American Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is also a time for saying "Thanks" to our troops.
As we prepare to celebrate the uniquely American holiday "Thanksgiving" with family, it's right to also pause and say "Thanks" to our troops.
American Thanksgiving Tribute
Thanksgiving's a time when we pause to embrace
our faith in our families gathered or spaced
apart from each other but joined in a way
connecting us all in America's faith.
You ask, "What is meant by 'America's faith'"?
Thanksgiving's become an American time
to pause and say "thanks" and attempt to divine
the bests ways for living our lives to define
the value of freedom on faith to opine
without fear of government writing our lines.
At Thanksgiving time I confess and explain:
Beliefs I embrace by religions ordained
derive not from "insights" on "God" that I claim
but rather from viewing behaviors proclaimed
as serving the "Will" of the "God" thus proclaimed.
In all the religions that humans may choose
as Christians or Muslims or Hindus or Jews
or Buddhists or "none" as the non-theists choose,
of God there is more than a singular view
of acts that by God would as "Godly" be viewed.
In each, one can find both the worst and the best
on how Man should honor the God he's professed.
Fanatics abound more in some than the rest,
however, in each, there's a lot of the best.
So what is the guidepost for knowing the "best"?
For me there's a guidepost for judging the voice
most likely expressing such "best" as a choice:
A steadfast belief that by God was the choice
that Man have the right and the will we call "choice"
on whether, or how, to say "God" is my choice.
This insight on what is the "best" way of living
a faith that is worthy of what we were given
by Forebears declaring by "God" we were given
the right and the will to make choices in living
reveals why it's right to express our Thanksgiving.
And therefore, Thanksgiving's a time to embrace
this special, uniquely American faith
not only by those who in God profess faith
but also by those who, though lacking such faith,
embrace our uniquely American faith.
And most who give "thanks" to the God of their choice
do likewise believe that the gift we call "choice"
endures thanks to fellows among us whose choice
compels them to risk their own lives to give voice
to those who respect -- as from God -- human choice.
And therefore, among many "Thanks" I'll be giving
are thanks to our troops for the way they are living
their lives so that "choice" in the lives we are living
endures despite threats to the choices we're given,
so hear what I wrote to express my "Thanksgiving":
Jim is a proud descendant of 18th Century criminal exiles from England who swam to the Outer Banks when the British ship taking them to a Georgia penal colony sank in a storm near Cape Hatteras. Having the prescience to prevent their descendants from becoming "TarHeels," they immediately migrated to Virginia, where, within just a few generations they worked their way up into poverty. Jim's grandfather was the first in the family tree to see the distant horizons, but his career was cut short by severe injuries he sustained when a cousin cut down the tree.
After a brief stint in the Amry (ours) following graduation from law school, he began his legal career in the state bureaucracy but was never able to break into the federal bureaucracy. Several years later, he entered the private practice of law and co-founded a small law publishing company. Later, finding the publishing of small laws unstimulating and finding his private practice too private to be lucrative, he began writing political satire/commentary. His greatest vice is taking himself too seriously.
Although he regularly teaches Continuing Legal Education courses to lawyers, he's too-often available through he Rubber Chicken Speakers Bureau to speak on politics, satire, etc., at luncheons, dinners, root canals, funerals, etc. His speaking fees are so outrageously high they border on criminal price-gouging, but as a free-market advocate, he defends his fees on the higher moral ground of charging whatever the traffic will bear. For more information (surely more than one would want or need), go to www.PoliSat.Com.