Spending time reading in the blogisphere and listening to talk radio and the good people at Fox, CNN and MSNBC sometimes thoughts can become a bit jaded. The word Patriot gets thrown around quite often. And I have to say it seems my good friends on the right tend to define anyone that does not agree with them as not being Patriotic. I tend to disagree. While I may not agree with someones view and they may not agree with mine that in itself does not value the amount of love they have for The United States of America. I think we have much work to do with out community, state and country and it can be done. I am a very proud American that actually had the chance to live in another country for 4 years. It was a bit odd to live in England on the 4th of July. With that said I thought a reminder was due about Patriotism. Happy 4th of July to all my friends on the left, right and in the middle. Because you speak your mind I tip my hat to you all as Patriots!
Peace Dude....and I hope you enjoy this that I borrowed on Patriotism of our Founding Fathers.
Founding Fathers / First Patriots
Interesting facts about the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence!
Twenty-four were lawyers / jurists.
Eleven were merchants.
Nine were farmers and large plantation owners.
Five 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 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
And while many know of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, John Adams, and other famous signers . . . here is what happened to several of the lesser known ones...
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 McKean 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.
Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Rutledge, and Middleton had their properties looted by vandals or soldiers.
Thomas Nelson Jr., at the battle of Yorktown, 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. 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 or war hungry . . . They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged . . .
"For the support of this 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."
So, every July 4th . . . take a moment to silently remember these first USA patriots for doing what was needed, regardless of consequences to themselves . . . And do the same for all of the heroes who have followed them, as their noble efforts allow us to continue to celebrate Independence Day as it was meant to be!
Freedom is priceless . . . as its costs are the lives given valiantly to have it!