It’s “Independence Day,” NOT “The Fourth of July”

Comments by Vincent DeNiro.
(Editors Note, the following internet posting “The Price Our Founding Fathers Paid” ~ Unknown Author, while mostly accurate has some facts not totally correct, but is still an important enough reminder to be include here.)

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USA –  -( You don’t say “Happy December 25th!” on Christmas Day or “What are you doing for the 25th?” do you?

Remember, Independence Day (NOT “the fourth” or “The Fourth of July) is not about hot dogs, swimming, BBQs, drinking beer, store sales, etc.

It’s about the separation from an oppressive government and the American Revolutionary War which gave Americans something that no other people in the history of the world ever had – true individual freedom & liberty where the government was subservient to them.

Read and reflect about what the first American people went through so that you could have a Bill of Rights, the right to vote, freedom to speak, own weapons for defense, freedom of religion, ability to own private property, freedom from government oppression, and many other freedoms that set us apart from ALL other governments in world history.

Please share this great read, called “The Price They Paid” that follows below with your friends and family that you celebrate with on Independence Day. This is very important especially when there are so many Americans ready to throw freedom away in 2016. Maybe this Independence Day, before the BBQ s, food, and fireworks, etc., start another tradition: you can thank God for this nation and watch a documentary with family and friends about its founding and freedoms.

The Price They Paid

Author Unknown

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? What fates befell them for daring to put their names to that document?

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 McKean 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. A few weeks later, he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.

Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more.

Standing talk straight, and unwavering, they pledged: “For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn’t fight just the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government!

Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn’t.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your “4th of July” Holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid. Remember: Freedom is never free!

I hope you will show your support by please sending this to as many people as you can. It’s time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games.

About Vincent DeNiro

With a nine-page resume, Vincent DeNiro has more than 33 years of experience working in the firearm and defense industries, at the management and executive levels, for some of the largest companies in the areas of marketing, advertising, business development, import, export, product development/management as well as having top industry sales. He has also been credited with leading the defeat of the first city “assault weapons” ban in the U.S. back in 1989, has worked in the film industry as a theatrical armorer since 1991, is a former deputy sheriff, a 1992 Eastern USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee, was the Editor-In-Chief of Prepper & Shooter Magazine, and has been shooting and gun collecting since 1974. He can be reached through his website at .

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We have the government we deserve! I don’t like it, but there it is. We put these reprobates in office and keep putting them back in. We only have ourselves to blame. We have turned our backs on our GOD, and He is doing the same to us.


I always make a point when someone says happy 4th to me, I respond “Happy Independence Day!”


“We didn’t fight just the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government!”

Jim Macklin

Government education is so poor that large numbers of citizens don’t know we fought the English for our independence or that France did provide aid. France was not really interested in our freedom, just that we were fighting the British. People don’t know that the battles at Lexington and Concord were April 19, 1775, more than a year before the Declaration of Independence and formal war. Most don’t know the direct link between the battles of Concord and Lexington and the Second Amendment. Or why it says both KEEP and BEAR. British law required stocks of arms be stored in… Read more »


We are celebrating 240 of Independence and it appears that the people of this Nation are determined to give it away without a whimper. First to a corrupt Congress that appears to be interested in lining their own pockets at the expense of the American Taxpayer, and second to petit dictator who seems to believe that he is the reincarnation of King George III. As Ben Franklin stated to a bystander, “It’s a Republic, madam, if you can keep it!” I believe that we deserve much better than what we have running for President this year. A businessman who seems… Read more »

Wild Bill

You are right Martin we are letting our freedom slip away. Because we are all just half way free, anymore, I suggest that we all have just a half a day of celebrating, and knock of the Independence Day celebrations at about noon.


I am not certain that we are even half free. There has been a runaway Congress, Judiciary, bureaucracy and President who have been rewriting our Constitution destroying our freedoms on a daily basis and now, I guess Paul Ryan, our “Conservative” Speaker of the House, is going to allow a vote on not allowing people on the terrorist watchlist not to purchase firearms. My question would be, as we have seen in France which has some serious gun control laws, what’s to keep the bad guys from getting guns and using them on unarmed citizens? The question is actually rhetorical… Read more »