Thursday, November 25, 2021

"Lots to be thankful for," my St Augustine Record Guest Column, Thanksgiving 2020

This is the first Thanksgiving since 2000 when the United States of America was not at war!

Peace is patriotic.

And the American people were heard and heeded.

Let's give peace a chance.  

We're prepared for war.  Our fathers and forefathers fought a lot of wars, some just, and some unjust.

We're thankful for our veterans, like my father, who fought and bled for our rights and liberties.

But Americans are learning from our mistakes how to make peace and work with our nations to save our planet from the ravages of global climate change.

We are thankful for a Nation at peace on Thanksgiving 2021.

We are thankful when governments work together for the people, and for our Constitution and Bill of Rights that make it all possible.

We're thankful for President Joe Biden restoring honor and dignity to our White House.

From the November 27, 2020 St. Augustine Record

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 -- [seven] million votes!  President-elect Biden received some [81],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 TimesThe 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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