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Declaration of Independence – What price did Signers pay? via American Minute

Bill Federer

The Declaration of Independence was approved JULY 4, 1776.It listed abuses of King George III, age 38, such as:

“He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone…

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies…

To subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution…

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us…

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury…

For…establishing…an Arbitrary government…

For…altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments…

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny…

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions…”

33-year-old Thomas Jefferson’s original rough draft of the Declaration contained a line condemning slavery:

“He has waged cruel war against human nature itself…in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither…

suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce determining to keep open a market where MEN should be bought and sold.”

A few delegates objected, and as the Declaration needed to pass unanimously and time was running short with the British invading New York, the line condemning slavery was unfortunately omitted.

John Hancock, the 39-year-old President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration first, reportedly saying “the price on my head has just doubled.”

Next to sign was Secretary, Charles Thomson, age 47.

70-year-old Benjamin Franklin said:

“We must hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately.

The Declaration referred to God:

“Laws of Nature and ofNature’s God

All Men are created equal, that they are endowed by theirCreator with certain unalienable Rights…

Appealing to theSupreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions…”

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

Many of the 56 signers sacrificed their prosperity for their posterity.

Of the Signers:

17 served in the military,
11 had their homes destroyed;
5 were hunted and captured; and
9 died during the war.

27-year-old George Walton signed, and at the Battle of Savannah was wounded and captured.

Signers Edward Rutledge, age 27, Thomas Heyward, Jr., age 30, and Arthur Middleton, age 34, were made prisoners at the Siege of Charleston.

38-year-old signer Thomas Nelson had his home used as British headquarters during the siege of Yorktown. Nelson reportedly offered five guineas to the first man to hit his house.

Signer Carter Braxton, age 40, lost his fortune during the war.

42-year-old signer Thomas McKean wrote that he was “hunted like a fox by the enemy, compelled to remove my family five times in three month.”

46-year-old Richard Stockton signed and was dragged from his bed at night and jailed.

50-year-old signer Lewis Morris had his home taken and used as a barracks.

50-year-old signer Abraham Clark had two sons tortured and imprisoned on the British starving ship Jersey.

More Americans died on British starving ships than died in battle during the Revolution.

53-year-old signer John Witherspoon’s son, James, was killed in the Battle of Germantown.

60-year-old signer Philip Livingston lost several properties to British occupation and died before the war ended.

63-year-old signer Francis Lewis had his wife imprisoned and treated so harshly, she died shortly after her release.

65-year-old signer John Hart had his home looted and had to remain in hiding, dying before the war ended.

41-year-old John Adams wrote of the Declaration:

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary Festival.

It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.

It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”

John Adams continued:

“You will think me transported with enthusiasm but I am not.

I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States.

Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means.

And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”

When 54-year-old Samuel Adams signed the Declaration, he said:

“We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.”

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Did Franklin foresee Rise…and Fall of Constitution? via American Minute

Bill Federer

The Constitutional Convention was in a deadlock over how large and small states could be represented equally.Some delegates left.

Then, on JUNE 28, 1787, 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin spoke and shortly after, the U.S. Constitution became a reality.

Franklin stated:

“Groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights…

In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for Divine protection.

Our prayers, Sir, were heard and they were graciously answered.

All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending Providence in our favor…

And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?”

Franklin concluded:

“We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.’…

I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed…no better than the Builders of Babel.”

Ben Franklin gave another address at the Constitutional Convention, 1787, titled Dangers of a Salaried Bureaucracy:

“Sir, there are two passions which have a powerful influence in the affairs of men…ambition and avarice-the love of power and the love of money…

When united…they have…the most violent effects.

Place before the eyes of such men a post of honor, that shall, at the same time, be a place of profit, and they will move heaven and earth to obtain it…

What kind are the men that will strive for this profitable preeminence, through all the bustle of cabal, the heat of contention, the infinite mutual abuse of parties, tearing to pieces the best of characters?

It will not be the wise and moderate, the lovers of peace and good order, the men fittest for the trust.

It will be the bold and the violent, the men of strong passions and indefatigable activity in their selfish pursuits.

These will thrust themselves into your government and be your rulers…

Franklin explained further:

“There will always be a party for giving more to the rulers, that the rulers may be able, in return, to give more to them.

All history informs us, there has been…a kind of warfare between the governing and the governed; the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less…

Generally, indeed, the ruling power carries…and we see the revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more.

The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes, the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans, and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure.

There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh-get first all the people’s money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants for ever.

It will be said that we do not propose to establish kings…But there is a natural inclination in mankind to kingly government…

They would rather have one tyrant than five hundred. It gives more of the appearance of equality among citizens; and that they like.

I am apprehensive, therefore-perhaps too apprehensive-that the government of the States may, in future times, end in a monarchy…and a king will the sooner be set over us.”

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A Few Words from Our Founders

James Madison, Hamilton's major collaborator, ...

James Madison, Hamilton’s major collaborator, later President of the United States and “Father of the Constitution” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood” James Madison

“The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”    James Madison

“Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy of monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” John Adams

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams

“Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.” Benjamin Franklin

“Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.” Benjamin Franklin

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On DECEMBER 8, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan to accept back into the Union those who had been in the Confederacy. He wrote: “Whereas it is now desired by some persons heretofore engaged in said rebellion to resume their allegiance to the United States…Therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do proclaim, declare, and make known to all persons who have, directly or by implication, participated in the existing rebellion…that a full pardon is hereby granted to them…with restoration of all rights of property…upon the condition that every such person shall take and subscribe an oath…to wit: “I, ____, do solemnly swear, in presence of Almighty God, that I will henceforth faithfully support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Union of the States thereunder, and that I will in like manner abide by and faithfully support all acts of Congress passed during the existing rebellion with reference to slaves…and that I will in like manner abide by and faithfully support all proclamations of the President made during the existing rebellion having reference to slaves….So help me God.”

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Seven times he preached in the Colonies, to crowds up to 25,000, spreading the Great Awakening Revival, which helped unite the colonies prior to the Revolution. Ben Franklin wrote in his Autobiography: “He preached one evening from the top of the Court-house steps…Streets were filled with his hearers..I had the curiosity to learn how far he could be heard by retiring backwards down the street…and found his voice distinct till I came near Front-street.” Who was Franklin describing? It was George Whitefield, who died SEPTEMBER 30, 1770. Franklin wrote of Whitefield: “Multitudes of all denominations attended his sermons…It was wonderful to see.” Printing George Whitefield’s sermons, Ben Franklin financed the largest building in Philadelphia for his meetings, which later became the first building of the University of Pennsylvania. Franklin wrote to George Whitefield: “I sometimes wish you and I were jointly employed by the Crown to settle a colony on the Ohio…a strong body of religious and industrious people!…Might it not greatly facilitate the introduction of pure religion among the heathen, if we could, by such a colony, show them a better sample of Christians than they commonly see in our Indian traders?”

Church and State

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Most of our founders were men of faith and had no trouble mentioning God. They praised Him often and gave Him credit when they were successful. One example of that is the Treaty of Paris which ended the Revolutionary War. Far from removing God from our government, they included Him often. One only has to look at the documents in our history to see that. That is why they made sure that they included as the very first amendment to that document that “Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”

How anyone can take that simple paragraph and claim that they didn’t want God in government is beyond me. It quite simply states that it doesn’t want Congress to make any laws about religion nor to limit it in any way. Why then have we let those who hate Him tell us otherwise? It is time that we hold Congress and every other government agency accountable to the very document that they take an oath to uphold and put God back in government. If the person running for office does not support that they do not deserve our vote. It is that simple friends. If we allow this to continue, we lose what we were founded upon forever. We see the results of this kind of disdain every day from the evils of abortion funding and supporting to the disregard of the laws by the very President that is supposed to serve the people. 2012 is probably our last chance to put this country back on the path that it was intended to be on. Learn where the candidates that want our vote stand and make sure that they wish God to be back in our government and as our moral leader!

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Saturday, September 3, 2011
News & Commentary“In the name of the most holy and undivided Trinity.” Thus began the Treaty of Paris which ended the Revolutionary War. The Treaty continued: “It having pleased the Divine Providence to dispose the hearts of the most serene and most potent Prince George the Third…and of the United States of America, to forget all past misunderstandings and differences….Done at Paris, this THIRD DAY of SEPTEMBER, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-three.” The Treaty was signed by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, who later became the 2nd President, and John Jay, the first Chief Justice. On January 27, 1983, declaring a National Day of Prayer, President Ronald Reagan stated: “Prayer is the mainspring of the American spirit, a fundamental tenet of our people since before the Republic was founded. A year before the Declaration of Independence, in 1775, the Continental Congress proclaimed the first National Day of Prayer as the initial positive action they asked of every colonist.” Reagan concluded: “Two hundred years ago in 1783, the Treaty of Paris officially ended the long, weary Revolutionary War during which a National Day of Prayer had been proclaimed every spring for eight years.”Enjoy more newsletters like this one at

Freedom’s Worth Fighting For

Pundit & Pundette: Bring on the rancor

Anybody that says we should all get along, is someone who has little or no moral ethics. It’s one thing for kids on the playground to get along and it’s quite another if getting along brings you Roe vs Wade. For too long a lot of people have tried hard to get along with the extremists on the left. Where has it gotten us? It’s gotten us to a place where we are the country with the most abortions every year, to a place where it is becoming illegal to practice our Christian faith, where prayer in school is not allowed, where you are not allowed to hand out religious leaflets on the street but allowances are made in some courts for muslim men who commit rape on their wives.

We as Christians did not stand up when one woman protested prayer in school and we lost the opportunity to point out that the Constitution actually says “Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free  exercise thereof; That’s the first amendment for anyone that want’s to look it up.

The second part of that amendments says: or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. That includes handing out religious leaflets on the street. Go back and read your history, people. That is one of the things that Benjamin Franklin was known for, his political tracks hit the leaders of the country over everything that he thought was wrong at the time. Without that we may have not had the country that we now are trashing and running into the ground.

We are at a turning point in this country. We can make the choice to return to the fundamental values that made this country the strongest in the world and the most desired place to be, or we can keep on getting along while people like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reed and the new Mr. Mao, President Barack H. Obama, run this country into the ground for some agenda that we don’t agree with.

Personally I want to hold our new members of Congress to the promises they made. I want to investigate all the corruption that is going on in this administration, and most of all I want to open up every piece of legislation that has passed in the last two years and make sure that every little piece of it is reread and that every person in this country knows what was put in place without their knowledge and consent. I want the Constitution applied to any new bills that are before the Congress and I want our money spent wisely.

If our new Congress isn’t any better than the old Congress then I will cast my vote to get rid of them the same way that the old Congress was gotten rid of. It’s too bad that we didn’t accomplish that with the Senate but we will have another opportunity in 2012, along with the Presidency.

So if this next few years involves a lot of arguments and disagreements, I personally will be cheering it on!! I am not willing to get along for the sake of getting along. It’s much better to keep your moral ethics instead of losing your way!!!!


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