If you believe the leftist rhetoric, or if you subscribe to the communist talking points, then you have probably heard that our founding fathers were all white racist males, filthy rich greedy bastards whose decisions benefitted them alone. And, of course, all of the founders owned slaves, and hated or took advantage of Native Americans —who as it turns out, were not and are not quite as simple-minded as the leftists would like for everyone to believe.
It is all twaddle, of course. It is a mystery why these people feel compelled to so passionately hate the place of their birth. My best guess is that the leftist mindset will keep psychiatrists busy for the next several decades. It occurs to me that if the leftists wanted to demonstrate their hatred for America and all that it stands for, there is no better way of doing this than by leaving —sooner rather than later.
No rational American thinks that we are perfect, but Americans are exceptional. So too were our founding fathers. One does not have to be a genius to realize that our founding fathers, the revolutionaries, did not emerge from sewers demanding bread. They were not socialists; they supported such notions as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These were enlightened ideas, which means knowledgeable, literate, open-minded, reasonable, and sophisticated in their understanding of human nature—and this made them an exception to the ordinary man. They developed such notions from the classical liberal views of John Locke and Adam Smith —urging the same opportunities for all men, not just those who were well born. This is a fact lost on most of America’s Neo-Communist acolytes, and will remain ignored by them because it does not fit their peculiar narrative.
Who were our founding fathers? We might start with those whom everyone readily recognizes: Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, James Monroe, Thomas Paine, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay … and a few others. None of these men were saints, but they were very deep thinkers.
In addition to the above-mentioned patriots, there were also fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence. By affixing their signatures to this marvelous document, which proclaimed the right of the American people to be free of Great Britain, whose king avowed to crush them, these men realized the severity of their actions. Indeed, the Declaration of Independence concludes with these words: “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.”
These men knew full well what they were doing was dangerous to themselves, to their families, and to their wealth and property. They had everything to lose, and little to gain by signing this instrument of the American Revolution. If the revolution should fail, these men would forfeit their lives. If these men were to succeed, then they faced years of struggling to establish a new government, a new country. Had anyone done such a thing before? No.
These men did suffer.
- Carter Braxton of Virginia was a wealthy trader whose ships were swept from the sea and whose debts were settled when he sold all of his property, including his home. He died a pauper.
- Thomas Lynch, Jr., of South Carolina was a third-generation rice grower, a wealthy aristocrat who lost his health during revolution. He and his wife sailed for France, where he might recover his health but the ship was lost at sea and neither he nor his wife were ever seen again.
- Thomas McKean of Delaware was a lawyer. He and his family became fugitives. He continued to serve in Congress without pay. The British confiscated his home and property, but he wasn’t alone. He shared this fate with George Clymer of Pennsylvania, William Ellery of Rhode Island, Lyman Hall of Georgia, Thomas Hayward of South Carolina, Edward Rutledge of South Carolina, Arthur Middleton of South Carolina, and George Walton of Georgia.
- Thomas Nelson Jr., of Virginia borrowed $2 million to provision our French allies; after the war, he paid back the entire loan, which wiped out his entire estate. Mr. Nelson never received a single cent in repayment from the government. In the final battle for Yorktown, Nelson urged General Washington to target his own home, which was then occupied by British General Cornwallis; Nelson’s home was completely destroyed.
- Francis Hopkinson of New Jersey lost his home to Hessian mercenaries; Francis Lewis of New York lost his home and Mrs. Lewis was imprisoned and died in British captivity.
- The British arrested Richard Stockton of New Jersey, who died while in captivity.
- Thomas Hayward Jr., of South Carolina was captured when Charleston fell; John Hart of New Jersey was driven away from his wife’s bedside as she lay dying and his 13 children all fled for their own safety. His fields and mill were laid waste, and when the war was over, realizing that all he knew and loved were gone, Hayward died a broken man.
- Lewis Morris of New York lost his property, his family was scattered as well … and Philip Livingston of New York died from the hardships imposed upon him by the war.
- John Hancock of Massachusetts, a wealthy citizen of Boston, urged Continental forces to destroy his livelihood in Boston rather than to accept a British boot upon the necks of a free people.
More than half of these fifty-six men suffered during the American Revolution. Five were taken into custody by the British and died in captivity; 12 lost their homes and property, two lost their sons in the war, one had both of his sons captured by the British, nine of the signers died in the war of disease or a merciful bullet. They pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. Every man fulfilled this pledge; every man kept the faith. Every man paid the price exacted of him. If only these leftists who condemn the founding fathers had even a modicum of similar devotion … but no, they’ve chosen a different path for themselves —and for us, as well.
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Disclaimer: This article was not written by Lorra B.