Lessons learned from 1776

July 3, 2013 

"A traitor is everyone who does not agree with me"

-- King George III

On May 10, One World Trade Center's final antenna was added, making the new building the third largest in the world. Much more important is the final height of One World Trade Center, a very symbolic 1,776 feet.

You can't think of the number 1776 without thinking about the Fourth of July and the American Revolution. Understanding the past is vital to building a better future. It's also valuable to not just reflect on the result of that revolution, our independence, but the tyranny and government oppression that sparked that revolution.

Our Founding Fathers attempted resolution before considering revolution. The British debt at the time was so out of control that it had to be addressed, but the colonies faced new taxes despite having no real representation in Parliament.The increased taxation, plus the arrogance of the king, led to resentment and eventually insurrection.

Two hundred plus years later, gerrymandering has left so few competitive congressional districts that most voters today lack true elected representation at either the state or federal level. Without debate, and without choices, we either become more polarized or more apathetic. Neither is desired in a democracy.

It's easy to understand why those in power want to limit our options, but why do the rest of us allow it?

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