"This land was made for you and me" from Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" is probably the most patriotic line ever written about the United States of America. It's more important than all of the flag waving, all of the fireworks, a day off, barbeques and whatnot. We need to remember that line, every day, not just on the Fourth of July. We need to remember it particularly on election day, when weighing who's in bed with corporations, special interests and fat cats. That would be an excellent time to keep it in mind.
Here's Guthrie's version and a particularly good cover by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. If you're unfamiliar with Guthrie, you should slap yourself silly and then watch the documentary linked below. Seriously. He's one of the most important figures in the history of American music.
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Woody Guthrie - This Land is Your Land mp3 at Boogie Woogie Flu
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - This Land is Your Land mp3 at Evil Vince
Woody Guthrie - Ain't Got No Home at YouTube Two hour PBS documentary