Thanksgiving is a time for both festivities and reflection.
The United States has had the best of times and the worst of times, prosperity and depressions, joys of peace and privations and cruelties of war. But throughout these vicissitudes, there has been one bright constant: the decency of ordinary Americans unhesitating in risking that last full measure of devotion under the banner of liberty and justice for all.
That has been our inspiration and our deliverance from despair over our chronically flawed leaders earmarked by avarice, narcissism, megalomania and duplicity.
The history of…