Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays, because it hasn’t completely been consumed by commercialism, gimmicks, or gift-buying. Instead, it focuses on gratitude and family – one of the best days of the year. 

But I’m not a liberal.

Along with their constant hand-wringing over the Pilgrims, libs have decided to weaponize the Thanksgiving meal into some sort of political proselytization effort.  Take MSNBC’s Joy Reid, for example. Fox News reports on her advice for those of us who are about to sit down and eat with our family.

“We are just over two weeks away from one of the most beloved American food holidays. Thanksgiving, where problematic actual history meets delicious cuisine, and many will be heading home to spend time with family and friends, eat a little too much and perhaps engage in a dreaded, contentious political debate with your cranky Uncle Roscoe when he starts yelling, ‘Read the transcript!’ at the dinner table between bites of turkey and pumpkin pie.”

Remind me never to accept an invitation to Joy Reid’s Thanksgiving meal.  This is not how most Americans celebrate, but don’t let reality intrude on her virtue signaling.   She continues:

“Here’s a hint: Do not worry about trying to explain the cast of characters … or the very overused term, ‘quid pro quo.’ Most people can’t say it, spell it or understand it. What we’re actually talking about here is not a pithy Latin phrase. It’s something a lot simpler: Bribery and extortion. Beyond the whistleblower and over 100 hours of testimony backing up that fact, Donald Trump admitted to it, and even released edited notes from his call with the Ukrainian president — which, by the way, is not a transcript — that actually proved he did it! Even Uncle Roscoe and Auntie Carol ought to understand that.”

Poor angry and dimwitted Uncle Roscoe and Auntie Carol!

Is political derision and contempt really the best way to celebrate family?

Reid, of course, is undermining the very essence of the holiday.  There are precious few times when family comes together.  We definitely don’t need to bring politics into every single conversation, even if we deeply care about the political issues of the day.

Family should be more important to us than scoring political points. I’m thankful this Thanksgiving that most Americans understand this.

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About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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