What separates the United States the most from all other nations is our Constitution. That most remarkable document created the freest and most prosperous country that ever existed. Our Constitution accomplished this by creating a limited federal government that could not interfere with the God-given Natural Rights of any individual. Unfortunately, thanks to the silly notion of a living constitution the federal government has all but abandoned the constitution. This Calvin Coolidge quote perfectly sums up the greatness of our Constitution and why we should be thankful for it.
The Constitution of the United States is the final refuge of every right that is enjoyed by any American. So long as it is observed, those rights will be secure. Whenever it falls into disrespect or disrepute, the end of orderly organized government, as we have known it for more than one hundred and twenty-five years, will be at hand. The Constitution represents a government of law. There is only one other form of authority, and that is a government of force. Americans must make their choice between these two. One signifies justice and liberty; the other tyranny and oppression. To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.
Most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with a bountiful feast. The food for the feast is quite easily purchased in supermarkets where massive amounts of food await the customers, unlike socialist nations where massive amounts of people wait in line for small amounts of food. This Milton Friedman quote explains the true power unleashed by our free market economy.
The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn’t construct his theory under order from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn’t revolutionize the automobile industry that way. In the only cases in which the masses have escaped from the kind of grinding poverty you’re talking about, the only cases in recorded history, are where they have had capitalism and largely free trade. If you want to know where the masses are worse off, worst off, it’s exactly in the kinds of societies that depart from that. So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear, that there is no alternative way so far discovered of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by the free-enterprise system.
All Americans should be thankful that our Bill of Rights includes the free exercise of religion clause. That clause guarantees the rights of every American to worship as we please. That right is central to our Thanksgiving because the Pilgrims came here escaping religious persecution.
We should be thankful that we live in a country that has a freedom of speech clause in our Bill of Rights. That right protects our freedom to speak our minds however we want too. It is an absolute shame that so many college students and young people have been brainwashed into believing that freedom of speech is a bad thing.
We should all be extremely thankful for our military, currently serving, and all that have ever served. They have all sacrificed to protect our freedom.