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Would YOU Sign the Declaration of Independence if it were circulating now?

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posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 09:53 AM
I found this in an email I received and its thought provoking. So if the Declaration of Independence needed signatures, would you sign it?

Listen up, Pilgrims....

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 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.

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!

posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 06:09 AM
funny you should ask...

i thought about this just the other day.

i'm no statesman, but hell yeah i'd sign it.

posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 06:50 AM
The question would be, what would you replace the current government with? The original constitution became bankrupted.

posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 08:19 AM
reply to post by Archon_Adept

Actually, there is nothing wrong with the constitution in its pure, original form. Its just that we need to get rid of the gazillion interpretations of what our founding fathers wrote 233 yrs ago.

As far as the government is concerned, I think we need to get back to basics and get rid of everything but actual government. No more special interest groups or lobbyists, just back to basic government and common sense the way our founding fathers wanted it in the first place.

posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 08:31 AM

Originally posted by Archon_AdeptThe original constitution became bankrupted.

Be that as it may, the OP was asking about the Declaration of Independance, not the Constitution. I assume you know the difference...

As to whether I would sign it today, it depends. If I was signing a document that would actually lead to the country's independance from an oppressing power, absolutely, and let the chips fall as they may.

If it was just some schmuck on the internet who no-one ever heard of trying to garner signatures for whatever reason, probably not.

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