|Thanksgiving 2008 at Baharia, Iraq.|
Photo by the U.S. Navy
This is a very special day in the United States, and I hope the traditions we celebrate here today will soon spread throughout the world. The very first Thanksgiving in North America was a day when two clashing civilizations were able to set aside their differences as one helped the other not to starve, and they sat together as brothers and gave thanks to the Almighty.
Today, I have many reasons to give thanks to God, though Thanksgiving Day is by no means the only day I’m truly thankful. I have a strong faith in God, a wonderful family, loyal friends, a comfortable job, and even further, I’ve been given the privilege of I living free in an exceptional Constitutional republic, of serving my state and country as a reservist, and to attend an excellent university. I see the Almighty working in the world every day, guiding us all to make improvements in our lives and the way we get along with others.
I’m also incredibly thankful and fortunate for everyone reading this message. It’s the readers of the Political Spectrum as well as the other Political Spectrum Publishing blogs that make this venture so worth it! Every day hundreds of people stop by to get the latest news and commentary on the political and economic arenas, and among all the mainstream media and junk media available, I’m glad that those readers came here. Thank you all!
So far we’ve all met many of Political Spectrum Publishing’s New Year’s goals:
· We have more than doubled the combined readership of the blogs
· My political Facebook account has over 1,500 friends (500 more than our goal by December 31, 2011)
· We have over 300 loyal followers on Twitter, many of whom mention and re-tweet @PublishPolitics
· Thousands of people have viewed Political Spectrum Publishing videos on YouTube (channel PoliSpecPublishing)
· Political Spectrum Publishing has published several books and is merely waiting for the best time to release them to the market!
· Readers continue to submit articles, op-eds, and comments which are great! (If you have a submission, send it to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
May every one of you have an amazing day with your families, friends, or improvised families and have a warm time of togetherness to reflect all you’re thankful for. I send my warmest greetings and best wishes to all troops overseas, from Japan and South Korea to Belgium and Germany, from Afghanistan and Iraq to Kuwait and North Africa. Stay safe, brothers and sisters!
If you’re not with loved ones right now and won’t be with loved ones today, go out right now! Find someone who’s hanging out all alone and invite them to have a Thanksgiving dinner with you, whether it’s beef jerky in the park or a large meal at your home or a restaurant. Make new friends that will stick with you through thick and thin!
Because of the fact that the original thanks givers were able to set their differences aside like adults, despite radically differing faiths, cultures, languages, and systems of ethics, I have hope for the future of mankind. I have hope that the Palestinian will soon be able to sit and dine with the Israeli, that the Shi’ite will be able to sit with the Sunni, the North Korean with the South Korean, the Christian with the Muslim, that angry and estranged brothers in the United States will forgive and embrace each other again, and that Almighty God will warm the hearts of human beings through knowledge and understanding.
Have a happy Thanksgiving. God bless you.