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...
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?
Robert Trear Paine
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
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!