As most who frequent this blog know, I do a lot of moaning and groaning about the present condition of our nation.
Nevertheless, despite all of the negative things that we bloggers opine about, we Americans have so much to be thankful for! I am ever aware of that fact.
A few years ago, shortly after I began blogging, Mr. AOW and I went to our dearest friends' house to celebrate Thanksgiving. The feast was one fit for a king, the table set with the best of china and crystal, the food plentiful.
Before diving into the delectables and offering the blessing, the hostess asked each of us there, "What are you personally thankful for?"
When my turn to speak came, I found my answer easy to give. In fact, my answer sprang from my mouth without any planning. I blurted out, "I'm thankful for the Bill of Rights, which gives me the right of freedom of speech."
In 1985, when Ronald Reagan spoke the words in the video below, I didn't have much appreciation for what he said. I do now! He speaks to me across the decades (hat tip to Matt of Conservative Hideout 2.0):
This Thanksgiving 2011, let us remember the wonderful and unique blessings that WE THE PEOPLE enjoy. Let us never take those blessings for granted.