I like the general sentiment of this op ed, and I am grateful to the Founders
and the signers of the Declaration, but I see no point in deviating from the
facts." Many were tortured; others imprisoned. Some were killed.
Most lost their fortunes." No, not really.Snopes did
a piece on this. Five were captured by the British. But
four were captured as Prisoners of War. And like all POW's in British Hands
back then, they were treated harshly (extremely so by today's post Geneva
Convention standards), but none were singled out for torture, and none died in
captivity. None were killed by the British.12 had their homes
ransacked and burned though. And many retained their fortunes, most
notably John Hancock, the guy with the big signature. After the war,
of course, they enjoyed high social status (living legends in a way) because
they had signed the Declaration.
Lets talk about grass roots movements. There are some who wish to take away our
freedom to choose our Senators and turn the selection over to "bought and
paid for" State Representatives. Whenever I say the Pledge, I change the
word "Republic" to "Democracy" - a government "for the
people, by the people and of the people.
Honor America this July 4th!Do it by reading the SLC Tribune, which
is painted as liberal here, but is actually a bit conservative, particularly in
wording about the lds church.Do it by watching regular networks, not
just Fox (owned by an Australian who came here to enforce his views on
America).Do it by talking to and walking in the shoes of people you
have trouble understanding, such as Gay Utahns who want to marry.No
not dishonor America by affirming that only your church, only your friends, only
people like you know what is going on and should be making the decisions for all
of us.America was built on inclusion -- please think about that!
Meh, my delegate will do it for me.After all, I heard on the radio
that having a delegate decide for me is the best form of democracy there is! I
trust that my delegate is informed and knows what he/she is doing.