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Thursday, November 23, 2023

Thanksgiving Day—2023

There are many things to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day—our health and that of our friends and family, lives that (unlike the lives of far too many) are calm and relatively stable, the good fortune to live in a beautiful place and in a comfortable home, the ability to give generously to those who are in need, and the satisfaction that our many decades of hard work will leave a legacy to our children and grandchildren.

We live in a wonderful country, despite the lies and distortions published daily by forces that are working hard to sow chaos and distrust. We're fortunate that those forces exist on the extremist fringe—their voices amplified by media and entertainment, academia and a current political class that sympathize with their worldview. We're also fortunate that the voices of chaos and distrust are being rejected by greater and greater numbers as the years pass and their message becomes ever more strident.

We're fortunate to live in a country that extends opportunity to all—a country in which tens of millions still believe in merit and accomplishment and reject the notion that some within it are permanent "victims." Our country remains a place where those that come from humble backgrounds can succeed.

So yeah, it's important to give thanks, and that's what we should do on this day and every other throughout the year.