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The 4th of July

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by grnberetcj, Jul 2, 2010.

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  1. grnberetcj

    grnberetcj Active Member

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    Think of the caliber of these men compared to what we have today in our government.


    Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?


    Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

    Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

    Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

    Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

    They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

    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, well educated,

    but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

    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 McKeam 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 from him, and poverty was his reward.

    Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

    At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

    Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

    John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

    So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.
     
  2. Fast Oil

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    Reflecting on the Declaration shortly before his death on July 4th, 1826, the 50th anniversary of our founding, Thomas Jefferson wrote,

    "This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take."
     
  3. OGC Director

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    Freedom is never free. Seems we have to be reminded from time to time.

    Rich in Indiana
     
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    Glenn Beck has been doing "Founding Fathers Fridays" on his show the last few weeks. Really eye opening on the core of many of these great men and the vision they had as well as the sacrifices they made.
     
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    For those who can't stand Beck, go to the web site, wallbuilders.com! If you don't like Beck, warning, this site will scare the living daylites out of ya!!!

    The truth only hurts those who don't want to listen.

    Have a great 4th everyone, enjoy your freedom and thank our Founder's plus their God they worshipped!! and if you come across a Vet, give him or her a big hug!
     
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    Curt,

    Thank you.

    Kit
     
  7. XT=dontmiss

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    Happy Independence Day, because July 4th is just another day....... Like saying Merry December 25th on Christmas. It has a name, a name for our country's Independence Day. The day that our country began what it is now. Thousands of pre-american lives lost for a future country that almost wasn't......Independence Day.

    Chris Gerber
     
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