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Thanksgiving Thoughts

by: DocJess

Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 07:43:41 AM EST


I know that it's possible to think of Thanksgiving in terms of smallpox-infested blankets, the colonization of a sovereign land....but I like the grade school version of diverse people getting together around a table to eat food. I further like the idea of a day dedicated to gratitude, and am well aware that many people view it as football day.

So here are a list of things for which I'm grateful. I hope you will use the comments to add your own.

I am personally grateful for my family and friends (2 and 4-legged) whom I love.

I am very glad that I have a roof over my head, food to eat, clothes to wear, and good health. I am too well aware that far too many people lack these things, and am grateful for the opportunities available to help. This year, I'm especially grateful for electricity and indoor plumbing, which is still a problem in some Sandy-afflicted communities.

Politically, I am overjoyed that Mr. Obama and family still inhabit the White House, and the Bidens are not far away. We won 8 seats back in the House - it may not seem like a lot, but several serious teabaggers are gone, and it's a big win compared to historical numbers for the situation we had. We held the Senate! OFA is committed to keeping people involved moving forward. Landmark legislation will stand, and it's the side of truth and light that will select the next Supremes. Gay marriage has reached a tipping point, and soon will be the law of the land in all those states where reading and science hold sway. Pot is now legal in two states: I'm thinking of taking a vacation...California voted to RAISE taxes for education. We might fall off the fiscal cliff, but that "cliff" is really a curb, and things are looking good for a solution. 

I am looking forward to the Wal-Mart strike on Friday. I hope it gets the point across that employees are the lifeblood of companies. I am holding out hope that someone buys the recipes for Twinkies, Hostess Cupcakes, HoHos and all the rest. I think they're terrible for a steady diet, but America will lose something if Twinkies are gone forever. There is something to be said for "Americana".

So that's my list...what's on yours?

DocJess :: Thanksgiving Thoughts

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Well, Let me be the first to say I am thankful, in an age where you can find anything on the internet, that we have floks like DocJess, Matt, and Oreo that have put together a site that tries to bring honest discussions to the political process. We all have our opinions, but this site, though the amount of contributors is small, has mostly stayed true and truthful.

I am thankful that in a time of National Crisis (multiple ones too) that we have one of the smartest and thoughtful Presidents of the past many decades. Has he always given the left what they want. Nope. But his decisions and actions have always been for the better good of the entire Nation. We are lucky to have had him come along at the time he did. Yes the Country is still divided by hate and political tension, but I see the political tension lessening (thanks in part to Americans waking up and not reelecting people like West).

I am thankful for our Men and Women serving in our military so we can sleep peacefully in our beds at night and go about our daily lives without having to think about it and the many evils in the world. We see the evils from time to time, and think about them for brief moments, but they are not a constant overshadowing thought like people in some parts of the world.

I am thankful for the wacko nut jobs in the public light that wake up voter and get them too the polls. I'm not talking about the GOTV folks, I'm talking about the politicians that actually say what they mean and feel in front of a recording device. And thankful for those recording the events for getting the word out.

I am thankful of a lot of things, but there is still a lot of work to be done for our Nation to move forward. DocJess mentioned the Hostess thing. There is talk of an investment group buying them and keeping all the plants and people that are in place (hopefully they would replace managment), but I fear a more likely scenerio will be that another bakery like Bimbo will buy it and then Twinkies, DingDongs, etc., ill be made in Mexico or worse.

In closing, I am thankful that I am able to type this. That the ability to exchange ideas is still a strength of our Nation. That we are stronger when we disagree than when we all get drawn into the collective. And again, that we have people like the DemConWatch family to disagree with. ;o)


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I'm thankful for a lot of things.

But it is not correct that Obama's decisions have always been for the better good of the entire nation.  On some environmental decisions that were under his control, not subject to Congressional approval, he's made bad decisions or done nothing.  He does not appear to take environmental issues seriously.

Recipes for homemade Twinkies et al are on the Internet.


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In closing, I am thankful that I am able to type this. That the ability to exchange ideas is still a strength of our Nation. That we are stronger when we disagree than when we all get drawn into the collective. And again, that we have people like the DemConWatch family to disagree with. ;o)


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It's not the same...homemade Twinkies may be good, and even better for you, but no one owns those air infusers nor would cook with the chemicals to make Twinkie cream the gunked up Americana it is!

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