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We Have Much to Be Thankful For in America

Brett Davis

Posted on November 27, 2019 19:25

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Our blessings are many in this imperfect land of opportunity, plenty and freedom.

Thanksgiving is this week. As Americans, it seems an appropriate time to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to reflect upon how fortunate we are to call this amazing country home.

That’s not to say America is bereft of problems. The challenges this nation faces are many, including political strife in the form of a purely partisan impeachment inquiry, an opioid addiction crisis, rampant homelessness in major U.S. cities and a crushing, growing national debt that threatens to one day drown the nation in red ink if our leaders don’t get a handle on profligate spending. Obviously, this list is not exhaustive.

Nevertheless, the positive outweighs the negative, and we have much to be thankful for in America, beginning with the fact that some four centuries ago the Pilgrims of the Plymouth colony were wise enough to discern that collectivism is inferior to private property. It took nearly starving to death in a harsh new land for the Pilgrims to grasp the notion that “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” – popularized by Karl Marx more than two centuries later in 1875 – does not pan out in the real world.

Fortunately, the notion of private property (and the profit motive) took root and bloomed into a nation of ridiculous abundance. Despite constant politically-charged talk of wealth inequality, even the poor in 21st century America, generally speaking, enjoy a high standard of living and options and privileges that even the wealthiest couldn’t claim a century ago.

Soaring technology and enhanced productivity has translated into improved purchasing power for the average American who now has easy access to devices that not so long ago would seem like gizmos from the world of science fiction. It’s amazing to think that right now the common man has at his fingertips, literally, access to more information at any given time than people of the past came across in a lifetime.

Finally, we should be oh-so-grateful to the Founding Fathers – as opposed to those who from the comfort of contemporary times deride them as dead white males – for setting up a constitutional republic that limits government and protects individual liberties.

While it’s true that, as Thomas Jefferson said, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground,” and politics can be exhausting – especially in the Age of Trump – it behooves all of us not to take our freedoms for granted.

The rancor associated with politics these days, which is actually pretty tame by historical standards, is a sign that we the people are able to address, criticize, harangue and outright mock government without fear of reprisal from the state. That’s not true everywhere, as recent reports from Hong Kong and Iran make clear.

Those of us who call America home are blessed. We should truly be grateful this Thanksgiving and beyond.




Brett Davis

Posted on November 27, 2019 19:25

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Source: WashPost

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