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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, Rutledge, 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. Remember: freedom is never free!


It's time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games. A single moment of understanding can flood a whole life with meaning.


These are words to remember .... we could use men like them today.

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Yea....They just wanted to represented by their government and left alone as to their religious matters. They finally decided that there was only one way to have that and we are lucky enough (all thought I believe there is an argument for having remained part of the Commonwealth) that they won with some help from their friends (Who had their own motives for helping). All things are twisted when you dig in.

I wish the silent majority would become involved before it is too late to fix the political problems. But, I have no real belief that they will wake up.

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I found this on Yahoo and feel in a way it reflects on what we have become.


It's not like it just happened yesterday......



Pretty good truth there he told. It's a wonder they didn't hold him as a traitor for speaking out the truth like others we know they are hunting down.

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I thank you for posting that link I had never read of Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler but I think I would have liked to have bought him a cup of joe


and listened to his opinions I think we could have gotten along because I feel the same way he did I have tried to and felt my sentiments fell


on deaf ears.


After reading this a man who was a well decorated hero I wonder how he would feel about life today probably make a bayonet charge on the capitol.


We sure could use him now all these talking heads are trying to drag us into Egypt and some nimrod on Fox news is trying to state our need to care.


involvement has never changed the feelings of any person party or nation one a group chooses a course until it becomes unsustainable and even then


they may choose death before conversion it has happened will happen and nothing will stop it better to keep our own footing and keep from getting


swept away in the ignorance of secular or religious violence we have gotten along well here before all this mooslim revisionary / revolution crap.


the kid on fox with huckaby was saying that because Egypt has a border with Israel we should help Egypt well last time they took on Israel they


limped back home with their tail between their legs so if we help Israel we will have a more valiant and honorable partner than any of the others that have


turned on us blamed us and now are telling us to get out IMHO.

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