They Risked it All

declarationI’ve said it here before, this is a business blog, not a politiical blog.  This disclaimer is invariably  followed by something political.  Events over the last few days have convinced me that I’ve been mistaken.

This is a political blog.  Business and politics are two sides of the same coin and to pretend otherwise is foolish.  The number one political issue in the world today is the economy.  Poor business decisions and outright corruption have gotten us to where we are today and business, especially small business will help us turn things around.

I don’t care if you’re liberal or conservative, left or right, I know you have an opinion.  I realize that if I take a political stand here I may offend some of you and possibly lose some readers.  But blogs are supposed to be about conversation and if we all agree on everything, then the discussion becomes a series of agreements, not likely to inspire much thought or change.   And it’s very boring.

This lengthy preamble is here to prepare you for something that I think you should read.  I think you’ll find it fascinating and compelling  if you approach it with an open mind.  It’s a speech by Rush Limbaugh, Jr. Junior, not III.  Rush Jr. was the radio talk show host’s dad.  I know the Limbaugh name inspires a lot of opinions, good and bad, but this speech is excellent. The substance is patriotic, not political.

Be aware that the speech is on Rush III’s web site.  But don’t let that keep you from reading it.

Rush, Jr. discusses the signers of the Declaration of Independence, who they were, and what happened to them after they place their name on the treasonous document.  We’re all familiar with the more famous signers who went on to lead the new country, but there were 56 men who put their names on the Declaration, and to quote Mr. Limbaugh:

“Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Their honor, and the nation they sacrificed so much to create is still intact.”

Follow the link.  Read the speech.  I think it will give you a new appreciation of what it means to be an American.  You and I enjoy more freedom than any other people on the planet, thanks to a small number of men who risked everything to follow a dream and a much larger number of men and women who have risked everything to defend that freedom ever since.  We’re free to run our own businesses, live our lives, and even to gather in peaceful protest against the government when we’re unhappy with the way things are going.

It doesn’t hurt to be reminded once in a while.

Have a great weekend!

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