I am thankful for the men and women who built this country, from the first settlers who had the fortitude to sell themselves into seven years of indentured servitude for nothing more than passage to a new land, to those who literally walked across the continent for a chance and an opportunity.They built roads, and schools, and churches, and yes, businesses without any government to speak of.

I’m thankful for the founders, who had the providentially combined wisdom and knowledge to forge of government of, by, and for the people. Not of, by, and for the elites.

I’m thankful for men like Fredrick Douglass, who knew that “knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” Who claimed his freedom and worked to obtain it.

I’m thankful for every single man and woman across this country who gets up every day and goes to work, raises their children, donates to charity, tries to do the right thing. They come from all walks of life.

I’m thankful for the little old folks from the greatest generation who did that which, frankly, I don’t know if this generation is capable of any more.

I’m thankful that our nation is still yet free and that it possesses many people who still believe in the greatness of the American people, as a whole – in their wisdom, work ethic, and decency. They do not show up on our tv screens, they are not sought out by the media, you will never know their name. But it is they who built this nation, they who sustain it, and they who will preserve it, so to all of real America, I say thank you.

Most of all I am thankful to God, who made and who makes all of this possible. I pray that he continues to feel we are worthy of his protection.