Aiming Guns & Pointing Fingers
By Jessica Singer, a proud Bostonite
The Bloody Massacre on King Street
Ever since the British came out with the Stamp act, our economy has been their plaything. The constant taxation and regulations the British have come up with since then has forced us to buy their goods and pay their taxes just to go through our everyday lives. No more, I say. If we refuse to pay for their goods and continue to make revolutionary groups like the Tea Party, we'll end up bringing their economy down with ours, and they'll have no choice but to repeal their taxes.
Now they don't only just threaten us with their taxes, they threaten us with steel and soldiers. Recently, the British have been sending their soldiers into our homes where we must feed and shelter them. Loyalists argue that the soldiers are fighting for us, but they're not, as evinced by the Bloody Massacre. The soldiers are here for one thing, and that's surveillance. They're here to watch over us, make sure we don't protest, and if we do, break it up with bullets.
Well, fellow citizens of the New World, there is one thing to fight bullets with, and that's bullets. If we don't rise up together and fight the British, we will continue to be controlled by them, spending our hard-earned money on their taxes and funerals for our citizens. However, if we conjoin into one army with the purpose of freedom from their tyranny, we'll either get that freedom, or be free in death. We need change, and a revolution is change.
The Bloody Massacre - Paul Revere
This depiction represents the absolute affront to morality that the bloody massacre on King Street was. The innocent protest was broken apart violently by bullets, civilians killed and injured for simply expressing their opinions. The British have no right to treat us like this.
The Stamp Act
This was the beginning of it all. The Stamp Act forced the British taxes down our throats just before the wrong end of a musket. This act toppled our economy and revealed the greediness of the British by putting a tax on something we were forced to use.
Join, or Die - Benjamin Franklin
Join or die. This is what we must do, Bostonites and otherwise citizens and allies to the new world. We must join together as an army, and fight the British together, because we wouldn't have a chance against the goliath separated. This is what we must do to eventually have liberty.