“Taxation Without Representation”

By Tom Hughes

On July 2nd, 1776 the Continental Congress gathered at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and voted to separate from Great Britain. In the Declaration of Independence there are twenty seven grievances listed. Most Americans are familiar with only one of the twenty seven, “taxation without representation.” Truth is, abuse of representative powers was listed eleven times more often than “taxation without representation” in the Declaration of Independence. Military power abuse was stated seven times more often, judicial powers abused, four times more often, not to mention the religious and moral issues. Therefore the “taxation” issue was given very little acknowledgement in the Declaration, so why is it recognized more than the others today?

During the early part of the twentieth century writers such as Fairfax Downey, W.E. Woodward, Charles Beard and many others decided to write and teach America’s history from an economic perspective. Therefore they used the “taxation” clause from the Declaration of Independence to represent the basis of their teaching, believing money was the motivating factor in America and that economic issues were more important then moral issues. This type of distorted teaching encouraged citizens in America to elect leaders not on moral character but what a candidate’s economic vision was for America. The thought was established that America can be great without God and materialism and power is created by our own abilities and determination. This is not the original intent of our Founding Fathers. The truth is, they taught that God commands us to elect leaders who are “just men who will rule in the fear of God.”

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things (economic) shall be added to you,” Matthew 6:33 [KJV] Since America for decades has chosen economics over morals and has disregarded God’s role in America, it’s interesting to note that our nearly seventeen trillion dollar national debt is caused for the most part by immorality.

When I review these grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence, I believe that America is experiencing many of the same issues today. I recently submitted a letter to the editor in the Naples Daily News in regard to this trend.

In George Washington’s inaugural address he stated; “The propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 If we all repent and bring honor to God by believing the truth of our Godly heritage, America can once again be united as “one nation under God.”

“We recognize no Sovereign but God, no King but Jesus”

God Bless,
Tom Hughes

Recommended resources:

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The Pioneer Spirit by Dutch Sheets
America’s Godly Heritage by David Barton
The Role of Pastors & Christians by David Barton

Keys to Good Government by David Barton

Monumental Movie by Kirk Cameron


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