As we approach Thanksgiving, it’s customary to look back on the preceding year. It’s a chance to consider the good and the bad and identify where we can make improvements. There are no obstacles we can’t conquer if we have faith, love, and an open mind.

By every objective metric, the year 2021 has been a rollercoaster of a year. The year began similarly to the previous one, with the majority of the country remaining under lockdown. Then, with the certification of the 2020 election and the January 6 demonstrations, the culmination of four years of intensive politics reached its apex just after the year began. Indeed, Joe Biden was sworn in as president and assumed command of a country in shambles. One sincerely hoped he could make a good difference. Patience is essential, of course.

To many, it seems, their aspirations have been continually dashed by our new president. Millions of Americans’ pockets are being emptied by inflation, as prices for practically all necessary commodities have risen. Everything from pet food to gasoline has virtually doubled in price, but earnings have remained unchanged or, in some cases, even decreased. Meanwhile, we are facing a severe labor shortage, with millions of people simply refusing to work. People have discovered that it pays better to not work and instead collect government paychecks as a result of the extravagant stimulus packages that continued under
Biden. Businesses are shutting as a result of a lack of staffing.

Others, on the other hand, see the new president as a role model, a beacon of hope, and the leader who is ready, willing, and able to mend our country and lift us out of the abyss. Whatever your political views, this Thanksgiving, like all other Thanksgivings, should be free of provocative political speech and incendiary political stories. Thanksgiving is a day for family and friends to gather together, not to stay apart. That is why, despite the suffering we have endured over the past two years, we should all be grateful just to be here with one another.

COVID-19 was the black swan event of 2020, and we hoped it would be finished soon as we approached 2021. Yet, despite Biden inheriting a vaccine that prevented nearly all deaths from COVID-19, in the waves of the pandemic a new issue arose; that issue is the opioid crisis. The continuous surge in drug overdose mortality among our young is arguably more concerning than the deaths from COVID-19. More than 100,000 Americans have died as a result of drug usage so far in 2021. This far-reaching epidemic affects millions, regardless of their race, religion, sex, or income class. Our children have become hooked on opioids; they change their brain’s chemical composition, and they place them on a path to death. Like COVID-19, many families will be missing loved ones over Thanksgiving this year, only this time it is youth rather than the elderly who are the victims.

Even more epidemics have arisen that have become cause for great concern. While our population is rapidly dwindling, our new neighbors, illegal immigrants from South America, are quickly replenishing our numbers. President Biden, who ran on a platform of open borders, has kept his word. Every month, tens of thousands of people enter the nation illegally, and our border agents have no means of stopping them.

Those that are apprehended are allowed to remain in the country and are never required to appear in immigration court. Foreigners, as it turns out, are practically invading our nation, and we have no control over it.

As we near the end of the year, I urge my fellow Americans to work together to overcome partisanship and find a common ground. We should heed the words of our Founding Fathers when they declared the first Thanksgiving. Surely, the day was not designated for getting drunk and eating turkey. In truth, Thanksgiving was founded as a day to express gratitude to the Lord for the benefits He has bestowed upon us. I hope that internalizing that message allows us to see that there is more to life than fighting and dragging others down. Our mission is to improve the world around us so that future generations will have a better place to live. For this Thanksgiving, that is my prayer.

Armstrong Williams (@ARightSide) is the owner and manager of Howard Stirk Holdings I & II Broadcast Television Stations and the 2016 Multicultural Media Broadcast Owner of the Year. He is the author of “Reawakening Virtues.”

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