A dilemma is a situation in which one is faced with two or more unhappy choices. The Founders were faced with just such a choice. Sign the declaration and become traitors and virtually sign their own death warrant or live life under the thumb of a cruel king/dictator.
According to Dr. Benjamin Rush, one of the signers, a “pensive and awful silence pervaded the house as we were called up, one after another, to the table of the President of Congress,” Rush said, to sign “what was believed by many at that time to be our own death warrants.”** There was no high fiving celebration taking place. There was no hoisting of the mug to heartily thumb the proverbial nose at King George.
Many of the Founders lost family, property and some their lives in the cause of Liberty after that fateful day. Some were subjected to cruel torture and abuse in British prisons. Today we find ourselves in a situation in Pike County locked in our own “battles” against primarily a Chicago Machine ruler and federal government that is determined to rule over every aspect of our lives. New York City is even worse in that the Mayor thinks he is so intelligent that the people he ‘rules’ need him to save them from themselves by deciding even how much soda they can have in one cup. We don't need to go into scandal after scandal apparently perpetrated by those within the current leadership in Washington D.C.