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Reforming America: Giving Thanks

In all of the discussions about the problems our nation has it is easy to forget what all we have to be thankful for. In the spirit of Thanksgiving I would like to take a moment to talk about giving thanks and the things we have to be thankful for as Americans.

Over more than half of the globe the people do not have most of the basic freedoms we take for granted every day. The rights that our ancestors fought and died to established and protect are gifts beyond measure that most Americans spend little or no time thinking about. We have freedom of speech and religion and the right to march in the streets if we donít like something our government has done or is doing.

In many countries if one was to speak openly against the policies of his or her government it would lead to imprisonment or death. That is a fact of life for literally billions of people around the world. Dissidents are killed on a daily basis for having views contrary to those of the people in power in their country. In many countries around the world people are killed on a daily basis for no other reason than being born of a certain clan and there is no consequence for their killers.

In America we have prosperity and even in hard economic times most people are able to acquire the basic necessities of life such as food and shelter. When unemployment reaches 10% we demand action because it is so far outside of the norm for our country. There are many nations where 10% unemployment would be seen as amazing progress and prosperity when compared with the normal economic state of their nations. We have rarely seen widespread famine in our nation in the entirety of our history. For some nations famine is a fact of life year after year.

If you were to go to parts of Africa and ask the people what they want most in the world they would simply say food and clothing for their children. These things we think of as commonplace are treasured by those who donít have them. As we stop to spend time with our families this Thanksgiving we should all take a moment to remember that no matter how tough things may seem here they are far worse for others around the world. We have much to be thankful for and we should all appreciate that. Our nation may have many flaws but it also has much to treasure. When you put your feet up after your second or third helping of turkey and remark about how stuffed you feel remember that somewhere in the world there is a person not so different from you that will never know that feeling.

This Thanksgiving remember to treasure the bounty that you enjoy as an American.

From all of us at Reform America, Happy Thanksgiving!

Troy Wilson-Ripsom | Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article



Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net





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