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Archived: Despite All Our Hardships, We Should Still Give Thanks

We are a country that is indeed blessed, which for all of its faults continues to mean hope to millions of people around the globe.

We have a society that is not being racked by rioting and revolution, despite our many political, religious, ethnic and socio-economic differences.

Our people do demonstrate their disagreement with corporate policies that do not sufficiently respect those who work to make them rich and successful in the eyes of the world, yet we have somehow managed not to descend into the anarchy that plagues other parts of the world.

While we complain, argue, ridicule and do not always regard each other kindly, politically we manage to continually disagree, with the understanding that it is our right as Americans to do so.

More and more these days, too many of our so-called leaders are focused on their right to fight, rather than on negotiating a compromise to end their war of wills.

We have all heard that things are improving, the economy is better, houses are selling, unemployment is down, but we are also hearing the stories of people who have just given up, who are living far below where they were just a few years ago.

The fact is, over the last half decade or so, a disproportionate share of our abundance has moved into the hands of a very few, a shift that has caused the gap between the rich and poor to grow faster and deeper than at any other time in our history.

Yet, for a majority of Americans, their faith and hope in the future still remains.

So, this Thanksgiving Day, no matter our hardships, we should all remember that we are blessed, give thanks for our past history, mistakes included, and our faith in the future.

In the end, it is that faith and hope which will carry us forward.