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Many of our American ancestors left Europe and elsewhere  to roam, hunt, fish, recreate, and for religious freedom. These freedoms were very often intertwined. Access to European land, water, outdoor recreation and other personal pursuits was controlled by kings, other monarchs and rich powerful overlords.

Our ancestors chose to leave that behind.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

“We the People” have been through a lot to create and hold our great republic and freedom, our public ownership of certain lands and all wildlife. But Americans are allowing some self-proclaimed monarchs and other rich, politically powerful autocrats to blatantly marginalize the public and usurp public held lands, wildlife and natural values. So today priceless American endowments are being taken from the public by a wealthy, powerful and selfish few. And we the people are allowing that to happen.

The American public can once again fight back and wrest our freedoms and public treasures from the grasp of tyrants. Or we can continue to acquiesce and pay the terrible price of losing values and freedoms intertwined with who we are.

Joining and actively engaging with an organization that has a conservation and public trust mission is one way to make a big difference. At least as important is then urging that organization(s) to join forces with other organizations having common ground missions. Synergy of that union can have great strength and influence. That is, the interaction and cooperation of many public trust organizations can produce a combined effect much greater than the sum of their separate effects.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

Steve Regele

Joliet

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