The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans -- across the political spectrum -- have an equal right to claim the flag as their own.
Protecting our American heritage is an act of patriotism. Our heritage helps us appreciate our country's special place in history. The Republicans who passed the Antiquities Act and the presidents who used the law understood that.
America is far from perfect, but it is still exceptional. Exceptionalism does not mean perfection, rather exceptionalism acknowledges a lack of perfection, but continues to goad all citizens, without coercion and regardless of their origins, to strive for prosperity and excellence.
With an issue that is clearly going to be a constantly prevalent one in our nation's future, as it has been in our past, how do we communicate this situation to the children in our schools without bias?
Contrary to the popular belief that we are swimming in more immigrants than ever, in 1890 14.8 percent of our population was foreign-born compared to today's 12.5 percent. And the number of illegal immigrants is on the decline.
It has been a long and contentious 10 years, but we should remember the enduring bond among brothers and sisters. For all our quarreling, we of the American family do eventually return to that same shared room.
Thanks to New York, the land of the free is now a little bit freer. I can almost see Lady Liberty pushing open our nation's doors a bit wider, welcoming people in these often dis-united states to enter that most conservative state of all -- the state of matrimony.