Ideals of the Revolutionary Generation Essays

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“The riot of August 26, {1765 inflicted by The Stamp Act} was one small episode in a series of events that launched a half-century of popular protest and political upheaval throughout the Western World” (Foner 175). One that ultimately led to the Independence of the United States and new schools of thought of how government should be created by the people it stands to protect. This was an incredible breakthrough that continues to lead to prominent discussions and debates nearly 400 years later. The Age of the Revolution had begun and “liberty was its rally cry” (Foner 175). John Adams, a Bostonian lawyer whom later signed the Declaration of independence, reflected that The Stamp Act of 1765 “had inspired the people, even to the lowest …show more content…
However different we are, the golden thread that knits us together is the very thing the Revolutionary Generation strived for 400 years ago, the Declaration of Independence states, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.
Fast forward to 2014 and it is my belief that Americans have forgotten that in order for these liberties to remain protected, we must assume the responsibility of continuing to monitor our government. In fact, the technologies that we are emphatic about pursuing and ultimately the first to invent, are breaking us down and making us weak. I am speaking primarily about cell phones and computers, the internet, texting, e-mail, and visual telecommunication programs like Skype which provide a portal to a new world previously not yet known to the American people, much less the world. It has been falsely circulated that Americans enjoy complete freedom to search, upload, download, interact however one wishes freely without supervision unless one breaks the law, unlike other countries, whose internet liberties are fiercely squandered. It has been a hot topic of discussion that our own government has been monitoring the American internet experience without authorization, and only until recently has been leaked by credible sources that it is in fact true. In 2007, Mark Klein a 20+ year employee of the popular American phone and

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