With a lot going wrong in Washington and in the world, this Thanksgiving seems like a much-needed time to count one’s blessings, perhaps especially for those on the right. We asked some friends of National Review Online: Politically and culturally, what are you most grateful for this Thanksgiving?
This is my favorite holiday of the year. Counting one’s blessings is the key to mental and spiritual health.
I don’t think it’s just wishful thinking to notice that the electorate is recoiling from the “change” President Government is presiding over.
The first inkling was unexpected. Back in May, a Gallup poll found that, for the first time in 15 years, a majority of Americans called themselves “pro-life.” In August, town-hall meetings became gauntlets for Democrats. Tea parties erupted nationwide.
Then there was the September poll showing that majorities believe the government is trying to do too many things that would better be left to businesses and individuals. In October, only 43 percent of voters said they would vote to reelect President Obama if the election were held today. More recently, Republicans moved ahead of Democrats in the “generic ballot question,” with 48 percent of likely voters preferring Republicans in 2010 versus 44 percent for Democrats. Among independent voters, the preference for Republicans has jumped 22 points in six months.
Polls have consistently shown that Americans do not support the health-care overhaul making its way through the Congress.
The November election results in New Jersey and Virginia, combined with Obama’s approval rating dropping below 50 percent for the first time, suggest that the Democratic party’s popularity is brittle.
One of the Gallup polls showed that most voters believed back in January that Obama would govern as a moderate. As they discover his liberalism, disillusionment is setting in.
Let us give thanks.
– Mona Charen is a nationally syndicated columnist.
As we count our personal blessings this Thanksgiving, we should also count our political and cultural blessings, because we have more of them this year than anticipated. Twelve months ago, conservatives were lamenting painful presidential and congressional losses. We were told that the Democratic party was poised to enjoy permanent majority status, that the conservative movement was on its last legs, and that the Republican party was a desiccated relic, a regional party that couldn’t win outside the South.