National thanks

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By Optic Editorial Board

It’s that time of year in which we express our appreciation for what’s good in this world. Following are a few thanksgivings from our perspective on the nation.

We’re thankful that the presidential election is over and nobody got killed. Fortunately, that’s been the nation’s history. From one presidential dogfight to the next, for well over two centuries, losing candidates have graciously stepped aside as the winners gracefully set aside their differences. Sure, there have been sore losers and grudge-holding winners, but this year, at least publicly, the winner and loser embraced the greater good instead.

That said, we’re also thankful that the next presidential election is a good four years away.

As for all those loud and obnoxious expressions of hatred toward the President, homosexuals, non-Christians and everyone else who doesn’t fit the status quo of yesteryear, we’re thankful that’s an ever-shrinking minority of voices. Yes, this nation has its share of haters, but they’re becoming fewer and fewer as Americana moves toward a greater inclusion. We’re thankful that most Americans don’t fear changing demographics.

We’re thankful for the growing diversity in our nation. According to projections based on population and birth rates, the U.S. will become a majority-minority nation (with non-whites becoming the collective majority) around the year 2025. We welcome this and believe we’ll become a stronger nation because of it. America isn’t great despite its differences, it’s great because of those differences. And for that, we’re both thankful and proud.

We’re also grateful that our nation is moving in the right direction when it comes to the great civil rights issue of our time — gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) rights. Three more states, by popular votes, said “yes” to gay marriage on Election Day, signaling a significant change in how this issue is viewed. We’re thrilled to see the nation catching up to its moral center.

We’re also glad to see young people — who are considerably more open-minded on such issues — remaining involved in politics. With continuing involvement comes increasing influence, which will bode well for the future of our nation. We are always thankful for our young people, and even more so when they pitch in to create their own destiny.

There is much for which to be grateful. On Friday, we’ll mention a few of our local blessings in this space. Until then, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.