I agree we need more public lands, not less. We should also look at including blighted urban areas. Public lands should be funded and preserved now and for future generations.
Our "founders" lived in a very different world from what we live in today. They were surrounded by nature, even in the cities which had been established at that time because they were tiny compared to today.
Most of this continent was still inhabited by hunter/gatherers during their lifetime. And those people were destroyed or nearly destroyed because of our "founders" and their lust to spread their idea of land ownership and civilization. You will never hear any of those crying about the federal gov't owing land EVER say to restore and return that land back to those from whom it was violently taken. It would accomplish the same ends, would it not? If the end is truly to get the land out of the feds hands, then returning it to tribes would be the logical solution. But that isn't the true goal, is it? The goal is profits. Private profits. Everything that was once a part of the commons that has been turned over to private ownership has been done for private profits, not for our benefit.
So many are so removed from nature, whether by choice or lack of opportunity, that they have lost (or never had) a vital part of their humanity and lack the ability to enjoy natural beauty for it's own sake. I've had the great privilege to visit several national and state parks. They are magnificent and wondrous. My mind wanders freely and stress melts away, joy and child like pleasure envelop me. We are fortunate to have in this country almost every type of vista imaginable. Mountains, desert, beaches, forests, volcano, petrified forests, rivers, lakes, glaciers, prairies, wetlands and on and on. So it is distressing to me to imagine any of it destroyed for profits or in private hands for only their owners' pleasure.
To me, the use of constitution and writings of our "founders" by some is very similar to the use of the bible by others. It is picked over for a statement or passage which is chosen to give validation to a position while contradictory statements or passages are completely ignored. Most of our "founders" didn't want a standing army. How's that working out for us? I never hear that one brought up.
We don't live in the 1700's. We might want to move beyond 18th century thinking and consider what is best today for "we the people" and what we are leaving to our descendants.
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