I wasn’t going to post anything today but (famous last words, right?) I was just thinking about how much better things, not to mention the future, look after the past couple of weeks. Everything wrong with the country’s direction – the arrogance and smugness of the criminals and their wingnut supporters, the excusing of torture and murder, greed, lies and finger pointing – has suddenly taken a huge hit in the gut.
Not only do “they” know that, the tables and tide have turned since the election in such a huge way, and the contrast couldn’t be more obvious. So, I was thinking of what we can be thankful for – thankful in ways that didn’t seem possible as recent as a few months ago, let alone last year at this time.
While this is just the very beginning of a long road of recovery and return to sanity, and there is much to be done, I can say that I am a bit more thankful this year than in the past few years.
Of course I am thankful for having such a wonderful wife, good health in the family, and the good year that we had. And since we plan on having little clammyc’s running around in the next few years, I can, for the first time in years, say that I am thankful that they will grow up in a country and world that may not end up to be as bad as we all thought it would be just a few short months ago.
I am thankful for sanity in Congress:
During the campaign, Democrats outlined an agenda for the new session. Many of the items seem likely to win over support from moderate Republicans — and, therefore, are likely to pass — such as raising the minimum wage, reducing interest rates on student loans, and passing the 9/11 Commission recommendations.
Bush's agenda — on everything from taxes to education to judges — will also face significantly larger hurdles than it did before. Democratic leaders have offered assurances they will not raise taxes on the middle class, but some of Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans may be rolled back.
Thankful that we won’t have people like this guy or this guy to kick around anymore.
Thankful to see headlines like this exposing frauds, charlatans and hypocrites while sending the “true believers” into a defensive frenzy.
Thankful that there are some sane republicans out there who are looking out for our troops.
Thankful that there are still some in the press who are doing their jobs:
On CNN, New Yorker journalist Seymour Hersh reported that a new CIA assessment concludes that “there’s no evidence Iran is doing anything that puts them close to a bomb.”
Thankful that there won’t be Congressional complicity in shredding the Bill of Rights.:
Before Democrats take control of Congress in January, they [the lame duck Congress] must pass legislation authorizing the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping program.
His [Bush’s] plea for a legislative stamp of approval on the controversial spy effort is an "important priority in the war on terror," Bush said. The response: deafening silence. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist quickly dispatched aides to put out the word on Bush's request: Not gonna happen.
Thankful that these criminals, sexual predators money launderers, takers of bribes and corrupt ringleaders aren’t holding highly influential positions in how our country runs.
Thankful for many many other things - a long list (thankfully). And last but not least - certainly thankful for these people.
Have a happy Thanksgiving all.....