Why No Selfless Politicians Like the Signers of the Declaration of Independence???

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by TraderZones, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. Why No Selfless Politicians Like the Signers of the Declaration of Independence???

    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 capture d.

    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 f ew 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, to come home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

    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!

    I hope you will show your support by sharing this with your family & friends. It's time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games.
  2. There was no party system when the nation was formed. It would later evolve, this is the present system and you stake your fortune to the parties coattails. The President is the leader of the party, its a difference that has evolved to be quite significant.
  3. Yes - 535 senators/representatives who:

    --- answer to some 42,000 lobbyists

    --- make numerous promises and keep none

    --- are generally wealthier than other Americans

    --- push public education, but often send their own kids to private schools

    --- who waste the taxpayers money en masse...

    A far cry from the courage of the founding fathers/mothers...
  4. Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.

    Too many lawyers now, way back then everyone was a farmer or had known a farming life.
  5. Lucrum


    Five Surgeons

    Five surgeons from big cities are discussing who makes the Best patients to operate on.

    The first surgeon, from New York , says, 'I like to see accountants on my operating table because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered.'

    The second, from Chicago , responds, 'Yeah, but you should try electricians! Everything inside them is color coded.'

    The third surgeon, from Dallas , says, 'No, I really think librarians are the best, everything inside them is in alphabetical order'

    The fourth surgeon, from Los Angeles chimes in: 'You know, I like construction workers...Those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over.'

    But the fifth surgeon, from Washington , DC shut them all up when he observed: 'You're all wrong. Politicians are the easiest to operate on. There's no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains and no spine, and the head and the ass are interchangeable.
  6. :D

    I would say that the honorles modern day politicians are the ANTONYM of the courageous founding fathers who stood up against the british.
  7. What is most amazing is that "we" the people keep trying. We keep trying for improvement. effect change, etc. in spite of the political process. It seemingly is fruitless and pointless yet it is not, so we keep trying. Those who persevere succeed.
  8. And somehow, despite the corruption, the lobbying, the lack of ethics, the scandals, the egos, the press manipulation, the personality conflicts, the hate mongering, the conspiracies, the bitter fighting and arrows shot across the aisle, the LYING, etc., etc......we somehow, as a nation, continue to prosper overall and remain the envy of the world.

    I know this upsets a lot of moonbats, who aren't happy with this country unless the Europeans and the UN are happy with us. To them I say - it sucks to be you.