We Have Hope and Determination. For That, We’re Truly Thankful

We Have Hope and Determination. For That, We’re Truly Thankful

We Have Hope and Determination. For That, We’re Truly Thankful

Gen. George S. Patton, the legendary World War II hero, had a policy of always advancing.

“We’re not holding anything,” he famously told his troops. And later, “I don’t like paying for the same real estate twice.”

That’s a fine attitude for a warrior, but it doesn’t always come easy for the rest of us — particularly when it comes to things beyond our capacity to control.

As we approach Thanksgiving, for example, it’s tempting to look back on the year coming to a close and conclude there were precious few blessings to count in 2021.

We’re still dealing with a stubborn pandemic — accompanied by the insatiable desire by our elected leaders to exploit our misfortune for their own political gain.

On the national level, the new president is following through on at least one campaign promise by making his the most accommodating administration in history to the ideals of socialism and organized labor.

Our taxes are soaring again, as is the cost of everything from gasoline to toothpaste.

Meanwhile, public schools are openly teaching our children to hate based on race, city streets are littered with broken lives and the media happily suppresses anything that doesn’t conform to its myopic elitist narrative.

At such times, it’s difficult to find anything to be thankful for, let alone the inspiration to advance boldly into the future.

But in our despair, let us not forget there is still so much to be grateful for.

Like any living organism, countries sometimes veer off course. The difference is that when ours makes a mistake, it does so at the insistence of its citizenry rather than over their objections.

But we also have the right to correct that course, and the time for doing so is never far off in the grand scheme of things.

However flawed it may be, we still live in the only nation the downtrodden from every corner of the earth flock to even when it means crawling under fences their country has erected to prevent their escape or braving violent seas in a makeshift raft.

Despite the determined efforts of our enemies both foreign and domestic to suppress them — and our own lamentable penchant for taking it all for granted — we still have more rights and greater liberty than any other people on the planet.

And we have brave, determined patriots who will never ignore their responsibility safeguard these ideals and pass on an even stronger, freer and more prosperous America to their children.

Such people make the Freedom Foundation and all it endeavors to accomplish possible.

Whatever we’ve lost this year can be recovered — and quickly — as long as we have hope, and the resolve to fight for our freedoms.

With you by our side, we’re determined to continue the struggle and confident of our ultimate victory.

And that’s more than most people have to be thankful for in a lifetime.

From the Freedom Foundation, here’s wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Thanksgiving this year and every year.

Chief Executive Officer
Aaron Withe is the chief executive officer of the Freedom Foundation. Aaron began his career at the Freedom Foundation in 2015 working in the outreach department. He devised a full-scale outreach campaign that included having a team of door-to-door canvassers contact all union members throughout Oregon and inform them of their rights to leave their union. After much success, he was named the Oregon director, where he lead the Oregon team for two years. As an immigrant-turned-U.S. citizen, Aaron recognizes America as the freest and most prosperous country in the world. However, he also recognizes the very real threat posed by the government unions attacking the foundations of the American dream. This is what fuels Aaron as he now leads the Freedom Foundation’s national campaign to free every public employee in America from union bondage. Aaron has been a featured speaker for the Freedom Foundation at a multitude of events, including the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2019. He was the proud recipient of the Oregon Taxpayer Association’s 2019 Thomas Jefferson Award. He was formerly on the Washington & Oregon Advisory Committees to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. And he is a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) Leadership Network. Aaron has often shared the Freedom Foundation’s message on TV, including appearances Fox News, One America News, Newsmax, and The Huckabee Show on TBN. He has been featured on several national and local radio shows including Sean Hannity and Lars Larson and in print media outlets across the country including the Wall Street Journal and Daily Wire. He is a native of Birmingham, England, and is a graduate and former basketball player at Corban University in Oregon. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, staying active in many different sports and at the gym, he is active in his church and enjoys relaxing at several of the Pacific North West’s microbreweries.