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Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks for America

If Ben Franklin had his way, this may be a Turkey with the Flag

This weekend as we transition from being thankful by eating more than we need to preparing for the birth of Jesus by spending money we may not have on things we may not need, we need to think about some of the good of America. So many times we focus on the bad. We focus on debt, political polarization, mulitiple wars, crime, hunger and other problems. What about all that has gone right in the United States and continues to go right?
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We are the Political Denizens

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Politics aggravates a lot of people. Politics confuses a lot of people. And because of this, politics disaffects a lot of people. According to a May 21, 2009 poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press,

More than three-quarters (76%) agree that “elected officials in Washington lose touch with the people pretty quickly.” More than half (51%) agree that “people like me don’t have any say about what the government does.”

This condition, clearly, is most troubling for a political system and a larger political culture committed (at least in theory) to a democracy grounded in the active participation of citizens. We find ourselves in an irksome paradox: the shape of our politics can’t improve without active citizen involvement, but active citizen involvement is depressed to a large extent due to the state of our politics. What to do?  The Political Denizens believe that informed discourse on our public life is a crucial piece to this puzzle.

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