Tag: Thanksgiving

Things I’m Grateful For

 

shutterstock_157218698“Who is happy?” asks a sage in the great Jewish wisdom compendium “Sayings of the Fathers.” Answer: “He who is contented with his lot.”

And how, with Thanksgiving Day beckoning, do you acquire contentment when you are constantly barraged with evidence that others have more beautiful possessions, are better looking, more talented, healthier, more admired, more loved, more valued? I count my blessings.

Here is a partial list of what I’m thankful for on Thanksgiving, 2015.

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As we reflect on Thanksgiving 2015, it strikes us that one of the defining qualities of the liberal left is that they demand everything but are thankful for nothing. We suppose it’s hard for them to count their blessings when they’re more consumed with covetous envy of others. And it’s seemingly impossible for them to […]

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How To Talk to Your Progressive Niece about Obamacare This Thanksgiving

 

shutterstock_41145493As your family gathers around the table this Thanksgiving, the conversation may get a little heated if a left-wing relative brings up the 2016 race, the attacks by ISIS, or President Obama’s failing health reforms. In particular, the Affordable Care Act remains unpopular and misunderstood among the American public — a combination that makes it likely fodder for holiday conflicts.

The liberal website ThinkProgress posted an article titled “How To Talk To Your Tea Party Uncle About Obamacare This Thanksgiving” while Vox published “How to Survive Your Family’s Thanksgiving Arguments.” So, if your niece is a progressive blogger and starts making wild assertions about the Affordable Care Act, here are some key points that will help keep your conversation on track:

Claim: Obamacare is not causing premiums to skyrocket.

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Thanksgiving is about family, friends, being thankful for all that we have and this great nation… yea, yea yea. It’s about the food!  Like my Dad said, it’s the one day of the year we’re allowed to be glutenous.  As we were discussing our menu for Thursday, we just kept coming back to the traditional […]

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Giving Thanks For Congress

 

Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 12.56.48 PMEvery Thanksgiving I sympathize with lobbyists: can you imagine sharing their obligation to feel grateful for Congress? Amidst the vast, un-American growth of the administrative state, the world’s greatest deliberative body continues to do what it does best: taxing our children and passing the savings onto us.

The distinction progressives make between public and private is a false one. Many Americans know what it’s like to struggle beneath the weight of debt: not a day that goes by when my mailbox isn’t stuffed with offers from Visa or MasterCard informing me that I have been pre-declined.

Recall the heyday of the Tea Party, which relentlessly pointed out that every penny of the stimulus would have to be paid for by our children and grandchildren. Frankly, that’s the only thing I like about it. Even the New Deal wasn’t able to extend the Great Depression beyond a decade. Today, nearly one decade after the orgy of spending instituted during the George W. Bush administration, crony capitalists can say it was worth it. With each passing year, it seems government assumes more and more responsibility for our lives. Take solar subsidies — please! As Republicans and Democrats debate how much taxpayers should fund solar energy, let’s take a step back and realize that politicians have figured out a way to charge us for the sun.

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Thanksgiving will soon be here. It’s a holiday that seems to lack a soundtrack, though. Now, maybe you think that’s a good thing, but if you have songs that remind you of Thanksgiving, or simply of giving thanks, please feel free to post them here. Here are a few to start with, from the sublime […]

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 In less than a week, our country will gather together for “Thanksgiving”.  We’ll board Planes, Trains and Automobiles (remember the movie?) to make it to our loved ones’ gatherings, come hell or high water. We’ll bring out grandma’s special dessert, polish the silver, use the good china, and bow our heads. We’ll laugh, argue, eat too […]

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I am in no way any kind of sports fan.  I don’t read sports stories in the newspaper (print or online), and I don’t normally voluntarily watch sports on TV (except an occasional squash match with Ray).  On Thanksgiving, we were at my liberal sister’s house, and I actually watched the entire Seahawks-49ers game with […]

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Early Thanksgiving Reflection

 

I spent some time on YouTube yesterday, seeking inspiration for a  Thanksgiving reflection. While there was plenty to choose from — of all shapes and sizes, in poor taste and good — I settled on “Thanksgiving” by American pianist George Winston. I invite you for a moment to close your eyes, and simply drink it in:

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Up until recently, the holidays were very stressful for me. As a child it pained me to choose, every year, between my mom and my dad each Thanksgiving and Christmas. It felt very unfair, and there was a definite inequality between me and my half sister, who was raised in an intact home. I always […]

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How To Talk to Your Progressive Niece about Obamacare This Thanksgiving

 

As your family gathers around the table this Thanksgiving, the conversation may get a little heated if a left-wing relative brings up President Obama’s signature health law. The Affordable Care Act remains both unpopular and misunderstood among the American public — a combination that makes it likely fodder for holiday conflicts.

In fact, the website ThinkProgress posted an article titled “How To Talk To Your Tea Party Uncle About Obamacare This Thanksgiving.” So, if your niece blogs for ThinkProgress and starts making wild assertions about the Affordable Care Act, here are some key points that will help keep your conversation on track: