On this Thanksgiving Day, this twenty-second of November of two-thousand and twelve, we have a lot to be thankful for. Once again, we dodged two weather related bullets—Hurricane Sandy which devastated the Connecticut coast but here in Oxford, three hours net without power was the worst of it. Then the nor’easter which did give us about nine inches of snow, but no power outage or damaging wind. Our hearts cry out to those on coastal Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and beyond that are celebrating Thanksgiving in the dark.
With the nastiest campaign in modern American history behind us and the choices for our leaders made, we can only hope our leaders can agree on actions to better our economy, especially reduction in unemployment as our hearts cry out to those with no means of support. The need for all of us to be not red or blue but red, white, and blue is best spoken in a warning message by Teddy Roosevelt:
There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile…We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”