A Diverse Group, but a Common Focus

Today, the Left tries to mischaracterize the Founding Fathers as a group of rich elitists, but the signers were an eclectic group coming from all walks of life. Some of the diverse professions represented by them included:

SCHOOLTEACHER (John Adams)


ATTORNEY (Samuel Chase)


COLLEGE PROFESSOR (George Wythe)


GOSPEL MINISTER (John Witherspoon)


BUSINESSMAN (Francis Lewis)


MUSICIAN (Francis Hopkinson)


PHYSICIAN (Benjamin Rush)


VETERAN (Arthur Middleton)


POLITICIAN (Elbridge Gerry)


FARMER (Carter Braxton)


SCIENTIST (Benjamin Franklin)


SHERIFF (Abraham Clark)


SURVEYOR (John Morton)


JUDGE (Stephen Hopkins)

Despite the wide diversity, the one characteristic common to them all was an uncompromisingly pure integrity. Their pledge to give their "lives, fortunes, and sacred honor" was not merely extravagant rhetoric—a fact affirmed by a simple exchange on the day they signed the Declaration.

FOUNDING FACT


When the Declaration was approved on July 4, it was signed by only two individuals: John Hancock and Charles Thomson.


On July 19, Congress ordered that the Declaration be engrossed on parchment in beautiful script so that it could be inscribed by the entire body. On August 2, 1776, fifty-six members of Congress put their hands to that document, signing it in the form that is now so recognizable to the entire nation.

The exchange was recorded by signer Benjamin Rush in his diary; after the close of the Revolution, Rush wrote his friend John Adams to relive the incident with him. It involved Benjamin Harrison of Virginia and Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts — two signers who, physically speaking, were exact opposites. Harrison was big-bodied, strong, and heavy, standing 6’4” tall and weighing some 250 pounds; Gerry was short, frail, and tiny, weighing perhaps 100 pounds. Secretary of Congress CHARLES THOMSON called each signer to the table to in-scribe his name on the Declaration. The entire proceeding was somber and silent; one after another approached the table, dipping the quill in ink, then penning his signature. Each understood the gravity of what he was doing; many of them had been British attorneys and judges and were very familiar with the penalty for treason, which was certainly what the British would consider their actions.

Elbridge Gerry was finally called to the table. Like the others, he dipped his pen, but before he was able to affix his signature, Harrison interjected a gratuitous


comment. Recalling this incident, Rush asked Adams:

Do you recollect the pensive and awful silence which pervaded the house when we were called up, one after another, to the table of the President of Congress to subscribe to what was believed by many at that time to be our own death warrants? The silence and the gloom of the morning were interrupted, I well recollect, only for a moment by Colonel Harrison of Virginia who


said to Mr. Gerry at the table: “I shall have a distinct advantage over you, Mr. Gerry, when we are all hung for what we are doing. From the size and weight of my body I shall die in a few minutes, but from the lightness of your body you will dance in the air an hour or two before you are dead!” This speech procured a transient smile, but it was soon succeeded by the solemnity with which the whole business was conducted.

Even in their joking, the signers understood


that what they were doing would probably result in their deaths. And it is a remarkable fact unparalleled in history


that, of the 56 signers, not one broke his personal pledge to sacrifice his life, fortune, or sacred honor, regardless of the duress or danger each faced.

In fact, 19 of the 56 put on a military uniform and went to war; two signers died at the hands of the British (seven others died during the war); two were wounded in battle; five were made prisoners of war; 17 lost their estates or fortunes; five incurred heavy debt by personally financing the war; 14 lost their families or were separated from them; two lost children; and three lost their wives. Securing our independence was costly for the signers. As John Adams acknowledged:

Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it! If you do not, I shall repent it in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it!


 



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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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First comes the "crisis," then comes the expansion. The federal government is seizing on the January 6 Capitol riot to take carte blanche to do whatever it wants and weaponize the event to further empower the new overlords of our country — the intelligence community.

On Glenn TV Wednesday, Glenn Beck reveals what's happening with the U.S. Capitol Police and argues they've morphed into a new arm of the intelligence apparatus, boosted by a massive increase in funding and surveillance equipment and new offices OUTSIDE the Capitol building. The Biden administration has also hidden basic details regarding January 6. Why did officials refuse to release the name of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt? Where are the 14,000-plus hours of CCTV footage? As any intelligence organization knows, it's best to operate outside the realms of oversight.

Glenn exposes the hidden hand of government that could be used to punish and destroy innocent Americans who are only guilty of holding the "wrong" political view.

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The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

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