you have no desire to pay taxes, it might be that you are also feeling that you have no representation.

Knowledge is power. My family fought for the right of representation before taxation, and won. All you have to do now is to exercise that right.
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