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A good time to be grateful

The meaning of Thanksgiving can’t be found in a store, or summed up with a few simple cliches. Sure, it’s about the “four F’s” of family, faith, food, and football, and the joy and togetherness we feel when all those elements come together around the dinner table in homes across America. But more than that, it’s in the little moments that make up Thanksgiving--holding hands and saying grace, reconnecting with out-of-town family, meeting newborn nieces and nephews for the first time--that we get a glimpse of what the day is all about.

When life deals us hassles and inconveniences on a day-to-day basis, it’s easy to become worn down and start to take our many blessings for granted. But if we take the time to step back, we realize how amazingly lucky we truly are--to be alive, to be Americans, to live in this land of freedom, prosperity, and opportunity.

We’re grateful for the guardians of this freedom and opportunity--the brave men and women serving in uniform--and keep a special place in our hearts for all the families with an empty place setting at the table.

On Thanksgiving, when the turkey comes out of the oven and we’re in the presence of the people we love, we realize once again how good life truly is. And we’re grateful.

From my home to yours, I wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings.


Jason Stverak
President, Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity