Since 1924, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has kicked off the holiday season in New York City. More than 2.5 million people line the streets every year to see giant balloons, floats, marching bands, and waving celebrities (while 44 million more tune in to the NBC TV broadcast).
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade features more than 10,000 participants, along with fabulous floats and Macy's signature giant helium character balloons.
As I watched this years parade featuring marching bands, helium balloons, wonderful floats and finally Santa Clause wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas, I started thinking about the terrorists whom so wanted to put an end to this American tradition. A tradition that brings people from all races, creeds, religions and elasticities together.
As the terrorists sit in their caves and lawless regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan railing against everything American, I wondered how they felt seeing the diverse group of Americans participating in this annual event and the diverse group of international viewers watching it and reporting on it.
Wouldn't they, themselves, enjoy such a "Thanks of Giving?."
Wouldn't they, themselves, like to wake up to the joy and festivities of the American "Holiday Season?"
Wouldn't they, themselves want to join in the feast of Turkey, Sweet Potato Pie, Corn on the Cob, etc?
No they dream of killing those whom oppose their ideology. They plan and plot further attacks on our fledgling Democracy. They use our technology, using cell phones and the internet to plan and plot their next despicable adventure.
But inside they must marvel about our tenacity. They must marvel that we, the American people have rebounded from 9/11. They must be saying to themselves, "Damn, those Americans just don't give up and go away."
So to all you Americans whom see the glass half full and to all the terrorist whom think Americans see the glass as half empty, I have something to say to you.
We will not surrender to your cowardliness. We will never force American women to wear a Burka or only walk with their husband or family member. We will never be a one Religion Nation. We will always benefit from our diversity. We will always be a model of Democracy.
Do not make the fatal mistake of taking our Political disagreements as a sign of weakness. Just as your failed attempt of dividing us after 9/11 failed, we will come together when it comes to the best interests of the the people of the United States, regardless of our race, creed, ethnicity or political persuasion.
Happy Thanksgiving America.
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