"When they allow a talk show host to play them like a two-dollar banjo, they demonstrate what kind of backbone they'll bring to the job later on, if we elect them. After they get elected will they continue to allow Jeff Crank to put a nickel in them and wind them up every Saturday morning?"

Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Giving Thanks

by The Lone Front Ranger


What I am grateful for:

I am grateful for my spouse, family, bosses, co-workers, and friends. Their support and guidance sustains me and reminds me of what we fight for.

I am grateful for the men and women in our Armed Forces, who put their lives on the line so that I can live in this amazing country. Their dedication to our country inspires me to serve where I can.

I am grateful for our elected officials, who dedicate themselves to increasing liberty and decreasing the impact of government. Their tireless work in the face of high scrutiny and low pay moves me to levels of appreciation I never imagined.

I am grateful for our national symbols – the Statue of Liberty, the American Flag, the National Anthem. They still give me chills, tears, and a sense of pride and patriotism after all these years. I wish never to lose the reverence for what these symbols mean.

I am grateful for our system of government. Even though I disagree with everything our President and Congress are doing today, I know that our system gives us the ability to take it back. It gives me optimism for the future that our way of life is still in our grasp.

I am grateful for living in a secure country, where I can go to a polling place to exercise my right to vote, without fear of violence. I can speak out against my government without fear of being shot. That is not possible in much of the world. This freedom compels me to appreciate it in every moment.

I am grateful for the Bill of Rights, and especially the 2nd Amendment. The right to protect my family and myself gives me the confidence to live the life I want.

I am grateful for being born in a country where anything is possible. Her ideals stir a deep desire to give my best. Because I have the freedom to do anything I can imagine, not to take advantage of that freedom would be unconscionable.

Happy Thanksgiving. Please remember what we are fighting for.

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