Remembering we got it good

It has been quite a year. Since we paused last to ponder our many blessings and enjoy the good food and better time with our families that is Thanksgiving, much of what we thought we knew about politics, government and our fellow Americans has been turned upside down.

No doubt that will be a topic of conversation at many tables today, as we catch up with friends and family we may see only rarely.

So what do we have to be grateful for, this Thanksgiving? Our hand-wringing seems laughable to the vast majority of the billions of people on our planet.

Financially, no other country’s residents are as prosperous and secure as ours. There is a reason we worry about illegal immigration. It is that millions of people come here because ours is a land of opportunity.

Overwhelmingly, we treat one another as we wish to be treated ourselves. Are there exceptions to that? Yes, but they are so rare that often, they make headlines. For billions of our neighbors, bigotry of one form or another isn’t news.

For all its flaws, our government is based on a one-word principle: liberty. In most other countries, it is just a word.

Perhaps the single most important aspect of being an American, as many foreign observers have noted for two centuries, is that we recognize our flaws and strive constantly to be better as a nation and as individual Americans.

Finally, ask yourself this: If in any way you found your back against the wall, what kind of people would you want with you?

Your fellow Americans, of course.

Happy Thanksgiving.