Why Another Blog?

I've decided to set up another blog, (my other one is called Writer's Musings), because there are some topics just too weighty for that blog.

So here it is. In this space I'll explore more serious issues in more detail. I do not expect visitors to agree with me in all cases.
In this forum feel free to take off the gloves, grab a handful of mud and fight for what you believe in.

Simple rules, rather like cage-fighting in the blogosphere:
No direct name calling. No excessive profanity. No whining when smacked in the face with mud.
Sling inuendo. Feel free to ask leading questions even if in a snide tone.

Friday, July 3, 2009

56 Men...

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 pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four signers of the Declaration of Independence 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.

Remember: Freedom is never Free!

It's time we get the word out. Patriotism is NOT a sin! We needn't be ashamed of our country.

The Fourth of July is about more than beer, picnics, and baseball games. It's about those 56 patriots, their sacrifices and the sacrifices of thousands of others who made our great nation possible.

I'm proud of my service as a soldier to the United States of America and to its legitimate citizens.

I'm proud to continue serving with great patriots of all religions, races, men and women, who value more than personal wealth and glory - who value service to the United States of America. I'm proud of their current efforts serving the United States and helping the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Borrowed from an email I received from a fellow patriot and soldier: Tim Reutter

4 comments:

Joseph said...

I have a framed reproduction of the Declaration hanging on the wall of my den, one of the few mementos I took from my father's house when he moved. I like it more than say a ubiquitous American flag. It's immediately recognizable but also provokes some thought. Thanks for the detailed backstory, which I will undoubtedly ponder every time I sit and look up at that document.

J. L. Krueger said...

Joe,

Sorry it took so long to "approve" your comment. I've neglected this blog for over a month. I'm just now getting back into blogging.

Tempest in a Teapot said...

I also thought I'd alert you: the fates of the Signers wasn't nearly as bleak as this chain letter might have led you (and your devoted following) to believe. Snopes breaks it down:

http://www.snopes.com/history/american/pricepaid.asp

It's nice to know that these patriots (of various stripes) weren't all so badly treated by the Fates. I know you probably can't do all your own original research now that you're abroad (as you could when we debated on Stephen's blog), but I know you're above this base propaganda and will want to set the record straight.

You're probably busy now, following up on leads resulting from Baradar's capture, but I eagerly await this comment's approval.

J. L. Krueger said...

Tempest,
I find it amusing that you reach back to a post from 7.5 months ago to pick a nit.

The email didn't lead me to believe anything. Nor does it state that all the signers suffered, or that they suffered because they signed the Declaration of Independence as Snopes implies was being said.

I didn't need references to point out that much of the content was exaggerated. If I were writing an actual history post, I would have cleaned it up. As it was, this was a patriotic 4th of July post. I guess you prefer leftist propoganda, but I'm unabashedly proud of my country.

If anyone else who received the email or read the post did some research, then great. More people should learn about our nation's founders since it's being taught less and less these days.

The point was that those patriots and others since them were willing to sacrifice for their country --people who have actually risked their lives for their country, something pampered leftists wouldn't understand.

I'm involved in training, not collecting intel. I am however, amused thinking about the tender interrogation Baradar must be experiencing right now. Probably not the best time of his life.

BTW how's all that "Hopey Changey" stuff workin' out for ya? Lame Duck come November 2010.