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Posted By: PoppaGator
23-Nov-04 - 03:12 PM
Thread Name: BS: Happy Thanksgiving America!
Subject: RE: BS: Happy Thanksgiving America!
The US of A was the first, and is still the only, nation on earth founded upon IDEALS of freedom and democracy, not simply on the genetic/geographic accident of "nationality."

Sure, half of the Founders who gave us all those stirring words about the Rights of Man were slaveowners, most of the rest of 'em may have been "robber baron" capitalists, and over the years there's been *plenty* of hypocricy, greed and other forms of imperfection, but the American people as a whole have always done a pretty good job of trying to measure up to the country's stated ideals -- even though we obviously haven't gotten there yet.

Sometimes we may stray pretty far off the desired path, but the mechanisms we have in place, along with the essentially good-hearted nature of the American people as a whole, provide plenty of hope that things will never get totally out of whack, so bad that they stay that way. We'll always spring back to a tolerably righteous state.

I've never been one to say I'm "proud" to be an American, but I certainly feel *lucky* to have born at the time and place where I was.

So -- Happy Thanksgiving, all. Enjoy the triptophane and football!