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From my Thanksgiving 2008 blog post....
The nation will experience over the next 2 years the most depressed economic situation we've witnessed in at least 30 years….and I'm afraid it will actually be worse than is now expected. Thursday, when we gather our loved ones together, we won't know how our individual circumstances will change by this time next year. 401 K's have been ravaged for many, jobs have been, and will continue to be, lost, health care as well, lifestyles will be downsized, purchasing will be in a state of retraction, uncertainty will abound.
Extended families will be forced to consolidate their assets, many moving in together. The frivolous consumption pattern we're addicted to will, of necessity, be altered. While prices will be low and it will be a buyer's market……uncertainties and fears will keep purchasing practices in check. This time will be recorded as the first great recession of the 21st century.
I'm not sure that America will ever fully recover. I'm not quite as hopeful as President-elect Obama. It just could be that this period will mark the beginning of America's permanent, albeit slow, decline in standard of living.
That was two years ago, a few weeks after the historic election of Barack Obama.
In 2010 we are worn out with Recession Fatigue, exhausted. This Thanksgiving, we don't need, nor want, solemn warnings about how much worse things are going to get.
So, without further ado...here's my not-as-dire 2010 list of political stuff to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
1) I'm thankful that the U.S. government has not attacked the nation of Iran....yet. Although there is little doubt in my mind that the U.S......with or without Israel.....will eventually attack Iran as part of the neo-conservative plan to remodel the middle east to "protect our interests in the region"......we haven't done it yet. For that I am thankful.
2) I'm thankful for the influence of Sarah Palin on our political scene. Because of the direct influence of Sarah Palin in senatorial races in Nevada, Delaware and Alaska.....Republicans failed to take back the Senate. If Palin would have endorsed the GOP primary candidates in those three states, Republicans would control the Senate come January. She didn't....they don't.....I am thankful.
3) The Reverend is extremely thankful this Thanksgiving season for the impeccable work of our nation's largest media sources. Over the past year, corporate media has bent over backwards in what can only be described as an attempt to prove that they are neither objective nor unbiased....nor actually, deliverers of news. I really appreciate that kind of honesty and frankness, and so I give thanks.
4) I'm grateful this Turkey Day for the Tea Party. Before the Tea Partys, I never knew what had become of the remains of the old John Birch Society and various and sundry white supremacy movements scattered throughout the country. Now I know.....and I'm thankful for the education.
5) Most of all, The Reverend is thankful for the veritable flood of accountability I've witnessed this past year. Do we live in an age of accountability, or what? From the Pope of Rome, to offshore oil drillers, to attacks on humanitarian aid ships, to humble and altruistic Wall Street Patriots, to "just say no'ers" in the U.S. Congress.....I'm relatively sure that many will join with me in declaring 2010, The Year Of Accountability. For that unprecedented exhibition of accountability by our most powerful.....I give thanks.
This Thanksgiving season at The Reverend's World Headquarters, we are serving 10 Thursday and 11 Saturday. Typical fare.....turkey, mashed taters, gravy, stuffing, corn, green beans, rolls....and of course, my world-famous cranberry salad concoction. I would tell you about the desserts, but then you would want to come over....so I can't.
What's up for you and yours this Thanksgiving?