Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, a national holiday in the USA and Canada, although Canadian Thanksgiving celebrates theirs in October. A tradition for this day is to think about all the things one has to be thankful for, presumably over the past year.
In the USA, there is a lot to be thankful for, despite the economic meltdown. In fact, the financial crisis, if it had to come, couldn’t have come at a better time. Its timing helped to usher in the end of our long national nightmare, a.k.a, the exit of the worst president (G W Bush) and worst administration in American history, and the election of a young, fresh-thinking democrat to the US presidency,
It’s hard to have more than that to be thankful for, as far as our country and the world are concerned. But there is more.
An additional reason to be grateful is that the democratic majority in the US Senate is now 58 to 40 republican seats, with the slim possibility for becoming a 60 vote filibuster-proof super-majority. Both Minnesota’s and Georgia’s US senate races are still undecided, with Georgia holding a runoff election on December 2nd, and Minnesota’s race going through a recount.
While it is unlikely that the democrats will be victorious in both races, which would give them the magical 60 vote majority, it is more likely that they might pick up one seat. If the democrats can’t find one moderate republican in the senate to vote with them to end a republican filibuster, then the bill being debated probably isn’t a good idea anyway.
In recent days, some “sour grapes” losers of the national election have criticized president-elect Obama for appoining a number of ex-Clinton-administration officials to his cabinet and administration. They claim that Obama is violating his campaign promise about “change” because of this.
Are they for real??
The change Obama was referring to, and that even McCain was trying to convince everyone he was for, was change from the dismal status quo of the Bush administration! And the appointments Obama has made of ex-Clinton folks has not returned these folks to their previous Clinton posts.
Where else would one find democratic folks with the right experience in government administration if not in people who served under the most recent democratic president, Bill Clinton? Perhaps the detractors would have been happier if Obama picked folks associated with the Carter administration? Or maybe the Johnson or Kennedy administrations?
There is yet another event that begs comment and perhaps gratefulness from those who early on dreamed of a “dream ticket” in the White House. For those folks, what is actually scheduled to occur is even better than a “dream team”!
Hillary Clinton supporters were disappointed twice this year, first when Hillary didn’t win the democratic nomination, and then when Obama didn’t pick her as his running mate. But as his vice-president, she would have essentially been relegated to a non-decision-making, somewhat insignificant role, just as most vice-presidents historically are.
However, as US Secretary of State, Hillary is truly in a more influential role in the shiny new Obama administration. She will be a member of his cabinet and be extremely influential in repairing the Bush-caused damage to the USA’s prestige around the world. There are, admittedly, high expectations for her to live up to, but that also applied to the entire Obama administration. And according to the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, she is in the line of succession to become president, following the vice-president, Speaker of the House, and President Pro Tempore of the Senate. The “dream team” folks should be smiling this Thanksgiving.
Finally, each of us has special reasons known only to ourselves to be thankful for. For example,if you’re reading this, you can be thankful that you know how to read.
Unless you hate what you’re reading. 🙂
We, the People!! would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and joyful Thanksgiving Day, even if you are not American or Canadian. By this time next year, one can expect that most nations in the world will feel a lot closer.