Musings of Captain Justice a/k/a Gil Jones

Roger L. Simon

Giving thanks for America, and its exceptional people

What are you giving thanks for today? Family and friends, certainly. Our communities and churches. Our leaders. For health if we have it, or for the past years when we did.

For me, the appropriate giving of thanks is for America, for American Exceptionalism. And in that exceptionalism it must be recognized that it is its people and its Judeo-Christian roots from which this exceptional country has risen. Thus I give thanks for growing up in such a country, surrounded by the people and the ethical structures which have made America exceptional — unique in the history of the world — for such is, fundamentally, the source of all else for which we traditionally give thanks. Is all of that in danger?

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