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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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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