3.) The signers of the Declaration didn't act rashly. They tried to work from within, but their attempts to petition for redress, warn, remind, and appeal failed. Today, if conversation at the picnic table turns to politics and an argument erupts, I'll offer to mediate.
4. ) The men who signed the Declaration risked retaliation, yet, to support the Declaration, they pledged to each other their "Lives, Fortunes and …sacred Honor." They had skin in the game. Today, I'm going to write to my congressman about something I feel strongly about. I will not change his mind, but I'll change my attitude from helpless looker-on to someone who acts on her beliefs, albeit in a small way.
When people talk politics at your house, do you raise your voice, raise your hand, take cover in another room, or put on your running shoes and prepare for a long evening?
Happy Independence Day!