November 28, 2013, - 12:03 pm

Thanksgiving 2013: Thankful We Are Still Free; Worried About America’s Future (& Thankful Obama is Gone in 3)

By Debbie Schlussel

Happy Thanksgiving, America! And Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends and readers.

American Thanksgiving Used to Look Like This . . .


What Thanksgiving Will Look Like in a Few Generations if We Continue with Biz as Usual . . .

Halal Thanksgiving Artwork by David Lunde/Lundesigns (& Norman Rockwell); Design by Debbie Schlussel (& Norman Rockwell)

On this Thanksgiving, I’m thankful I’m still free and that I live in the greatest country on earth. And while many workers complain about having to work on Thanksgiving for early Black Friday (or Brown Thursday or Grey Thursday–or whatever dark color they are using) sales, I’m thankful for those who really have no choice in the matter and are working today and every other day, the men of the U.S. Armed Forces, many of whom are overseas and away from their families, and a good number of whom are still risking life and limb for Muslims who hate us in Afghanistan. Let’s give thanks for them today and hope they are brought home to American soil very soon.

I’m thankful that I still have enough money to eat and sleep in shelter that I can afford to heat in the winter and cool in the summer. For many Americans who’ve lost jobs and wages to illegal aliens and lost full-time jobs to ObamaCare, that is no longer the case. Let’s pray for them and hope these twin Obamaconomy and ObamaCare debacles end soon. I’m thankful that I’m healthy and in one piece. Sadly, for many American middle-class families, come January, that may not be the case, as their
insurance policies are canceled and their healthcare premiums soar far past the point of affordability, with deductibles well out of the realm of the reasonable, all due to the implementation of Obamacare.

Again, let’s pray for this to end. Sadly, it appears we don’t have a prayer because even with disaster after disaster, from the Healthcare.flub website to the endless news stories of cancer victims essentially sentenced to death when ObamaCare is fully implemented, Democrats AND Republicans alike have done nothing to try to stop and/or reverse it–nothing but grandstand, that is. Next Thanksgiving or the one after that, for those of us who are still here after Obamacare is fully in place, we will really feel the bitter pill. Until then, enjoy this Thanksgiving with life in America as it once was and will never be again. And get a medical check-up before the year ends. It will probably be your last under good, capitalist doctors. The best and brightest don’t tend to go into professions heavily regulated by socialism.

I’m thankful, today, that I grew up in a more idyllic time–a time without reality shows and Kardashians and Miley Cyrus twerking and a blithering idiot named Kanye West elevated to King status. I’m thankful I grew up in a time when parents didn’t need to urge their children not to take naked pictures of themselves and send them out to the world. Even if there had been the internet and capability to do so then, we knew that the way to success wasn’t to become a porn star. The Kardashians and Miley Cyruses of the world have changed all that, with the steroids of the internet added.

I’m thankful that I grew up in decades in which women in hijabs–the Islamic garb of oppression–wasn’t a regular sight at the supermarket, movie theater, and everywhere else. In that day and age, as bad as the INS has been described, we didn’t open the floodgates to those whose religion preaches hate and death to all non-believers. Jihad, then, was over there. Now, it’s here, and we do nothing about it. Worse, we actually embrace and bend over backward for it. The numbers of Muslims and mosques in America have both doubled in the decade plus since the 9/11 attacks perpetrated by Arab Muslims. The message: attack us and mass murder 3,000 Americans, and we’ll willingly bend over and allow you to invade us by doubling your numbers via immigration in just a decade.

And while, as I said, I’m thankful that our armed military men are serving overseas on behalf of America, I’d be more thankful to American politicians if they dared have the leadership to guard and secure our own borders. Instead, they hypocritically send our boys to die or give limbs to Muslim enemies overseas, then do nothing to stop those enemies from invading and taking over from within. In fact, they–both Democrats AND Republicans (yes, that’s you, Paul Ryan and Marco Boob-io)–want to give illegal aliens instant amnesty and have done nothing to stop the current de facto amnesty, which began under Bush and was stepped up under Obama, under which few illegal aliens–including hardened criminals and known terrorists–are actually deported.

I’m thankful that I can still eat an actual turkey today (I prefer the White meat–the breast slices and the wings), and that the animal rights food Nazis haven’t been able to force me (yet) to their diet. And I’m grateful that the turkey I eat is still a kosher one, pursuant to my Jewish dietary needs. In many places around the world, the animal rights jihadists have succeeded in ending kosher slaughter of animals. By the way, as I always note, kosher is the original brine (we pre-salt all of our meat and poutry to remove the blood).

And, as usual, today–and every day–not only am I thankful for my freedom and the ability to say and do as I please on this site without government intervention, but I’m also tremendously thankful for you, my dear readers and friends, for your readership (which keeps growing each year), for your insightful and observant comments, for your news tips, and for your generous support–both morally and financially. All of that helps keep this site and my work going. I’m thankful for not just my freedom and health, but yours as well. Without you, I wouldn’t be able to do this. And without our brave men protecting America and serving here and overseas, I wouldn’t be able to do this. Without them, we wouldn’t have a First and Second Amendment to speak of. However, I’m sure I still would enjoy all of these things, if our troops were brought home from Afghanistan immediately. And a few brave Americans would be spared their lives or their arms and legs.

I’m thankful today–and every day–that I don’t live in a place like Iran. I’m not thankful that we are now making dumb deals worse than the Munich Agreement with Iran. All of the things I’m thankful for here in America today–those are things that Christians and Jews (and Zoroastrians and others) in Iran do NOT enjoy (some of them are even punished with death for practicing their faiths). Those are things that will also never again be enjoyed by the victims of Iran’s Hezbollah–including hundreds of U.S. Marines and Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem–will never enjoy, as they turn over in their graves and their ghosts cry out. As I noted yesterday, we are giving Iran carte blanche with nothing in return.

We are rewarding for no reason the Ayatollahs who held Americans hostage for 444 days and murdered hundreds more Americans. The deal isn’t even a quid pro quo, since America is giving the quid and the quo to the modern-day Hitlerian empire, and we get nothing in return (except smiles, winks, and snickers). And on top of all this, the Iranian/Hezbollah invasion and takeover continues to extend throughout South and Central America and all over Africa and the Middle East. We made a deal for an illusory crumb, while they continue to own the bakery.

And, so, given all this, I’m thankful that we only have another three years of Barack Obama as President. Sadly, what will come after him will be just as bad or worse. It will be Hillary Clinton or another Obama clone. Also sad is that we have a Congress of self-interested brats on both sides of the aisle who don’t have term limits and can be back as long as they want to, for life. We’ll have plenty more years, unfortunately, of the Harry Reids, John Boehners, Mitch McConnells, Marco Rubios, and Nancy Pelosis of America running Congress. Good luck with that. I will be thankful when America finally has enough and has the cojones to throw them all out (although the odds of America becoming a Muslim nation are far greater than the odds of America ever waking up on this or any other count).

To those who wished me a Happy Thanksgiving, Right Back Atcha! A repeated thank you for reading this site this past year, over the years before that, and, I hope, in the next year. Again, I am thankful for all of that and all of you.

I wish a joyous, delicious, fun Thanksgiving to you all! And I hope you will take the time beyond the turkey, stuffing, dressing, cranberry sauce, and all the other fixin’s to give thanks that our country is still free and that we are all alive and kicking. Give thanks that you still have a roof over your head and think of those who do not. Give thanks that you have family and friends, and remember that many do not. Those are my primary things to be thankful for, in addition to being a citizen of the greatest country on earth. Or at least what still is the greatest country but soon may not be, given the course on which we currently find ourselves.

While left-wing self-hating Americans want us to regress to their phony version of history–ie., that we are the oppressors of Indians, turkeys, “ObamaPhone” donees and users, and every other “victim” imaginable or unimaginable, don’t forget that the real oppression is going on elsewhere . . . all over the world today. Be thankful that you don’t live there. A large part of that real oppression is under Islamic totalitarian rule, some of it is under Communists and “former” Communists, and the rest is under lands soon to be controlled by Islamic totalitarian rule. I give thanks that we are not like them, that we don’t live under them. And I give even more thanks that WE. ARE. BETTER. THAN. THEM. Never forget that. . . and the fact that just plain turkey is better than fancy-schmancy-sounding turducken, which begins with “turd” for a reason.

If you are reading this site, you know that you and I still have the ultimate in freedoms: free speech. And though we have a pan-Marxist, Islamo-pandering President and unelected federal law enforcement bureaucracy infected with the same PC attitudes toward enforcing the law, and though times are tough for Americans all over, we are still citizens of the best damn country on earth. Most of all, I am thankful to be an American. Thank G-d for that!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! May G-d bless you all. And G-d Bless America.

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29 Responses

Debbie, a few thoughts:

That was in your usual Brave and Blunt style, quite comprehensive, extremely accurate, and wonderful in many ways. All the good feelings and thanks you expressed, including for your readership, right back at you also.

And for the accuracy in your analysis of our culture and the world, of course always impressive, concise and well formed.

As for certain expressions about periods of time, you are FAR more optimistic than I.

You’re a great lady. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Chanukah.

I love you.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on November 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm


Thank you for the thoughtful comments and your always pointed remarks! I also want to remind everyone to remember the troops abroad, away from families on some lonely wind-swept COP with some eating a meal flown in by chopper or driven in on a truck. Be thankful for the freedom we still have and remember to Whom we owe that freedom. I can still remember my first Thanksgiving away from home. My friend in another battalion had duty that day, but got to join him for turkey during lunch.

And also, Happy Chanukah to you Debbie. Rock on lady!

Russ on November 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Debbie, during the course of the article, you bought up regarding Thanksgiving where allegedly elements of the left wing cabal have revised this holiday, by saying that: “The white man oppressed and committed genocide against the Native Indians to achieve Thanksgiving”, which is all subjective bullsh*t. If the left wingers were any smart, they would’ve figured out that a) the Native Americans didn’t evolved here in the Americas, and homo-sapiens and homo-erectus (via evolution) didn’t began in any of the Americas, but in Africa millions of years ago, where we traced 98% of our DNA to the ape (if you read Charles Darwin’s book, “The Origin of Species”, it’ll explain it in great detail), and b) the Native Americans migrated to the three Americas from Asia, where they crossed a bridge connecting the Asian continent to modern day Alaska (it wasn’t called Alaska back then). And also, when the Native Indians finished settled here in the Americas, it wasn’t too peaceful, ALL Native American tribes had wars and conflict with each other, in other words, there were rivals amongst the Native American tribes and not everything was so dandy and hum-drum!

In other words Debbie to you and the Jewish readers and commentators here, Happy Hanukah (you said that you don’t believe in “Thanksgivvukah”).

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on November 28, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Sean, first off, Happy Thanksgiving, and God bless you and your household for peace, health, safety and a joyous bounty from The Lord.

Secondly, as a Reformed Liberal, let me throw a couple things at you on behalf of them, because I know them, in the immortal words of Rush Limbaugh, “like every square inch of my glorious naked body.” He knows them that well, and so do I.

The left already knows everything you said about the origins of man and so-called Native Americans. They have catch phrases for things like that, which I’m sure you know well. Phrases like “that’s different,” “that’s irrelevant,” “that’s not the point,” or just changing the subject on you. I’m sure you know that.

This is why I think those who see liberalism as a mental disorder are quite right. And we know who The Father of all disorders and diseases is.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on November 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Another excellent post, Debbie.

Happy Thanksgiving to Debbie and all the readers of this site. May G-d bless each and every single one of you. And to repeat what Debbie said, may G-d bless America.

JeffE on November 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Continuing my downer. I just have to say that’s exactly what every country on the out says. We’re still much better off than the other 80%, we’re still relatively free, we’re still relatively prosperous.
Once you hear a country say this you know they’re going downhill fast. In the UK you used to hear this all the time. Probably still do.

I realize this is completely inappropriate for the occasion but what can I do?
Happy thanksgiving guys for all America still is and hopefully one day will be again.

Frankz on November 28, 2013 at 3:54 pm

The pictures are great ! Happy Chanukah !

Klima on November 28, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Just to be over the top depressing.
I think Obama kept Afghanistan going because he likes the idea of making it a grave yard for the best in the military.
It’s a quagmire because he likes the idea of a quagmire.

It’s just another kind of downsizing for him. Everything he does is downsizing. Obama is the genius of downsizing.
This Iran deal is not a dumb deal. Chamberlain may have been dumb but if Obama is dumb he’s intentionally dumb.
If his intention was to undermine Israel’s strategic position then would this be dumb deal? No. Only if you were worried about nuclear fallout would it be a dumb deal.

Frankz on November 28, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    “Everything he does is downsizing”

    Except government bureaucracy. He’s upsizing the sh*t outta that.

    DS_ROCKS! on November 28, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      True DSR, I’d only disagree with you as far as NASA, the military and maybe ICE are concerned.

      Frankz on November 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I’m thankful for this column…and this site. Where those brave enough to want to speak the truth without PC Nonsense can do so. And where you get a REAL education…which is hard to find today because of all the so-called Conservative fakers. 2014 is coming. You should have no time BUT for “the real”.

Sean, you’d get a kick outta a show (on college radio) that has been on for decades in Boston. I just checked and yep, it’s still on. The whole day a bleeding heart Libtard plays Indian music and Native American themed stuff. Now, back when I used to listen to it (I didn’t agree with the sentiment but I liked the music then…but I wasn’t Conservative yet…) it went on for over 24 hours and the host (the same one on right now) would only eat sardines and crackers in the studio. Thanksgiving drama at it’s most Libtarded. But he’s still believing and I saw the light loooooong time ago.

I can understand FrankZ’s view and it feels good to know those who agree are not alone. DSR, great point…you couldn’t be more correct on the rise of Govt regulations and infringement.

Happy Thanksgiving, all y’all! Many things DS wrote about in the column really hit home with me and are things I think and worry about often.

Skunky on November 28, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Like Skunky and the rest of the commenters, I, also am thankful for this column and this site.

Little Al on November 28, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Take heart DS, and say a prayer for us in the TP. McConnell is being Primaried, as are L.Graham and possibly Boehner and Cornyn, with McCain and S.Chamblis(Ga) retiring, so we should have a better idea in November next year of whether your pessimistic view prevails, and the Statist robber barons continue their corrupt rule. The stars are aligned, and we only need jettison the aforementioned pols and a few others to start putting the Country back on the right track. Happy TG and Hanukkah.

waynesteapartyworld on November 28, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Thank you for this site Debbie. You are a light in a very dark time. Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. G-d bless.

Jack on November 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm

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jihad rod on November 29, 2013 at 11:37 am

To be more clear, we’re thankful we’ll only have to put up with Obama for another 3 years plus a couple of months, but *hopeful* we’ll still have a country not so damaged we can begin to recover with proper leadership (hardly guaranteed). But let’s realize Obama’s influence will long outlive his administration. The Executive Branch will retain many of his hires (in the Department of Justice, for example) and he still has time to add a couple more Supreme Court justices, not to mention hundreds of appointments at lower levels now free of the threat of filibuster.

Raymond in DC on November 29, 2013 at 2:20 pm

To Debbie,

Even though it was yesterday I would love to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and I leave everyone with a few thoughts of what I’m thankful for:

I’m thankful that over 40 years ago I was born in the greatest nation on earth.

I’m thankful that for two decades I had the honor and privilege of defending this great nation from all enemies both foreign and domestic.

I’m thankful for my family because without them I wouldn’t be the man I am today.

Last but not least I’m thankful for this site and it’s host. Here good men and women can discuss issues that are happening in the world ie: The rise of Islamic dirtbags like the new “president” of my future vacation spot Iran. To our corrupt and ineffective politicians in DC starting with our waif president Obowma, Shadow Boxer Reid, Looney Tunes Turtle McConnell, Prune face Pelosi and Testicularis Nohavitus Boehner. To our suck-up news media starting with the three Obama stooges Pelley(Moe),Sawyer(Larry)and Williams(Curly). Lets not forgets the retards like Bashir over at MSNBDNC. I thought CNN had the lock down on liberal butt munchers but I was wrong. Speaking which any takers on how long will it take the Obama butt sniffers in charge over at MSNBS to fire Bashir. Yeah you guys are right I won’t hold my breath either. Last on this list is Hollyweird. With brainiacs like Oprah and Cher calling us racists/Uncle Toms and teabggers for daring to disagree with their lord and savior(Jamie Fox’s words) Obama. To the outspoken crap weasels like Hanks, O’Donnell, Penn and Spielberg saying forget about real Americans 2nd Amendment rights while they have armed guards protecting their sorry hides.
Sorry for that last rant but I would like to close by saying that I not only again wish Debbie a Happy Thanksgiving but also awesome people like Skunky, Sean R, JEG, Little Al, DS Rocks, NormanF and Alfredo from P. R. May all of you guys eaten and drank a lot(non adult beverages), watched football, and most of all spent time with your families. That what Thanksgiving is all about right. Until next time all of you take care.

Ken B on November 29, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    KenB, I’m thankful for someone like you who gets it no matter the colour of your skin. Because you use your brain and are not afraid of the TRUTH. Men like you are proof that the truth is there for ALL who wanna see it.

    I get excited about peeps like you not in a pandering way (which I refuse to do to anyone) but it’s ALWAYS exciting when people can put aside the achilles heels they *MAY* have because it’s hard to break free from the pack.

    I’m always pleased by those who break from the pack and have the brain to welcome the truth. We need more of that in 2014!

    Skunky on November 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you very much for your kind words Skunky. I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving. I myself did but my other relatives who love Obama made it quite tedious. It’s going to take a lot to wake other Blacks up to what that insufferable man has done coming up on a 6 year presidency. I just hope that the good republicans(non-RINOs) get elected to the Senate in a land slide next year. That way they can keep the Obama virus in check.

      Ken B on November 30, 2013 at 9:40 am

Only 3 more years of Obama?! Don’t be too sure. He’ll try and figure out a way to stick around just like Clinton tried. Remember? If he does leave peacefully, we’ll still get stuck with Dems for 8 more years, probably as bad as he is. The Republicans are finished.

Tommy Thomas on November 29, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    The 22nd Amendment limits the presidency. Remember how Clinton started talking about how that should be lifted? You think the Republicans we got in there now will stand against that? Fugetaboutit!

    Tommy Thomas on November 29, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Fear not Tommy because we survived 8 year of that lying cheater Clintoon. We are an awesome nation and we will survive the 8 years of the current idiot. I also agree that republicans like wet noodles McConnell, McCain Boehner and Cantor run like scared rabbits every time the dems say boo. We do have diamonds in the rough though like Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Scott Walker. Marco Doofuio would’ve been added to this list but he showed his true colors on immigration. Hopefully we can get someone like them elected president so that we can clean out the liberal stench left by Obama and his meddlesome Wookie.

    Ken B on November 30, 2013 at 9:23 am

Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for your lovely words. I agree with you and I wish you continue good health and safety. I am scared to death of obamacare. I lost my Mom 18 years ago at the age of 54 for she got hepc from a blood transfusion. My Dad 2 years ago for he got Mersa after a simple surgery.The only good thing they’re together again. My one and only sibling has an incurable disease with twin 7 year olds.She has the best insurance but who knows the future. I’m thankful I still have my sister. Happy Hanukkah

Tammy Summers on November 30, 2013 at 2:20 am

KenB, thank you for your kind words, and all your great and humorous thoughts about the state of our “once great republic.” I did indeed have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving, doing pretty much what I like to do, although not where and with whom I wanted to be doing it. I was all alone, which is just fine, but I was supposed to be down in PR with family, except that didn’t work out. Still haven’t earned the money to get back home yet.

Your words are very encouraging, and I too exhort everyone to think positively, and never stop doing the right thing. You know I don’t share your optimism, but I do appreciate the exhortation. The Bible says never tire of doing what is right, and that we must encourage others. Your words are a nice dash of that on this Thanksgiving weekend. Good stuff, and thank you again.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on November 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I really hope the Big O is gone in 3 or less. I am really afraid that he will be in office for a very long time.

Ceaser on November 30, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Dear Debbie,

As much as you would like to think that this is Sam…it isn’t so keep guessing. The post is hilarious though. The more I look at it, the more it seems like the turkey is the body of an infidel rather than…a turkey.

That_Chaldean_Guy on December 1, 2013 at 12:14 am

This joke is especially funny given Obama’s recent horrifying statement during an ABC interview that he may stay in Washington D.C. after his second-term ends:

One sunny day in January, 2017, an old man approaches the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue where he’d been sitting on a park bench. He speaks to the U.S. Marine standing guard and says, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.” The Marine looks at the man and says, “Sir, Mr. Obama is no longer President and no longer resides here. ”The old man says, “Okay,” and walks away.

The following day the same man approaches the White House and says to the same Marine, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.” The Marine again tells the man, “Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Obama is no longer President and no longer resides here.” The man thanks him and again just walks away.

The third day the same man approaches the White House and speaks to the very same U.S. Marine, saying, “I would like to go in and meet with President Obama.” The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looks at the man and says, “Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Obama. I’ve told you already that Mr. Obama is no longer the President and no longer resides here. Don’t you understand?”

The old man looks at the Marine and says,“Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it.” The Marine snaps to attention, salutes, and says, “See you tomorrow, Sir!”

Lowell Thorson on December 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm


Good one, Mr. Thorson, although I believe I’ve heard that one before. I will NEVER tire of hearing it, even if I have. And even if it won’t come true. I’m afraid it won’t. Get ready for Martial law and the revealing of the 1.7 BILLION hollow point rounds, folks. Right upside the head of us extremists.

Oh, Mr. Thorson, go ahead, post it again. That’s hilarious, and I will NEVER tire of hearing it. Even as I am being beaten and tortured by The Muslim-In-Chief’s friends for being an “Enemy Of The State.”

Yup Alfredo, we’ve got EVERYTHING you EVER posted on Debbie Schlussel’s web site, and everything you ever said about The Teleprompter-In-Chief that you THOUGHT was private.

NOW, Alfredo, INFIDEL, I’m going to axe you again, . . .

will you bow and worship the image of The Great Obama?

Uhhhhh, no, but let ME axe YOU a question, Mr. Concentration Camp Keeper, . . .

how does being a slave feel?

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on December 2, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I’m not so sure we’re going to be rid of this cancer at, what should be, the end of his term. Something tells me that some very Orwellian things are going to happen when his term-end is nearing, from those who really “pull America’s strings,” and this ass is going to be our czar for a very long time. I think we are done.

NortheastPA on July 3, 2014 at 1:38 pm

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