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On Giving Thanks

Wednesday, 27 November 2002 12:00 AM

In my case, that's a whale of a lot. Most immediately, He got me through the unpleasantness of a heart attack three weeks ago with no after-effects worth writing about, and in the process, once more showed me how blessed I am to be surrounded by my six living children, all of whom rushed to my side and pitched in to help me get back on my feet and back to this keyboard.

They hovered over me like mother hens, making sure that whatever needed to be done got done.

Peter, my youngest son, gathered up my bills and paid them. Mary and Larry and Connie swooped down on my house and went into a frenzy of badly needed cleaning and polishing in these neglected bachelor's quarters. They even had the courage to invade my refrigerator, evict the strange critters and long-dead food that had taken up residence there, and leave it sparkling clean for the first time in ... well, let's just say quite a while. Phil III, my oldest, left his fire station in Volusia County and came down to Boca with his wife, one daughter and the 2-and-a-half-year-old great grandson I had never seen.

My co-workers at NewsMax.com and my former associates and fellow parishioners at St. Joan of Arc Church in Boca Raton, where I served as sacristan for many years, went out of the way to show me their concern and affection, as did cousins and nephews and nieces I haven't seen in years. They bombarded me with welcome e-mails after my brother went to the trouble of notifying them that the infamous Brennan coronary arteries had struck again (you're not a full-fledged Brennan until you've had a heart attack – it took me 76 years, but I finally got there).

Over the past year, there has been much more for which I need to give thanks. My life has been filled with all kinds of blessings, small and large. I will be eternally grateful for the fact that I have been able to continue to do the work I love long past the time when most men my age have hung up their spurs and gone off to chase little white balls around a golf course.

I'm thankful that the Dolphins are now 7 and 4, that the Miami Hurricanes are undefeated, and that Ray Lucas has proven that he's the great quarterback I always believed he is, and that Jay Fiedler is healthy again and ready to play. Small stuff in the great scheme of things, but the trivialities that take my mind off such dismal matters as Tom Daschle's rapid descent into irrelevancy and mental decrepitude and my as-yet-unfulfilled desire to see Bill Clinton, Terry McAuliffe and the hapless Al Gore fade away into well-deserved oblivion, never again to be heard of in what remains of my lifetime.

All Americans need to bow their heads on Thanksgiving and express our heartfelt thanks to our Heavenly Father for having blessed this land with an abundance greater than ever bestowed on any nation in all the long history of this world. Today the average American lives better and has more material advantages than the greatest kings and aristocrats of the past.

And, thanks to God for having given us Founding Fathers with the foresight and courage to create the first government of the people, by the people and for the people, we are the freest people that ever walked this earth.

We need to give thanks for the fact that we have at the head of our government a man of strength and character cut from the same cloth as Ronald Reagan. Despite what those who slander him because he refuses to kowtow to the shibboleths of political correctness and the crazed Marxist political philosophy of the majority of congressional Democrats, most Americans recognize that we have a hard-nosed, spiritually aware and guided realist in the White House who knows where he's going and how to get us there.

We need to give thanks for the results of the Nov. 5th elections, not because they gave the GOP continued control of the House and restored control of the Senate, but because they indicate that after years of tolerating the assaults on our basic liberties and on common sense itself, the voters have shown that they simply had enough of being pushed around by such greed-driven special interests as the trial lawyers, Big Labor bosses, nut-case environmental radicals and the murderous abortion industry.

We need to give thanks for the fact that gone in the wake of Nov. 5th is the myth that being aggressively pro-life is political death, that Democrats can frighten senior citizens with phony charges that Republicans are out to wreck Social Security, and, as Oregon voters proved in that bastion of liberalism, that socialized medicine is anything but an idea whose time has come.

When we gather around the festive Thanksgiving table, we should express our gratitude for our superb armed forces and for the willingness of some of America's finest young men to leave home and hearth and loved ones and put themselves in harm's way to protect their fellow Americans. And we need to add to that our prayer that the incredible power and might this nation possesses will always be used solely for just causes.

Look around you, count your blessings and give thanks to their source. And Happy Thanksgiving!

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