I am thankful that we have constitutional protection to allows dissent against autocratic and mercurial government leadership, and that we have a large enough community in our country that supports the rule of law. That’s what I said I was thankful for at a family Thanksgiving meal hosted by a staunchly Republican brother-in-law who voted for Trump even though he knew he was a despicable human being and a wild actor. I heard it “killed him” to vote for Trump, but he ascribed to the theory that the Republican party would reign his wilder character in. I almost didn’t go to the family gathering, but my kids said I had to, and you know, family’s family. Where to draw the line? So I promised not to bring it up during the festive occasion, but when the host insisted everyone in the room say what they were thankful for, that’s what I had to say.

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