237 Years Ago - Would You Stand?Submitted by Stinko on Thu, 07/04/2013 - 15:08
On a day where everyone's Facebook's are littered with pseudo-patriotic garbage of which they take very little to heart. I saw fit to write this on my FaceBook wall:
"237 years ago, 56 men signed their fates to a piece of parchment; the outcome of which would secure their liberty, or condemn them to a traitors death.
Benjamin Franklin made the point more tellingly when, as he was about to sign the Declaration, he remarked, “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall hang separately.”
In suggesting that hanging might be the fate of those who signed the Declaration, Franklin was choosing an easier end than the one traditionally meted out in England to traitors. Traitors were subject to the ferocious and gruesome punishment of being hanged, drawn, and quartered, reflecting the ancient judgment that a single death was an inadequate response to the crime of plotting the king’s death or seeking to overturn the established order.
None can deny the unwavering courage of these men, as they risked everything on an uncertain outcome.
Would you have stood idly by and desired to remain completely out of this undesirable conflict? Perhaps; almost half the colonists did.
Or would you have denounced them as traitors to the Crown, and sided with the British? Perhaps; upwards of 20% of the colonists did.
Or would you have stood with them? Perhaps.
Keep in mind the oppression of the Crown was far less a burden than our current state of affairs.
So if you can sit on your couch and shrug off the trampling of our liberties, the erosion of our constitution, and the enormous taxation of our labors....
Then no; you most likely would not have stood with them, but instead, take refuge in the halls of apathy, or defense of the Crown.
Happy 4th of July."