In this year especially, it seems most fitting to recognize – and celebrate – the July 4th holiday, America’s Independence Day!  That’s why I’ve moved this thought up to the top of this issue. Since the nation’s founding some 245 years ago, Americans have celebrated this day as the birth of our nation, a nation that for the first time in history established a government that was directed from the bottom up, if you will, rather than the top down. In our Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers declared that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Four score and seven years later, Abraham Lincoln, honoring the dead on the battlefield at Gettysburg, defined it as a “government of the people, by the people and for the people’. America was not perfect in 1776, it wasn’t perfect in 1863; nor is it perfect today, but it is still a nation deriving its power from the consent of the governed; with a government of the people, by the people and for the people; and it is still, that “shining city upon a hill” that Ronald Reagan saw where “‘We the people’ tell the government what to do; it doesn’t tell us.” God Bless America!