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Happy Birthday America!

Wishing a safe and happy 4th. of July to all!

This July 4th. holiday, somewhere between the fun and the fireworks – take a moment…

This is the birthday of the founding of the world’s greatest republic, the United States of America. Unfortunately our schools today no longer teach American History the way us “old people” learned it. I would bet that few children graduating from High School these days know what happened to those brave men who signed the Declaration of Independence. They pledged: “For the support of this Declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor. What really did happen to these brave men? Did you know that…

  • Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died.
  • Twelve had their homes ransacked or burned.
  • Two lost their sons in the Revolutionary army.
  • Another had two sons captured.
  • Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or the hardships of war.

What kind of men were they?Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants. Nine were farmers and large plantation owners – men of means and well-educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence, knowing full well the penalty would be death if they were captured. They signed and pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.

  • Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts and died in rags.
  • Thomas McKean was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken and poverty was his reward.
  • Vandals or soldiers or both looted the property of Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Rutledge and Middleton.
  • Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, after which she died within a few months.
  • At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that British Gen. Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. The owner quickly urged Gen. Washington to open fire on the dwelling. The home was destroyed. Nelson died a bankrupt man.
  • John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and grist mill were laid waste. For more than a year, he lived in the forests and caves, returning after the war to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later, he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.
  • Morris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians; they were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more.

Do you believe there are men and wmen of such devotion and courage serving in Congress today?

Fast forward 230 years and take a serious look at the esteemed members of our Congress. Do they make you proud? Do these people inspire you? Do you think that these people would consider for a moment to “pledge to each other their lives, fortunes and sacred honor”?

I think not. I will get off my soapbox in a moment, but friends, we’re losing the real America and it makes me sick. Yours truly is a flag-waving, dyed in the wool patriotic American and a Vietnam Veteran (and an amateur student of American history). When I look at what is being done to America today by selfish and corrupt lawmakers and judges… it makes me want to puke.

There is no longer a discernable difference between the two parties. In the next election, I doubt that I will vote republican, or democrat. I will find an independent thinker who owes no debt to such a sick and corrupt system. I don’t care if my vote doesn’t matter – it will matter to me.

Have a wonderful holiday, but take a moment to think where we would be if those signers of the Declaration of Independence were cut from the political and moral cloth of today’s politicians. Then ask yourself… “What can I do about this”?

~ End of rant

PS: Visit the Flagpole for a patriotic treat!

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