November 25, 2010


Giving thanks for American resilience (David Ignatius, November 25, 2010, Washington Post)

Thanksgiving is America's favorite holiday because it's a time when we put aside our cares, much as the struggling Pilgrims did nearly four centuries ago, and eat a gut-busting meal without worrying about the "out years." It's a holiday for a bold but improvident nation, which sums us up today as it did at the first Thanksgiving in 1621.

But even though Thanksgiving is about optimism - our national secular religion that the "pie," metaphorically, will keep getting bigger - I would wager that around the groaning table this year, you'll hear revelers worrying about national decline. Certainly I've heard it a lot lately, from departing Obama administration officials, global leaders, and my family and friends. There's a sense that something is torn in the national quilt, and nobody quite knows how to mend it.

Really? I hear a lot of people talking about how cheap tvs and pcs are.

We are thankful for many things this year--not least all of you who make Brothers Judd so much fun--but nothing makes us more grateful than the blessing of living in a country so dexterous that it has snapped back from what could have been another Depression to the point where we have returned to record corporate profits and the high employment, home ownership and 401k levels that were established during the Reagan/Clinton/Bush boom. Sure, we have some work to do, as we always do after global wars, but the history of our prior adjustments suggests the even better times that lie just ahead.

We thank the Maker, today as every day, for the special providence He has for America.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 25, 2010 11:04 AM
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