What am I thankful for?
I am thankful for being alive and well in a country that cherishes freedom, the spirit of independence, the power of the individual, the pursuit of happiness, the democratic process, concern for the common good, fair and equitable justice for all, religious liberty, and so many other blessings that remain out of reach for those living in oppressed regimes.
I am hopeful our nation will continue to evolve towards the ideals espoused by our founding fathers and those that have followed in their footsteps. While we may disagree on many fronts, we are all Americans who at the end of the day would lay down our lives for our family, friends, nation, and God, however we envision these entities.
God bless America, our citizens and visitors, our way of life, and the descendants of the native Americans who showed us how to survive and thrive in this foreign land nearly four hundred years ago. Without the then high-tech combination of the “Three Sisters,” America may not have existed.
May we someday recognize, as a nation, the recompense we owe to so many for the benefits we have all experienced. In that recognition, we do not have to forgo our beliefs in individual freedoms, yet we might pursue them in a more socially just fashion where the accumulation of wealth in so few is recognized as a return to the dynastic days of kings and queens our forefathers so wished to escape, for which we celebrate this wonderful day of thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!