"We Must especially beware of that small group of selfish men who would clip the wings of the American Eagle to feather their own nests." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

It occurred to me, as I sat with a wonderful group around the Thanksgiving diner table of a dear friend, how blessed I was to be able to enjoy such a delicious meal in such good company. Our conversation roamed from good stories to what’s happenings in the arts and in Washington DC to talk of our travels. After we’d enjoyed all we could eat and before the tryptophan kicked in, our hostess asked that we each state what we were most thankful for since last Thanksgiving. On the taxi ride home, I began to wonder how those fat cat House Republicans could enjoy their Thanksgiving meals while voting to cut $40 billion from the Food Stamp budget, thus taking food out of the mouths of recipients. Do they think the children of the poor don’t deserve nutrition, or do they just not care about the well-being of anyone unlike themselves? But then I thought, hell, they too are probably sitting down with friends and loved ones in the manner of the Pilgrims who gave thanks for their bounty in this new land (the land they had taken from its First People). Perhaps if those who oppose Food Stamps were asked to say what they were grateful for at their Thanksgiving, they might express appreciation for having no conscience to plague them, or for forgetting that America is supposed to be a country “…of the people, by the people, and for the people.“ In retrospect I’m adding to my own wealth of things to be grateful for the fact that the Republicans are finally showing the world how small-minded and unfit to serve they really are. And so I say, “Let ‘em eat crow!”

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