As Thanksgiving approaches, it is important to pause and count our blessings. We are blessed to live in a technological age where the market place of ideas helps to generate miraculous discoveries in the world of science and medicine. We are blessed to live in a land of pluralism where religious tolerance and cultural diversity is central to our national identity. And we are blessed to live in a country where we can debate issues of great importance without fear of repercussions or the possibility of a civil war.
We must never take these values for granted. They are central to the American way of life. They are stalwart principles in the tapestry of our identities, and essential to the preservation of the democracy we hold dear.
As we witness so much chaos and strife unfolding around the world, the national holiday of Thanksgiving calls us to a mindset of gratitude and humility. Enjoy this week with your family and friends and try to find ways to express thanks wherever and whenever you can.
Beckye joins me in wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.