It was 1777. The Second Continental Congress had successfully passed the Declaration of Independence a year ago, and the War for Independence was still ongoing. Unity was critical; it had made the passage of the aforementioned document possible, even while many within the different states objected to its approval.
But now that unity was needed more than ever. A select committee had been assigned a year earlier to determine the form of government the colonies would adopt. Now their proposal lay before Congress; indeed, this was the key moment which would determine the fate of the Articles of Confederation.
America is a great nation, and that is certainly due to the freedoms that we possess. Recently, however, the Second Amendment has come under question as being one of those great rights. In light of these horrible shootings of late, calls for gun control are sounding louder than ever.
Let me first clarify my views on this subject. I firmly believe that the Second Amendment must be vehemently protected; I also believe that we can do so whilst keeping criminals from attaining firearms. Having said that, these shootings are happening too much, but I do not believe gun control is the way to solve this. Now one could say to me, “but shouldn’t we do whatever we can to try and help stop these events?” Yes we should, but like I said, I don’t see gun control as being one of those things that helps.
Whether dressed in the black gown or the orange jumpsuit, and whether cheering the elephant or riding the donkey, many Americans agree that the judicial system needs to be reformed. Why? The great problem of the modern justice system is that it is neither just, nor merciful, nor efficient.
Let’s begin with some simple definitions. Our linguistic currency for this discussion is justice and mercy. By ‘justice,’ I mean ‘receiving what is deserved.’ By ‘mercy,’ I mean ‘not receiving what is deserved.’ Justice refers to the full force of the penalty, the ‘heavy hand of the law.’ Mercy refers to an abbreviation of the penalty, stemming from kindness and concern. Justice cares for what is right; mercy cares for individuals.
-Thomas McKean was a signer of the Declaration of Independence from Delaware
-McKean was born in March 1734 in New London Township Pennsylvania.
-McKean studied at the New London Academy, and at the age of 16 he started to study law under his cousin David Finney. In 1755 he was admitted to the Bar of the Lower Counties.
-Between 1756 and 1771 he served as many different places in Delaware including deputy Attorney General for Sussex County, member of the General Assembly of the Lower Counties until he became the Speaker, and judge of the Court of Common Pleas.
-In 1765 during the Stamp Act Congress, McKean and Caesar Rodney went to represent Delaware. While there, McKean proposed a voting procedure which Congress later adopted as their procedure.
-McKean’s primary residency was in Philadelphia but still served as a leader for American Independence in Delaware. He served in both the First and Second Continental Congresses representing Delaware.
-McKean was a strong advocate for independence and a very influential player in persuading people to break off from Great Britain.
-McKean cast his vote and then left Congress to serve as a colonel in the Fourth Battalion of the Pennsylvania Associators. Since he was gone while the Declaration was being signed, he signed it at a later date. Because of that, his name was not on the first authenticated copy.
-In 1776 McKean drafted the first Delaware Constitution which was then adopted in September 1776.
-McKean helped to draft the Articles of Confederation and then voted for them on March 1, 1781.
-In July 1781 McKean was elected as President of Congress, after the previous president had to resign because of poor health.
-In 1777 McKean became the Chief Justice of Pennsylvania and continued in that position until 1799. After he ended that position, he was elected as the Governor of Pennsylvania and served from 1799 till 1808.
-McKean was a big advocate of free education and spent much time and energy expanding free education throughout his life.
-Thomas McKean died in 1817 and was buried in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Though later his body was moved to the Laurel Hill Cemetery. He is known for his many high standing political positions throughout his life and was the center of many points of controversy in light of his fiery and quick-tempered personality. Though he had many strong views on independence and the like, he was a very influential player in the founding of our country.
Taken from Wikipedia and The Signers of the Declaration of Independence