These days, it’s not popular to be thankful. News cycles turn on the disenchanted, the complainers, the perpetually aggrieved. But as Thanksgiving approaches, we Americans have a great deal for which to be grateful.

After those English settlers sat down to eat with their new Indian friends, the future was obviously not clear. As H.U. Westermayer wrote, “The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.”

Looking back, it’s amazing to see the arc of history. The New World, anchored by the faith and buoyed by the hope of its inhabitants, and – after much death and famine – grew into an actual nation. Then, the real challenges of government began to set in. How could we be governed in such a way that wouldn’t tempt our leaders into power grabbing and heavy-handedness?

Read my whole article on American Spectator here.

Oh, and happy Thanksgiving!

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.