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Happy Fourth!

And while you're celebrating America's most important national holiday, please take a few moments to contemplate the spirit and the ideas that brought this great country into being, two centuries and a score years ago.

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We who bring you "Food for Thought" don't go in for a whole lot of flag-waving, but on this day of national celebration, we admit to thoughts about what it means to be an American. On balance, these are happy thoughts. True, we cannot escape the reality of our social problems and problems of the collective spirit -- racial and sexual intolerance are still very much alive; religious wars are still being fought; history's greatest degree of economic inequity is breeding what appear to be intractable problems of class division, resentment, and violence; and that very pillar of our self-government, the right to vote, is ignored by nearly one-half of us.

But on this day of joy, family picnicking, and community fireworks display, let us remember first and foremost who we really are and why we are here. Let us bear in mind that this country, despite its flaws, has given us the benefits of constitutional rule, a long succession of stable governments, and an ambience of economic opportunity that makes us the envy of the world.

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Use the McKinley Internet Yellow Pages and the McKinley Magellan Internet Guide to find a wealth of resources on the U.S. Constitution, the history of our country, and our national, state, and local political structures.

Posted July, 1996.
© Copyright 1996 OBS