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If you want your father to take care of you, thatís
paternalism
 

If you want your mother to take care of you, thatís
maternalism
 

If you want comrades to take care of you
and everything you do is for the state, thatís

communism

If you think "if it feels good do it,"
regardless of the consequences or who it might hurt,
and are in this thing just for yourself, thatís

individualism
 
If all you care about are your possessions,
what you can accumulate in this life and things
are more important than people, thatís

materialism 

If you want Uncle Sam to take care of you,
depend on the government for everything,
donít know the difference between
entitlements and benefits, and you think they
are totally responsible for your well being,
then thatís not only stupid, but

socialism

But, if you want to take care of yourself,
be held responsible for your behavior,
hold yourself accountable for your actions,
feel a responsibility to be a good and productive citizen,
promote the betterment of mankind
and bring honor to the greatest country
on the face of the earth, then that, my friend, is

Americanism

Written By:©Mark R. Hagood, 1991, 2001
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The Price Of Freedom

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 Continental 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. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.

Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These 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 firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." They gave you and me a free and independent America.

The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't fight just the British. We were British subjects at that time, and we fought our own government!


Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't. 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!

It's time we get the word out that patriotism is not a sin. The Fourth of July is about much more than beer, picnics, and baseball games.






Life is changed, Ünot taken away.
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.







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