The time of year has come when we are supposed to give thanks for all the numerous blessings we, as Americans, enjoy. It’s been a rough last few years, but, as it turns out, there’s a lot to be thankful for.

I’m thankful for my health.

I’m thankful for a place to live and food to eat, while so many others don’t have the same.

I’m thankful for the sunset. It simply never gets old.

I’m thankful for a job, which has allowed me to retain everything else I just mentioned, even the sunset. After all, how can you enjoy a beautiful sunset when you’re too busy worrying and scrambling for a job?

I’m thankful for holiday-themed lattes. Most signs of the season I don’t care much for, but this one is a notable exception.

I’m thankful for the French. Without them, we wouldn’t have won our independence from Great Britain. And they did give us that wonderful Statue of Liberty pictured above.

I’m thankful for the Internet, and with it the ability to effortlessly communicate with anyone in the entire world.

But most of all, I’m thankful for liberty. I’m grateful that I can do almost anything I want for a living, and can still live comfortably despite taxes. I’m happy to be able to believe in whatever God I want, with no one to force me to think a certain way. I like having rights, so that even agents of the government have to have a real probable cause to detain or search me. I love being able to carry a gun, openly or otherwise, without anyone assuming that I intend to visit violence on another person, or anyone trying to stop me. I’m thankful for my general ability to live my life peacefully and free.

Now, don’t think for a moment that I don’t recognize all the problems our great American system and society face. I know we have much work still to do. But let’s be honest here: we have more to be thankful for than practically any other people the world over.

Think about all that as you gather with your friends and family to give thanks. Think about your liberty, that one thing we take for granted until it’s gone. Happy Thanksgiving.

Joel Valenzuela is the editor of Latino News Today

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