hello! this is my first post on the forum, and since i am a history buff of the revolutionary war i will offer these facts ...
before the American revolution, the idea that individual commoners could own property was completely unheard of throughout history ... previously, the state/crown would hold LEGAL title to the land while the lord would have beneficial use or EQUITABLE title ... for those of you without any legal background, this is just like any trust, where the trustee is said to be invested with legal title while the beneficiary has only equitable title ... the American revolution was fought so that anyone freeborn would be able to live with both legal and equitable title to their property and labor ... by definition, paying royalty on your labor or income is NOT a free country ... the way it works today is that the county owns the land, and you own the pin number which GRANTS BENEFICIAL USE of the property, while the real owner (the county) collects royalty with what are called property taxes ... you don't own your car, the 'certificate of title' is NOT LEGAL TITLE but just a certification that legal title exists ... the real title to the car is the (mco) or manufacturers certificate of origin which becomes part of the APPLICATION FOR A TITLE that you gave to your state ... if you buy the car off the boat brand new you get the mco and have to 'exchange' it for a 'certificate of title' ... you just get beneficial use (equitable title) of the car because you have the TRUST CERTIFICATE ... what you really own is the license plate, the secretary of state owns the car as an agent for the state which is owned by the insurance companies that own all the bonds ... hence you are required to have mandatory insurance ...
the real reason for the revolutionary war was NOT because of 'taxation without representation' and the idea that colonists wanted seats in parliament is incorrect ... it was because of the inland extension of jurisdiction of the courts of the vice admiralty against the English common law rights of the colonists to elect their own judges and juries that the war was justly provoked ... here are some of the quotes of the colonists in their own words:
From the Petition from the Massachusetts House of Representatives to the House of Commons; November 3, 1764:
That the extension of the powers of courts of vice-admiralty has, so far as the juris diction of the said courts hath been extended, deprived the colonies of one of the' most valuable of English liberties, trials by juries.
From the Resolves of the Pennsylvania Assembly on the Stamp Act, September 21, 1765:
That the vesting and Authority in the Courts of Admiralty to decide in Suits relating to the Stamp Duty, and other Matters, foreign to their proper Juris diction, is highly dangerous to the liberties of his Majesty's American Subjects, contrary to the Magna Charta, the great Charter and Fountain of English Liberty, and destructive of one of their most darling acknowledged Rights, that of Trials by Juries.
From the Resolutions of the Continental Congress, October 19, 1765:
That the late Act of Parliament, entitled, An Act for granting and applying certain Stamp Duties, and other Duties, in the British colonies and plantations in America, etceteras, by imposing taxes on the inhabitants of these colonies, and the said Act, and several other Acts, by extending the juris diction of the courts of Admiralty beyond its ancient limits, have a manifest tendency to subvert the rights and liberties of the colonists.
From the Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress, October 14, 1774:
That the following acts of parliament are infringements and violations of the rights of the colonists; and that the repeal of them is essentially necessary, in order to restore harmony between Great Britain and the American colonies, videlicet.
The several acts of Geo. III ch. 15, and ch 34-5 Geo III ch 25.-6 Geo. ch. 52.-7 Geo. III ch.41 and ch. 46.-8 Geo III ch. 22. which impose duties for the purpose of raising a revenue in America, extend the power of the admiralty courts beyond their ancient limits, deprive the American subject of trial by jury, authorize the judges certificate to indemnify the prosecutor from damages, that he might otherwise be liable to, requiring oppressive security from a claimant of ships and goods seized, before he shall be allowed to defend his property, and are subversive of American rights.
Also 12 Geo. III ch. 24, intitulted, "An act for the better securing his majesty's dockyards, magazines, ships, ammunition, and stores," which declares a new offence in America, and deprives the American subject of a constitutional trial by jury of the vicinage, by authorizing the trial of any person, charged with the committing any offence described in the said act, out of the realm, to be indicted and tried for the same in any shire or county within the realm.
'From the Journals of the Continental Congress Declaration on Taking Arms; July 6, 1775:
They have undertaken to give and grant our money without our consent, though we have ever exercized an exclusive right to dispose of our own property; statutues have been passed for extending the juris diction of courts of Admiralty and Vice-Admiralty beyond their ancient limits; for depriving us of the accustomed and inestimable privilege of trial by jury, in cases affecting both life and property;
and for altering fundamentally the form of government established by charter, and secured by acts of its own legislature solemnly confirmed by the crown; for exempting the murderers of colonists from legal trial, and in effect, from punishment;
It has also been resolved in parliament, that colonists charged with committing certain offences, shall be transported to England to be tried.
But why should we enumerate our injuries in detail? By one statute it is declared, that parliament can "of right make laws to bind us IN ALL CASES WHATSOEVER" What is to defend us against so enormous, so unlimited a power? Not a single man of those who assume it, is chosen by us; or is subject to our control or influence; but, on the contrary, they are all of them exempt from the operation of such laws, and an American revenue, if not diverted from the ostensible purposes for which it is raised, would actually lighten their own burdens in proportion as they increase ours.
many people today that fancy themselves enlightened are not educated enough to appreciate the sacrifices that the revolutionary Americans made for the cause of freedom in this world ... this has been due to a systematic disinformation campaign that goes back almost to the time the war was fought ...