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First Say Nothing, Then Say Thanks

This being Thanksgiving week, it might be a good idea to abide by the old maxim that if you can’t say anything nice about certain people, then don’t say anything at all. Hence, with regard to the remaining Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives — who just suffered a bad election defeat from a public fed up with their ethics and big spending and, in short with their leadership — who last week ignored the public lessons of the election and obstinately re-elected basically the same leadership team: Please excuse 12 lines of empty space, which is my way of not saying anything at all.

Okay, now, as for the radical leftists who make up the leadership of the majority party in Congress, the Democrats, if I were to take enough space to say enough of nothing about them, it would take a whole page of blank space, maybe more — which is more than readers should have to endure. So let these two blank lines represent the pages of nothing that should be said about the Democratic leadership:

Okay, now we can move on to those things that we Americans have to be thankful for. Our cup runneth over, to such an extent that we as a society probably have become so spoiled that we don’t even realize our good fortune. Nevertheless, among the things for which we should be thankful are:

1. Our heritage of freedom, secured through the mind, character, bravery and foresight of men such as Madison, Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Sherman, Mason, and Wilson.

2. The strongest, most abundant economy in the history of the world. Don’t argue, just look at the numbers on unemployment (low), inflation (low), productivity (high), wages (growing), interest rates (low), home ownership (high), home values (high), gas prices (back within reason), securities ownership (high), securities values (the highest Dow Jones Industrial Average in history), average personal net worth (very high), and on and on. Stop whining; just give thanks.

3. Physical security: other than the bizarre anthrax mailings of late 2001, not a single successful terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. Crime rates that by the standards of the last 50 years are low. And no conventionally organized military in the world that can hold a candle to the brave men and women of the U.S. armed forces, heroes every one of them by very virtue of volunteering to wear our uniforms.

4. A world with more liberty than at any time in history, which is the modern legacy of Reagan, Pope John Paul II, Thatcher, Walesa, Kohl, Havel, and others (including, let us not forget, Scoop Jackson and political heirs of his such as Lane Kirkland).

5. The kindness of strangers. While government at the local, state, and federal levels still fumbles its response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the armies of private contributors and volunteers, especially through churches, have provided effective and invaluable relief to the people of the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama coasts. (Exempted from the criticism of government, and in spirit included in the praise for private entities, are the U.S. Coast Guard and state and federal Fish & Wildlife departments whose immediate post-Katrina services were awe-inspiring.)

6. Milton Friedman. His 94 years of life ended last week. The lessons of liberty he taught will last for lifetimes. R.I.P.

There. That’s a good list with which to start. The list could and should grow much larger. Take a moment and add your own entries to it. And direct your thanks to the Author of all our blessings, the Father of us all.

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