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    Since it is the 4th of July, I wanted to dedicate this thread to those who fought to establish this great nation and those who fought to keep our nation great ever since and still today....a nation with a government and freedoms that have never been offered before.

    It could be historical reference, personal friend, relative, inspiration article, etc......But, if you know of any inspirational stories of unsung heroes that we owe our lives and freedoms to, then please share them here.
    Last edited by HobbesIsReal; 07/02/2005 at 08:43 PM.
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    Here is mine:

    George Mason is a man that we all owe a great debt to as the true father of the original Bill of Rights. Without them the constitution would be been set on a foundation already ripe to self implode.

    The Revolution’s Forgotten Hero

    Full Story: http://www.fff.org/freedom/fd0312e.asp

    The highlights:
    On December 15, an anniversary will come and go with little or no fanfare. It will probably pass unnoticed, even though it is the anniversary of one of the greatest events in the history of written law. On that day, the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America, commonly known as the Bill of Rights, will have been ratified for 211 years.

    The man most responsible for penning freedoms into written law is also the man most ignored in American history.
    That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights of which when they enter into a state of society they cannot by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty with the means of acquiring and possessing property and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.

    Never before had ideas such as these been written into law — that the rights of citizens superseded even those of the nation or any state, county, or city within that nation. But who wrote them? Who was the “legislator of America,” as he was called by many of his colleagues?

    One might guess they were written by Thomas Jefferson, while he was drafting the Declaration of Independence. But Jefferson was anticipated and undoubtedly influenced by a man whom he described as a statesman “of the first order of wisdom among those who acted on the theater of revolution.” The man who was the first to give constitutional status to the principle that rights are not the gift of government, but are inherent in every individual human being, and that the only purpose of government is to protect these rights was George Mason, a legislator from Virginia.

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    Very few know it was Mason who was the first to draft a written constitution that included man’s inherent right to life, liberty, and the freedom to pursue and obtain happiness.

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    Although others, such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, have received most of the credit, it was Mason who wrote down the original ideas on individual freedom. According to R. Carter Pittman, in an article titled George Mason, The Architect of American Liberty,
    Thomas Jefferson never drafted a single liberty-preserving provision of any Constitution or Bill of Rights that has ever been adopted in America. He never attended a Constitutional Convention in his life. He spent much of his life writing constitutions for Virginia that were all rejected by his contemporaries because they preferred the one Mason had written for them too well. The only connection Jefferson ever had with our Bill of Rights was that he favored it from afar.

    John Adams wrote in his diary (June 23, 1777),
    He [Benjamin Franklin] is a great philosopher but as a legislator of America he had done very little. It is believed in France, England, and all Europe that his electric wand has accomplished all this revolution, but nothing is more groundless.… It is believed that he made all the American Constitutions and their Confederation but he made neither. He did not even make the Constitution of Pennsylvania bad as it is. The Bill of Rights [Pennsylvania’s] is taken almost verbatim from that of Virginia [Virginia Declaration of Rights], which was made and published two or three months before that of Philadelphia [Pennsylvania’s Declaration of Rights, late August 1776] was begun, it was made by Mr. Mason....

    Because Mason was a member of the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia in 1787, taking an active role in drafting the Constitution, it seems ironic that a man who spent so much of his time and effort to establish “a more perfect union” would refuse to sign the document which was to do just that; but this is just what Mason did — with good reasoning. His objections revolved around the fact that the Constitution contained no bill of rights. “There is no Declaration of Rights,” he stated, “and the laws of the general Government being paramount of the Laws and Constitutions of the several states, the Declarations of Rights in the seperate States are no Security.”
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    He barely lived long enough to see the victory for which he so bitterly fought. The Bill of Rights was adopted in December 1791 and Mason died in 1792. Because of the bitterness that ensued throughout his struggles, his name and deeds were buried beneath those of more charismatic and flamboyant revolutionary heroes.

    Though his name was lost, the first 10 Amendments to the federal Constitution were monumental attempts to satisfy his objections to a constitution without a bill of rights.

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    It is understandable that Jefferson regarded Mason as the wisest man of his generation, that James Madison described him as the greatest debater he had ever heard speak, and that Patrick Henry named him the greatest statesman he had ever known. But it is difficult to believe that current history books now in use in high schools, junior colleges, and universities have little more to say about George Mason than that he was one of the anti-Federalists who attended the Constitutional Convention.

    I must agree with author Joyce F. Jones, who stated in her article “The Forgotten Hero” (Persuasion, February 1968),

    It is regrettable that Mason’s story never became part of the popular folklore of the Revolutionary period because he was one of America’s most influential spokesmen for these principles: The political philosophy of rights and limited government,
    because it is perhaps due to George Mason’s reluctance to compromise the moral principles he stated in his Virginia Declaration of Rights that the Bill of Rights even exists today. Perhaps one day if enough know of and appreciate what he did for America, he will receive the credit to which he is due; and perhaps as July 4 is celebrated as the beginning of a fight for freedom, December 15 will be celebrated by those who respect and cherish the freedoms for which George Mason and the anti-Federalists so gallantly fought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HobbesIsReal
    Since it is the 4th of July, I wanted to dedicate this thread to those who fought to establish this great nation and those who fought to keep our nation great....a nation with a government and freedoms that have never been offered before.

    If you know of any inspiration stories of unsung heroes that we own our lives and freedoms to, then please share them here.
    Great idea Hobbes:

    My thanks goes to all the men and women currently in the military making sacrifices whether they are home or abroad.


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    The "shot heard round the world" fired at Lexington on April 19, 1775 began the war for American Independence. It ended eight and a half years later September 3, 1783 with the Treaty of Paris.

    You may have heard rumors of what fate faced those that signed the Declaration of Independence, but here is the real story:

    The Price They Paid
    Essay outlines the fates of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

    http://www.snopes.com/history/american/pricepaid.asp


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    Other Little Known Facts about our Independence:

    The real day of our Independence is actually July 2nd, 1776....not July 4th. To summarize: the important vote on independence passed on July 2, 1776, whereupon right afterwards debate was begun on the Declaration, which was adopted on July 4, 1776. Clearly, the more important issue was the vote on independence, which Adams acknowledged in his letters at the time, and in his subsequent writings. However, the Declaration being dated July 4, 1776, very early American history began celebrating Independence Day on July 4th, and great credit was generally given to Jefferson as author of the Declaration, with less credit given to Adams, who was the true point man in Congress for the independence movement.

    http://www.universalway.org/johnadams.html
    Who was REALLY the first Pres of the United States? There has been, over the years, a lot of controversy over the question of who was actually the first "President of the United States". Most of us, when asked this question, would quickly answer without hesitation that it was "George Washington". However some say it was "Peyton Randolph" and even others say it was "John Hanson". So ... who were these two men and why would anyone consider them the first "President of the United States" instead of "George Washington"? And ... who truly was the 1st "President of the United States"?"

    To find the answer click here:

    http://www.russpickett.com/ushist/uscontif.htm
    The Americans of 1776 had the highest standard of living and the lowest taxes in the Western World! Farmers, lawyers and business owners in the Colonies were thriving, with some plantation owners and merchants making the equivalent of $500,000 a year. Times were good for many others too. The British wanted a slice of the cash flow and tried to tax the Colonists. They resisted violently, convinced that their prosperity and their liberty were at stake. Virginia's Patrick Henry summed up their stance with his cry: "Give me liberty or give me death!"

    There were two Boston tea parties! Everyone knows how 50 or 60 "Sons of Liberty," disguised as Mohawks, protested the 3 cents per pound British tax on tea by dumping chests of the popular drink into Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773. Fewer know that the improper Bostonians repeated the performance on March 7, 1774. The two tea parties cost the British around $3 million in modern money.

    Benjamin Franklin wrote the first Declaration of Independence! In 1775, Franklin, disgusted with the arrogance of the British and appalled by the bloodshed at Lexington and Concord, wrote a Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson was enthusiastic. But, he noted, many other delegates to the Continental Congress were "revolted at it." It would take another year of bitter conflict to persuade the Congress to vote for the Declaration of Independence written by Jefferson -- with some astute editorial suggestions by Franklin.

    John Adams defended the British Soldiers after the Boston Massacre! Captain Thomas Preston led some British Soldiers to aid another British Soldier who was having things thrown at him and was also hit several times with a board. After their arrival, the people continued to pelt the soldiers and finally shots were fired and the infamous "Boston Massacre" was over. Captain Thomas Preston and eight soldiers were charged with murder. Future President John Adams took up the defense of the soldiers. He, along with Joshua Quincy, was able to get all but two acquitted by a local jury. Those two were found guilty of manslaughter, but claimed benefit of clergy. This means that they were allowed to make penance instead of being executed. To insure that they never could use benefit of clergy again they were both branded on the thumbs.

    History's first submarine attack took place in New York Harbor in 1776! The Connecticut inventor David Bushnell called his submarine the Turtle because it resembled two large tortoise shells of equal size joined together. The watertight hull was made of 6-inch-thick oak timbers coated with tar. On September 6, 1776, the Turtle targeted the HMS Eagle, flagship of the British fleet. The submarine was supposed to secure a cask of gunpowder to the hull of the Eagle and sneak away before it exploded. Unfortunately, the Turtle got entangled with the Eagle's rudder bar, lost ballast and surfaced before the gunpowder could be planted.

    Benedict Arnold was the best general in the Continental Army! "Without Benedict Arnold in the first three years of the war," says the historian George Neumann, "we would probably have lost the Revolution." In 1775, the future traitor came within a whisker of conquering Canada. In 1776, he built a fleet and fought a bigger British fleet to a standstill on Lake Champlain. At Saratoga in 1777, his brilliant battlefield leadership forced the British army to surrender. The victory persuaded the French to join the war on the American side. Ironically, Arnold switched sides in 1780 partly because he disapproved of the French alliance.

    By 1779, as many as one in seven Americans in Washington's army was black!
    At first Washington was hesitant about enlisting blacks. But when he heard they had fought well at Bunker Hill, he changed his mind. The all-black First Rhode Island Regiment -- composed of 33 freedmen and 92 slaves who were promised freedom if they served until the end of the war -- distinguished itself in the Battle of Newport. Later, they were all but wiped out in a British attack.

    There were women in the Continental Army, even a few who saw combat! Probably the best known is Mary Ludwig Hays, nicknamed "Molly Pitcher." She replaced her wounded husband at his cannon during the Battle of Monmouth in 1778. Another wife of an artilleryman, Margaret Corbin, was badly wounded serving in her husband's gun crew at the Battle of Harlem Heights in 1776. Thousands of other women served in Washington's army as cooks and nurses.

    George Washington was the best spymaster in American History! He ran dozens of espionage rings in British-held New York and Philadelphia, and the man who supposedly could not tell a lie was a genius at disinformation. He constantly befuddled the British by leaking, through double agents, inflated reports on the strength of his army.

    By 1779, there were more Americans fighting with the British than with Washington! There were no less than 21 regiments (estimated to total 6,500 to 8,000 men) of loyalists in the British army. Washington reported a field army of 3,468. About a third of Americans opposed the Revolution.

    At Yorktown, the victory that won the war, Frenchman outnumbered Americans almost three to one! Washington had 11,000 men engaged in the battle, while the French had at least 29,000 soldiers and sailors. The 37 French ships-of-the-line played a crucial role in trapping the 8,700 strong British army and winning the engagement.

    King George almost abdicated the throne when the British lost! After Yorktown, George III vowed to keep fighting. When parliament demurred, the King wrote a letter of abdication -- then withdrew it. He tried to console himself with the thought that Washington would become a dictator and make the Americans long for royal rule. When he was told that Washington planned to resign his commission, the monarch gasped: "If he does that, sir, he will be the greatest man in the world."

    http://www.americanrevolution.com/LittleKnownFacts.htm
    Last edited by HobbesIsReal; 07/02/2005 at 10:32 PM.
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    Here is another story of unrecognize heroism and forgotten gratitude that through their unimaginable sacrifice, we still reap the rewards today!

    Fighting for the cause of American liberty and independence, the Oneida (Indian) Nation sent its warriors to battlegrounds ranging from Valley Forge, PA to the Canadian border of New York during the Revolution. The alliance forged with the nascent United States was of the Oneidas' choosing. It was one they honored throughout the war and they honored it still. The price paid by the Oneida Nation for this stand is almost beyond comprehension. They lost their homes and property, they endured starvation, disease, and the sometimes violent bigotry of their allies; and they lost the lives of at least a third of their people. At the most crucial moment of the conflict, in the decisive year of war, the Oneidas stood forth and played a strategically significant role in the American Revolution. For generations, Oneidas in their ancestral country of present-day New York have kept alive the tradition of the timely help they offered to the United States and the terrible suffering they endured in the American cause. William Rockwell, an Oneida leader early in this century, recorded a remark made by an elderly Oneida in 1909: "If all the skulls of the Oneida Indians killed by British forces in fighting to help the colonials get their freedom were piled together, the pile would be larger than the capital building in Albany." Unfortunately, Oneida contributions to the outcome of that struggle remain virtually unknown today.
    To read the full story of why we may owe a great deal of our liberties today to this dedicated Indian Nation that supported us without fail during one of the most vital years of the Revolutionary War, then click here:

    http://oneida-nation.net/1777.html


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    We REALLY Do Recognize And Appreciate All Our Troops In The Field Today For What You Are Doing Now To Make Our Homes And The Homes Around The World A Safer Place For Generations To Come!

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR BRAVERY AND SERVICE YOU RENDER EVERY DAY!


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