Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Liberty or death is more than a tshirt slogan, much more.

"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 your basic cut n paste going around the interwebz, 'what happened to those who risked their lives, fortunes and personal honor to form our nation?'
That makes me wonder what would you, or I, be willing to risk to restore the Republic? No shits, no giggles- WHAT WOULD YOU PUT ON THE LINE? That is a really huge question if you have a family, career or business that requires support, protection and love.  
Could you hide away your family, constantly moving, in order to attain liberty for the masses?  Could you stand to see your children driven from their home, your spouse imprisoned, your very livelihood burnt to the ground? Could you step to the gallows or firing squad without whimpering like a lost dog? Could you stand to lose your children in armed conflict for such a grand word as 'liberty'?
These are questions that we really need to be asking ourselves, as our nation spirals down the drain and into the sewer of despotism.  I'd like to think my kin would be unscathed from my personal choices and actions, but we know full well that is NOT a reality when you're standing against tyrants. 
If the steps are taken, there will be NO turning back. There won't be anywhere to return, we aren't even allowed to leave the country without a government issued passport. Passport in hand, you can still be stopped at the borders if you appear on a secret 'list'. Be assured there are many secret lists, each part of the pig has its own list of enemies.  DHS, NSA, IRS, FBI, TSA and more illegal alphabet groups are just waiting for the right people to appear at the right place for detainment. 
Remember a phrase termed 'rule of law'? It means we can expect government to react in a certain way to certain situations, because of our laws. The problem is our government no longer concerns itself with our laws, or worse yet, exempts itself from those very laws that were meant to maintain order and justice. We truly are living without rule of law.
Happy Independence Day to you all, especially those who won't fight or stand up for what is right, you deserve freedom even if you won't fight for it with your own hands.  

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