What do we, as a nation, have to be most thankful for?What do we, as a nation, have to be most thankful for?
I agree with the response. Americans are a free people as well, but I agree that we are most fortunate in that most Americans have been able to enjoy a high standard of living. We see now that that standard of living can be tenuous, and the effects of poverty are felt by many in the United States, but ultimately, we have lived through a time when we had material advantages unlike any that the world has ever seen.
We should be most thankful to live in a constitutional democracy that allows us precious freedoms not enjoyed in so many countries, freedom of speech, of religion, of assembly, of the press. We have the freedom to choice our representatives, the freedom to make our own reproductive choices, and the freedom to travel within our own borders without restrictions.
I agree with post #2, we have one of the highest standards of living in the world economically. Politically speaking, we have a government that protects our rights, and even though the system is not without flaws, our Constitution has safe-guarded our liberties and allowed our country to develop and grow. Thank you, James Madison!
Are we talking about the United States here? If so, we have the fact that our standard of living is higher than it has ever been. We all have so many things that were never even really dreamed of 40 years ago. We may think things are sort of bad right now, but in historical terms, we are so rich and so lucky.
In the U.S., I believe the answer is individual liberties. We can come and go as we please, we can choose our occupation or vocation, and we can choose to believe in something or not to believe in something. Many of these liberties do not exist in other less tolerant countries.
You have the freedom to speak your mind, and make choices that can't be made in other parts of the world. We have the freedom to criticize our government, and the freedom to pick a new one, when the next election occurs. This is a very important right we should all exercise.