In addition, the record reflects that the United States spent $37 million at the national level and another $114 million from the several states to conduct the war. This came largely in the form of loans from France, The Netherlands and Americans. War is never cheap!
We also have information that many of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence also suffered financial losses. Most notably among them are the accounts of Carter Braxton of Virginia. He had his ships captured and ravaged by the British navy. Thomas McKean of Philadelphia had to move his family almost constantly. Soldiers looted the homes of Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnet, Heyward, Ruttledge, Middleton, Floyd, Hart, Hooper, Livingston, and Lewis Morris.
Francis Lewis’ wife was jailed and died soon after. There are more accounts of the indignities and personal losses but I think these examples make the point that this was not an easy task nor was the decision to assert independence taken lightly.
So at this time of year isn’t it appropriate to celebrate the sacrifices made with something more than picnics and fireworks? Do we not owe a great deal of respect to the Founding Generation for their foresight? Should we not cherish what has been bestowed upon us and begin to resist as they did?
If you are reading this and are a regularly visitor to this blog, then I suspect you are more than likely one of the many modern day Americans who has grown tired of the lies of those we install as stewards of our government. You may wonder what you can do individually or collectively to resist and challenge the ever growing state. A state that has surpassed the wildest nightmares of that Founding Generation. A state far too intrusive, overbearing and controlling of our lives and liberty.
Here are some ideas to help you get thinking and ultimately acting in favor of freedom and restoration of our proud heritage of individual liberty and limited government:
Speak out when you see government behaving wrongly. Be it LEO’s in violation of law or congress-critters over-reaching in the legislation they attempt to enact. Begin a campaign of what Claire Wolfe calls “creative disregard”. The only rights that can be taken from you are those you allow to be taken. Scoff at those little laws that say you may not and assert that free men and women will interact as they see fit regardless of any mala prohibita legislation. Next time you are called for jury duty for a drug case or other victimless crime, instead of doing all that you can to get out of your duty, make sure you get on that jury and then vote NOT GUILTY! Monkey-wrench some local politco’s campaign. Print up NOT WANTED posters of local commissioners who are too eager to own you and direct your life for you. Print up WANTED FOR VARIOUS un-CONSTITUTIONAL ACTIVITIES for cops who violate their oath of office. Use your imagination. Be smart about it. We don’t need freedom loving individuals to feed the ever growing prison system. We do need you to be with us to engage and fight to regain our lost freedoms. As part of your effort to restore liberty don’t forget to start getting in better physical condition for upcoming battles that are sure to visit us. Also get to the range and get you rifle and pistol skills ramped up. If you are awake and aware of what has been going on you know bad things are coming our way. Prepare for the badness and by all means engage and resist!
Remember that the Founding Fathers were considered radicals in their day…and they were. Why not embrace the moniker of “radical” and go for all the freedom you can handle! It is time we show future generations just how much we cherish our freedom. If you wait for someone else to do it or think it is too risky then you will lose and your children may one day piss on your grave for failing in your duty to defend the blessing of liberty you enjoyed.
Happy Independence Day!