Todd Weber's Random Thoughts

November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Day Thought

It is Thanksgiving Day, 2010, and as I consider this nation which I am bless to call my own, I am once again awed by its greatness and wonder. It is truly unique as the freest, safest, most prosperous and benevolent nation in the history of mankind.

Yet, there is also a twinge of apprehension and uncertainty as to how long it may endure. Forces of fundamental change have pushed us to the edge of a precipice from which, once overstepped, there may be no return. To avoid this will require the attention, self-discipline and thoughtful participation of a majority of citizens.

It is time for Americans to put aside trivial, meaningless pursuits, entertainments, idleness and apathy, and engage in rational thought and debate of the complex and weighty matters presently facing our nation. We must turn off the frivolous “reality” shows, sitcoms, and celebrity worship and exercise our minds toward dealing with substantive issues that truly matter. Let us cease thinking only of ourselves and our immediate comfort and gratification, and focus on what is best for the nation as a whole, both now and in the future. Such a focus will likely require a willingness to make sacrifices. As our forefathers sacrificed their fortunes and their lives to create this great nation, let us muster the same readiness to preserve it.

I urge you to take time to educate yourself regarding the pressing issues of the day, and also to learn about the origins of our nation. Read the writings of the founders of America, such as George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and others. Study also those who influenced them, such as Adam Smith, John Locke, Henry Blackstone, Cicero, and Montesquieu.

The United States of America has not survived and prospered by luck or accident. It has done so because of the wise and prudent principles upon which it was founded, among which are the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; limited government; free-market capitalism; the rule of law; freedom of religion; and equal rights for all.

Freedom is not free and the cost of citizenship in a free society is active participation in order to keep it free, safe and prosperous for all. Too many have either forgotten or never learned of this duty. As fellow citizens, we owe it to one another and to future generations to take seriously the responsibility of self-government – a rare opportunity in human history.

Have a happy Thanksgiving Day!

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