Respectful discourse at National American Forest Partnership a breath of fresh air

We live in a time of historically low trust and confidence in our institutions, whether they be banks, big business, the federal government, police, the media, science or religion. It doesn’t seem to be skepticism, but a more deeply rooted cynicism.

There’s a danger in such deep-seated cynicism. Democracy as a form of government requires an underlying trust in institutions, the rule of law and its enforcement. Now, the idea that we are all Americans who hold the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as the core organizing principles upon which we base our allegiances is under attack from within and outside our borders.

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