As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I pause to consider what I am most thankful for. The list is long but I will try to narrow it down a bit.
First and foremost, of course, is my family. The people I love and who love me. We know our faults and we love each other anyway. We know and appreciate our strengths and it only serves to make our love stronger. For them I am truly thankful. I am also thankful for good health as well as good medicine to keep us healthy.
Next I am thankful for the election results. It’s not that I am now or ever was a big fan of Donald Trump, it is that I could never imagine Hillary Clinton as President of this great country. In my mind and as I have written on many occasions, she is a crook, a liar, and at the very least extremely careless with the secrets that help keep our country safe. It is my hope that now that the election is over, this new Administration will proceed with full criminal investigations of the Clintons and will prosecute to the full extent of the law. Maybe a nice trailer park in Arkansas might be a good future home for them when they get out of jail.
As an American, I am thankful for all the freedoms that I have. The First Amendment to the Constitution gives me freedom of speech. I regularly use that freedom to express my opinion in this blog as well as in newspapers. There are indeed few places in this world where such freedom exists. Then there is the Second Amendment. I have the freedom to arm myself for whatever reason I choose. It might be to go hunting or it might be just for target shooting. It may also well be for self-protection not only from bandits and crooks, but also as the Founders intended, for protection from my own government.
I appreciate the fact that we regularly have elections to select our representatives; and that I live in a country where laws are passed not by Presidential edict, as the outgoing President could never seem to get the hang of, but by the people’s representatives, the Congress.
And speaking of law, I am thankful that we are a law and order society. We have enacted laws and we expect them to be obeyed. We further expect that when any of those laws are violated, that punishment will be swift and sure.
I am thankful for our military. For the people who have the patriotism and the courage to enter the service to protect us from the evils in this world. I believe this outgoing Administration has been disrespectful of the military by their treatment of active duty soldiers and sailors as well as the treatment of our veterans. I trust and hope that President Trump will do as he has promised and fix the mess that the outgoing President has left us with.
And finally, I am thankful for you, the readers of my blog and columns. For many years you have given me the opportunity to vent and scream. You have been tolerant and patient even when you disagreed with me. You have made my life fuller by allowing me to come into your minds and thoughts every week. For this opportunity I am truly grateful. I plan to continue writing as long as I am able. I am hopeful that, going forward with the Trump Administration, I will have more to compliment than to criticize. Thank you for being with me as we go forward together.