Happy Birthday America! Happy 4th of July!
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Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:04 pm




Before anyone gets triggered by this flag, consider this, President Obama displayed it at both of his Inaugurations



For your thoughtful reading.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? What fates befell them for daring to put their names to that document?

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 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 talk 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."
They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot about 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!

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Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:46 pm
Happy 4th of July Sir Scars and everyone! Very Happy Thank you for posting this!




No one should be triggered by the American flag, and it's a shame that you felt like you had to write that. For the first time since I've been alive it seems to be shameful to be an American. True, some of our history isn't pretty, and some of our past leaders weren't perfect. But they were our leaders, and it is our history. This country would not be what it is without it/them. Sweeping it under the rug, and trying to change it, won't accomplish anything. Criticizing our flag, renaming buildings, and tearing down statues isn't the answer. We've learned a lot, and that's what matters. We should continue to make improvements, including how people are treated, but not because we are bullied and blackmailed into doing so. People need to wake up and realize that our rights are under attack.
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Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:19 pm
I agree, it sad that we have to worry about people being triggered by something as simple as the Betsy Ross Flag. . .and I agree, our country's past is not perfect by any means, but we have been continually moving away from the mistakes of the past, but now some want to do away with or rewrite the past. All I can think of is George Orwell's "1984"

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

I keep hoping that we can still come together as a nation. . .and will continue to do so until I die.

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Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:34 pm
Happy Independence Day to all of you Americans out there in Zantarni land! :3

Freedom is always hard earned. Reminisce and be grateful for the freedom you enjoy today.

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Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:04 pm
Sir Scarz that is a very scary description. My Dad was just saying not too long ago that that is what socialists do. *shakes head in dismay* I have never read that book, but I always intended to. Just never got around to it I guess. I'm putting it on my list of books to request from the library even though I'm pretty sure it will give me nightmares.






Thank you Lillie. Very Happy
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Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:54 am
I love Margaret thatcher's quote concerning socialism, "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.”

And thank you, Professor.

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