July 4, 1776 Ransom Note?

by Marianne Richmond on July 1, 2005

As some of prepare to light up our grills and the night sky to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776  and others turn to a discussion of the Declaration of Independence as a  ransom notes perhaps it is noteworthy to mention that the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 and signed as a draft only by congressional secretary Charles Thomson and John Hancock….it was not finally signed by all delegates until August 2, 1776.

The Therapist quotes NBC’s Brian Willliam’s blog take on how the activities of our founding fathers could be compared to the 1979 kidnapping of American diplomats. Williams then goes on to say that the analogy fits "Except that Jefferson didn’t kidnap
innocent people and blindfold them to embarrass Jimmy Carter. But he did
manage to write that big old ransom note with twenty-seven draconian
So let’s just say my analogy is schematically correct."

Michelle Malkin writes under the heading, Brian Williams Said What? of Brian William’s latest history lesson and mentions his receipt of the Buffoon of the Week award from AnkelBitingPundits…I would have to concur. Yes, the American Revolution was a revolution against the existing government but the Declaration, on whatever date it was signed does not qualify as a ransom note or in any other way compare to the 1979 kidnapping.




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