Thursday, November 27, 2008

Time to Give Thanks

Everyday we are assailed with more bad news about the economy. We hear about the imminent demise of the auto industry and the 3 million jobs that hang in the delicate balance between failure and bailout. Our banks are a mess, unemployment has risen to 6%, and to top it all off, childhood obesity has hit epidemic proportions.

Yet despite these doom and gloom statistics so cheerfully touted by our beloved media, Americans have many reasons to be thankful on this day. We have just come through a grueling national election cycle, and everyone is looking forward to what this new administration will do. Gas is under $2.00 again, let's hope it stays that way. The war in Iraq has wound down, and while there are still Iraqi civilian and US military deaths, the numbers are so low that the media won't even mention Iraq anymore. Through seven tough years of war, the United States has not suffered another devastating terrorist attack, that is most definitely a reason to be thankful.

On this day of Thanksgiving, we should remember our brave troops, especially those stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. These brave men and women are far from home this day, many stationed on inhospitable Forward Operating Bases with very few amenities like hot water or reliable electricity. These Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines would all rather be safe at home celebrating  Thanksgiving with friends and family. Anyone who has been stationed far from home, especially in a war zone, knows only too well the loneliness these holidays can bring.  And let us not forget the American civilians stationed with our troops, they suffer the same feelings of loneliness and separation. 

Most important, we need to remember the 4,202 American servicemen and women who lost their lives defending this great nation since this war began. Without them, and the millions of Americans who perished in previous wars, this country would not exist.

So today let's not dwell on the many problems we face as a nation. Let's be happy for all we have,our family and friends, and look forward to working hard and solving our problems as only Americans can. Happy Thanksgiving from The Lizard.

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