A band of uncommon criminals bought our freedoms.

Signers of the Declaration of Independence paid a heavy price to build a new nation.

On Jul 4, we remember those who dreamed to building a better world, a better place, a better life for themselves, for their neighbors, and their families.

They were criminals, but not the common kind.

They worked hard.

They plowed their fields.

They tended their stores.

They sailed their ships.

They dreamed to building a better world, a better place, a better life for themselves, for their neighbors, and their families.

Some were rich.

A few were richer.

But they had become wealthy the old fashioned way.

They earned it.

Very little had been given them.

And now they were on the verge of losing it all.

Why?

They were criminals, but not the common kind, never the common kind.

They were criminals because a man on a throne said they were.

He condemned them.

And they would pay.

They were merchants and farmers and plantation owners.

They were well-educated.

They had grit.

And guts.

And gumption.

They believed in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

They understood freedom.

They would fight for freedom.

And that made them criminals.

So what exactly were their crimes?

They had signed their names to a piece of paper.

It would be known as the Declaration of Independence.

It would form a more perfect union.

It would serve as the backbone of a new nation.

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