Americans have had a long year. A very long year. This Thanksgiving, maybe we should take stock in how much we truly have to be thankful for.
We have bountiful access to food and clean drinking water. Our transportation networks provide us with freedom of movement in relative safety. Cellular and data communications networks bring us information on demand wherever we are. Our nation has free elections and upholds the peaceful transfer of power.
As Americans, we have the right to express our opinion, and have multiple forums for which to do it. We are free to pursue our dreams, not just devote our daily lives to scraping up necessities to keep us alive. We can choose our religion, including reserving the right to practice no religion at all. Our children have free public education and ample opportunities for higher education.
Music, art, photography, cinema, and literature shape our culture. Businesses thrive. Our standard of living is high, as are our incomes. We don’t have one national sport – we watch, and excel in, many of them. The list could go on for pages and pages.
The things we take for granted every day are luxuries many parts of the world can only dream of. In too many places, women are subjugated, people are starving, disease is rampant, and political regimes are oppressive. Humanity lives in squalor, pollution, and without a sense of opportunity or hope.
My Thanksgiving Message
That is the point I ask you all to ponder this Thanksgiving as we digest our turkey and contemplate another slice of pie.
Americans must be grateful for what we have, because without that, we will no longer be willing to fight to ensure we never lose it. As I said in America, Inc., “The struggle for freedom is never over. It must be fought for and won by every generation.” Ours is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. It is up to us to ensure that it’s not the other way around, regardless of which political party is in power in Washington.
America is a great nation. We are not without our flaws or imperfections, but together recognize that the quest to form a “more perfect union” will never be finished. Nor should it be. Perhaps that is the greatest of all of America’s blessings – the ability to recognize our faults and strive to overcome them. That is what we should be most grateful for this Thanksgiving.
I sincerely hope you are blessed to spend time with family this holiday. I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!