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Thanksgiving Tag

Thanksgiving 2019 is upon us. It's a day for us to all get along, put aside our differences. It's a day to remember how lucky we are to live in this country. We decided to put together what we're thankful for in 2019. Please share your thoughts in the comments!

A few years ago I remember listening to a random episode of the Rush Limbaugh Show live when Rush was on holiday and had a guest speaker sitting in from New York City. He did a segment on the much-ballyhooed “War on Christmas” that has been contentiously discussed on the right side of the aisle and flatly disregarded on the left.

I wasn't planning on a "Thanksgiving" post. This is a late in the day inspiration, now that we have returned home from a relative's house and I'm fighting my best to keep from falling asleep.

This is one of my favorite pieces of American history. It speaks so much to who we are and who we are meant to be as a people. And that's why I post it every year. George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation written in 1789 is essential holiday reading. The colonies frequently set, "aside days of thanksgiving, prayer, and fasting in response to significant events," according to Mount Vernon's historical sources.

Tuesday, President Trump pardoned two turkeys -- Peas and Carrots. This year, voters selected the turkey to be pardoned via a poll on the White House's official website.

Around this time every year, coastal media trot out a series of articles "preparing" a very particular set of readers for encounters with opinions unlike their own, which says more about them than the subject of their writing, but anyway... This year is no different, except for the fact that their attempts to normalize contentious Thanksgiving Dinner conversation are far less veiled than years past. Once upon a time, there was at least a pretense of impartiality. But this is 2018 and everything with which they disagree is abhorrent and at the very least, racist.

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation written in 1789 is essential holiday reading. The colonies frequently set, "aside days of thanksgiving, prayer, and fasting in response to significant events," according to Mount Vernon's historical sources.

Happy Thanksgiving. This year, I wanted to take an in-depth look at cranberries, which are second only to the turkey drumstick as the favorite component of my holiday meal. The little, red sphere of tartness turns out to be only one of three fruits that naturally occur in North America (the other two being blueberries and Concord grapes).

From all of us at Legal Insurrection, to you, dear reader, we wish you the Happiest of Thanksgivings. May gratefulness and thanksgiving be your constant companions and may you enjoy the fullness and richness of blessings this life has so generously given. We are truly thankful for you. This year, our authors, editors, and contributors share their favorite parts of Thanksgiving, their cherished memories, and reflect on that which makes them grateful.

Continuing the fun holiday tradition, President Trump pardoned two turkeys, named Wishbone and Drumstick, from becoming Thanksgiving dinner.
"I'm pleased to report that unlike millions of other turkeys at this time of the year, Drumstick has a very, very bright future ahead of him," Trump said at the pardoning, with first lady Melania and son Barron standing by his side and many extended family members in the audience.

Jeff Jacoby, The Boston Globe, November 27, 2003, Giving thanks for the 'invisible hand':
Isn’t there something wondrous — something almost inexplicable — in the way your Thanksgiving weekend is made possible by the skill and labor of vast numbers of total strangers? To bring that turkey to the dining room table required the efforts of thousands of people — the poultry farmers who raised the birds, of course, but also the feed distributors who supplied their nourishment and the truckers who brought it to the farm, not to mention the architect who designed the hatchery, the workmen who built it, and the technicians who keep it running. The bird had to be slaughtered and defeathered and inspected and transported and unloaded and wrapped and priced and displayed. The people who accomplished those tasks were supported in turn by armies of other people accomplishing other tasks — from refining the gasoline that fueled the trucks to manufacturing the plastic in which the meat was packaged.

At this time of year, we're bombarded with articles about "How to talk to your family about politics at Thanksgiving" and this year it seems like there have been more than usual. I guess we can chalk that up to it being such a hard fought election. Most of these articles focus on ways to diffuse tense situations and get along but Helen Ubiñas of the Philadelphia Inquirer has a different suggestion. She wants people to fight with their Trump supporting relatives. From her column:
This Thanksgiving, don't play nice with the racist, sexist, misogynist Trump voters It's been a little over a week since President-Elect Donald Trump's victory, and I'm going to ask us to stop doing something that we are hardwired to do, to reject what is arguably the human race's best trait. Adapt. We shouldn't.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. Setting aside an entire four-day weekend to actively and collectively practice gratitude is an incredible part of our cultural heritage. Because I do so love Thanksgiving, I asked the LI team to share their thoughts on this special day. Here's what we're thankful for.