Good morning from our humble abode.  I am pleased to announce a day off work – at least work associated with a paycheck – to run the barbecue, wash the car, read a book, gossip on the phone, remember that the founding document of this nation was signed on this day 240 years ago.  Consider those men who signed that paper were providing for themselves a death warrant.  Prisons weren’t what we have now.  Public executions were done – the last one was 1937.  One portly signer commented about having his head pop off when they hung him.  So we remember the day with time off work, fireworks, and other celebrations now that the date is past and I just wanted to note what this date actually meant for the ones participating.  Here is a quick summation. While looking for the portly man, I found a summation of curiosities of the signers.  I found it interesting, while looking for that statement, that there are numerous references to what happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  I was more interested in their mindset at the time.  Here are 56 men sticking their nose in the face of the king.  Realize that the king was more than a figure-head at that time.  We see what happened to them and forget that the mindset at the the application test for medical school is different than the graduation.  Not all make it through the trials, and those signing the application get to anticipate all the possibilities which their fore-bearers presented.  On another reflection, maybe a more apt illustration would be swearing into the military.  The individual is providing a blank check to the government for anything including their lives.  In our founder’s case, it was that excepting there was no government to which they would swear their allegiance, no code of conduct if captured.  I note one of the founder’s descriptions included the term “torture”.  This was more than 40 seconds under a wet rag.

They were swearing their everything to the possibility that there would be something good coming in the future as a result of their sacrifice which would be left for their heirs.  As there was no government to which they could pledge, so they chose the better option: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”  They appealed to God.