Great Letter to the Editor

56 lives that really mattered 
By Dan Cook 

You may not know this but there were only 56 people who signed the Declaration of Independence. People like: John Hancock, Carter Braxton, Thomas McKeam, Thomas Nelson Jr., Francis Lewis, Richard Stockton, William Ellery, and Arthur Middleton. This is a partial list. Do you recognize any of these people? Do our schools even teach early American history and love of country? What about American exceptionalism?

Generally, all of these men were killed, tortured or defamed. Five of these signers were captured by the Redcoats as traitors and tortured/ killed. More than twelve lost their homes, property, families, and their treasures. Most had family members who died in the Revolutionary War. It is curious that they felt the need to stand up and be counted, even though they knew what the price would be. They were dreamers.

These people were not lower class citizens; they were from middle and upper class families: lawyers, jurists, business men, merchants, and farmers. They knew in advance that they would be making an ultimate sacrifice, but they did it anyway. Notably, John Hancock signed his name in big, bold letters so that the King of England could easily read his name. He said, “If the cause of the revolution commands it, burn Boston and make John Hancock a beggar.” They sacrificed for the good of our country. These men are un-sung American Patriots who believed in a cause bigger than themselves.

How do we say a posthumous thank you?

  • First, vote on November 8th.
  • Second, don’t let the special interests drag our county down a dark road. Instead, stop being politically correct and work for the good of American interests, and American values, that made American great. It was not an accident that we became the torch for freedom in the world. We need to pick up that torch. Freedom is not free!
  • Third, in the years ahead, remember the sacrifices of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. Can we find such leaders today, willing to do whatever it takes to foster the American dream?
  • Fourth, Do your part; stand up for American values: hard work, love of country, self-sacrifice, a sense of fair play, and a tolerance for the views of other citizens. Get informed. Some citizens don’t know that they don’t know who our enemies even are.

Can you do less than our founding fathers? 56 lives counted in 1776, just as your single vote counts on November 8th, 2016.