Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Look at the city

Thanksgiving feels different this year.

There will be the requisite number of heartwarming stories about good people getting up early on Thanksgiving to prepare meals for families who otherwise would not participate in this truly American feast day. Yet, we wonder how many parents are on the verge of not eating themselves so that their children have something. We wonder how many who look just like us are losing their homes.

Lincoln said no nation can survive half slave and half free. This year the Occupy Wall Street movement more than ever is pushing us to question whether we want to survive 1 percent with plenty and the rest with plenty of nothing. For their trouble, these activists have become the punching bag of the right-wing politicos.

How did we come to this strange Thanksgiving?

We thank the Almighty for the immense bounty under which our tables will groan while pundits in the background scream about how someone is coming to take away what little we have.

The Pilgrims courageously lost a full half of their numbers while following what they believed was a divine call to establish a new life in the New World. Yet, we are too anxious and suspicious to pay another dollar in taxes to help the 40 million people who need food stamps if it means one lottery winner might scam the system.

Gov. John Winthrop of Massachusetts in 1630 wrote, "For we must consider that we shall be as a City upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us."

If what they see is a society where the middle class is in decline and the numbers of the poor and nearly poor are increasing, they might turn and look somewhere else for inspiration.

About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.