So, I am going to put up my Thanksgiving post early because tomorrow I’ll be too busy running a Turkey Trot and cooking (and drinking) to get online.
I know it is easy to be cynical about things. We live in weird times. American politics are genuinely screwed up in a lot of important ways, and it is painful to see how income inequality hurting the American dream. And yet…
In recent years, we elected a black man to be President of the United States. And we re-elected him despite difficult economic times.
We expanded access to health care dramatically.
Three of our last four Secretaries of State have been women, as will likely be our next one, and not just a woman but another woman of color.
In my lifetime, the number of women Supreme Court justices went from zero over the first 194 years of our republic to a situation where three women now serve on the Court.
There is a lot of work to do on women’s rights. But man, that is some progress.
Gay rights. I don’t think it is an over-statement to note that there has been a veritable revolution on this front. Gays and lesbians can now serve openly in the military, can be credible (and successful) candidate for public office, and can marry in increasingly many states.
For all the lunacy on the American right, I have to say that I believe in America. We’ve made tremendous progress over the past few decades. I am genuinely thankful that I can look forward to my kids (8 and 10) living in an increasingly open, tolerant, and decent country.
We have a long way to go on big issues like race, gender, and sexual orientation. On things like income inequality and voting rights. On access to education, health care, and opportunity.
And yet, I feel positive about the future and I’m thankful to be living in a time where progress seems real and tangible.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all.