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Thanks and thoughts this Thanksgiving

Michael Tomlin

Michael Tomlin

I’m not flying. That fact is enough on its own to merit thanks. I just flew though, Denver, and Nashville airports, and never experienced the advanced frisk and fondle. Regardless the experience was sloppy and irritating. Yet I am thankful to have flown safely, and for a country where disagreement and outrage over government excess can be voiced.

I am thankful always for my fellow veterans, those who served, and those who serve today, standing between us and the uncivilized who live to destroy free people, free thoughts, and free expression.

For all its faults I am thankful for capitalism, and for “free” markets, enterprise, trade, private business ownership, and employment. No system is perfect, and ours has been over-managed and over-tweaked by overreaching government into near stagnation, but now we can be thankful for a new Congress that may remove some of the chains and allow America to be America. I will be thankful.

I am very thankful for that new Congress, people elected to return some of the voice back to us. I am hopeful they will do it, but thankful just the same for the hope and the chance. With that, I am thankful for the many who stepped forward in the election willing to serve, for a Constitutionalist governor, and that a self-avowed non-witch was not elected.

I am thankful for the best medical care and doctors in the world. My 88 year-old mother recently fell and dislocated her hip, then suffered a stroke while in the hospital. Her stroke team mitigated the damage and she is in rehab today. Unbelievable.

Of course the blessings of family are at the center of my thanks. Mine is secure and healthy, the cancer scare behind us, and now the joy of the grandbaby. Life is good. But I have friends traveling and in two very different directions. One in the south for a Thanksgiving family reunion, and the other to the southwest to bury his father.

So that is life, pain and pleasure, joy and sadness, success and failure, health and sickness, life and death. Life is precious and extremely fragile. Let’s live it well this year, give and love often, and be thankful for the simplest pleasure and most assumed blessing.

Best to all this Thanksgiving.

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  1. It’s the first appearance of Idie Okonkwo, although u have fascinating ideas.one of the five lights of Generation Hope. She’s one of my favourites. Well, they’re all my favourites, but she’s intermittently hilarious and scary as hell to write. She’s also the one of the five who required the most research to write.

  2. Mr. Knowledge is thankful for many things as well, though, perhaps a little disappointed by a Thanksgiving post that is thankful primarily for the things the poster finds politically pleasing.

    I guess I don’t view Thanksgiving as a time to wallow in the smiting of one’s political enemies.

    I am thankful to live in a country where people of different political and religious views live largely in peace, and where many focus more on the things we have in common (our humanity, our devotion to our families) than the things we do not have in common.

    I am also thankful to live in a country where science and rational, fact-based reasoning often carry the day, though, many seem devoted to subverting such reasoning by adhering to political platitudes and devotion to ideas that are demonstrably false.

    One can only believe we have the “best health care” in the world by ignoring reams of statistics that say no we don’t. One can only believe that our economy is stagnant because of “over-tweaking” by government by ignoring the many failings of private industry (particularly the financial sector) that contributed to the now 3 year economic crash we’ve all been living through.

    While it is fine to say things like one is thankful for a “new” congress that will give “voice” back to people, could we all maybe agree that in our political system things change over time, and that every time one party or the other gains power in a branch of government in Washington it isn’t some sign that “the people” have taken back their government and country from an illegitimate regime. I just don’t think it’s healthy for the country to approach politics this way.

    Sorry, but writing something like “now maybe the chains” will be removed by a new Congress that politically pleases you, so “America can be America” again, implies that the party you didn’t like that ran Congress was (and is) un-American and, figuratively, was busy enslaving us before they were kicked out of office.

    While I guess “that’s politics,” it’s also bunk.

    So, in conclusion, I’m thankful for my fellow Americans who think critically (and there a plenty who do on both sides of the political aisle), rather than buy the myth that the market and those who run it will lead us into the promised land if we just let them do virtually whatever they want with minimal regulation and taxation, which is something we tried out in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

    Any takers for turning back the clock 100 years?

    Happy Thanksgiving, to all Americans, not just those who agree with me!