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Reasons Why America Should Be Thankful

Sean McDermott

Posted on November 27, 2020 07:50

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As Thanksgiving has just passed, there have been a number of events that occurred in 2020 which should have Americans counting their blessings.

America has just celebrated another Thanksgiving. It is a holiday rich in history, symbolism, and calories. Bellies filled up like balloons after watching caricature balloons float through city streets. Turkey skin was chomped and swallowed while the television showed a pig skin being kicked and thrown across the screen. But as Americans over-ate like gluttons and gloated over the teams who lost in football, hopefully they took time to be thankful about some of the passing events of 2020.

First, the holiday itself is something to be thankful for. The generally accepted understanding of Thanksgiving is that a feast was shared by two groups of people in 1691: the "Pilgrim" settlers from Plymouth and a tribe of native Americans called the "Wampanoag." The two groups gathered to mutually celebrate the harvesting of fruit, vegetables, and grains as well as all other blessings throughout the year.

Blessings -- that is a key word. After Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, Thanksgiving itself has become a blessing for many Americans across the country. Many businesses close for the day or they close early to give their workers time to spend with their families. That tradition still carries on today like the turkey and stuffing served on everyone's dinner tables. But America can now count some more blessings as 2020 comes very near to a close. 

There is wisdom gained by almost every individual and almost every nation as every year goes on. America, just like the world, had suffered the relentless scourge of infection, death, and suffering from the Covid-19 outbreak. But thankfully, Pfizer and Moderna are just about to start distributing vaccines that have proven themselves to be very successful in clinical trials (about 90-95% successful.) 

Added to the death, gloom, and uncertainty that followed the Corona virus outbreak was a tumbling stock market and alarmingly high amounts of individuals losing their jobs. This effort was strategic in that to keep more individuals at home and stall the spread of the virus as much as possible.

Again, thankfully, a series of events took place that brought the stock market back up to epic proportions. Congress enacted the Cares Act, distributing 2.2 trillion dollars to the individuals and businesses negatively affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. Additionally, a small hiatus during the summer saw Corona virus infections dropping so significantly that many Americans returned to work (another potential moment to be thankful for this year.) Also, as mentioned, once news jettisoned out about the potential that a Corona virus vaccine was nearly ready and was 90-95% successful, stocks skyrocketed.

Last week, however, stocks started to drop a bit again. Thankfully, Donald Trump agreed to start the transition for the Joe Biden administration this past Monday. On the very next day, the Dow Jones industrial index went back up and eclipsed the 30,000 mark for the first time in history. Was it a coincidence?

Whatever it was, America surely is thankful.

Sean McDermott

Posted on November 27, 2020 07:50

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The overall number of Thanksgiving pilgrims hitting the highways will drop by about 4.3 percent compared to last year.

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