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Signers of the Declaration - I never learned this, did you?

This is a great addition to adults' experience of the 4th of July - Independence Day.

"Never has a simple act of signing one's name carried such weight, such a profound commitment. By signing the Declaration of Independence, 56 men became marked men, and willingly so. Today as we all enjoy the freedom our forefathers guaranteed us, join me in honoring the extraordinary sacrifice of 56 extraordinary Americans.

"Of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence:

"Five were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes burned to the ground. Two lost sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, and two more had sons captured. Nine fought and died in the Revolutionary War. ..."

This was in an article by Glenn Beck. (It was email, so I can't give a link, sorry)

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waldorfmom

Asked by waldorfmom at 2:46 PM on Jul. 3, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • That is amazing to read, it lets you know that America was FOUGHT for, they wanted to be free and they wanted us to be free. They didn't do it selfishly they knew they were going to die, but they wanted the rest of us to live a free and wonderful life, but some people see those 56 men as assholes who were selfish, sad right?!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:49 PM on Jul. 3, 2009

  • patrioticThey were BRAVE men and if it was not for those men we would not be FREE in the GREATEST COUNTRY EVER U.S.A! Have a wonderful FOURTH OF JULY!

    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 2:56 PM on Jul. 3, 2009

  • I bet those men would wonder what they fought for if they saw how easily people today give up personal freedoms so they can be taken care of by BIG GOVERNMENT.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:29 PM on Jul. 3, 2009

  • "Still, every person had to make choices for themselves. Those who lost sight of the values fought for and won in the past usually came to lose those values, leaving subsequent generations to have to fight to win them back, only for them to be squandered by their heirs, who didn't have to face the struggle to gain them."


    This is a quote from the book Confessor by Terry Goodkind. For some reason when I read it last night, it really struck a cord with me about what is going on in our country today, and how we must be so far removed from this country's original struggle that we are willing to give up the values that so many have fought to gain.

    anime_mom619

    Answer by anime_mom619 at 3:49 PM on Jul. 3, 2009

  • im a big American History nerd. i LOVE learning about the first Presidents & Revolutionary leaders. they are some of the most fascinating & brave men who have ever lived! they did things they personally disagreed w/, knowing it was going to make America better. if only we had more (or even some) men & women in politics who would/could walk in our great founder's shoes...
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 3:54 PM on Jul. 3, 2009

  • Yes, I knew what the signers fought for and sacrificed. Good reminder though. What are you willing to give up?? I bet the majority will say, "Nothing,"
    richgirljj

    Answer by richgirljj at 5:00 PM on Jul. 3, 2009

  • Who again is willing to flush it all down the commode because no one ever taught them how to respect that which is paid for with blood, sweat and tears.

    Who will teach kids this when textbooks no longer tell the truth?

    When they are taught that America owes the world a big fat apology.

    Libs and their self righteous bleeding hearts.

    IF YOU DON'T LOVE IT. THEN LEAVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Don't be a hypocrite, just LEAVE!
    mustbeGRACE

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 5:33 PM on Jul. 3, 2009

  • I learned also that 90% of the signers were devout Christians, an d they based a lotr of it on the Bible, now We have cut all of the Bible out of Our entire Govt..
    heathersmomm500

    Answer by heathersmomm500 at 5:41 PM on Jul. 3, 2009

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

    Some of that info is true, some false, and some misleading.
    holyphoton

    Answer by holyphoton at 11:43 AM on Jul. 4, 2009

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