The Price of Freedom

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by Cruisin'Carolina, Jul 4, 2005.

  1. Cruisin'Carolina


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    Dec 11, 2004
    The Rock
    Maybe a repost, you probably have received this by email, but appropriate food for thought on our Independence Day.

    I wonder how many have this kind of character today:

    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, Gwinett, 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 to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris 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. Standing tall and straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of the 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."
    They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books told you a lot of what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't fight just the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government!

    Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't. 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! I hope you show your support by sharing this with as many people as you can. 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.

    Please do not let this devolve into a political thread or war protest.
  2. Jan-78FJ40


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    yes, these were men, who stood up for their words, and took responsibility for their actions.
    these men were the opposite of today's politicians of both parties, who are much closer to being criminals than to being heroes.
  3. Cruisin'Carolina


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    The Rock
    Can you imagine a litmus test for all new Congressman and Senators to take that evenly remotely resembled the above?

    I'd bet it would drive the majority of them all out of Washington.

    We still have plenty of people like that here. Unfortunately none of them are interested or even viable candidates in today's political arena.

    It would be nice, though.
  4. dieseldog

    dieseldog She idles just fine . . .

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    Jan 25, 2005
    Houston & BFE
    Thanks for this thread. Can it be any clearer why our Founding Fathers and those who soon thereafter forged our Constitution did so with the clear-minded purpose of securing the right to keep and bear arms? Can it be any plainer that there was peril all around and that the people were responsible to keep their government on the straight and narrow--and not vice versa? This great nation was forged upon the anvil of enormous sacrifice and steadfast resolve to be free from a sovereign and tyrant. Be it always so.
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