"Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
Alexander Hamilton

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Lots to be Thankful For

 "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

As we gather with family and friends near and far, we should take a moment to give thanks for the many benefits we enjoy and to remember those who can't be with family and friends who are on active duty guaranteeing those benefits.

The freedoms outlined in the First Amendment sometimes make finding the truth very difficult and all too often, we don't take the time to seek the truth or challenge the veracity of what we are told. Some it would seem, don't care to. All they seem to hear are politicians and talking heads playing to their worst fears.
As I try to balance the sanctity of giving thanks to those who serve and have served, with the angst I feel at the messages of the many political ads and political events we are bombarded with no matter whether on TV or surfing the Internet, I worry. I worry about whether we will ever get to a point where we can once again stand together as a nation of mostly immigrants and accept that we can have different views and opinions and still co-exist peacefully. I worry that we will continue to spend so much time on finding dirt and conducting witch hunts, that we will be so distracted that it will prevent us from even recognizing the real enemies of America , never mind defending her. In many ways, we have become our own worst enemy.
I refuse to go down the path of gloom and doom, where the glass is always half empty, disaster is just around the corner and a conspiracy is waiting at every turn. Reality after all is far less scary than what we imagine it will be. I won't be drawn into it and I truly believe that our best days are still ahead of us.
United we stand. Divided we fall
Happy Thanksgiving


Joseph Cormier said...

... and thank YOU for your efforts, including this blog!

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Our great republic said...


Anonymous said...

It never ceases to amaze me where people obtain their information.
We have some smart idiots posting here.
That fancy flag waving video mentioned above is full of inaccuracies.
A fluff piece.
I doubt the person who posted that link ever took the time to vet or to find the origins of the video.
Well citizens. The originator of that video above is:
Good Lord, do we still have people in this humble town still following this radical hate intolerant group?

Terence C. Jatko said...

To Anon. @ 0538: The subject video seems fairly accurate to me, regardless of its source. I guess you prefer Obama-approved information. Repeat after me: If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. The average family of four will save $2500 on your premiums.

More to be grateful for? said...

While millions of Americans prepare to stuff themselves with Turkey and pie, the Obama administration quietly released its plans for 2,224 federal rules Friday — a preview of just how many more regulations the president is attempting to issue before he leaves office.

While Obama’s latest release features fewer regulations than the last two, it shows the administration is determined to churn out as many rules as it can before the end of 2016. This includes major energy and environmental regulations coming down the pipe, like new rules for coal mines and rules banning common pesticides.

Obama has already put out several major environmental regulations this year, including limits on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, more federal control over U.S. waterways, new hydraulic fracturing regulations and stricter smog rules.

In the last week alone, the Obama administration imposed $1.8 billion in regulatory costs, according to a new report by the right-leaning American Action Forum (AAF). This brings the total cost of regulation in 2015 to a whopping $183 billion — about half from final rules and the other from proposed rules.