Growing up in Cleveland, one of my favorite days every year was Thanksgiving Day. Between my wonderful Dad and Grandmother, there was no way I would not learn about the significance of Thanksgiving. Both took great measures to explain the history and significance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Dad was unabashedly patriotic and held this republic in the highest regard. He did not hold a grudge against and hate the entire nation, just because democrats were at onetime free to inflict their racist actions against black Americans in order to plunder them. Dad was appreciative for the good this republic had and in my opinion, continues to offer all Americans. Dad was a glass half full kind of guy. He was very adamant about how we as a family should honor the day, by remembering the story about the first recorded Thanksgiving celebrated amongst the Pilgrims and the American Indians who aided them in their effort to grow food and sustain themselves in the new land they now called home.  

Grandmother was steadfast in her faith and was even more vocal about the importance of prayerful thanks to the one who shed his grace upon our nation. She would tell us that a grateful nation is a blessed nation. 

Grandmother also noted that when or if the time comes that America is no longer grateful to our Heavenly Father our nation would decline in stature, wealth and power. The eight years of the Obama regime is most certainly reflective of her wise observations. While the importance of recognizing the real meaning of thanksgiving was strongly encouraged by Dad, it did in no means take away from the joy of that blessed holiday. I for one was allowed to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from beginning to end. Then there was the afternoon neighborhood Turkey Bowl football game we all participated in. Mom and Grandmother, with a little help from my two sisters prepared the Thanksgiving meal we all were anticipating. 

I am firmly convinced that there was a general attitude of gratitude often encouraged and displayed during the wonder years of my youth. That in my opinion was a huge reason we as a nation have been so blessed throughout the years. One of the things stressed by great men of history ranging from Christopher Columbus, Noah Webster, John Adams, Benjamin Rush, Frederick Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, Gen. George Patton and president Ronald Reagan was the importance of being thankful for the bountiful blessings of the United States of America. My Dad would tell me, that if I am thankful for my life in the United States, I am more likely to be patriotic. 

Noah Webster’s description of patriotism in his American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828:  patriotism, Love of country; the passion to serve one’s country, either in defending it from invasion, or defending it’s rights and maintaining it’s laws and institutions in vigor and purity. 

Patriotism is the characteristic of a good citizen, the noblest passion that animates a man in character of a citizen. 

What you are truly thankful for, you will defend and if any changes are necessary, they will only be for the authentically better, not to bring about decline or destruction like so many leftist seek for America today. As we kick off yet another season of holiday cheer and good tidings, let us lead off with a humble attitude of gratitude. 

We the People of this great republic need to adopt a glass half-filled mentality so that we are psychologically positioned to build rather than wallow in self-pity or bitterness that leads to both personal and societal destruction. 

You want a better life?
Be thankful for your life, you desire a better republic?
Then be thankful for her and fight for what is authentically good. 

I believe our United States of America is worth being thankful for. So, let us give thanks unto God. Not only on Thanksgiving Day, but every single day. I for one am so Thankful for the great Dad, who was the first to teach me about the proper attitude of being thankful for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness and to not allow them to be expunged from our national existence.  

Happy Thanksgiving my fellow Americans. 

God bless you, God Bless America and may America bless God.