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The Boston Freedom Trail

September 18, 2009

By Jacqueline Smith

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The beauty of the Northeast is breathtaking.  The lush green forests that hide the buildings, homes, and even the freeways are amazing.  Only when you are right in a city do you feel the city at all.  Part of our adventure for the march on Washington, DC, was to come to historic Boston, Massachusetts.

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A good friend of mine, Andrew Mismash, and member of The S.T.A.R. Forum, served an LDS mission in Boston and suggested the Freedom Trail. Since we are in an RV, Parking was a bit of an adventure, and we ended up parking by the wharf. Our freedom trail began in the middle.  While we didn’t make it down the entire trail, we saw many wonderful and important sites in Boston.  There is so much history.  I wondered at the liberal views that seem to emanate from this state, when there is so much Constitutional history right at your fingertips.  There are many Universities in this state, and according to David Nobel’s Understanding the Times, the liberal professors apparently are having quite an influence. Nevertheless, I digress.

With five children in tow, the 7-hour walk (with a wonderful stop for seafood) was quite exhausting.  What a day.  My feet are aching, and my heart is full. I am so grateful to the men and women of courage who took a stand in Boston, for this is truly where it all started.  According to the Fourth Turning, by Strauss & Howe, a catalyst must set off the crisis at the end of the 3rd turning.  The Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party were the catalyst of that period.  Then the Declaration of Independence was signed and the Revolutionary War began.

9/11 marks the day in our time when it is believed we had our catalyst. About 7 – 10 years following a catalyst, an alignment takes place. The alignment in their day, was the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Is the march on DC the alignment of our time?  Only time will tell.

We went to Paul Revere’s home. 

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It is the oldest building in Boston at over 300 years, because it was already 90 years old when he bought it. My daughter, Silvére, mentioned that the bed in his upstairs room looked the room of Felicity from her American Girls Series.  This is where she first learned of the Boston Tea Party.

This brings us to the point of this trip. The Tea Party Movement and the 9.12 Projects When we mentioned back in April that we were having a Tea Party, she asked me if was like the Boston Tea Party.  I was grateful she had connected history to today so well.  While the original Tea Party movement in this country was about the upcoming taxes we know will be levied to pay for the outrageous spending and unreasonable programs being set forth by the current administration, and past bailouts and spending of the Bush administration, it has morphed into a rally for liberty. Constitutional principles are at the forefront.  We want to tell our government “Don’t Tread On Me.”

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This flag here, is still hanging in the Old North Church in Boston. Out in front of the church in the courtyard, is the statue of Paul Revere making his famous ride.

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We saw the grave marker of John Hancock, signer of the Declaration.

 

 

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We saw Samuel Adams gravestone, and the markers of those who died in the Boston Massacre.

 

 

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The gravestones of the early colonists and Americans are interesting, and macabre.

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And of course we saw the oldest pub in the state, dedicated to “patriot brewer” Samuel Adams.

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Bunker Hill Memorial can be seen from across the harbor. 

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What a beautiful place is Boston, and so full of the memories of our patriot founders and those who courageously helped them.

The founders wanted to put an end to aristocracy.  They wanted no more Lords and Ladies, Kings and Queens, simply, no more titles.  The future day of 300,000 million people without title is here…or is it? The titles have changed, but an aristocracy has arisen in these United States.  Now we call them Senator, Congressman, Representative, Czar (oh, I mean Special Advisor to the President), CEO, CFO, Professor, and PhD (and I do not mean the medical kind.) The business suits, and tweed jackets are gods no more in the minds of the people.  We are ready to end this new aristocracy. I am not against capitalism by any stretch, but I am against corruption whether it is in business or government. No special rules for the wealthy, no special rules for the government. The laws that are created must be laws they are bound to.  Laws on taxes, laws on health care, laws on retirement must apply to our government officials as well as those they serve.  Did you hear that?  They serve us, the people.  We the people of these United States will hold our politicians to a higher standard, and they will not be re-elected unless they are truly statesman, and understand the meaning of public virtue.  We will end the taxes that take from the wealthy, and give to the poor. Our government does not get to play Robin Hood.  Our growth as individuals depends our opportunity to choose to give to the poor rather than be robbed by taxation, otherwise we are merely slaves under an oppressive self-righteous government. 

This is the greatest country in the world.  We have a wonderful system of government. But, it must be filled by men and women of virtue, with an educated, and informed public standing behind them.  

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 FREEDOM CAN WIN!

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