Lincoln, in his Gettysburg address, declared in America we enjoy government “of the people, by the people and for the people.” More than simply a well-balanced phrase or a politician’s applause line, this is truly a reason for us to give thanks in the fall of 2016.
I need to be clear. I am writing this well before the election so this is not a statement on who was or was not elected president. Rather, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, it is a reflection on our system of governance. Paul said government is ordained by God for specific purposes, but not all systems of governance are the same. What's so special about ours? For what can we be grateful? Here are just a few of my thoughts. (Feel free to add your own in the comments section.)