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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Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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The prices of our houses and food are already rising fast, but they will skyrocket to record highs if we don't fix the problem soon. So what's causing the inflation?

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck said he doesn't believe it's the fault of our loggers, farmers, or truckers — many of them are really struggling. But the big corporations that control these industries are making record profits, all while the Biden administration is making some very odd decisions that could make the crises even worse.

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The crisis at the border continues to worsen, with the U.S. Border Patrol recently releasing some shocking statistics that illuminate just how bad the situation has become. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is doing everything he can to prevent any additional unlawful crossings into the Lone Star State.

Abbott joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to describe recent action he has taken to ensure that those who do cross into Texas illegally know they came to the "wrong state."

After noting that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "have completely abandoned post as it concerns the Texas border," Abbott explained how "Texas is stepping up" to combat the flood of dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and drugs he says are pouring into border communities.

"Beginning in March, I deployed a thousand Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the border. I deployed the National Guard to the border. And they made well over a thousand arrests of some of these criminals we talked about. They've apprehended more than 33,000 illegal immigrants coming across the border." Abbott said. "But because of the way the Biden administration has abandoned the border, we are now elevating our game. What I did yesterday, in response to more than a dozen counties along the border ... I granted their request for a disaster declaration," he added.

Abbott went on to describe how his disaster declaration gives Texas the authority to toughen penalties for lawbreakers, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.

"We're going to begin arresting everybody coming across the border and charging them with criminal trespass and putting them in jail. They are coming in here, thinking they'll get the Biden free-ride, and go wherever they want to go. Not in the state of Texas. We'll start arresting them right and left, and putting them behind bars, and saying they came in to the wrong state."

Asked by Glenn if he is prepared for the inevitable "media onslaught", Abbott simply answered, "We're prepared to see a reduction in the number of people coming across the border — because Texas is enforcing the law, period."

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