Friday, July 1st, 2022
“Taxation without representation!” was the battle cry of the 13 Colonies. They were forced to pay taxes to England’s King George III despite having no representation in the British Parliament. As dissatisfaction grew, British troops were sent in to quell the early movements toward rebellion. Repeated attempts by the Colonists to resolve the crisis without military conflict proved fruitless.
On June 11, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and formed a committee with the express purpose of drafting a document that would formally sever ties with Great Britain. The Continental Congress officially adopted the final version of this document on July 4, 1776. The document was the Declaration of Independence, and has since become our nation’s most cherished symbol of Freedom and liberty.
“May it be to the world, what I believe it will be … the signal of arousing men to burst the chains … and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form, which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. …For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.”
– Thomas Jefferson, June 24, 1826
Thank you for being engaged in your government,
State Representative, 23B
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact my office or me. We are still attempting to provide regular contact remotely, so if you have other needs, please email my Legislative Assistant, Grayson, at Grayson.email@example.com.