The Election of 2012 proved to be a glaring example of how divided we are in America. We should use Thanksgiving 2012 as a holiday that reminds us of all that brings us together.
Though actual documents may not provide solid proof, it is generally believed that in the fall of 1621, the new settlers from England and the Native Americans came together for a gathering to give ‘thanks’ for the harvest. If two distinctively different groups with entirely different sets of beliefs could come together in 1621 to share a feast and give ‘thanks’ for all they were blessed with, then in that same spirit conservatives and liberals should be able to come together this Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday, which means that all religions can come together for a day when we more actively acknowledge all the things for which we are thankful. And regardless of religion or race or whether you are conservative, liberal, suburbanite, urbanite or any of the countless groups that define our differences, we should recognize that we all want the same things: good health, happiness, the best for our children and our families, the opportunity to provide, a positive future and a Saints victory Sunday against the 49ers. We all want the best for America, even if there are different ideas on how to make America the best.
Even if the results of the election have led you to have a negative view of our country and our future, let’s come together this Thanksgiving as one nation under God and celebrate all that we have as a nation and as individuals. For compared to the world, we have plenty and there is much to be thankful for.