The annual 4th of July Boat Parade on Swan Lake was a big success in spite of the threat of rain and wind. Winners were: First place, Win Hood; second place, Mike & Joann Parisi, third place, Troy. Winners in The Kayak Scavenger Hunt held on Sunday, July 6, were First Place: Adam Bolen, second place: Marlin Hansen, third place: Jack Hansen. Thanks to Marty Stout for passing on the photos and the information!
Thanks as well to the folks providing the fireworks displays over the lake. They are beautiful. The town looks all dressy with the flags up on the poles.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well-educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags. Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward. Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson,Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt. Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months. John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.
For few minutes while enjoying our lives we should silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid. These men were not Democrats or Republicans, Liberals or Neocons. They were for liberty and justice for all.
We are in the same situation again. Politicians and unelected bureaucrats practically wear crowns. They tell us we can't drink milk from our neighbor's cow when it's a lie that they care about food safety. They tell us we can't share food from our backyard gardens for the same reasons, and try to enact laws that declare food to be toxins so that they can make laws about it's distribution and availability (google Codex Alimentarius). For goodness sake, we couldn't even shelter our patriot relatives in our own houses in Swanville now without paying a tax and submitting to an inspection by our CEO, and conforming to "building codes" for such a thing. If you care to submit. Will anyone circulate a petition to end this one?
They created the "temporary" property tax, to pay for WWII, that can take a man and his family off the land they worked, bought, and paid for— their own private kingdom—after only 2 years of back taxes! At what point will people recognize the government, not as a protector, but as a thief in its own right? They gave the school districts the right to seize private property (maybe your house? maybe mine?) if a town doesn't pay the school bill. (Don't get me started on the extra $10 million we're paying for this school district with less students, in less than 10 years, and with worse results.) Why is the present regime arming FEMA, the ATF, the IRS, and Job Corps? Why did it pass laws allowing our own troops to fire on American citizens??? They are spying on us, and pitting neighbor against neighbor by enflaming our differences instead of pointing out our very important common needs and desires.
We win when we vote, and we win when we vote without corrupted electronic voting machines. Wake up and get involved in, not politics, but civic responsibility. Be a poll watcher, demand that the ballots be counted by hand with witnesses. Be sure your towns' votes are accurately communicated to the state and the press. Run for the school board. Run for state office. We win for liberty when we are involved, know each other personally, and hold each other personally accountable. And if we don't, we may face the Founder's trials in the near future. Unless we are all such stupid sheep that we accept the yoke of slavery with a different king?