As usual, my "blogaversary" came and went and I forgot. The first post at Mike's America, dated November 18, 2004 was this reminder about the savage nature of the enemy we face in Iraq. If anyone has any doubt about the good that Americans are doing in Iraq, let them consider the alternative offered in that post.
And as Thanksgiving is just days away, it's appropriate to remember and be thankful that so many brave men and women VOLUNTEER to serve our country and sacrifice so much in Iraq, Afghanistan and many other places for the noble goals of freedom, safety and a better world. Without them, there would be no Thanksgiving.
As you eat your dinner in the comfort of your home, remember their service in far off places.
Let us be thankful also for the fruits of a growing and prosperous economy that continues to make this nation a magnet to others who wish to share the American dream. It seems we get a lot of grief from those in other countries who don't always like the way we do things here, or how we help throughout the world. Strangely, many of them still want to live here. Our economy continues to be the engine for the train that pulls them all along to better lives. And for that, let us be thankful.
Also, let us be thankful that we live in a country where we have the right to vote and express ourselves. We don't always make the right decision, but we do have the right to change our minds and correct the problem next time.
And speaking just for me, I am thankful to those who read my thoughts at Mike's America and are kind enough to invite me to do the same. As always, I am thankful for YOU, the reader, fellow blogger and contributing commenters.