Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

It’s that miserable time of the year. Right wingers are miserable because Obama will be president. Lefties are miserable over Bush being, for 54 more days, president of our once magnificent country. Never has so much utter failure and sheer disaster been dumped on an incoming president. The excitement of the election has subsided into a relatively moderate mix of anticipation and anxiety.

Thanksgiving is upon us with its own familiar and familial mix of anticipation and anxiety.

Corporate America is desperately hoping there’s enough consumer cash left in our pockets to give them a profitable shopping season. I wouldn’t want to be them right now.

The collapse of the unregulated greed-fueled economy has shifted everyone’s expectations for the coming year. Hopes for a happy and prosperous new year are deflating into a nervous desire for simple survival. We all have a sick stirring of dread in our collective gut about the remaining effects yet to be felt from the ruinous Bush Administration policies of pillage, plunder and scorched earth.

And so now in this setting Americans are expected to celebrate Thanksgiving. The only thankful soul I’ve seen so far, other than the Decider eagerly planning to “refill the old coffers” with his retirement speaking engagements, is the turkey pardoned by Sarah Palin. Yet, why do I think his pardon will not be honored?

Somehow I still have to feel a sense of thankfulness.

For one thing, I’m damn thankful I was not one of those early pilgrim settlers. They went though almost as much hell as they inflicted upon the native tribes. No, I wouldn’t care to trade places with them.

I’m also very thankful I’m not a “liberated” Iraqi. Those poor souls have suffered more than their share.

I guess that makes me thankful to be a citizen of the collapsing empire that has finally come to realize the consequences of unleashed corporatism and its over-extended projection of power.

If you’re the kind of person who can’t stand to be bored, you can be very thankful. We will not be bored witnessing the events of the coming years. I’ve come to understand how much I would be happy to simply be bored. I guess that’s some small insight I could be thankful about.

I am truly thankful for all the great bloggers out there for me to read. I am also thankful for the discerning and kind readers who may enjoy these little rants. We can be thankful we’re all in this together and are able to share our individual perspectives. It is good to know there are many others out there like us.

So let us be thankful for the simple things. We have home and hearth, family and friends, and food and drink.

Let’s enjoy our brief bubble of hope before the next administration takes the helm. At least we can be thankful that after January, we won’t be as disappointed, angry, and frustrated as we’ve been for the past eight years.

And finally, we can be thankful for not having to worry about having too much money anymore.


Kulkuri said...

I keep thinking of the old Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times". These certainly are interesting times. I guess I can be thankfull that the collapse of the economic market hasn't affected me or mine too much so far.

Mauigirl said...

Too true, Dave. But you're right, right now we are at the high point of the upcoming administration - all the hope and no disappointment. Let's enjoy it!

Hope you and yours had a great Thanksgiving!

jmsjoin said...

Dave you are all right!
My wife is down at the mall doing her traditional post Thanksgiving shopping with orders not to buy anything as usual! after a couple of years of trying to warn people and the country that this manufactured crisis was coming to a head soon they laughed. Well here it is just beginning and not too many ae laughing. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

D.K. Raed said...

You are so correct ... yeah, having all that money was starting to worry me, so I guess I can be VERY thankful now! We will certainly not be bored. Overwhelmed maybe, but not bored. End of empires is always a perilous place in time. But here we are and I am extremely thankful we are NOT looking at McC-P at the helm in January!

Daisy Deadhead said...

Hope your Thanksgiving was good, Dave!

Anonymous said...

Dave, I dropped in to let you know I have added a discussion board for the Blogger Album Project.  Feel free to use the board to discuss your favorite cuts off your album choices, selections that came close to making your list, selections others made, etc.