Observing The Holiday…

With hopes that you and yours were able to safely enjoy the holiday weekend and thoughts of those involved in the tragic Highland Park incident, I do have some thoughts below for those who spent the weekend bashing our nation.

Listening To The Comments

I watched and listened all weekend to people’s comments on July 4th and what this nation meant to them.
As I did, I became dismayed and downright angry at some of the negatives spouted and shared over and over.
I saw the Arizona Pima County Democratic Party statement “F- The 4th.”
I have a message for all the unhappy naysayers who have no respect for the past or price others paid to give them the life they have.

Someone and somewhere in their past, a family member made a decision to leave the land of their ancestors to come to America. As they often remind us, we all came from somewhere. Them too.
They came here because they saw the promise of America for their future generations. They came here because they perceived the opportunity was better than anywhere else.
I hope they understand that, and their own family history.
Now, you can come to a different conclusion and say they were wrong. Maybe your generation is so enlightened you see what they didn’t; or maybe you messed it up. In either case that’s the genius of America.
You can say your ancestors were wrong and didn’t understand how bad America was. That it is better, freer elsewhere and there is more opportunity.
You can be the pioneer for your future generations and find that place, as they did America. Go forth.

You see, we have long lines who want to come here. We have thousands risking their lives daily to try and cross illegally just to get here.
We are not like other countries that build walls to keep their people in, we build them to protect our border for the opposite reason.
Our doors are wide open, with total freedom, for all who deem us unredeemable to depart. No hard feelings, no guns held to stay, no questions asked. You can freely walk away.

Who else does that?
Where are you going because they do more to feed and support the world? Who answers first when a catastrophe strikes the world? Who contributes and does the most?
Who saved the world twice in the last century and went to fight, not to conquer, but to give people back their freedom? When we won it back for them we did not stay and rule, the only land we asked for was to bury our fallen.
But go ahead, find your panacea.
If climate control is really your issue, where is that?
China is the future you think? Well they are the world’s largest polluter and growing. The U.S. is actually leading the world on reducing emissions.
Do you think Russia and Putin is your answer?
Maybe it’s across the border in Canada, or Latin America, though they seem to be trying to get to what you say is so bad.
Whatever it is, you make the call, where it’s better. Your ancestors did, now’s your chance. Go ahead.
Take a picture for us of the sign “You Are Leaving The United States of America.” We’ll post it here for you.

Just stop telling me how bad we are, because many of us would rather thank our ancestors for their sacrifice; and we placed too many flags on gravesites to thank those who kept us free.

And STOP Telling Me How Bad Our Forefathers Were

I’m done with your judgements on our forefathers based upon your lifestyle today. If you think your lifestyle today is perfect, I promise you that you won’t be telling your future generations of all you’ve done and are doing. The times they do change, as Bob Dylan sang in “The Times They Are A Changin.”

Douglas MacKinnon wrote a column on this yesterday. His opening line was this:
“In our country today, there are people who dismiss the Founding Fathers through the prism of 2022. If these people had their way, they would remove every plaque, statue or word that celebrates the genius and courageous acts of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence.”

Do these people realize that when the 56 men put their name on the Declaration of Independence they knew they were signing their own death warrants? They were people of means. As an example, 24 were lawyers or jurists, merchants and land owners.
Nine were killed. Five were taken as prisoners. Their houses burned. Families killed and jailed. All were poorer at the wars end than the beginning.
At the bottom of this blog I listed some statistics on the founders we are allowing people to disparage and disgrace today. Take a look if you have the time and wish.
You will find they lived what they believed and risked it all. There’s a lesson for all of you now who are talking so much how bad they and we are.
From my standpoint, I am tired of it and if you found a better place with a cleaner past in your opinion, well good for you – go.

As For Me, I Am Proud Of Those Who Fought And Served – Period.

—– What happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence? —–
This is the Price They Paid

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 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 or both, looted the properties of Ellery, Clymer, Hall, 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. The owner 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 tall, 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.”

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