Thursday, November 27, 2008
The economy is in the tank, many Americans fear for their jobs and are up to their eyebrows in debt, Clintonistas are filling up the executive branch, and jihadis are rounding up American and British tourists. For many countries around the world, this would be a recipe for despair. For Americans, well, we have only just begun to fight.
Barack Obama's campaign succeeded, in part, because his theme of "hope and change" are universal American values. These same words would not elect the dog-catcher in most other countries. We are an optimistic people, and we accept change -- indeed, we embrace change -- like no other people on Earth. We therefore have an enormous amount to be thankful for, starting with our national proclivity toward optimism in the teeth of great adversity. Historians will shudder, but I think that is the most enduring cultural legacy of the great struggles of Plymouth Colony and Jamestown four hundred years ago.