I want you to know that I love this country and the freedom we barely are able to enjoy these days. I want you to realize that this FREEDOM came at a high cost to those who loved this country enough to die for it or to make heavy sacrifices for it. I, for one, am very grateful for these sacrifices and the devotion these people had to give us the most perfect government they could foresee.
We have greatly desecrated the memories of their sacrifices by the way we sit back so complacently and allow this freedom to slip through our fingers. I am ashamed and embarrassed by this and so I have done my part in protecting this right.
I hope you will support me in protecting your rights by avoiding complacency. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all of you who step up to the plate and face the ugliness of what is going on in our country now. It’s not easy to expose yourselves to ridicule but you do it without hesitation. Thank you so much.
We are not in this fight alone. We have many others out there who feel as we do. They want to support these efforts to protect our freedom as we do. Remember, we are stronger when we unite and stand by each other.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men
who signed the Declaration of Independence?
(Came from an email I received)
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
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.