It’s Thanksgiving, so happy Thanksgiving.
As Americans we have a lot to be thankful for, even though we don’t take nearly enough time to truly think about it.
Along those lines, and with full knowledge that it is a national holiday and you’re a.) fighting a tryptophan-induced coma; b.) watching football; and/or c.) preparing to stampede stores to take advantage of Black Friday deals, I’ll keep this short.
Here is a not-all-inclusive list of what I’m thankful for.
1) The calendar. Yes, it’s been a long seven years, but there are only 14 months left of Barack Obama’s presidency. It’s true that a lot of damage can be done in 14 months, especially with a wannabe dictator who holds the Constitution in contempt and possesses a magic pen and phone that allows him to bypass it. Even Hillary would be better than this guy. We’ll recover as a nation; we always have. And I’m very thankful that recovery can start in 14 months.
2) Donald Trump. I’m not a fan of many of his policies or pronouncements, mostly because they’re nothing but promising to make things “great” and “the best” and are full of unnecessary vitriol and childish barking. But he has forced a few issues to the forefront of the public consciousness. Immigration would still be an issue this cycle without him – but it would be discussed with pandering acquiescence, not national sovereignty, at its core.
3) Trump again. I realize I’m doubling up on someone of whom I’m not particularly a fan, but when someone deserves credit I give it. He has exposed the media for the frauds they are and, as an added bonus, shown Republicans how to defeat them. Several times he’s called out reporters for hackish and biased questions, which, especially in the CNBC debate debacle, rubbed off on other candidates. I could imagine Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz or Chris Christie taking on the moderators in that debate, but I can’t imagine any of them doing it as well as they did without Trump having reset the line of acceptability. Whether he improves as a candidate and moves beyond platitudes remains to be seen, but his contributions thus far have been invaluable.