This Is My Country

“This Is My Country” ends with these lyrics: “I pledge thee my allegiance, America the bold, For this is my country, To have and to hold”.

“America”, what is it?  Did our Founding Fathers know what it is?  Half of America says “No.”

Who gets to say what America is?  Half of America says “We do.”  The other half of America says “We do.”

We could address these issues, if the Fourth Estate didn’t prioritize profit over news, if politicians didn’t prioritize re-election over country.  But we can’t, because they do.

Imagine an America in which the Fourth Estate publishes only provable facts — not opinions.  About issues such as inner-city public schools graduating without educating — not about Hollywood escapades.  Provable facts — not editorialized with adjectives, adverbs, or hyperbole.

Imagine an America in which politicians enact laws that protect our precious right to vote, rather than laws that favor taxpayers who don’t need favors.  Laws that make it a felony, when a politician lies or makes a false promise.  Laws that make it a felony, when a politician receives a “speaking fee”.

Imagine an America in which the Fourth Estate does not influence the outcome of elections.  Absolutely no publication of pre-election polls or projected election results — no, not ever.

Imagine an America in which presidential candidates proudly campaign as “Washington insiders” rather than “Washington outsiders”.

Imagine an America in which our government does not believe it has to deploy a 7-foot-high razor-wire-topped metal fence and 25,000 armed National Guard troops around our Capitol, in order to protect itself from being killed by us.

Imagine an America in which “My country” gives us all goosebumps.

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