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Thanksgiving is more than one day

“Eight-hundred forty-nine dollars and ninety-nine cents,” he said.

“Huh?” I said.

“The retail price of a stainless-steel Kenmore 4.2 cubic foot freestanding gas range,” said God, pointing to the television.

On the screen, an excited young woman blurted, “Twelve hundred dollars!”

Drew Carey looked sad for her as he revealed the price. God shook his head. “I tried to tell her,” he said. “If people would only listen to me …”

“Oh,” I said, and returned to the book I wasn’t reading.

God regarded me a moment. Then he said, “Transmission?”

I looked up. “What?”

God said, “I asked if you brought the car in because your transmission went blooey. Obviously, something’s got you down.”

I sighed and closed the book. “Trump,” I said.

“Trump?”

“The guy that’s going to be our new president,” I said.

“Oh yeah,” said God. “With the hair, right?”

“Yeah,” I said. “That guy.”

“Well, what about him?”

On the screen above us, some man had Drew Carey in a bear hug. I sighed. “He’s the worst excuse for a leader I’ve ever seen,” I said. “What kind of ‘president’ spends his time whining about how he’s treated on ‘Saturday Night Live?’

Or has to pay out $25 million to resolve a fraud case en route to inauguration? Not to mention that he’s assembling a cabinet only a Klansman could love.”

“Frightening,” said God.

“Yes,” I said. “Now here it is Thanksgiving and I find that, well, I’m just not feeling very thankful.”

God was incredulous. “But look at all I’ve given you. You’ve got that great wife, you have a house, you have health, you’ve got that new granddaughter toddling around.”

“Yeah,” I said. “Of course, I’m thankful for all that. But the country … ”

“You should thank me for the country, too,” he said.

“How?” I said. “Like I just told you, there’s nothing to be thankful for.”

“I disagree,” said God. “ I did some of my better work here.”

“Oh?” I said. “Which part? The bigotry, the stupidity or the misogyny?”

God gave me a level look. “You’re angry,” he said.

“Yeah,” I admitted. “I probably will be for the next few years.”

“Why?” asked God.

“Why?! Didn’t you hear what I said about the dope we elected? About the Masters of Evil he’s surrounding himself with?

I expect better from this country.”

“You expect better,” said God.

On the screen above, some lady shrieked and bit her fingernails as the Big Wheel spun.

“Yeah,” I said. “I do.”

“And what gives you this expectation?”

“This is America,” I said.

God laughed. “You people always say that word like a magic spell,” he said. “But there is no magic in it. Certainly no guarantee.

You may expect better in America only because here, you have the freedom to demand better — and to work toward better.

That’s all ‘America’ means. You had that freedom before this Trump person was elected, and you have it still. Not everyone does.”

“So you’re saying the fight to form a more perfect union is always ongoing?

And that even in our current predicament we can draw strength from knowing that?

You’re saying that God abides even now, and that these are things to be grateful for on Thanksgiving Day?”

God smiled. “I’m saying thanksgiving is not a day.”

“Wow,” I said. “I never thought about it like that.”

“You’re welcome,” said God.

Leonard Pitts Jr. is a nationally syndicated commentator, journalist, and novelist. Pitts’ column for the Miami Herald deals with the intersection between race, politics, and culture, and has won him multiple awards including a Pulitzer Prize in 2004.

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Leonard Pitts Jr.

Leonard Pitts Jr. is a nationally syndicated commentator, journalist, and novelist. Pitts' column for the Miami Herald deals with the intersection between race, politics, and culture, and has won him multiple awards including a Pulitzer Prize in 2004.

The highly regarded novel, Freeman (2009), is his most recent book.

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  1. missygreen November 24, 2016

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  2. wjca November 24, 2016

    That’s what makes America great: we want to be better, and we are free to work at it. We may not always succeed, but at least we are able to try.

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  3. Box November 24, 2016

    Thanksgivng message

    Ok.

    First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to all. Id like you to know I love you all and am grateful for you all and I mean that.

    Why do I say that? Not only at Thanksgiving but all the time, I know that what makes our country great isnt what we agree on or have in common but our differences because out of the differences and fights and arguments comes eventual progress which is not always clearly seen at the time. No, it doesnt mean i like to fight, I dont, but fights are hammers and chisels which fashion progress and new thinking. We have always been that way and lets never lose it. In fact, for america to be america we must never lose it.

    Throughout our history there have been famous fights, from bizarre rantings at city council meetings all the way up to civil war. All through the states, congresses, senates, WHs, individuals, situations, papers, lies, wars, money, always the fights and thats how we hammer down the garden steps we constantly put in front of us to walk forward on. A fight without the progress means we have stopped walking. Then as a country we have no place to go except die.

    Why do I say this? It describes one aspect of our situation but its not the root. Where is the root of all this? In the past 40-50 NM articles, very much including the one above, and including the last 5000 internet articles for that matter, there has been a common denominator I couldnt see until I read the article which I will link at the end. Please read it, its by a Trump voter who is critical of Trump but its not about Trump exactly, its about us. Poorly written and not 100% truthful, it hits the root, it hits the nerve and masterfully so.

    If you didnt like this campaign or the candidates, there is a reason for it. For at least the past 25 years or so, maybe 40, we have been on a certain slide. Not the country or politics or the economy but ourselves. Two things happened, we made things important that should have never been wasted time on, and we have descended as a people. Example, yesterday I was reading that never before have so many married men wanted to watch their wives or girlfriends have sex with another man. Why have so many people decided to be transgender? Why have things which we abhorred become commonplace? Why are bankruptcies and divorces rising? Why are so many people waiting longer to marry or not at all? Why is watching pornography at an all time high? Why are we lying so much to our spouses and each other? Why do people want to shoot each other? We anger easily. We are not happy.

    The value and importance of the WHYS is that as we go along these steps we are evolving ourselves and as a result, the country’s meaning and posture in ways we never intended. We each think, Ok, i will be a transgender and watch porn 6 hours a day and nothing will change. But yes you changed and when its multiplied by millions others, the nation changes too. Then we come along into the ugliest campaign ever and wonder why? Yes, its because thats what we have become. We did it, not Hillary or Trump who are either innocents or the product of what we have become, you choose. The anger put forth on both sides of the campaign had nothing to do with good/bad candidates, but US. THAT is what WE are. Liking it?

    Please read the article, id even consider it a favor if you would. Be safe today, eat well, appreciate what you have, hug each other, look at your family members like you might never see them again. And think a little that we have a choice how to make the country but it starts inside each of us, not any president or congress or anything external. The musician Lee Hays said that if you want the world to be immediately better, first change in yourself what you want to change in everybody else.

    Take care all.
    http://www.redflagnews.com/headlines-2016/millions-of-americans-are-expecting-a-new-golden-age-for-america-under-donald-trump-but-is-that-what-they-are-going-to-get

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  4. dtgraham November 25, 2016

    It’s a good thing that Trump wasn’t the head guy of the American colonists in the 17th and 18th century. He would have told his people that “when England sends it’s people, they’re not sending their best my pilgrim brothers.” “They’re sending the ‘enlightened’, they’re sending witches.” “A few, I assume, are non-renaissance people.” “They’re sending disease that will probably kill all of our turkeys.”

    That would have been it for Thanksgiving in America with colonial leader Trump. It just would have ended up as an ancient artifact of history.

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  5. Joan November 26, 2016

    It is time that we moved on from the hate on Trump which is reasonable and warranted into a plan to prevent his failings from harming the country and it’s most vulnerable citizens. It is wonderful that progressive sites have reported an increase in volunteers and donations; this clearly shows a strong willingness to work towards a fairer more tolerant America. Now what we need are leadership and a long term plan.

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