Politics sure can be a downer at times. We’ve got big problems domestically and internationally, and those in power seem too small for the challenges we face. Nevertheless, from our vantage point, the great strength of our democracy is that it is self-correcting. Executive excess begets legislative muscle-flexing. Big government liberalism stirs a backlash among conservatives and independents. Right-wing shenanigans awaken moderate, reform-minded conservatives. For that and much more, we should be grateful.
There are also constants which we mustn’t take for granted. We have courageous men and women who serve their country around the world, taking them far from their homes and loved ones and placing themselves in grave danger. Our fellow citizens, civilian and military, have a way of rising to the occasion, coming to aid and comfort people whom they may not even know. Americans remain the most generous people on the planet.
Politics can be all-consuming for many of us inside the Beltway. But Thanksgiving is a timely reminder that politics pales in comparison to the richness of our lives, the bountiful gifts we receive every day and the love of family and friends. Have a joyous Thanksgiving. We’ll be back on Sunday.