Our Fearless Founding Fathers

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Most don’t know who they were. Some of them have survived in the fame of our remembrance, but not many. Their stories are all but forgotten in the clamor of today’s mile-a-minute society. Their memories are preserved only by academia. Most Americans don’t even know their names. But their voices are alive. On July 4, 1776, these men signed a compact that would shake the foundation of the world forever, a compact that stomped on the toes of royalty and corrupt aristocracy. Some would suggest that these men were selfish, creating the war for their own financial gain. However, when they signed the Declaration of Independence that fateful day, they thought little of their own interests. The founding fathers were sacrificing themselves for the common good of the colonists. Their lives were forfeit, their jobs and livelihoods would crumble through their fingers. But through all this tribulation and hardship, these resolute individuals continued to fight for the unalienable rights that they believed every man to be graced with. Our founding fathers were subjects of King George. Unwilling subjects, yes, but still subjects. What’s more, King George wouldn’t let them forget it. Unfair proclamations were streaming from across the Atlantic, a constant, sour breeze. Tax after crippling tax was piled high onto the backs of the exhausted colonists. The men who signed this document knew only too well the power of tyranny. When the nib of their pen scraped across the Declaration, they were committing treason. When the ink of their signatures dried, these reputable colonists, with families and respectable jobs, were outlaws. By signing the Declaration of Independence, our founding fathers were signing their own death warrants. And, indeed, some of these men paid a terrible price for their “treachery”. For example, Francis Lewis, a signer from New York, had his
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