We want the parliament to represent our English colonies, stop taxing us, and let us experience our own, personal, freedom.
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We've been under control by the British for far too long. Since the French and Indian War, us colonists had to serve for British soldiers. Worse, now we have to pay for war debts, through taxes. We considered ourselves as loyal to the British, and because of this, we expected the taxes to be lower here. We thought that it would be different. We still don't understand while we're still under their rule. After all we've done for in the war, this is how they repay us? The French and Indian war left Britain deeply in debt. Furthermore, these expenses continued. The British Government had to keep troops in North America to make sure France did not try to regain its lost territory and to protect settlers against Native American attacks. British leaders started taxing the colonists.
As colonists, there are certain rights that are entitled to all of us that the British ignore. For one, the Magna Carta was the first document that placed restrictions to how much a king could rule. That made it so that us colonists had more rights that could not be dictated by the king. The Bill of Rights was a written list of freedoms that we were all entitled to.
The House of Burgesses was the first representative government, taking place in Virginia. The governor still had to approve all laws so that royalty wouldn't lose all the power. It was also a form of democracy for our people, where the sovereigns did not have as much, and us citizens had more rights, such as the right to vote for a leader. The Mayflower Compact was the first democratic document in the New World. It set up an ideal that the whole community took a higher priority over the individual. In short, some rights were taken to protect others. We followed this ideal, ditching their previous idea of a monarch taking priority.
Books also influenced our rights. John Locke, for instance, talked about natural rights, including life, liberty, and property, and how everbody were entitled to these rights, and not just towards a certain level of power. Baron de Montesquieu also influenced by saying that the powers of the government should be clearly defined and limited. He favored separation of powers, or division of the power of government into separate branches. This limits the people from gaining too much power.
There have been many acts that the British government imposed on our colonies and we feel that our rights are being violated. Such as but not limited to-
- Sugar Act- 1764
- The Parliament put a duty, or import tax, on several products, including molasses. It also banned some trading goods and these taxes affected only a certain part of the population, especially the colonial merchants who would sometimes trade in smuggled goods. We oppose to this act because we should be able to trade goods without taxes, since we are the ones who help the economy thrive. Parliament decided this on their own and we don’t think it is fair for them to have done whatever they want, just to receive taxes and benefit themselves.
- Quartering Act- 1765
- Parliament passed the Quartering Act and the purpose of this was to save money. This act required colonists to quarter, or house, British troops and provide them with food and other supplies, if barracks/forts were not available. We oppose to this act because we have payed so much tax, except that Britain isn’t using the money wisely and usefully. We don’t need more people living in our houses and making our place crowded.
- Stamp Act- 1765
- The Stamp Act was an act that took place, for the purpose of taxing every single piece of paper that was used in the colony.We oppose this because paper is an important part of our lifestyle, and we use it for our newspapers, books, letters, and pamphlets. To provide an unfair tax to every single copy is absurd.
- Declatory Act- 1766
- The Declaratory Act was an act that stated that the Parliament could make any action fit, as long as if it was for the good of the empire. We oppose this, because this involved British soldiers entering the colonies, but the people could do nothing about what the monarchy was forcing, so we oppose this action.
- Townshend Acts of 1767
- the Townshend Acts imposed duties on glass, lead, paints, paper and tea imported into the colonies. We oppose to this because we find it unfair to make searches without fully explaining why or what they were looking for in the first place. To help customs officers find illegal goods, they were allowed to use writs of assistance, court orders that allowed officers to search without saying what they were searching.
- Boston Massacre 1770
- The boston massacre was the killing of five colonists by British soldiers on March 5, 1770.We strongly oppose to this event because we find it not acceptable for British soldiers to kill colonists and no matter how much people say that it was for self-defense, from a colonist’s perspective, killing was not necessary.
- Tea Act 1773
- The 1773 Tea Act that gave a monopoly on tea sales to the East India Company. In other words, American colonists could buy no tea unless it came from that company.
- Intolerable Acts- 1774
- A series of laws passed by the British in 1774, and designed to punish the Massachusetts colonists for the Boston Tea Party. We opposed this act because we believe the Massachusetts colonists shouldn’t be taxed. They threw the contents of several hundred chests of tea as protest against the British taxing on tea, but being punished and taxed again for their behavior isn’t right.
For a certain amount of signatures, we will be doing many challenges that correspond to each of the acts that the British Parliament has opposed upon us. For example, expect a chubby bunny challenge for the Sugar Act. Go to our facebook page for the uploads on this link- https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006087798563
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