Open Thread – Thanksgiving

A year ago, most of the country, and the free world, was elated over the election of Barak Obama.

We’ve now had a year-long reality check. Republicans are not interested in cooperating with anyone but one of their own. Obama really ran as a moderate – but compared to McCain/Palin, he appeared very left-wing.

The fact of the matter is, there are not enough progressives in Congress to move forward with an agenda that puts people over profits. I believe Obama is doing the best he can with the hand that was dealt him, on all fronts.

Rather than throw its hands up in despair, the Progressive Movement must redouble its efforts. Progressives are up against a corporate system that has control of enough wealth to literally buy Senators. They control enough of the media to control the thought processes of some 20 to 30 million people at the lower third of the bell-curve. Progressives, on the other hand, occupy the upper third of the bell-curve. That is our advantage.

Sarah Palin makes me thankful each time she opens her mouth. I’m thankful McCain listened to Kristol and selected her as his running mate. She helped doom the Republican Party in 2008, and will put on a repeat performance in 2012.

I am thankful we have seen some progressive movement out of Washington D.C. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act overturned a Supreme Court decision that stripped women of the right to equal pay. Yes, that’s one of our checks and balances. If the legislature or the people don’t like a Supreme Court decision, we can change the law.

We’ve seen some real movement towards closing Guantanamo, and respecting basic human rights. It looks like we’re starting to wind up Bush’s War in Iraq, and Obama is looking for a workable solution to an unsolvable problem in Afghanistan – one that won’t end up handing Pakistan’s nukes to the Taliban.

Health care reform looks like it will be more like a crack in the window than anything close to resembling Universal Health Care. But until Blue Dog Democrats are replaced with progressive candidates, it may be all we can get.

Finally, I’m thankful we have a president who cares about people, who spends time at a community organization passing out food to the needy rather than fly to a war zone for a photo op with a plastic turkey. I’m thankful we, the people, have taken a step in the right direction by moving our country to the left.

Peace, and Blessings,

Briseadh na Faire

10 thoughts on “Open Thread – Thanksgiving

  1. We have a long hard road ahead of us that will be filled with hard work and sacrifice. As you said, BnF, we have had some victories, some progress and we need to embrace those and hold them as the first paving stones on the road back to decency and prosperity.

    I join with House in expressing my gratitude for the Zoo. May all have an enjoyable holiday.

  2. I’m thankful I’ve gotten to know you guys here at the Zoo and that you’ve so warmly welcomed me. Happy Thanksgiving to each and all from myself, Lin and Bandit…enjoy!

    • Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I am only popping for a second before I get ready for guests to arrive. I’m very thankful for all the wonderful friends I’ve made here at TheZoo. I am thankful for all the wonderful talent and inspiration.
      I hope you all have a wonderful day with friends and family. 😀

  3. I am thankful that a wonderful group of people invited Jane and me to join them in starting a new progressive blog, one that has gotten notice from time to time, something for which I will always be proud.

    I am thankful that this wonderful group of Critters lets me express myself through my song parodies in this blog. If only one gets prominent notice, it will be good for all of us. I will be thankful if and when that happens.

    I am thankful for our troops serving both at home and abroad. I am thankful for a president who does not view military action as the first step in international diplomacy. I am thankful for the efforts of the hard-working people who helped get more Liberals and Progressives elected to Congress, including some of our own Critters.

    I am thankful for the education I get from my fellow Critters. I may not comment on them, but I do enjoy Walt’s Watering Hole threads, and their fascinating glimpses into history and science. Keep it up, Walt. And I also enjoy BnF’s wonderful commentaries, especially with their informed legal viewpoints. I enjoy the political cartoons, and the perspectives they bring. I enjoy it all. You guys help me find ways to express myself about the thigns I believe. Not just the Critters, but the regular guests who stop by and give us links to great articles. I learn so much from all of you, and for that I am very, very thankful. If I tire of everything else, I will never tire of learning.

    I want to wish each and every one of you, Critters of and Visitors to TheZoo, a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving Weekend. I love you all. 🙂

    (And I am thankful to my boss for giving me a new keyboard, so I can do emoticons again. 😆 )

  4. I am going to hoist a glass in absentia for Zooey. Even tho she is off on another planet with no Internet and can’t offer her wishes for us on Thanksgiving (may she be having a great time at the beach) I will toast our Zookeeper.

    The Zoo is a gathering of like minds, a virtual Irish pub of conviviality made possible thru the efforts of many. Zooey is the pivot point. May her holiday, and all of ours, be fruitful and enjoyable.

  5. I’m thankful for my family, having a great job, my friends here at der Zoo, and my awesome students!
    It’s hard to believe we’re almost into December!
    Time is flying, so I must be having fun!

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