Thursday, November 26, 2020

Why We're Thankful on Thanksgiving 2020, With An Attitude of Gratitude!

"Lots to be thankful for"

St. Augustine Record

November 27, 2020

By Ed Slavin


I'm grateful to our Founding Fathers that our U.S. Constitution worked, again. 

I'm grateful that President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will soon restore honor and dignity to our White House.  

I'm grateful that true-blue Democratic patriots have succeeded in raising the bar on  energetic, ethical, well-organized political campaigning.  I'm grateful for all the local letter-writers whose opinions have graced the St. Augustine Record this year.

I'm grateful that Americans, in our righteous wrath, fired President Trump, by vote of 306-232 in the Electoral College, a popular vote margin of 51% to 47.2%, a decisive margin -- six million votes!  President-elect Biden received some 80,000,000 votes, a record. . 

Trump also set a record -- 22,510 false and misleading statements.  To Trump: you're fired!

The Butcher's Bill for Trumpery on COVID-19:  92 St. Johns County residents dead, 18,156 Floridians dead and more than 260,000 Americans dead. 

I'm thankful that America will soon lead the world again on climate change and human and civil rights. 

I'm grateful that our Federal courts, like other professionals, honored their oaths under Article VI of our Constitution. 

I'm grateful for our independent judiciary.   Ronald Reagan spoke on television to the Soviet people, "Go into any American courtroom and there will preside an independent judge, beholden to no government power."  Courts repeatedly rejected Trump's illegal, hare-brained and corrupt schemes.

I'm grateful for The New York Times, The Washington Post and other news media, which still serve as watchdogs, not lapdogs, reporting without fear or favor about government and corporate abuses of power and exposing misinformation/propaganda.

Attorney General Robert Kennedy said that "If the First Amendment were written in the style of Saint Paul, it would have said, "But the greatest  of these is speech."

At Thanksgiving 2020, we shall celebrate democracy, with an attitude of gratitude.  Happy Thanksgiving!

With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin
Box 3084
St. Augustine, Florida 32085-3084

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