Thanksgiving and America go together like turkey and stuffing, and it is no accident that the holiday rooted in the nation’s birth is also the one we reserve to give thanks for our blessings.
Americans have more reasons to be grateful than any other people in history. They can speak and worship freely, sue their government, change genders, and experience health, wealth, and happiness — unlike the world’s tormented, impoverished masses.
American have-nots have a lot, despite the gloomy portrait of hardships painted by the civil-rights lot:
• Poor 99-percenters possess cellphones, cable or satellite television, wide-screen plasma and liquid-crystal display televisions, and personal computers hooked up to the web, while most have air conditioning and nearly half own a dishwasher, reports the Heritage Foundation.
• More than half of all poor families with children own an Xbox or PlayStation video game system, while living in homes that are in good condition and roomier than that of the average European, according to the last census.
• Poor families receive medical attention when needed.
Even bums and crooks live high on the hog in the land of plenty. Street beggars can make $200 an hour panhandling and lawbreakers enjoy comfy jail time compared to in Mexico, where suspects are guilty until proven innocent and felons pay rent on their cells.
America’s extraordinary experiment in freedom has been a lightning rod for the human spirit for 239 years, but the boom is collapsing as progressive saboteurs slice and dice the success story with an attitude of ingratitude.
Consider this if you are still a hopeless ingrate: Nearly 655,000 new citizens pledged allegiance to America last year because they — like the millions before them — know that here lies life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that make every day a Thanksgiving.
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