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Giving Political Thanks

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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!

Happy Thanksgiving.

About Drew McKissick

Drew McKissick is a political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience specializing in political strategy, planning and organization as well as the development of grassroots related political action programs. He has worked as a political activist at the local, state and national levels, and has served in elected and appointed positions at all levels of the Republican Party, including serving as a member of the Republican National Committee. He also writes a regular column providing analysis and commentary on current events.
  • Liberal

    “It’s that time of year again when we are encouraged to take time to think about and make note of all the things that we are thankful for. For me, the top of such lists will always be dominated by…material possessions.

    I’m thankful (oh so thankful) that George W. Bush was elected and re-elected President of the United States.”

    Sometimes no comment is necessary.

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com Silas Kain

    I think I’ll just be thankful that I’m still alive, have my health, have the love of a good family and am living in the greatest country on the planet. Beyond that, it’s all gravy. Of course, I’d be more grateful if we had a better caliber of politicians doing our dirty work in Washington. My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of irony…

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com Robert

    I’m reading “Unfit For Command” right now, so I am especially thankful that John F. Kerry wasn’t elected last year…

  • MCH

    Re comment #3;

    You first started reading that back in September of 2004. You mean it takes you 14 months to read a book?

  • Anthony Grande

    I am thankful that Gore and Kerry didn’t get elected.

    And I am thankful that the Iraqis will have a chance at life, liberty and justice thanks to Bush.

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com Silas Kain

    There was a time when we were just thankful for the simple things like a roof over our heads and a bountiful harvest. We certainly have evolved, haven’t we?

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Perhaps his thankfulness for material possessions is directly linked to his thankfulness for Bush. I know I’m thankful for the new pickup I’m going to buy with my Halliburton pofits.

    Dave

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com Silas Kain

    I’m going to buy a new computer with my Chevron profits! God Bless America!

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com Silas Kain

    Oh, and I am thankful that Nick and Jessica broke up.

  • Marcia L. Neil/beadtot

    There are also situations about which to be unthankful, such as the mass marketing and installation of money-dispenser Automated Teller Machines where F. B. I.-linked ATMS have instead been the priority need; and the mass implementation of the Universal Product Code identifiers on all products where sound spectrograph bar-chart identifiers provided on all music album covers have been another priority need also suppressed.

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com Silas Kain

    Why don’t we just install bar codes on fetuses after the second trimester? Make it a routine procedure right along with a sonogram. This way that can be tracked from womb to grave.

    Speaking of which — has anyone out there ever considered that these pre-birth tests including sonograms may be harnful to a fetus? Is it possible that these ultra sound waves could damage developing cells causing hearing rpoblems, learning disabilities and more? We talk about how far we have come in medical technology but have we discussed the price exacted from the same? Inquiring minds want to know…

  • Nancy

    I’m thankful the Republicans are entirely to blame for everything going wrong in the last 5 years; maybe all the idiot dittoheads who voted for W will wake up & realize how totally morally & ethically bankrupt the current highjacked GOP is, and reinstate the party the way it’s SUPPOSED to be.

  • Anthony Grande

    (laughing)

    Nancy, shit happens no matter who is in power. I am willing to bet that things are better than they would have been if Gore or Kerry got elected.

    One of those idiots would probably have inserted the draft or actually set a date for our complete pullout.

  • http://biggesttent.blogspot.com Silas Kain

    During the Gulf War, I had a bumper sticker on my car that read: Hey, Sadaam, do what your daddy should have done: PULL OUT!

    There are so many fathers of commenters that deserve the same bumper sticker.

  • http://www.fifthdentist.blogspot.com The Fifth Dentist

    If you think things are going well right now for the country than god love you. Oh, by the way, I’ve got a bridge I’d like to sell you…