Courage to Pursue Freedom

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA 92593-B
Today is the 4th of July. Independence Day. This is a day of great significance in American history.
 
The Declaration of Independence ends with:
 
"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."
 
The signers of America’s Declaration of Independence endured the sacrifice of toil and blood as have succeeding generations.
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Of those Fifty-six (56) who signed the Declaration of Independence,
  • Nine (9) died of wounds or hardships during the war.
  • Five (5) were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment.
  • Several lost wives, children, or entire families.
  • One (1) lost his thirteen (13) children.
  • Two (2) wives were brutalized and tortured.
  • All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes.
  • Twelve (12) signers had their homes completely burned.
  • Seventeen (17) lost everything they owned.
  • I wonder, at times, do we still have Americans that committed to preserving our Independence and Freedoms? My fear is they would be labeled as insurrectionists and treated as harshly as our founding generation. Freedom is not Free. It comes with a stiff price
Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826 (50 years to the day of the Declaration).
 
Daniel Webster gave the eulogy for both men on August 2. Included in his remarks on that notable day were these words:
 
“It [the Declaration of Independence] is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God, it shall be my dying sentiment. Independence now, and forever
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I pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and bless you with peace

2 Thessalonians 1:2

 

Doug Dawes REALTOR®, AWREP, LMC

Broker Sales Associate

KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY - Topsfield/Newburyport

49 Main Street
Topsfield, MA 01983
 978-887-3995  ~ Office
 978-270-3037  ~ Cell
 DougDawes@KW.com

Comments (35)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I hope you had an enjoyable 4th of July, Doug.  And, I hope you have a good week.

Jul 05, 2022 12:26 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Thank you Kathy Streib and as is the case Action is always required to move forward

Jul 05, 2022 11:43 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Bob Crane 

Thank you and I also pray you and your family enjoyed the holiday weekend, as well

Jul 05, 2022 11:44 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

And the price is still being paid by those Americans willing to defend the principles of Freedom Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho 

Jul 05, 2022 11:54 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Afternoon Myrl Jeffcoat 

Thank you and I wish the same for you and yours. Have an enjoyable week

Jul 05, 2022 11:55 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Doug Dawes - Until now, I wasn't aware of the sacrifices the great 56 Founding Fathers suffered as a result of signing the Declaration of Independence. Not only is it eye-opening, it is as sad or sadder than what we are experiencing in our life time today. To think, each and everyone of them were victimized as well as their families is a disgrace and heartbreaking. Why has pride in America failed and will it ever be restored?

Jul 08, 2022 08:18 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Jul 09, 2022 07:43 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Doug. Late to the dance but got here thanks to Kathy Streib and her Sunday post. I think all of our people in DC should take a class on the Declaration followed by a test! Pass or repeat! Enjoy your day. 

Jul 10, 2022 05:13 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Doug - I have wondered when people standing for beliefs are attacked or censored

Jul 10, 2022 07:10 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

I had forgotten how many hardships the Signers of the Declaration faced.  Thank you for the thoughtful reminder.

Jul 10, 2022 07:24 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

I too enjoyed your post. How sad that many younger folks under 50 do not have a true understanding of how this country was formed, how the founders did suffer and how it is so difficult to maintain a Republic.

Jul 10, 2022 08:18 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

The only thing I can point to, regarding pride in America, is Television, video games, FB 7 counterparts. The most shocking thing is the number of people that are on the radical wings of the parties that have infiltrated our education system and colleges.

Jul 10, 2022 09:48 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Doug Dawes - Unfortunately, values have shifted and so many systems have failed. Many brains have been rewired.

Jul 10, 2022 04:05 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Thank you again for using one of my blog posts for your feature in Posts for You Kathy Streib 

Jul 10, 2022 09:50 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I have to agree with you 100% Wayne Martin Maybe the voters need a lesson or two on discerning a candidate

Jul 10, 2022 09:51 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Grant Schneider 

The power of media shapes thought. It is how many charismatic personalities ascend to power and then assault the thinking of the people to shape the mindset to their way of thinking

Jul 10, 2022 09:53 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Ray Henson similar tactics are used today by the government to destroy perceived political opponents or those that peacefully speak out reading subjects the power brokers don't want to hear, especially if those folks have exposed the authority with verifiable factual evidence

Jul 10, 2022 09:56 AM
Ray Henson

It is bad enough that I do not even want to acknowledge that I am a conservative, but I do and then try to be a good example. 

Jul 10, 2022 09:59 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

You know Leanne Smith, my concern is the schools and secondary education system have been taken over. The media has divided this country for evil purposes, in my opinion

Jul 10, 2022 09:58 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Doug,

I'm so glad Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week, as I missed this one. This was an interesting read.. thank you for sharing. I knew some of this but not all of it. It's very sad that many younger folks under 50 do not have a true understanding of how this country was formed, how the founders suffered and how it is so difficult to maintain a Republic. It's not being taught in our schools because I too believe the schools and secondary education systems have been compromised.

Jul 11, 2022 01:50 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

These were the first to gave their life for freedom.  This is an inspiring post, and well worth the time to read.  Glad Kathy Streib included it in her recap

Jul 11, 2022 03:12 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Doug, thanks for posting this. No matter how many times we've read this history, seeing it published is a great reminder and joy of how blessed we have been by the sacrifices of the Fathers as we uphold what they did to this day.

Jul 18, 2022 12:31 AM