Thursday, July 03, 2008

Heroes Of Liberty - The Signers Of The Declaration Of Independence

Many times the best thing a blog can do is to act like a tugboat for something someone else wrote. In this case, that's the column below written by Ken Taylor from RedStateBlog:

Friday marks the 232nd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of our great Nation. On that summers day in 1776, fifty six American heroes and patriots pledged, " to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor." The very moment they affixed their signature to this now sacred document each of these American heroes became fugitives from the British Crown.

Their love of liberty and their quest for freedom from tyranny, by British law, made the signing of the Declaration an act of treason against the Crown and as such each man placed his very life on the line to give birth to this Nation and claim and fight for independence.

This pledge that was made as documented in the last sentence of the Declaration was not an idle pledge nor an easy one to make by any of those who made it that day. They knew that in that signing and the fact that the document would be made public to announce the American independence from British rule, each of them would face hardship and possibly death as the instigators of treason in their quest for freedom.

What happened to these brave men who gave birth to this Nation ? What then did each of these Founders of American Liberty sacrifice in fulfillment of their sacred pledge of honor to each other in the Declaration ?

Five were captured by the British. Twelve had their homes and properties burned. Four lost their sons in the War. Nine fought and some died in the Revolution. Each man sacrificed much to fulfill that pledge. Who were these patriots who sacrifice so much for their beliefs and principles ?
Twenty four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants. Nine were farmers or large plantation owners. But each signed the Declaration knowing full well that if captured they would face a death sentence for treason.

Here are just a few examples of what the Heroes of Liberty sacrificed to give birth to this land the we love.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy plantation owner and trader saw his ships captured and sunk by the British. He eventually had to sell all of his property to pay his debts.

Thomas McKeam was hounded by the British and was forced to move his family constantly to protect them. He served in the Continental Congress without pay while his family was kept in hiding.

Ellery, Qwinnett, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Heyward, Rutledge and Middleton all had their property ransacked and looted by the British.

Thomas Nelson at the battle of Yorktown, while fighting for the Continental Army found his home has been confiscated as the headquarters for British General Lord Cornwallis. His home was destroyed in the fight.

Francis Lewis had his home and property destroyed by the British. They jailed his wife and she died in prison a few months later.

John Hart was driven from his home by the British as his wife lay dying of sickness. His 13 children were also forced to flee. He lived in caves and forests to avoid capture and returned home to find his wife dead and his children gone.

Their sacrifice gave us a Nation of liberty. Their pledge fulfilled provided freedom for generations of Americans. Their honor held fast to the principles of freedom so that we throughout our history could bask in the light of Liberty.

Fifty six brave men who pledged and sacrificed, " their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor, " to insure that The United States of America would find birth as a free Nation where everyone who was born here or found their way to our shores and became citizens seeking freedom could find that freedom and live in the hope and light of liberty.

As each of us celebrate our independence on this Fourth of July Holiday with our families and friends cooking out, traveling to visit loved ones or theme parks. Let us not forget to remember in thanksgiving the fifty six who sacrificed their all to give birth to our Nation.

Let us not forget to remember the other heroes of the Revolution who fought against the tyranny of the Crown for the birth of freedom in the Revolutionary War where George Washington's leadership brought final victory for the birth of our land.

And let us not forget to remember in thanksgiving the thousands who have sacrificed at places like Gettysburg, Flanders, Iwo Jima, Pearl Harbor, Inchon, Hamburger Hill, Hanoi, Kuwait, Fallujah and hundreds more fields of battle where Americans have given the , "last full measure," to insure that the freedoms given by our Founders would continue for generations.
Let us also not forget to remember in thanksgiving those who sacrifice daily that wear the uniform of the United States Military that are at this moment standing a post to protect our liberty. God Bless those who have sacrificed their all and who continue to sacrifice in service today and God Bless America.
Amen. By the way, I plan on posting my four-part series on Happiness on Monday and Tuesday. Happy Independence Day!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...



When I say the pledge of allegiance to the flag, it never says to the flags.

On or about 09-13-2005 a mandatory summons was received by a confidential juror #64529 in the County Of Kern, State of California. As the juror appeared for the official jury summons before the court with the gold fringe flag displayed in the court, the juror showed state documents that said, “Currently, the United States Flag is defined as follows: The American Flag of Peace of the United States of America is Red, White, and Blue, with thirteen alternating red and white horizontal stripes and a blue field representing the Union with 50 stars, one to represent each of the several states. The Flag is proportional (1x1.9). This proportion is easily determined by measuring the length (fly), and dividing by the measurement of the with (hoist). The length divided by the width should be very nearly 1.9. If the flag is not to the correct 1x1.9 proportion, it is not an official Title 4 U.S.C.1, 2, American Flag of Peace of the United States of America. The United States Military Flag has a gold Fringe, whitch stands in every state and federal court, effectively rendering the court as a military court. "Pursuant to 4 U.S.C. chapter 1, ## 1, 2, & 3; Executive Order 10834, August 21, 1959; 24 F.R.6865; a Military Flag is a flag that resembles the regular flag of the United States, except that it has a YELLOW FRINGE border on three sides .The president of the United States designates this deviation from the regular Flag, by executive order, and in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief. Title 4 U.S.C. 3, provides that anything put on the title 4 U.S.C., 1, 2, American flag such as gold fringe MUTILATES the flag and carries a one-year prison term. This is confirmed by the authority of title 36 U.S.C. 176 (G). The gold fringe is a fourth color and represents "color of military law" jurisdiction, and when placed on the title 4 U.S.C. 1, 2 Flag, mutilates the flag and suspends the Constitution. (Refer to title 18 U.S.C.242, see black's law dictionary). As provided by title 36 U.S.C. 173 and army regulation 840-10, chapter 2-1 (b). The flag of the United States of America is defined and described in title 4 U.S.C. 1, 2. Civilians must use the title 4 U.S.C. 1, 2, Flag

( see title 36 U.S.C. 173 and army regulation 840-10, chapter 2-7), and when military flags are displayed by army regulation 840-10, chapter 2 and title 36 U.S.C. 175.” The military statement can be seen at: state document can be seen at: The confidential juror #64529 was then given by the judge 5 day jail term threat of contempt of court charge for asking weather the juror was serve under military law or constitutional law? The Judge refused to answer the question, and has refused to answer the question to - We the people, or the confidential juror #64529. The question still stands? That if the juror dose not have the right to ask the courts questions about this remarkable and disgusting disclosure, then how can the people get a fair trial or hearing? The following web sites are disclosed for your attention and opinion. If you have more questions and concerns about this, start your own inquest. Remember freedom is not free unless you stand up and become concerned. In Palmdale, Ca. Mayor removes all Gold fringe. "The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any design of any nature." This is the old school rules long before the addition of gold fringe or Bush signing the flag with a marker. This can be seen at ALL NATIONS HAVE JUST ONE FLAG. ONE NATION, ONE LOYALTY. , , , , , , , ,,

See also: TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 73 > § 1512

§ 1512. Tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant

It is my unprofessional understanding that under military law I am sorry to say you are presumed guilty until proven innocent. I am not an attorney and can not give, nor will I give legal help, but I can give historical information as I see it. In Constitutional law you are innocent until proven guilty. Wouldn’t that be a sham if you were found guilty and your rights were taken away without recourse? Make no doubt about it.

Demand that the gold fringe & Executive order 10834 be abolished.






It is my belief that one government researcher has turned up missing.

I also have had threats against my life aswell.

This is my request to talk to Michael Savage. talk radio 9.60 am
subject mater: flag then type your full name.

ask for confidential juror # 64529

I have tried to call The Michael Savage show but it seems to be that I am out of his calling airea.

So he will have to contact us.



-T. Roosevelt