ThanksgivingSubmitted by imheretoo on Wed, 11/25/2009 - 13:12
So, it’s now Thanksgiving 2009. I have always enjoyed Thanksgiving and not just for the feast and gatherings of family and friends, but in knowing that it is really just a U.S. and Canadian celebrated holiday. It is a unique time that we Americans celebrate for reflection of what each of us can be thankful for. For me, every few years this day provides even more meaning when my birthday falls on Thanksgiving. This is one of those years.
I am thankful for my life. I exist because two people fell in love in 1959 and had a couple of children. There was no silver spoon to be passed around in my family, although in my first 10 years life was good living in the California middle class. I was educated in the public school system before it was completely destroyed by federal intervention. However, it was apparent back then that the federal mingling was not doing the school system any good. I was pretty oblivious to politics, did not watch political news, and certainly did not get involved with political discussion, but I did know about forced bussing from the inner city and the ineffectiveness of government with regard to the Board of Education.
During junior high school and high school I worked hard and held part-time jobs. The family structure broke apart due to divorce, but we all survived without much personal damage. Although, financially, times became more difficult, we all managed to be employed when needed. We took responsibility for who we were back then and did not fret about the economy, even though there was recession and high inflationary periods. We were thankful for having our health, took care of our health, and cared about others. Prior to the family break-up, we even took in Robert, a kid my brother’s age, in order to provide him with a decent home for a couple of years. It was the right thing to do; help someone in need. It was better for Robert to forego any public welfare program, and was rewarding for our family.
I worked hard through college and paid all of my student loans. I did not locate a job right away, but eventually was able to start a career at a relatively low salary. I was never handed a car or other so-called big ticket item. I had to work for everything I have had throughout my life. I am thankful that I was able to learn the difference between a handout and something earned. Many people today do not learn that difference and claim that it is the government’s responsibility to provide them with free medical care, food, cell phones, etc. The thing is, it is not free. The government does not produce anything to acquire money. They have to either take it from others through taxes, or they have to print it, thus creating inflation and the decrease in value of the dollar in all of our pockets. In the end, these so-called free services cost us all dearly.
I met my wife in 1994 and was married in 1996. We have had our ups and downs financially and emotionally over the past 15 years, but always seem to manage, as we both take personal responsibility for our lives. This includes morally and ethically doing what is right. She works in the healthcare industry and prides herself on doing what is best for her patients, regardless of the government bureaucracy and intervention she has to navigate. As for myself, I volunteer in my community. I have helped abused and neglected children, I am a member of the VFW Auxiliary, and I sit on my town’s Planning and Zoning Commission. I am thankful that such methods of community participation are available to those that wish to get involved. A true feeling of self worth and satisfaction is enjoyed when I am able to provide for my fellow Americans, rather than having them rely on the social welfare state the country has rapidly become. We have even taken in a friend who fell on hard times. We are about to complete a six month period of housing him and feeding him while he finds his footing again. I am thankful we were able to do this for him. And, again it feels wonderful to do good for others, but it will be nice to get our house back to ourselves next month.
I wish those in power politically and financially could be thankful for what they have and not pursue more power and wealth at the expense of others. I wish these same people would follow the Constitution that guarantees our creator-given rights instead of usurping it for their own benefit. On this Thanksgiving, I wish enlightenment to the politically and financially powerful to see the error of their ways.
Tomorrow I will be 48 years old. For my birthday, I truly appreciate the well wishes and all, but have a favor to ask of those I do and do not know. Please, for this Thanksgiving and my birthday those that have been awakened to the state of affairs our country is in do me this favor; awaken one more person.
I am thankful for all of my family, friends, and the community of those that are liberty-minded.
Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for being in my life.