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I'm Thankful

069 In some ways, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  It's a great family time without quite the level of busyness and intensity that seems to dog Christmas.  I love Christmas, but I have a special fondness for Thanksgiving.

My friend Jim King, former NBA player with the Lakers and Bulls, once told me it was impossible to be dejected and thankful at the same time.  I think he's right.  Here are but a few of many things I'm thankful for:

  • A wonderful wife who's been with me for over 34 years.  Linda is truly the bomb.
  • My mom is 87, and is still doing well.  I'm really proud of her.
  • My bro and sis, both outstanding humans in their own rights.
  • Three children who are now adults.  It's rewarding to have them as friends.  I really like them.
  • Three grandchildren who have enlarged the meaning of marvelous.
  • An awesome group of comrades at work.  These peeps rock.
  • A plethora of friends who have enriched my life, challenged me to think hard, inspired my faith, encouraged me in ways beyond their awareness, and blessed me with their caring advice.
  • The Internet (I love technology, but not as much as you, you see...)
  • Health
  • America

There's a lot of pain in the world and in our country right now.  But in the midst of it I'm still thankful.

May you find hope and wonder in the midst of your circumstances as well. - Share Your Vision for America

Change cropped I dropped by the Obama transition site,, where I found a request to share my vision for America on this page.  Their request seemed sincere - "Start right now. Share your vision for what America can be, where President-Elect Obama should lead this country. Where should we start together?" -  so here's what I submitted  (with a tweak or two) -

"I envision an America that returns to its Constitutional roots.  An America which eschews spread-the-wealth talk and instead emphasizes personal responsibility.  I see an America that takes care of those who truly are unable to take care of themselves, but insists that the able bodied be self reliant, rather than ruminating on what their government can do for them.

I envision an America with a Federal government scaled down to its Constitutional boundaries, not interfering with the lives of its people, but providing for the common defense of its citizens, including those in the womb.  I envision an America far from the current disaster created by the Demopublican party and their cronies and contributors from Wall Street. 

I see an America where racism has been dealt a mortal wound with no hope of recovery.  I long for an America where all lame excuses for dependence on the government have passed away.  I hope for an America where the schools are controlled locally, insulated from federal mandates.  I dream of an America where the government spends no more than its income, where pork barrels are shattered and earmarks are not tolerated.

I cry out for an America that has shed the false responsibility of policing the world, instead defending its own borders while warmly welcoming guest workers and legal immigrants who carry their fair share of the burden of taxation in return for sharing the benefits of this great nation.  I envision an America where people love their President, pray for him daily, and oppose him or her when their philosophies and policies inflate the power and role of government at the expense of the freedom of its citizenry.  I hope for an America that will reward entrepreneurs and those who create jobs instead of punishing them with incentive-suppressing tax policies. 

I pray for an America where politicians can be trusted and an America that realizes its greatness comes from its people, not from its government.

President-Elect Obama, my vision may differ from yours, but you will have my prayers during your tenure.  

Congratulations on your historic victory, and may God bless America and you!"

Why don't you go share your vision too, and then cut and paste it into the comments below?

If I get a response from the Obama team on my vision, I'll post it in a future entry.

And a quote from Winston Churchill - The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.