Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – One of the things that thrills me these days is making historical discoveries. I meant to update you guys and gals on Friday last, but I ran out of time, on the progress of the Pages of Independence special that will air next Friday, July 3, and then hopefully again on July 4 as our rebroadcast. Check out today’s transcript for the rest….
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Mike: One of the things that thrills me these days is making historical discoveries. I meant to update you guys and gals on Friday last, but I ran out of time, on the progress of the Pages of Independence special that will air next Friday, July 3, and then hopefully again on July 4 as our rebroadcast. It is just going to blow the lid off of one of history’s most mythical events, and that is the writing and signing and historical whereabouts of the artifacts of the Declaration of Independence. It’s nothing short of shocking to me that little ol’ radio broadcaster me can discover facts that are hiding in plain sight – in other words, they’re not hiding at all – and can piece together an argument that should have been pieced together by notable historians in the past. It’s an exciting story, too. I’m not putting it together just for my own edification. I’m putting it together because it’s a great story. Just the story is movie quality here.
Again, I just refer to sloth. This is one of the deadly sins, sloth. This stuff is not hard to find. The claim that was made on the Facebook page and the website at MikeChurch.com that I would tell you where the most priceless artifact in American history, I would tell you the whereabouts of it. The people that own it are probably going to be shocked and they’re probably going to deny it, that’s if anyone actually tells them about it. Here’s the shame of this. It’s going to air here on this radio channel on Friday next. We could probably issue all kinds of press releases to alert the rest of the planet about it. I suspect that not one news network or news carrier will take the story and run with it as they should. Why? Because they have a bias, a built-in bias, that’s why. You will be treated to it. I guess we’ll turn it into a CD. It should be a movie.
[mocking] “Mike, what are you talking about? What’s this revelation here?” There are two revelations. Revelation number one: Were there printed copies of the Declaration of Independence prior to July 4, 1776? Answer: Yes, there were. Do historians admit this? Answer: No. Historians, including Julian Boyd, the official historian and archivist for the Bicentennial Project in 1976 said that the first printed copies came from John Dunlap’s printing press in the early morning hours of July the 5th, 1776. That is not correct. The first printed copies did come from Dunlap’s press, but they came either on the 1st or the 2nd, and this is demonstrable in the historical record if you just do a little fact checking and apply some deductive reasoning to it. We’ll do that for you on July 3rd. I think you’re going to love the story. It’s a good story.
Second: Was there an actual copy of the Declaration of Independence written in Thomas Jefferson’s hand, meaning coming from his pen that he actually wrote, that he desired to be preserved for history as the original, as what he thought it should have said in his hand? Was there specificity to the preservation of that document? Historians say no, there wasn’t, or they’re confused by it. I will reveal to you that not only did he intend to do it, he actually did execute it. He actually did say that it did exist. On several occasions he said this. He did it in one instance to refute Timothy Pickering who accused Jefferson of not having anything to do with writing it and said John Adams was the principal author, which is not true, not correct.
Also, Jefferson did preserve or see to it that a hard copy of his work, of what he thought was the version that history should record as his own – remember, what’s on his obelisk at Monticello? “Author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia.” Those are the three things on his obelisk. Number one is the Declaration of Independence. That’s clue number one that Jefferson wanted this copy preserved. And like most precious artifacts like that, it’s not something you would keep in your house and hang on the wall for fear that someone would break in and steal it. There are obvious reasons why he would not have kept – he did keep it for about 15 years in his possession.
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