Wednesday, July 4, 2012

7/4 Best Of McGee,Vernon,DeRose

7/4 Best Of McGee,Vernon,DeRose
Talkback Wednesday July 4, 2012
Chuck Wilder Noon - 2 PM PDST

Independence Day is annually celebrated on July 4 and is often known as "the Fourth of July". It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776. Here are some thoughts to ponder:
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty.
This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.
                                   Ben Franklin

                        Today's Program is a repeat "Best Of Talkback"

William J. McGee is an award-winning travel journalist for Consumer Reports and the former editor of Consumer Reports Travel Letter. In 2010 the US secretary of transportation chose him as the lone consumer advocate on the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee.He is the author of the new book:
ATTENTION ALL PASSENGERS: The Airlines’ Dangerous Descent – and How to Reclaim Our Skies. a searing look at the dark underbelly of the airline industry.

Wes Vernon Washington- based writer and veteran broadcast journalist, Most of articles can be found at Renew "His article:What both parties need to do (according to a conservative leader)" (

Chris DeRose author of Founding Rivals the little known story of the congressional race between two future presidents, Madison and Monroe. And how the result of this race changed the course of history and built the nation we live in today. ( Download a free Chapter of the book at:

Classic Robin Williams as The American Flag. It's worth a few minutes, so I hope you'll watch it as part of your July 4th celebration.

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 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.

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 looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer,

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. He 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.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and
silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember: freedom is never free!

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1 comment:

  1. We know what the Founding Fathers believed on July 4, 1776 when they pledged "our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor" for freedom in signing the Declaration of Independence.

    But do we Americans on July 4, 2012, still believe in our Founding Fathers' Declaration that all are created equal, "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights..."?

    Are we Americans of the 21st Century still willing to pledge "our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor" to keep America the most free nation in the history of the world?

    Or has America been so transformed that 21st Century Americans are now divorced from the values of the Founding Fathers who hoped for American freedom, pledged all to achieve and maintain it, endured the hardships, and truly changed the world?

    Will we Americans of this generation do as much as did our Founding Fathers to preserve freedom for our posterity, as they did for us?

    The 56 Founding Fathers of the Declaration suffered greatly for signing it, as Chuck Wilder reports on his blog today. Will we make such sacrifices for freedom?

    Speaking of that, , please, remember that it is America's veterans, some 1.4-million of whom who have given their lives in war, whose service and sacrifice has kept America free. Please consider the tribute to veterans on this Independence Day 2012 by Capt. Joseph R. John (USN, ret.), at