I have wanted for a long time to write a book about the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Not so much the famous ones, but the “others”. The ones that no one knows their names, and know relatively little about them. I wondered, would it be of any interest? Does anyone really care? After all, every single signature was a risk. Why are those that are obscure any less important than John Hancock, who is remembered simply for being brash enough to sign his name in huge script?
Today, I was scrolling through Facebook and came upon this post by my good friend Gretchen. I love her because she is not afraid to say what she thinks. In the political climate of today where there seems to be extreme polarization on views it’s difficult to speak your mind without pushing someone’s buttons. This post is Paul Harvey giving a speech, but it isn’t about sides. It’s not about political parties. It’s not about bashing the Democrats, nor the Republicans. He speaks the simple truth about the men who made this country. Those same men, who signed the Declaration, some who died for this nation’s cause whose names we now can’t recall. It brought tears to my eyes imagining what it must have been like for them as they, the few, strived to make life for the many a better life.
It makes me want to shout to all of congress–BOTH SIDES–that they should be ashamed of what we have become, for if no one tells them, our fate is grim and the sacrifices all those men made to make America will have been for nothing.
Please take the ten minutes or so to listen. It is well worth the time. And to Gretchen, thank you for the reminder…