It’s that time of year again when we are encouraged to take time to think about and make note of all the things for which we are thankful. For me, the top of such lists will always be dominated by faith, family, health, material possessions – and fried turkey.
However, in the spirit of the season, and given that this is a political site, I thought it would be neat to hit the highlights of what we have to be thankful for from a political perspective.
I’m thankful (oh so thankful) that George W. Bush was elected and re-elected President of the United States. I can’t even begin to imagine what things would be like had Al Gore or John Kerry made it to the Oval Office. I still remember looking at a front-page picture in the newspaper of Bush and key cabinet members meeting at Camp David a few days after the attacks of September 11, 2001. In the picture were Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Don Rumsfeld, John Ashcroft, Colin Powell and Paul Wolfowitz. I was struck with a thought: Who would be sitting around that table if a few hundred voters in Florida had gonr the other way? (The thought still gives me a shudder.)
I’m thankful that we have now had two vacancies on the US Supreme Court that a conservative president has been able to fill with young, intelligent conservatives who could serve until well past the time when I’m collecting Social Security, (presuming of course that it still exists by then).
I’m thankful that conservatives have recently begun to stand up and talk back to the Republican leadership in Washington and let them know that we’re here, and that it’s time for them to quit acting like Democrats, refocus on our priorities and dance with the folks who brought them to the ball.
I’m thankful that, despite eight years of Bill Clinton and the beating taken by the readiness and the morale of our military, we’ve still got the biggest stick in the global woodshed. I’m thankful that not only do we have great volunteers in our military, but many of them choose to make a career out of being ready to defend their country.
I’m thankful for videotape and how it exposes liberal flipfloppers. Most of the same Democrats now criticizing the War on Terror and claiming that there was no intelligence that suggested that Saddam Hussein had or was pursuing weapons of mass destruction can be seen in glorious Technicolor saying exactly the opposite a few years ago when they cast votes in favor of authorizing the use of force in Iraq.
I’m thankful that Howard Dean was elected chairman of the Democrat National Committee – and that he continues to open his mouth and remind everyone why Republicans are thankful for him. I’m thankful that, for all intents and purposes, the deranged, paranoid, radical left is in control of the Democrats and their national leadership, which will leave them hard-pressed to take advantage of Republican weaknesses.
I’m thankful for the Internet and the incredible breadth of information it has placed at the fingertips of virtually everyone on the planet. I’m thankful for how the blogosphere allows everyone an opportunity to be heard potentially by everyone. I’m thankful for how this availability of information has smashed the monopoly of the old, predominantly liberal news media. The free market has truly met the information revolution.
I’m thankful for our country and our Constitution and the fact that it has provided a stable environment where political liberty and capitalism can thrive and provide boundless opportunities for all Americans.
And last but not least, I’m thankful that, thanks to Steve Spurrier, I’ll finally have someplace to go for the holidays again. OK, that wasn’t political, but I’m thankful anyway. Go Gamecocks!