Mike Rowe is known his basically epic social media posts that take on a wide range of topics and this week he took on the topic of Independence Day. [Scroll Down For Video]
Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper video if Mike didn’t start off by spilling a little beer on his notes:
Mike then went on to tell the story of John, Frank and Richard, three wealthy Americans who had enough of an unfair tax code and decided to do something about it.
“John’s a farmer in Hopewell, New Jersey,” Rowe said. “Like many working farmers, John feeds lots of Americans who have no idea where their food comes from. But unlike many of his peers, John is not struggling to make a living. He’s prospering. In fact, John is downright rich.”
“Then there’s Richard. Richard is one of the wealthiest lawyers in all of America. He studied law at Princeton, which his ancestors help build.”
Frank was educated in Scotland and attended Westminster School in England. He entered a mercantile house in London, then moved to Whitestone, New York in 1734. He was taken prisoner and shipped in a box to France while serving as a British mercantile agent in 1756.
John Hart, Francis Lewis and Richard Stockton are the subjects of the story and are three of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
“Our revolution started because 56 very wealthy men with everything to lose put everything on the line for a country that didn’t even exist yet,” Rowe explained, calling them “those 1 percenters of 1776.”
“And when they pledged their lives, and their fortunes and their sacred honor, they weren’t just making a pledge to the king of England or to each other or to rest of their fellow colonists, they were making a pledge to you and me,” Rowe concluded, “and they kept it.”
“Their pledge and their courage are still worth remembering and celebrating,” he concluded.
Anyway, if you want to see a pretty epic, Independence Day speech make sure to check out Rowe’s full video, below: