mardi 22 novembre 2011



November 22, 2011

 Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives.  During these tough economic times, it is important for us to realize the support and love we have from our family and friends.  No matter what hardships we might face, all of us have plenty for which to be thankful.  It is just a matter of focusing on what is really important; for one, living in a free and democratic country.
            In 1789, the first presidential proclamation was issued by George Washington.  He designated November 26th as a day of national prayer and thanksgiving to God.   The chief aim was to give thanks to God for “affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”  Sometimes it easy to forget how fortunate we all are to live in this great country.  We get caught up in our own lives and lose sight of how special this nation truly is.  A nation that was built upon a belief in democracy and the rule of law.  Our nation values separation of powers as a guard against a centralization of power.  We are blessed to live in a country that prefers to err on the side of individual freedom rather than on the side of big government.   
            As a Member of Congress and a naturalized American I know very well the uniqueness of the United States.  We are all blessed to live in a country where we are allowed to succeed as far as our talents take us.  It is hard to forget how novel this is when you look at most of human history.  For centuries, countries dictated commands to their people.  Their lives were determined by the circumstances of their birth.  The citizenry was seen as a means to serve the elite in society.  Our nation was founded upon the belief that governments are meant to serve the people and draw their authority from them.  This country opened its arms to me and my family when we fled the brutal Castro regime.  The United States cherishes freedom of expression, of the press and religion.  The toleration of different viewpoints, faiths and criticism is seen as evidence of the strength of our democracy.  We welcome and encourage independent political parties and believe in transparent and fair elections.  
            At the dinner table this Thanksgiving, among the many things for which you will give thanks, please join me in giving thanks for all the freedoms we have and especially for our troops who risk their lives so that our nation remains an example to the world.  As the wife of a Vietnam veteran and stepmother to a Marine aviator, I am aware of the sacrifices that military families have to make.  I encourage all you to take the time and thank our servicemen and women for their service during this holiday season.  I hope this Thanksgiving is a happy and healthy time for you and your family. 

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Member of Congress

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