A. Scott Anderson: Celebrate nation's birth by engaging in political process

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  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    June 28, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    Meh, my delegate will do it for me.

    After all, I heard on the radio that having a delegate decide for me is the best form of democracy there is! I trust that my delegate is informed and knows what he/she is doing.

  • Bob K Davis, CA
    June 28, 2014 1:38 a.m.

    Honor America this July 4th!

    Do it by reading the SLC Tribune, which is painted as liberal here, but is actually a bit conservative, particularly in wording about the lds church.

    Do it by watching regular networks, not just Fox (owned by an Australian who came here to enforce his views on America).

    Do it by talking to and walking in the shoes of people you have trouble understanding, such as Gay Utahns who want to marry.

    No not dishonor America by affirming that only your church, only your friends, only people like you know what is going on and should be making the decisions for all of us.

    America was built on inclusion -- please think about that!

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    June 27, 2014 10:13 a.m.

    Lets talk about grass roots movements. There are some who wish to take away our freedom to choose our Senators and turn the selection over to "bought and paid for" State Representatives. Whenever I say the Pledge, I change the word "Republic" to "Democracy" - a government "for the people, by the people and of the people.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 27, 2014 9:47 a.m.

    ...and fireworks!!

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 27, 2014 6:30 a.m.

    I like the general sentiment of this op ed, and I am grateful to the Founders and the signers of the Declaration, but I see no point in deviating from the facts.

    " Many were tortured; others imprisoned. Some were killed. Most lost their fortunes."

    No, not really.

    Snopes did a piece on this.

    Five were captured by the British. But four were captured as Prisoners of War. And like all POW's in British Hands back then, they were treated harshly (extremely so by today's post Geneva Convention standards), but none were singled out for torture, and none died in captivity. None were killed by the British.

    12 had their homes ransacked and burned though.

    And many retained their fortunes, most notably John Hancock, the guy with the big signature.

    After the war, of course, they enjoyed high social status (living legends in a way) because they had signed the Declaration.