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A CHARGE TO KEEP
Could this offer a subtle clue about President Bush’s inclinations once he leaves office? Mr. Bush introduced an intriguing new term in his Thanksgiving proclamation this year.
He praised the American military, and the freedom, faith, family and service that make up the national tapestry of our values.
“Americans are also mindful of the need to share our gifts with others, and our nation is moved to compassionate action. We pay tribute to all caring citizens who reach out a helping hand and serve a cause larger than themselves.”
Did you catch the potential motto? “Compassionate action.”
It could be the proactive form of “compassionate conservatism,” which was a hallmark of Mr. Bush’s earliest campaign days, and a concept that might bode well in Mr. Bush’s future.
“If President-elect Barack Obama wants to make an eye-opening statement about just how bad our financial situation is, let him cancel all the fancy inaugural partying and spend the money getting Americans back to work building the green economy he says he wants. This way, he would hit the ground running on day one in office and show millions of Americans who have lost their homes, their jobs and their life savings that he feels their pain,” writes Ira Flatow on Friday in the blog Science.
“Better yet, let’s tell everyone not to spend their party money on lavish gowns, limos and caviar. Let’s have the president ask potential partygoers to choose a green project and spend the money there. For your part, Mr. Obama, a good place to start would be putting solar panels, ripped out by Ronald Reagan, back on the roof of the White House. That would send a real message. While you’re at it, take that inaugural ride down Pennsylvania Avenue in a hybrid.
“We know everyone wants to party. We’re happy about change, too. But ditch the fancy jewelry, gas-guzzling limos and the imported water in those square bottles. Because those of us on the outside, with no pension money and wondering where we are going to retire, are not celebrating.”
A Rasmussen Reports survey revealed Wednesday that more than two-thirds of Americans think that Thanksgiving now gets lost in the tumult of “holiday” time that now stretches between Halloween and New Year’s Day.
There are those politicians who agree, and are particularly irked that Thanksgiving - like Presidents Day, Memorial Day and other significant dates - has become yet another retail opportunity.
Massachusetts state Rep. William Pignatelli, a Democrat from Lenox, has toyed with the idea of filing legislation to stop a mall in his district from opening at midnight - just hours after the big turkey dinner is over. He doesn’t like the wear and tear on workers.
“Whole families travel for Thanksgiving, and then mom and dad have to go to bed at 4 p.m. so they can go to work at midnight,” Mr. Pignatelli said. “I don’t know why you have to open at midnight when you can open at 6 a.m.”
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