Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Terry came up with a very thought-provoking question for an early version of the T3:

It’s not Thursday…But if it were Thursday, I wouldn’t be here, because I’m off tomorrow for Thanksgiving, and worse, we wouldn’t get to have a Thursday Three (the Internets’s most popular time-wasting diversion!) It’s awfully difficult to have a Thursday Three today, since it is a Wednesday, but the week just wouldn’t feel right without our usual set of probing, insightful inquiries.

SO IN THAT CASE, let’s have us an Axis of Weevil Wednesday One!

Now, since it’s close to Thanksgiving, we might want to ask the usual question about what you’re most thankful for, but in order to make it slightly different, let’s do this--

What do you think other people aren’t thankful enough for?

Terry, I think, has really hit it on the head in his answer: people are not grateful enough for the incredible freedom we enjoy in this country. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were not simply words written down by our founding fathers for the history books; they are the bedrock principles of our nation. We are free to worship as we choose, work where/if we will, take advantage or not of the opportunities presented to us, and to voice any and all opinions we may have about anything under the sun. The roughly 25 million people who came to our shores between 1820 and 1920 yearned for the economic and social opportunities that freedom represented.

But attitudes have changed. True, in our politically correct culture it appears as if we are constantly working to protect the rights of various groups, offering freedom to be whoever we really are. But at the same time, our tolerance of conflicting opinions/lifestyles/political parties seems to be waning. We are in an era where people jealously guard their individual rights, primarily by calling for the annihilation of anyone who dares to disagree with them. They have lost sight of the fact that those rights and freedoms are extended to all.

Just my two cents. If you disagree with me, you are welcome to move to France.

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