Reflections on Thanksgiving 2023
Summary from the AllSides News Team
Happy Thanksgiving from AllSides! Here's how opinion writers across the political spectrum covered the holiday.
The Power of Thankfulness: The Christian Science Monitor (Center bias) focused on "the power of gratitude, specifically about letters of thanks and the sense of connection and uplift they can inspire." The writer expressed hope that "readers can come away with a deeper sense of what gratitude does, not only in the midst of loss and difficulty, but even in our everyday lives."
How to Talk Politics: The Nation (Left bias) suggested that talking politics can be a good thing at holiday events, and said "on days when we are supposed to be inclined toward fellowship and generosity, we should not hesitate to discuss how that might be achieved." The piece credited former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for recognizing "that longing for higher-ground connections and conversations.
Recognizing a Higher Power: "We see Americans, with vigor, rising up to reform or rebuild institutions that have failed them," wrote National Review's (Right bias) editorial board. "How fitting then to have a day marked out for us, as a nation, to thank God for the blessings we need, and the ones we never would have thought to ask for ourselves, the gifts He saw fit to give us in his Providence."
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From the RightCounting Our Blessings
National Review’s mission of preserving the American tradition of ordered liberty bids us to participate in one of our greatest traditions, marking a day for giving thanks to God for the blessings he hath given us as individuals, families, and citizens of this great nation. Our Pilgrim forebears brought their ingenuity, their industry, and their faith to a continent rich with natural resources and stout defenses. Their labors helped to bequeath to this nation a dual heritage of prosperity and piety. It’s fitting that we remember them on this day.
From the LeftFDR Taught Us How to Talk Politics on Thanksgiving
Robert Reich offers advice for holiday gatherings with family members and friends who may not be aligned ideologically: Talk politics.
Just do it in a smart way.
The former secretary of labor doesn’t advocate launching into partisan arguments around the Thanksgiving dinner table. Rather, he suggests that, on days when we are supposed to be inclined toward fellowship and generosity, we should not hesitate to discuss how that might be achieved. “Name-calling will get you nowhere,” suggests Reich. Rather, he says, handle disagreeable tablemates with a good-spirited observation that “You know, we have much more...
From the Center‘Light in the darkness’: The transformative power of giving thanks
Do you keep an inventory of things for which you’re grateful?
Does gratitude make you feel girded against the world’s troubles? Has it made you more acutely aware of those who have less?
A year ago, the Monitor’s Harry Bruinius wrote about the power of gratitude, specifically about letters of thanks and the sense of connection and uplift they can inspire. He then joined our “Why We Wrote This” podcast to talk about giving thanks, and the ways in which that can boost well-being.
Harry returns to the show a...