My family members know I love all of them beyond measure. They know I am grateful for the love they give me in return.
I am grateful and thankful for the friends I have acquired over many decades of living. I believe they know of — and appreciate — my love for them, too.
Now the rest of you know what they know and understand the gratitude I am expressing to them today and every day.
I feel moved to express my thankfulness and gratitude for my country. And for the system of government under which we Americans live.
You see, I am grateful in the extreme that my government allows me to write this blog. I put these musings out there multiple times each day. I use it to vent my frustration with the government, and with many of the people who operate the government. These people are responsible for making the laws under which we live and for administering them in accordance with the U.S. Constitution.
The framers of the Constitution established the Bill of Rights, which are contained in the first 10 amendments to that document. The First Amendment lays out freedom to worship, freedom of the press and freedom to seek redress of grievances. This blog, thus, is protected by at least two of those First Amendment clauses.
My retirement status has given me the freedom to speak only for myself. I do not shy away from that. I’ll keep pounding away for as long as I am able to maintain a cogent thought in my noggin and string sentences together that make a semblance of sense.
Some people in power who happen to read what I write won’t like what they read. That’s too bad — for them!
For me? I will just keep giving thanks for the opportunity to speak my mind.