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Stop Complaining and Start Doing
Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2013 | Jedediah Bila

Posted on 06/28/2013 2:16:16 AM PDT by Kaslin

One of the best lines of advice I've ever gotten came from my aunt Rose in the third grade: "Stop complaining about what you don't like, and do what you can to change it." I took her advice that afternoon, had a much better school year because of it, and promised myself I'd never forget her words of wisdom.

So here I am today, immersed in a sea of politics and culture wars, TV and radio debates, panel discussions and Q & A sessions where I'm challenged to think hard about who I am, what I value, and what messages I hope to convey to the listeners and viewers who count on me to tell them what I really think.

There's never a day that goes by that I don't think about my aunt's advice. So, let's do ourselves--and our country--a favor and apply it.

Yes, the mainstream media is painfully biased. Yes, the Obama administration has and will continue to use Hollywood and the entertainment industry to push its agenda. Yes, the Left has been highly focused on--and skilled at--using pop culture outlets to shift public opinion on political, cultural, and social issues. Yes, academia is often in the brainwashing business and revisionist history is alive and well.

And now for my controversial statement--So what? What do the Left's tactics have to do with me or my ability to counter them with smart policy, solid media strategy, innovative marketing, effective delivery, creative projects, and youth outreach? Nothing. They have absolutely nothing to do with me. Unless, of course, I spend more time complaining about what's wrong than challenging it. That, I'm afraid, is a mistake being made all too often on the right.

Yes, talking Obamacare repeal is important. But what's more important is having smart, charismatic free-market enthusiasts in media, at events, and in liberal hubs talking specifics about alternatives. Why are the alternatives better? Who stands to gain? Why should young people care?

Where are the hired messengers for this? In D.C. talking to each other? On TV being non-specific? Writing up proposals they can toss on a website that the ideal target audience will never read?

Yes, speaking at conservative college forums is very important. But what's more important is speaking at college liberal forums. Be the odd man or woman out. Challenge the status quo. I promise you that someone in that room will leave thinking about what you've said. I did it as a student at Columbia University, I did it among professors while working in academia, and I do it every day in liberal New York City. Trust me, eyes and ears do open.

Conservative and libertarian novelists, filmmakers, artists, musicians, clothing designers--challenge the system. Use your creativity and talent to define this movement; don't let the Left define it for you. Will it be hard to get projects published and promoted? Sure. You know what else was hard? The drafting of the Constitution. They managed to get it done.

There are people in this business who are content to preach to the choir, spew talking points, and hope for the best. I'm not one of them. So I ask you to join me in working to get people of all ages, races, religions, and professions to think a little harder, to open their eyes and ears a little wider, and to question what many in media and academia have told them for so long.

In other words, let's stop complaining and start doing.


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1 posted on 06/28/2013 2:16:16 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Okay/ Start by doing what. exactly? You want to really do something that’ll get the governments attention? Each and everyone mother’s son of us don’t file your income tax.


2 posted on 06/28/2013 2:22:09 AM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Kaslin

You mean, I’m actually gonna have to get out and work at it? Campaign for my candidates, and when I don’t like any of them, run myself? I’ll have to start attending city council and county commission and school board meetings and making my voice heard?

Maybe even do my own “journalism” by reporting on the local political scene via the interweb thingy, instead of depending on the local Gannett or McClatchy rag to print the truth?

Well, it all depends on who’s on “Dancing with the Stars” tonight. Can’t miss that, ya know...

/sarc


3 posted on 06/28/2013 2:25:44 AM PDT by abb
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To: Kaslin

I think we’ve passed the tipping point, Ms. Bila, and our only hope is to let it burn.


4 posted on 06/28/2013 2:25:48 AM PDT by Prince of Space (Be Breitbart, baby. LIFB.)
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To: Kaslin

Yeah. Well, join the USMC, jed. No excuses. No worries. No sniveling. Your Mommy will sign for you. You’ll be a heart breaker, days before you report for duty. Have a real adventure. Get to it, jed.


5 posted on 06/28/2013 2:39:53 AM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: Prince of Space

I’m certainly not preaching to the choir here in Beijing. Why do some Americans have to be so American-centric? As if anything outside of America that doesn’t somehow relate to America is meaningless. I’m a US citizen and we conservatives should play a global role and not limit ourselves to US boundaries.


6 posted on 06/28/2013 2:58:06 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: Kaslin
Thank you.

I will not stand by and watch this great country destroy itself under mediocre leadership that drifts from one crisis to the next, eroding our national will and purpose. We have come together here because the American people deserve better from those to whom they entrust our nation's highest offices, and we stand united in our resolve to do something about it.

Ronald Reagan Nomination Acceptance Speech Republican National Convention Detroit, Michigan July 17, 1980
7 posted on 06/28/2013 3:15:12 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Prince of Space

“I think we’ve passed the tipping point, Ms. Bila, and our only hope is to let it burn.”

Why is that?

Because the right had become a lazy ideology of wimps, that relied on rich spokespeople (Beck, Limbaugh, Coulter...) to do all of the dirty work in the media, and took comfort in buying a bunch of guns with the idea that if it all went bad they can just shoot everything in some poorly imagined repeat of the Revolution. Never mind all of the actual work that is needed to sell our ideas on the street. Let Mark Levin do it!

All the while the left actually engaged people in every medium they could find, and if they screwed up, they just took the same ideas and repackaged them with new language.

While we regurgitate quotes from Madison (sounding more like parrots), they took communism and called it “economic justice” and made a bunch of kids think it was cool! They flood Facebook, Twitter, and other sites with those causes. The right sits and acts like those mediums are juts fads for slacker kids. We have something better! A 60-something talk show hosts whose show is on in the middle of the day. That’ll work...

And guess what the result was? Not a surprise to some of us.


8 posted on 06/28/2013 3:19:16 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Kaslin

Good advice.

I can hardly wait for the usual brainwashed whiners from the surrender monkey parade to show up and tell us that all is lost.


9 posted on 06/28/2013 3:20:07 AM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: VanDeKoik

That.


10 posted on 06/28/2013 3:21:07 AM PDT by abb
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To: Prince of Space

Exactly, when the game is rigged, don’t play the game. What do you do when you can’t fix your car? You get a new one. Same with gov’t. Starve the beast, go Galt, and prep. Socialism always fails, always. The system will collapse under it’s own weight. God, family, country, is the winning strategy.


11 posted on 06/28/2013 3:21:21 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: VanDeKoik

The open meetings law is another kick-ass strategy you can use against the leftists in local government.

With the open meetings law you can:

1. Shut down village and county board meetings.

2. Sue leftist politicians in court.

3. Throw them in jail.

Believe me, leftists in your states are constantly violating your state’s open meeting laws. Learn about them and use them.


12 posted on 06/28/2013 3:31:16 AM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: sergeantdave

I simply don’t believe God will make a distinction between those who set the fire and those who sat back and watched it burn.


13 posted on 06/28/2013 3:32:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: VanDeKoik

The left has bought their constituents off with freebies. Don’t blame parasites for being parasites. You are not going to persuade freeloaders with words when the honey flows freely. Pain is a great motivator and the left will be hanging from the nearest lamppost when they have no honey to give. This system will not survive. Make plans accordingly. I say again if your car can’t be fixed, get a new one, ride a bike, or take the bus. The golden days of that car are gone.


14 posted on 06/28/2013 3:43:27 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: jmacusa
Each and everyone mother’s son of us don’t file your income tax.

Uh...

Aren't our taxes already being withheld?

Gummint has our money anyway!

15 posted on 06/28/2013 3:45:41 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: VRWC For Truth
What do you do when you can’t fix your car? You get a new one. Same with gov’t.

I've read that.... somewhere....

16 posted on 06/28/2013 3:47:39 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: RedHeeler; All
Yeah. Well, join the USMC, jed. No excuses. No worries. No sniveling. Your Mommy will sign for you. You’ll be a heart breaker, days before you report for duty. Have a real adventure. Get to it, jed.

Jedidiah Bila


17 posted on 06/28/2013 3:52:31 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: cripplecreek
I simply don’t believe God will make a distinction between those who set the fire and those who sat back and watched it burn.

Lot may have been a righteous man; but he called fags "Friends" and he barely escaped with his life!

18 posted on 06/28/2013 3:55:54 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: sergeantdave

1. They just throw you out. They write the police and judges paychecks.
2. The system is set up to waste your money and time. See 1.
3. See 1.

The game is rigged.


19 posted on 06/28/2013 4:07:21 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Timber Rattler

Oh. I was wrong. Thought Jedediah was a boy. You sure that’s a girl? My first mistake, in 62 years and it was not my fault. Still, good advice for young men.


20 posted on 06/28/2013 4:14:18 AM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: Kaslin

The article is right. We must stop complaining and do something. The question is what? Whatever you are comfortable with. Write letters to papers, post on news sites other than Freerepublic, go to meetings, challenge liberal views, work for a candidate, and find ways to let people know Hollywood and the liberal media are not the majority. Posting here all is lost and just wait until TSHTF does no one any good. The liberals love to see the defeatist attitude it means they are winning.


21 posted on 06/28/2013 4:16:55 AM PDT by shoff (Vote Democratic it beats thinking!)
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To: VRWC For Truth

“They just throw you out. They write the police and judges paychecks.”

It worked when I was in local government. In fact, we fired two police chiefs.

Why don’t you try it.


22 posted on 06/28/2013 4:30:54 AM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: shoff

All is not lost for America but Mordor on the Potomac won’t survive. Make plans accordingly. Socialism always fails, thus the so called liberals aka fascists never win. Christianity has survived all man made governments.


23 posted on 06/28/2013 4:33:44 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Kaslin
I have spent the last 40 years fighting for what is right. I have dedicated myself to this once Great republic... I have seen little in the way of Victory. Reagan was the last great Victory of the Right. At least my two rino Senators voted against this amnesty crap. Don't worry... I'll keep fighting for Freedom and Liberty until I quit breathing... which if obama and the left have their way... will not be much longer. obamacare may just kill all of us.

LLS

24 posted on 06/28/2013 4:35:28 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: sergeantdave

You replaced a cog in the system. The system didn’t change.


25 posted on 06/28/2013 4:38:21 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: VanDeKoik

What do you recommend? Should we emulate the left? Ok, I’ll hop a plane to NY and take a dump of a police cruiser! Should we take over central park and infest it with drugs and rape tents? Should we form subversive groups like ows, sds, the weathermen? Should we take up the tactics of al qaeda?


26 posted on 06/28/2013 4:39:21 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

The healthcare nonsense won’t work as soon as it goes live. The free market will have a solution and the nonsense will quietly go away. Capitalist nullification.


27 posted on 06/28/2013 4:46:18 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: LibLieSlayer

“Should we emulate the left? Ok, I’ll hop a plane to NY and take a dump of a police cruiser! Should we take over central park and infest it with drugs and rape tents? Should we form subversive groups like ows, sds, the weathermen? Should we take up the tactics of al qaeda?”

Yeah, because that’s the sum total of everything they do. Shit on police cars and rape people in tents or blow stuff up?

Because all of this leftist crap we’ve seen implemented over the past 50 years was due to that stuff? Reeeeeealy?

As much as I don’t agree with anything they say, the left has this, I suppose, strange habit to us, of actually putting their issues in front of people 24/7. Showing up to rallies, constantly communicating, always influencing, and never letting up. Are some....most crazy? Yep. Are they all doing that really bad stuff? Nope.

Pretty much the only people on our side that can go the full distance is the NRA.

An example of our side doing what I getting at were the Chick-Fil-A Day protests. It got people’s attention, got all of us involved, won that particular issue, and didn’t involve defecating on police cars.


28 posted on 06/28/2013 4:50:33 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: LibLieSlayer

Emulate the Founding Fathers. Declare your individual independence from your oppressors, and act accordingly. A winning strategy.


29 posted on 06/28/2013 4:50:56 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: sergeantdave

We’ve also got GOP supermajorities in 23 states vs 11 or 12 for the democrats.


30 posted on 06/28/2013 4:51:23 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: VanDeKoik

Please, the left bought off their supporters with your money. The game is rigged.

Outbidding them, the RINO way, or starving them of revenue, a tactical way are your two choices with the current system. The historic way is to create a new gov’t ... and under the Constitution that is permitted.


31 posted on 06/28/2013 5:04:01 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: VRWC For Truth

I think so too... but I have been wrong about what the American people will endure before.

LLS


32 posted on 06/28/2013 5:17:57 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: VanDeKoik

I am in for anything that is legal and possible for me to do. If I closed my business to do it full time... my family would suffer and the families of those that have depended on me for 40 years will suffer too. The right works and makes America’s engine run... the left has millions of unemployed drones that suck off the Federal tit while protesting and promoting anarchy. I blame the soft and miseducated Americans for accepting obvious lies and promises that are never fulfilled.

LLS


33 posted on 06/28/2013 5:21:46 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: VRWC For Truth
The healthcare nonsense won’t work as soon as it goes live. The free market will have a solution and the nonsense will quietly go away. Capitalist nullification.

The only way I see that happening is if the IRS enforcers are "encouraged" to stand down, most likely due to unpleasant things happening to some of their colleagues.

34 posted on 06/28/2013 5:22:22 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: VRWC For Truth

THAT is how I live my life.

LLS


35 posted on 06/28/2013 5:24:02 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: cripplecreek

That should make the split go easy should it come to that.

LLS


36 posted on 06/28/2013 5:24:31 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: VRWC For Truth

“You replaced a cog in the system. The system didn’t change.”

We also threw a half-dozen rat politicians and bureaucrats into state prison, recalled more than 40 rat politicians and voted them out of office and elected a pro-2nd amendment constitutional sheriff.

You bet your beeber that we changed the system. As I said, try it. You might like it.


37 posted on 06/28/2013 5:42:04 AM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: jmacusa

What good would that do? They already have your money unless you are a quarterly payer.


38 posted on 06/28/2013 6:00:15 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: RedHeeler

LOL! Yep, Jedidiah is all woman. Not sure why her parents gave her that name, but her middle name is Louisa, and she writes very good columns. I subscribe to her weekly newsletter, and she’s spot on correct most of the time. I wish that Fox would give her more air time during the day, instead of bringing her in for the “Red Eye” show in the wee hours of the morning.


39 posted on 06/28/2013 6:14:43 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: LibLieSlayer; VanDeKoik

Another thing you can do is get your kids out of the communist re-education centers AKA government schools, and convince as many people as you can to do likewise. If you are retired, join a local homeschool support group and offer to help out. Look around for families who are wanting to get their kids out and see what you can do to help. Work in your community for school choice proposals. If you like to teach, organize a civics class for high schoolers in your community.


40 posted on 06/28/2013 6:15:10 AM PDT by boxlunch (Deuteronomy 28,29,30)
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To: Timber Rattler

Pretty gal! I don’t watch much TV. Heck of a name. I like Louisa. Jed just does not fit. Take care, Timber Rattler


41 posted on 06/28/2013 6:34:38 AM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: boxlunch

One thing I would like to see is conservatives creating and donating to private scholarships for inner city kids who excel to go to good conservative colleges like Hillsdale college.

Teach a man to fish and he will teach others to fish.


42 posted on 06/28/2013 6:48:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Elsie

Don’t file. Gotta file every year right? They jump all over you when you don’t. If the Tea Party could become a reality, everyone one us, FReepers, conservatives, Hells Bells, even the stupid liberals should be able to get this one right, just don’t file on the next 15th. of April and tell the scallywags in D.C “ENOUGH!! No dough until there are changes!.


43 posted on 06/28/2013 7:50:29 AM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Kaslin

“Dumb’’, ‘’Dumber’’& Dumbest’’.


44 posted on 06/28/2013 7:51:20 AM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Resolute Conservative

You still have to file, right? They come gunnin’ for you when you don’t. Everyone blue-eyed red-blooded one just don’t file next April 15th. and tell the bums we’ve had enough.


45 posted on 06/28/2013 7:53:31 AM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: boxlunch

If I ever get to retire before the Fed kills me... I’ll try some of the things that you mentioned. Right now... I am doing what I can and that is a significant amount considering my time.

LLS


46 posted on 06/28/2013 8:02:10 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: VRWC For Truth

permitted?

ENCOURAGED!


47 posted on 06/28/2013 8:32:53 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: VRWC For Truth
Emulate all you want; but you'd best be perpared for the consequences...
 
 

What Happened to the Signers

of the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British and brutally tortured as traitors. Nine fought in the War for Independence and died from wounds or from hardships they suffered. Two lost their sons in the Continental Army. Another two had sons captured. At least a dozen of the fifty-six had their homes pillaged and burned.

What kind of men were they? Twenty-five were lawyers or jurists. Eleven were merchants. Nine were farmers or large plantation owners. One was a teacher, one a musician, and one a printer. These were men of means and education, yet they signed the Declaration of Independence, knowing full well that the penalty could be death if they were captured.

In the face of the advancing British Army, the Continental Congress fled from Philadelphia to Baltimore on December 12, 1776. It was an especially anxious time for John Hancock, the President, as his wife had just given birth to a baby girl. Due to the complications stemming from the trip to Baltimore, the child lived only a few months.

William Ellery's signing at the risk of his fortune proved only too realistic. In December 1776, during three days of British occupation of Newport, Rhode Island, Ellery's house was burned, and all his property destroyed.

Richard Stockton, a New Jersey State Supreme Court Justice, had rushed back to his estate near Princeton after signing the Declaration of Independence to find that his wife and children were living like refugees with friends. They had been betrayed by a Tory sympathizer who also revealed Stockton's own whereabouts. British troops pulled him from his bed one night, beat him and threw him in jail where he almost starved to death. When he was finally released, he went home to find his estate had been looted,
his possessions burned, and his horses stolen. Judge Stockton had been so badly treated in prison that his health was ruined and he died before the war's end. His surviving family had to live the remainder of their lives off charity.

Carter Braxton was a wealthy planter and trader. One by one his ships were captured by the British navy. He loaned a large sum of money to the American cause; it was never paid back. He was forced to sell his plantations and mortgage his other properties to pay his debts.

Thomas McKean was so hounded by the British that he had to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Continental Congress without pay, and kept his family in hiding.

Vandals or soldiers or both looted the properties of Clymer, Hall, Harrison, Hopkinson and Livingston. Seventeen lost everything they owned.

Thomas Heyward, Jr., Edward Rutledge and Arthur Middleton, all of South Carolina, were captured by the British during the Charleston Campaign in 1780. They were kept in dungeons at the St. Augustine Prison until exchanged a year later.

At the Battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr. noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the family home for his headquarters. Nelson urged General George Washington to open fire on his own home. This was done, and the home was destroyed. Nelson later died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis also had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife for two months, and that and other hardships from the war so affected her health that she died only two years later.

"Honest John" Hart, a New Jersey farmer, was driven from his wife's bedside when she was near death. Their thirteen children fled for their lives. Hart's fields and his grist mill were laid waste. For over a year he eluded capture by hiding in nearby forests. He never knew where his bed would be the next night and often slept in caves.

When he finally returned home, he found that his wife had died, his children disappeared, and his farm and stock were completely destroyed. Hart himself died in 1779 without ever seeing any of his family again.

Such were the stories and sacrifices typical of those who risked everything to sign the Declaration of Independence. These men 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 a firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

Are there any among us who would do likewise?

Author Unknown


 

 

48 posted on 06/28/2013 8:39:56 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: LibLieSlayer
I blame the soft and miseducated Americans for accepting obvious lies and promises that are never fulfilled.

And NOW we know how the Native Americans feel!

49 posted on 06/28/2013 8:41:23 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: sergeantdave
“You replaced a cog in the system. The system didn’t change.”

But there is nothing WRONG with the system that actually USING it cannot fix!

50 posted on 06/28/2013 8:43:18 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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