Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Trying to find Hope

Thanksgiving. . .that harvest holiday of great myth which used to mark the beginning of the Christmas marketing blitz* with Santa arriving as part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, lots of food with relatives liked and not, football games to sleep by in a turkey induced coma. . .or a gathering of old friends around a big meal raising our glasses and our voices as we discuss and debate the issues of the day.

It is hard to remember what we are thankful for as the no excuse for war drags on longer than the second world war, when mercenaries we hire answer to no rule of law, when last month's casualties in Afghanistan were among the highest, when our Bill of Rights has been trampled on by the persons sworn to protect it, when the costs of gas and heating oil, food and shelter are no longer affordable, when the president who wants to leave no child behind leaves all poor children without health care. . .its very hard indeed.

For to be thankful one needs to also be hopeful. Hopeful that America will find her moral compass, that democracy will rule the day, that (___ fill in your own blank___).

*the marketing blitz started as soon as the ghosts and goblins disappeared

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