On Thanksgiving Americans should be most thankful for…

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. 

Giving Thanks with a Busted Wing

Webster: Feeling all right?

Luz: There you go [putting a blanket on Lipton ]He’s got pneumonia.

Webster: l’m sorry to hear that.

Luz: What are you sorry about? He’s alive, he’s got a couch, a goddamn blanket. He’s snug as a bug.

Lipton: Yeah

Band of Brothers: The Patrol 2001

Thanksgiving day has come and for the first time in a lustrum it’s not the calm before the profitable storm.

At the warehouse where I work Black Friday begins a month of overtime and stretches of seven days of working flat out to keep up with orders, occasionally these expectations aren’t met beyond the 1st week (thus the shocking one week layoff I had a few years ago) but usually it means a lot of hours and plenty of extra money to pay for the bills that come in the Christmas season.

All of that changed on Sunday when I tripped at work and fell hard on the concrete floor fracturing my shoulder and putting me out of commission for this busy & profitable time.

Given not just the injury but the conversion of December from a month of good income to relying on workman’s comp just to keep bills paid one might think that there is little to be thankful for, but that conclusion can only come with an ignorance of history.

For the majority of human history if you didn’t work you didn’t eat, if you got hurt you were dependent on the charity of others, if you were very lucky you had a big enough family to carry the load, if not you worked through an injury like mine and basically screwed yourself up assuming you were allowed the privilege of doing so.

America’s capitalist system has created a country so rich that my big worry can be my recovery and maybe a few late bills plus a few trips to a 1st rate doc while I recover. Meanwhile I have the whole net & Roku to keep me occupied along with 3 dynasty baseball leagues.

And then of course there is you dear reader and the blog.

I’ve got plenty to be thankful for, a great wife, fine sons, friends and family, the blessings of God, but I would be very remiss if I didn’t give thanks for those Puritans (who wouldn’t have thought much of me as a Catholic) who came to this land 400 years ago and created the freest and wealthiest land the world has ever seen.

I suspect that a lot of kids attending $50K+ a year colleges while somehow considering themselves oppressed with a straight face can’t see this. What a shame.