MINOT, N.D. — Thanksgiving isn’t the most fashionable of holidays today, rooted as it is in our nation’s founding mythologies. And, in fairness, the story we were told growing up about pilgrims and Native Americans working together to produce a feast celebrating a sense of comity and fraternity, to the extent it’s even true, is a bit of myopia told from the colonists’ point of view.
But let’s put aside the grievance politics, for a bit, and just acknowledge that it’s nice to have a day for friends and family to come together and be thankful for one another.
And a lot of other things too.
There’s plenty to be thankful for this year.
For instance, democracy is still working. Two years after a violent mob of Trump supporters, hopped up by the disgraced former president’s obstinate refusal to accept the 2020 election results, stormed our nation’s capitol, sending our elected leaders scurrying for safety, we just held another election in which the election deniers largely lost .