This Thanksgiving, A Challenge And A Hope

Thanksgiving is just about here, and with it memories of Thanksgivings past.  The whole family sitting around the table after watching a great football game, in anticipation of  the feast about to be served.  Of course, to kill time until the food arrived the elder at the table always felt obligated to ask each of us what we were thankful for this year.  We knew that until we got through this exercise in introspective appreciation the turkey, etc., would just sit and get cold.  We therefore forced ourselves to come up with something, anything,   just to get the meal underway.  “I’m thankful for not getting a cold this year”, I said.  Admittedly, it was a little lame, but it got me through the exercise.  After a few minutes we all got through it and then finally the table was filled with all for which we were truly thankful.

The First Thanksgiving, painting by Jean Louis...
The First Thanksgiving, painting by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As an adult, my perspective of what I am thankful for during this holiday season has changed somewhat, although I am still hoping to get through another year without a cold.  However in a more serious vain, I am thankful that we have a President that is more interested in equality for all than advantages for the few.  I am thankful that we have a President that is more interested in finding an equitable solution to immigration than building a higher wall.  I am thankful that he is more focused on seeking peaceful solutions to our international challenges than dropping bombs.  I am thankful that he supports marriage equality and equal protection in the workplace.  I am thankful that he understands that there are solutions to the rampant spread of gun violence and is seeking ways to achieve them.  I am thankful that our President fought for, and won the battle for affordable health care in this country.

While I am well aware that there are many who view my appreciation for this President, his accomplishments and values as misguided and naive, I challenge them.  I challenge them to provide equitable solutions and peaceful approaches to our domestic and international problems.  I challenge them to become a positive force and help to build a country that we can all be proud of.  I challenge them to let go of their destructive and self-serving ideology and work to serve the needs of all Americans.  I challenge them to look at themselves and ask why anyone sitting around a Thanksgiving table should be thankful for their service.

I wish all of my friends and family a Happy Thanksgiving this year, in the hope that we will be thankful for the wonderful accomplishments of our President, our Congress and our Courts next year.

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