"When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." - Benjamin Franklin;
"And when politicians find that honor and character matter less than buying votes and a constituency, that too will herald the end of the Constitution. When that happens we must work tirelessly to change their minds, or their occupation!" - Hoping The Blind Will See

Friday, July 2, 2010

A Sad State Of Affairs? You Decide

Is it only a sad state of affairs that most of us can't name the signers of the Declaration of Independence? Or is it something more sinister than that? Why isn't it mandatory to learn their names in school? Why isn't it imperative that we teach young people about the very roots of our Republic? How can we guarantee it's existence, if we can't even find the will to teach it's origin and what it means to the security of Liberty, in our schools? Don't you think that is important? Don't you think the history of a country, especially America - home of Independence and Liberty- is important?

Oh, so you think you can name the signers? Ok then , go ahead! No, wait, just name 10!

I'll wait. Keep thinking.

How many have you gotten? Write them down, and we'll see how close you came. If you get more than ten, you are most likely either an historian or an amazing patriot, or both!

Ok, done? Here we go...

John Adams
Samuel Adams
John Hancock
Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison

Did you get those? Well, they were the easy ones, now weren't they? Ok, let's continue. How many of these remaining fifty did you get?

Samuel Huntington
Roger Sherman
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
Thomas McKean
George Read
Caesar Rodney
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton
Charles Carroll
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Elbridge Gerry
Robert Trear Paine
Josiah Bartlett
Matthew Thornton
William Whipple
Abraham Clark
John Hart
Francis Hopkinson
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
William Floyd
Francis Lewis
Philip Livingston
Lewis Morris
Joseph Hewes
William Hooper
John Penn
George Clymer
Robert Morris
John Morton
George Ross
Benjamin Rush
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
William Ellery
Stephen Hopkins
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton
Edwars Rutledge
Carter Braxton
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
George Wythe

That's right, fifty-six signers to the Declaration of Independence! Now, how many did you get right?

If You Aren't Outraged, You Aren't Paying Attention!

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