Thanksgiving in July (7/27/06) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Thanksgiving in July (7/27/06)

I could save this Point of View for Thanksgiving. But I don't think it should wait.

It applies to us all - regardless of our politics, social status, race or any of the other things that make us forget we're all in this together.

Put simply, we should all be thankful we have the good fortune to be living here and now in America.

Many good, upstanding people in the world deserve all the happiness life has to offer. But they have the simple misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Places like Beirut, Rwanda, Nazi Germany, or the Israel/Lebanon border -- places where a radical idea like "the pursuit of happiness" is a laughable pipe dream.

Just by the luck of the draw, most of us live in a place where the odds are pretty good we won't be killed today by a random bombing. The opportunity for success is there for those who seek it, and even our poor have a support system that's unthinkable in many other parts of the world.

While we worry about gas costing three dollars a gallon or whether U of L will win the Big East this year others are literally hoping to just wake up tomorrow.

We are indeed unbelievably fortunate to live in this country, and I didn't want to wait until Thanksgiving to say so.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.

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