Sound off: Hoping nation has a reason to be thankful someday

  • Friday, November 22, 2019 4:46pm
  • Opinion

This newspaper asked me to name a few things for which I was thankful, as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday.

I’m genuinely thankful for the love of family and friends, for decent health, and for having the good luck to serve our community in a way that is both gratifying and meaningful.

As a prosecutor, devoted to the law and sworn to protect our core democratic institutions, I gave some thought to the big picture things for which I am also thankful.

I’m thankful that our national leaders stand up strongly for democratic values, the rule of law, and service above self.

I’m thankful that we live in a country where the President always exemplifies our nation’s highest ideals by his words and deeds.

I’m thankful to have a President possessing such strong character and morals, that people everywhere tell their children: “You should aspire to be just like him.”

I’m thankful that our President follows the example of iconic predecessors like Washington and Lincoln by always telling the truth.

I’m thankful that lawmakers have the wisdom to guide our future based on the best available scientific knowledge and research.

I’m thankful to live in a country where civil dissent is not only tolerated but encouraged by those in power.

I’m thankful that the President values the free and vigorous press guaranteed by the First Amendment, even if he may come under media scrutiny and criticism.

I’m thankful for a President who is humble and thick-skinned.

I’m thankful that our country stands firmly and loyally with allies who have fought by our side, for our mutual security.

I’m thankful that our elected officials unfailingly put the interests of the nation ahead of their personal interests.

I’m thankful that the President speaks out forcefully, consistently and without hesitation against those who profess ideologies of hatred, division and bigotry.

I’m thankful for a President who will hastily defend from bullying and defamation the honorable public servants who selflessly devoted their lives to this nation, especially those who have shed blood, been imprisoned by our enemies and lost their lives and loved ones to protect us.

I’m thankful to live in a country that welcomes with compassion the innocent refugees fleeing war zones and other broken countries.

I’m thankful that we are generous with our wealth, knowledge and technology, sharing it to improve the lives not only of our own citizens but also those not lucky enough to have been born in the United States.

I’m thankful that our wisdom and humanity compel us to fight relentlessly those nations who kidnap, imprison and abuse children, in part because we know that the children we save will grow up to love and admire America; they will offer a compelling narrative against the terrorists and dictators who seek to do us harm.

Finally, I’m thankful and hopeful that next year I’ll be able to say all of this, not as a sarcastic screed against a dishonorable, incompetent and corrupt administration, but as a heartfelt profession of love of country and admiration of those fine and honorable people who selflessly serve us.

May each and every one of you, regardless of belief, enjoy a happy and civil Thanksgiving, full of love and extra gravy.

• Greg Banks is prosecuting attorney for Island County.