Editorial: America and the Big Turkey

By Editorial Board
November 18, 2005

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble. The turkey goes gobble. The time for giving thanks is upon the American people; the American people who gobble-up every form of energy, space, and material good in sight. America, however, would not be America if we did not gobble so much. Big turkeys, stuffed to the brim with whatever are loaded onto the beds of our pick-up trucks, basted, driven into our dining rooms and heaved to the center of the table directly under the chandelier. It’s the American way.

Squabble, squabble, squabble (Stick with it, a play on words is appropriate during the holidays). As we approach the New Year, Democrats and Republicans continue to squabble while our nation is divided over many issues. Just last week, at a Veteran’s Day Memorial speech, President Bush took a shot at Senator John Kerry for criticizing pre-war intelligence. Are we not approaching the time of the year where we forgive and forget?

Wobble, wobble, wobble. We remain supportive of our troops, but the steadfast support of our leadership present a few years ago is beginning to wobble. How are we supposed to support members of a government in a time of war when they cannot even make peace with one another?

With all this gobbling, squabbling and wobbling, it is uncertain which direction our country is headed. The path America is taking is a concern of many leaders in our country and the concern is expressed every single day in every form of media. From former President Jimmy Carter questioning America’s future to countries many students have not even heard of disapproving of America, uncertainty reigns supreme.

There is a laundry list of issues that need to be dealt with as soon as possible. Perspectives have been written in this issue of the Loquitur relative to how we Americans take things for granted and sometimes we forget how lucky we are. While this idea is absolutely true, it is imperative to also mention how easily we could change things in the world if we were not so driven by money. Money tends to blind people from the surrounding world. It hinders the realistic view one so desperately needs. Petty issues such as our coffee being too hot or a sweater not fitting a certain way distract us from the issues that should really occupy our minds.

It is evident, however, how quickly the American people can bind together in moments of tragedy. American citizens have donated their time, hearts and hundreds of millions of dollars to relief efforts for tragedies such as Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami victims.

The United States bonds together as the greatest country in the world in the face of tragedy, but this union we form in severe occasions quickly crumbles. Too often, shallow issues such as religion, race, sex and money pry us apart from one another.

So maybe this thanksgiving, the American people should be thankful for the ability to make money, choose a religion, be a certain race, sex or political party, rather than letting these things divide the population. Not many people around the world can say they have such freedom. For now, let us eat the inflated turkeys that sit before us, but not forget how good we really have it.

Posted to the web by Shane Evans

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