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Independency

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Arthur Szyk (1894-1951). Thomas_Jefferson’s Oath (1951), New Canaan, CT

If we equate patriotism with not working, our nation is very patriotic. Not much, from the government to laborers who feel doing a sloppy job is sufficient, seems to be working these days.


Voting with your wallet seems like a great idea. Boycotting companies whose line of politics does not meet with your own certainly can send a message.

Until that message leads to censorships, and companies fight back by withdrawing financial support from controversial speech and actions.


Unpopular opinion tends to go underground only to resurface when least expected. Sometimes it’s progressive, but most often it’s regressive. The Klan, for instance, already cowardly behind its white masks of sheets, emerges at political moments such as the one in which we find ourselves. Moments that lend just enough support to the uglier impulses in society, and give credence to troubling ideas, generally based on untruths.


What is the idea behind the District of Columbia? Was it meant to be an enclave populated by citizens from other parts of the country? Politicians, for instance, who would reside in Washington and vote at home?

Why are so many Americans deprived of their right to a voice in our elections?


Hamilton and Jefferson a love-hate story? Lin-Mauel help us make sense of all this?


That whole nativist thing doesn’t really fly in a country that started with a group of British subjects, not native to America, rebelling against their King and country across the seas.

They came as colonists to this land, as all immigrants do, to seek a better life. Economic and religious freedom, and opportunities are common denominators; this is what we all commonly seek for ourselves when we emigrate from one place to another.

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