This land is your land, this land is my land

As we participate in our National Patriotic Celebration, the focus is often on recognizing those who have fought in wars, past and present. “It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.” (A. Lincoln). It would also be fitting, proper, and appropriate if we honored those who founded our country – from the Declaration of Independence through the ratification of our constitution – by paying tribute to them for their having had the intelligence and fortitude to establish a new, secular, nation, with government by the consent of the governed, rather than by the autocratic, divine right rule of an absolute monarch. “This land is your land, this land is my land” (Woodie Gutherie), as our Bill of Rights are also ours.

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