This will not be a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving. As the coronavirus rampages, in an abundance of caution, Thursday will be solely for my husband and me. If the weather obliges, (light rain is forecast), we can meet up with relatives for a walk. And the dreaded but essential Zoom is always available, and we’ll probably use it in some way.
Amidst the sense of disappointment, I am determined to focus on the positive. Right now, everyone in my family is well, hunkering down in different locations, but remaining safe.
I am thankful for the front-line care givers, emergency responders, municipal workers, delivery truck drivers and others supporting the rest of us.
I am hopeful that the nightmare of the post-election Trump scattershot viciousness toward the incoming administration and our national security will soon run out of steam. But even though the outgoing President, having had close to three dozen lawsuits rejected as lacking evidence, continues seeking to get his election determined by “his” U.S. Supreme Court, I’m thankful we still have judges who can make apolitical calls. Election officials from both parties have proven their mettle by carrying out their responsibilities in defense of the democratic process. We may yet recover from this authoritarian horror.
Despite every Trump effort to delegitimize the outcome of the election, Joe Biden won in the electoral college by 306 electoral votes, which, when Trump got that many in 2016, he called “a landslide.” (The term is incorrect in both elections, but 306 is a very solid win.) Biden’s percentage of the popular vote exceeded those of Richard Nixon in 1968, Jimmy Carter in 1976, Ronald Reagan in 1980, Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996, and George W. Bush in 2000.
I am reassured by the President-elect’s wise, thoughtful, resolute and calm demeanor. He has assembled an impressive COVID-19 task force, and, in anticipation of tomorrow’s formal cabinet announcement, he has named highly accomplished careers professionals to foreign policy and national security positions.
I’m also thankful for the news media (and not because I was one of them for decades) because so many have uncovered and reported on the Trump administration fairly and objectively, tallied his thousands of lies, and stuck with the pursuit of facts and science, something with which Donald Trump has but a casual relationship. I’m even grateful that the straight news division of Fox News (not, emphatically, its nighttime bloviators) has covered these post-election shenanigans with an even hand, defying the President by referring to Joe Biden as the President-elect and annotating the lack of evidence behind Trump’s voter fraud claims.
I’m grateful for all my readers in the United States and abroad – from the blog itself, to its postings on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as well as in assorted community newspapers online – who enter into dialogue with me, whether they agree with me or not. We learn from each other.
I recently extended an invitation to an in-person Thanksgiving dinner to my dearly loved family and some friends. I suggested we have our dinner in July or August or whenever the COVID-19 vaccine gets into broad distribution. Who said Thanksgiving must be celebrated in November?
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8 thoughts on “Putting the thanks in Thanksgiving”
Thankfully, on January 20, 2021 at high noon, whether he attends the Biden/Harris inauguration or not, Donald Trump will indeed become the “irrelevant in the room.”
This retired newsman agrees …
Very on point and insightful, best to you and your family
Thanks so much!
All the nest to you, James and your respective families and friends!
Ivy Valerie Schram, Esq. 617.921.9349
‘When the last living thing has died on account of us, how poetical it would be if Earth could say, in a voice floating up perhaps from the floor of the Grand Canyon, ‘It is done.’ People did not like it here.’ From Requiem, in A Man Without a Country.by Kurt Vonnegut (2005)
And I am thankful for your weekly blog. I always read your thoughtful, well- reasoned points of view. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Jim.
Happy Thanksgiving, Marjorie.
All the best,
John A Nucci
Senior Vice President for External Affairs
Please excuse typos.
YOUR comments were very welcome! Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving.