And blemishes on our history should never be an excuse to forget that we can be proud of our American history and nation. Too many people think that history should be teaching about these blemishes--real and imagined:
The big lies about America all work to undermine the sense of honor and gratitude that ought to inspire every citizen, particularly in this Thanksgiving season.
We've done well and we've accomplished good around the world. The world is a better place because we are who we are.
And be grateful that we have young men and woman worthy of our thanks who fight our enemies in far off places so we may enjoy our holidays back home. The Marines at Shewan in Afghanistan are just the latest to make us all proud of our military:
After calling for close-air support, the small group of Marines pushed forward and broke the enemies’ spirit as many of them dropped their weapons and fled the battlefield. At the end of the battle, the Marines had reduced an enemy stronghold, killed more than 50 insurgents and wounded several more.
“I didn’t realize how many bad guys there were until we had broken through the enemies’ lines and forced them to retreat. It was roughly 250 insurgents against 30 of us,” the corporal said. “It was a good day for the Marine Corps. We killed a lot of bad guys, and none of our guys were seriously injured.”
That corporal is a sniper who killed 20 of the enemy on his own.
Give thanks. We are truly blessed. All of us.