Paying the Price

As the British moved across the colonies following America’s announcement of separation, they sought out the 56 who had signed the Declaration to ensure that they paid an especially high and brutal price for their action. Consider some of the sacrifices made by today’s forgotten signers.


It may seem unusual to have 13 children today, but among the signers of the Declaration, Carter Braxton had 16; Roger Sherman and William Ellery each had 15; Benjamin Rush, 13; Josiah Bartlett, 12; etc. In that day, large families were common, but often many, and sometimes most, of the children never lived to adulthood. In the 1770s the average lifespan in America was 35 years; today it is 78.

JOHN HART of New Jersey was 65 when he signed the Declaration. In late 1776, he was at the bedside of his ailing wife when the British

 approached, seeking his life. To secure his wife’s safety and that of his 13 children, he left ahead of the British, believing that his family would be safer if he were gone.

With Hart absent, the British spared the lives of his family, but not their possessions. The property was looted, belongings destroyed, and the family scattered.

Over the next several months, the British searched for Hart, but he was able to elude them at great cost to himself. Throughout that winter, the elderly Hart lived in the mountains and woods, constantly moving. Occasionally he would stay with friends, but often he slept in the woods, burying himself under leaves or hiding under rotted logs. On one occasion, he even crawled into a dog house and spent the night with the large hound in order to elude British pursuers.

When the British left the area the next spring, he returned home only to find his estate in ruins and discover that his wife had died. He never regained his health and succumbed well before the end of the Revolution, never witnessing the independence he had so strongly sought for his countrymen.

RICHARD STOCKTON of New Jersey was a signer who fell prey to his own neighbors. Unfortunately, it was not just the British against whom the patriots had to be on constant guard; often it was their neighbors—the "Loyalists" who supported the British cause.

One night while Stockton was safely asleep in his own bed, a number of Loyalists entered his home, seized and dragged him off to a prison ship where he was starved, abused, and tortured.

Significantly, 4,435 Americans died in battle during the Revolution, but 11,500 died as prisoners of war. Of the numerous British prisons, the two most deadly were the prison ship Jersey and the Sugar House Prison.

The Sugar House Prison was a tall structure, dank and dirty. The smell of death and disease inside the prison made its air rancid and almost unbreathable. In fact, after the Revolution one former prisoner returned to the Sugar House and recounted to his friend:

For 12 months, that dark hole was my only home. And at that door I saw the corpse of my brother thrown into the dead-cart among a heap of others who had died in the night previous of the jail-fever. While the fever was raging, we were let out in companies of 20, for half-an-hour at a time, to breathe the fresh air; and inside we were so crowded that we divided our number into squads of six each. Number one stood 10 minutes as close to the window as they could crowd to catch the cool air, and then stepped back, when number two took their place, and so on. Seats? We had none; and our beds were but straw on the floor with vermin intermixed. And there is my kill-time work: "A.V.S. 1777"—viz. Abraham Van Sickler, which I scratched with an old nail. When peace came, some learned the fate of their fathers and brothers from such initials [carved into the walls].

The prison ship Jersey was equally abominable. It was a dismantled 64-gun British warship that housed 1,200 prisoners in the most deplorable conditions. The prisoners received infrequent rations, which were often spoiled or undercooked. Confinement on the Jersey was usually a death sentence, and for nearly a century after the Revolution, the bleached bones of American bodies could still be seen along the shore where the British dumped the dead overboard.

Stockton was eventually released from the prison ship, but he never regained his health; he survived only a few months. In his final weeks, Stockton knew he was dying. Concerned for the welfare of his family — especially his teenage children who would now grow up without the guiding hand of their loving father—he placed his temporal affairs in order and penned his last will and testament. Knowing that it would contain the final words that his beloved children would hear from him, he filled it with tender fatherly advice. Notice his dying words to his children:

[A]s my children will have frequent occasion of perusing this instrument, and may probably be particularly impressed with the last words of their father, I think it proper here not only to subscribe to the entire belief of the great and leading doctrines of the Christian religion… but also, in the bowels of a father’s affection, to exhort and charge them that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom; that the way of life held up in the Christian system is calculated for the most complete happiness that can be enjoyed in this mortal state; that all occasions of vice and immorality is injurious either immediately or consequentially — even in this life.

FRANCIS LEWIS of New York was a wealthy merchant who had been a close ally of the British in the decades before the Revolution. When the British entered New York, they sought out their former ally now turned patriot. Unable to find him, they destroyed his home and took his wife, ELIZABETH LEWIS, as a prisoner of war. She was placed in a dungeon-like prison and kept in close, damp confinement for several months. She was allowed no bed or change of clothes, and only occasionally was food given to her. General Washington finally secured her release, but her health was so broken that she died shortly afterward. Francis Lewis lost not only his possessions but also his precious wife; he spent his last days "in comparative poverty, his independent fortune having in a great measure been sacrificed on the altar of patriotism."

Many other signers’ wives also suffered great privation, including MARTHA JEFFERSON, who lost several children during the Revolution. On one occasion, she was forced to flee with her small children just ahead of the marauding British. As a result of charging into the snow and freezing temperatures of a harsh winter with her children, her 3-month-old daughter became ill and died. Thomas and Martha shared much loss and grief: of their six children (five daughters and one son), only two lived to adulthood. Martha saw three of her children die before her (she died during the Revolution), and Thomas saw five of them buried.

Before the Revolution, THOMAS NELSON JR. of Virginia was one of the wealthiest men in America, owning a vast estate. When the British invaded Yorktown at the end of the war, Nelson was Virginia’s governor. His home was one of the finest, so British officers took it as a headquarters. During the siege of Yorktown, Nelson led the Virginia troops against the British, but the American soldiers, out of respect for their beloved commander, refused to level their artillery on Nelson’s home. Nelson therefore took charge of a battery and personally opened fire, aiming the first cannon at his own house. He then offered the gunners a reward of five guineas for every cannon ball that hit his home. Judging from the condition of his house after the battle, some of the gunners must have become rich! Nelson died shortly after the close of the war, a poor and broken man who had willingly given all in the cause of independence.

The price paid by the signers and their families was immense. The reason they sacrificed so much was summarized by Samuel Adams, who told fellow signer Benjamin Rush:

If it were revealed to me that 999 Americans out of 1,000 would perish in a war for liberty, I would vote for that war rather than see my country enslaved. The survivors in such a war, though few, would propagate a nation of freemen.


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If we learned nothing from the media over the past 4 years it's that colluding with a foreign entity to either win an election or for personal gain is absolutely grotesque. Well, that depends on whether you have a (D) or (R) before your name anyway. President Trump was impeached on rumor and innuendo yet Joe Biden has all but skated on his corruption up to this point.

Below is a timeline that shows the level of corruption and the lengths the Biden's went to in order to build that family's wealth and influence internationally.


In 2009, Joe Biden was the brand-new Vice President and John Kerry was a U.S. Senator. Just five months after Joe was sworn in, his son Hunter, and Kerry's stepson, Christopher Heinz, formed an international private equity firm called Rosemont Capital. It had several different branches, including one called Rosemont Seneca Partners.


Just nine months after Rosemont Seneca opened its doors, Hunter Biden went to China for meetings with executives from China's biggest banks, and its sovereign wealth and social security funds. That's unheard-of access for a brand-new firm. Was it just coincidence that at the same time Hunter was meeting these Chinese bigwigs, his dad was meeting with China's then-president Hu Jintao in Washington DC at a nuclear security summit?


In May 2011, Joe Biden met with Chinese officials for the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue conference in Washington. Just two weeks later, Hunter Biden went to Taiwan for meetings with the same Chinese financial giants he'd met in China in 2010, plus some new ones.


By December 2013, Joe Biden was enjoying his second term as VP, and John Kerry was now Secretary of State. That's when Joe traveled to Beijing on an extended official trip and Hunter traveled with him on Air Force Two.

During their stay, Vice President Biden met with President Xi and Hunter was mostly out of sight. We don't know exactly what he was up to, but the deal finalized between Rosemont Seneca and the Bank of China just ten days after the Bidens' trip pretty much gives it away. The most powerful financial institution in China formed a joint venture with tiny Rosemont Seneca to create a giant new investment firm called Bohai Harvest RST – the "RS" stands for Rosemont Seneca.

The firm is often called "BHR" for short.

Hunter Biden was a member of the Board. Remember, the Bank of China is government-owned, which means its business is completely intertwined with the goals of the Chinese Communist Party. BHR also got the freedom to operate in the newly created Shanghai Free-Trade Zone where, over the next six years, it would use $2.5 billion of Chinese government money to invest in China, as well as in other countries, including the U.S.

During their Beijing trip, Hunter also introduced Jonathan Li to his dad. Li is Hunter's business partner – he's CEO and Director of BHR.

Hunter arranged for Joe to meet Li in the lobby of the hotel where they stayed during their Beijing trip.


In 2014, one of BHR's first major investments was in the China General Nuclear Power Corporation.

CGN is a Chinese government-owned nuclear power company that sold off a stake of the company to outside investors. Problem is, CGN was under FBI investigation for paying informants in the U.S. to steal nuclear secrets.

In 2016, the FBI arrested the ringleader of this nuclear espionage, a man named Allen Ho.

When they arrested Ho, he was using a random code generator to access funds being provided to him from – where else? – the Bank of China.

Yet while this FBI probe was going on, the son of the Vice President owned a stake in the company being investigated. And even after arrests were made, Rosemont Seneca did not alter its relationship with BHR, nor did it divest from CGN, even though it was stealing U.S. nuclear secrets.


In 2015, BHR partnered with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to buy an American company called Henniges for $600 million.

AVIC is a gigantic military contractor in China – think Lockheed Martin – that makes fighter jets, bombers and drones. BHR bought 49% of Henniges and AVIC bought 51%.

Henniges is a precision parts manufacturer specializing in anti-vibration technology. The stuff they make is known as "dual use" by the U.S. State Department, which means the technology can also have a military application.

Because of that, the deal had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) since it could have national security implications. The thing is, the American side of BHR – meaning Hunter Biden and his pals – had to know there were serious national security implications with AVIC.

The year before they formed a partnership with AVIC, the Wall Street Journal reported how AVIC stole technology related to the U.S. Air Force's F-35 stealth fighter and used it in its own stealth fighter for the Chinese.

How the Committee on Foreign Investment approved that deal remains a mystery. CFIUS does not publicly disclose any information regarding its decisions. Their findings are not publicly announced.

Interesting that China accounted for the largest share – with 74 transactions – approved by CFIUS during Obama's second term (2013-2015).

Under the umbrella of Rosemont Capital was a real estate company called Rosemont Realty. In 2015, a Chinese company called Gemini Investments bought a 75% stake in Rosemont Realty. The company was renamed Gemini Rosemont

Gemini brought $3 billion to the partnership with Rosemont, with the aim of buying "Class A institutional-quality commercial office properties in U.S. markets."

Red flag (literally) – Gemini Investments is a subsidiary of the China Ocean Shipping Company, a.k.a., "COSCO."

COSCO is a Chinese government-owned company. Its headquarters in Beijing is actually next to the headquarters of the Bank of China. COSCO is well-known for its close military ties. It's essentially a branch of the Chinese Navy.


In 2017, BHR invested in Face++. That's the facial recognition phone app built by a Chinese company that is incorporated in a separate app built by the Chinese government. Police in the Xinjiang [Sin-jong] region of China use that app to keep tabs on citizens, and track and detain Uiguhr [Wee-ger] Muslims.

The app allows police easy access to data about Chinese Muslims including things like religious activity, blood type, and even the amount of electricity they use.


In March 2018, a spokesman (Chris Bastardi) for Christopher Heinz (John Kerry's stepson) emailed The Hill to say that Heinz had "no operating role" in Rosemont Seneca, and that he was not involved in any of Rosemont's deals in China (which contradicts Schweizer's report in his book Secret Empires).

Chris Heinz was involved in Rosemont Capital. Rosemont Seneca was established under the same GP as Rosemont Capital, but Chris Heinz had no operating role in it. Chris and his family have no financial interest or investment in Bohai Harvest RST, he has never traveled to China, and he has never met with the firm's Chinese management team or investors.


In October 2019, Hunter Biden's lawyer, George Mesires, said Hunter did not conduct any business on that 2013 trip to Beijing with his Dad.

Mesires said the timing of BHR's business license getting approved was purely coincidental because the paperwork had been submitted months before the Bidens' China trip.

According to Hunter's lawyer, the approval " was not related in any way, shape or form to Hunter's visit."

Hunter Biden finally stepped down from the BHR board last October (2019), but he DID NOT give up his 10% stake in the company.

When Bevan Cooney — the former "junior" business partner to Hunter Biden and Devon Archer — went to jail in 2019, investigative reporter and New York Times bestselling author Peter Schweizer thought he'd never gain access to the damning emails Cooney had promised. That all changed three weeks ago when Schweizer was given complete access to Cooney's gmail account.

Schweizer joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to describe just some of the business deals revealed within these emails — like Hunter working with an alleged Russian criminal and with Chinese communists to secure their assets, or to secure one-on-one time with his dad, then-Vice President Joe Biden. And all of this new information is completely separate from the emails allegedly discovered on Hunter Biden's laptop recently reported by the New York Post.

"So, I want to make this clear. This [Cooney's emails] has nothing to do with what's on the laptop … It didn't come from [Rudy] Giuliani. It didn't come from anybody else, right?" Glenn asked Schweizer.

"That's absolutely correct," Schweizer confirmed.

He briefly explained how Cooney, a former Los Angeles nightclub owner, is currently serving a prison sentence for his involvement in a fraudulent business bond scheme with Biden and Archer. From prison, Cooney gave Schweizer written permission to access his Gmail account.

"This is really important," he noted. "We're not looking at printouts. Not looking at PDFs. We're actually in his Gmail accounts themselves, sifting through these emails. And there's a shocking amount of information about deals involving China, involving Russia, involving all sorts of things they were trying to pull off."

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The king of "No Spin" and bestselling author of "Killing Crazy Horse," Bill O'Reilly joined Glenn Beck on this week's podcast to talk about the latest developments in Joe Biden's Ukraine and China corruption scandal. Now that some of the details are finally coming out in the open, does the average Democrat care? Maybe, but the Left doesn't seem to.

O'Reilly argued there's more hatred for President Donald Trump now than in 2016, and that some people hate President Trump so much that they'd rather vote for the "senile, corrupt" Joe Biden.

"Hunter got tens of millions of dollars from Ukraine, from Russia, from China because his father was vice president. I have no doubt in my mind," O'Reilly said. "But the hatred for Donald Trump overrides that in the minds of millions of viewers. They're saying, 'You know, we'd rather have the senile corrupt guy than Trump.'"

Asked by Glenn if any other Republican running for president would be met with the same level of vitriol, O'Reilly answered, "The Left is the Left. They don't like America. The want to redo the Constitution. They want to take some of our freedoms, like the Second Amendment and the First Amendment, and change them. And they want to destroy capitalism and replace it with a big centralized government in Washington that controls the economy … but I'm talking about the folks. I have liberal friends and I say to them, 'Do you not understand that when you vote for Biden, you're voting against your own self interest?'"

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In a phone call with his constituents, Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb) unleashed a torrent of criticisms about President Donald Trump, saying he "flirted with white supremacists," "kisses dictators' butts," and "spends like a drunken sailor."

On the radio program Friday, Glenn said he was disappointed in Sen. Sasse for apparently forgetting all of President Trump's accomplishments. Because, in reality, Trump has accomplished a lot more than many presidents before him.

Then, for anyone who may have forgotten President Trump's achievements — or who simply hate the man so much they've ignored them — Glenn listed just some of the many things this president has achieved during his three and a half years in the White House.

Watch the video below to hear Glenn's message for all the Trump-haters who have forgotten Trump's accomplishments, or you can read Glenn's list HERE:

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