July 4, 2013



i don't know about you...but my "tea" has been taxed enough!
my "tea" and EVERYTHING ELSE!
among other things...on monday our gas taxes increased to make them
the highest in these UNITED STATES! 

we're number one!
we're number one!

what an honor...NOT! ;}

this among MANY other events that have transpired these last few years
gets me riled up...fit to be tied...spoiling for a  revolution!
{HI! NSA...just thought i'd be polite and greet them since they are probably
reading this along with you!  ha!}

well, i think i'm spoling for a revolution...
but then i remember the last line of the Declaration of Independence...

"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."

have you ever read about the fates of the signers of the Declaration?
the price they and their families paid?
what they gave for us...the future generations, who seem to treat the Declaration like
toilet paper?

well, here are a few brief snippets...but do yourself favor...read ALL the details!

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.

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.
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.

put quite simply, WE are not worthy of their sacrifice...
and we need to step up...quite a bit!

i hope your 4TH is/has been full of fun, family and gratitude
for those who came before us and did ALL the heavy lifting so
that we live in freedom in a country that, while flawed, can be great
again...that all depends on us!


  1. Thanks for your post! I too, believe it is time to step up and preserve our freedom so painfully won by our founding fathers.

  2. Yes, indeed! Such sacrifice. We owe such a great debt to our forefathers. Thank you for reminding us.

  3. You said it so much more diplomatically than I could, so thank you for doing so. Growing up, I remember seeing flags on EVERY porch the week of the 4th. Not so much now. In fact, the very few homes that didn't display a flag, either were out of town, or had pressing family matters. That's the America I miss.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. I am SO GLAD TO BE AN AMERICAN!!! I honor those signers and the lives they gave up so we could have the freedoms we enjoy. Now, if we can just keep them!
    sending hugs your way...


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