Yes, Thankful Even for This Year

There’s a t-shirt meme going around that shows the typical star rating system, with one through five stars. There is one star marked, and the caption reads, “2020 – Would Not Recommend.” Many people feel that way, as we’re often told by the mainstream media that this has been a horrible year.

We have had challenges. But horrible? Maybe according to them.

The pandemic has caused major upheavals in our economy and daily lives, but the death rate is getting closer to that of the normal, seasonal flu, about 0.1%. The difference with COVID-19 is that no one had experienced the disease before, so every exposure led to a possible infection, which means that we have a dramatically higher number of people getting COVID-19 than the normal flu.

But there again, the mainstream media glides by this point, as well as the estimate of how many people have already had the virus.

While we have positive tests for more than 12 million people, for every one of those another eight to 10 people have had the disease, but did not get tested. They might’ve had it with no symptoms, or just mild symptoms, and had no idea they were infected with COVID-19.  At the low end, that would mean another 96 million cases added to the 12 million. In a nation of 335 million people, that means one-third of us have already had the disease.

And we responded at lightning, or warp, speed.

With government support, pharmaceutical companies developed and tested a vaccine in less than nine months, which is a record. They’re still testing it, and should, for safety and effectiveness, but this is close to the “miracle” that the mainstream media said we would need to get a vaccine before the end of the year, as President Trump suggested would happen.

We had a contentious, crazy election, with shenanigans and malfeasance. And yet we had no civil war, no cities burning. The hype we heard about what would happen, no matter the outcome, was just that, hype.

We’re defying calls to abandon Thanksgiving.

From Sheriffs in California to law enforcement in New York, people around the country are pushing back against the idea that government officials can intrude on our personal lives in such a way. We don’t need the court system to tell us this flys in the face of liberty, common sense serves that purpose.

And our retirement accounts and home values recovered then marched higher.

For many people, March was a time of great anxiety.  We watched as the major stock indices tumbled, eventually falling more than 20%, while the real estate markets ground to a halt.  Then, as Congress and the Federal Reserve rolled out plans to keep the economy moving, we climbed higher.  First slowly, and then at speed.  Americans now have more money saved, invested, and in-home equity than they did before the pandemic.

Everything isn’t perfect.  We have a long way to go to fully repair the economy, we’re divided over politics, and the pandemic is still raging. But we’re responding to these issues as we always have.  We’re finding our bearings, which are liberty and progress, and then marching ahead.

Let’s be thankful for all what and who we have in our lives, and that we get to choose our path.

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