thanksgiving-backgroundMany of us have moved past the shock of what happened on November 8th, and have settled into a grudging or even angry acceptance. It is what it is. Yes, Hillary received nearly 2 million more votes than Trump, but we all know that our presidents are not elected by counting the popular vote. We know how it works. Can we change the way it works? Possibly. Can we change it in time to put Hillary in the White House? Not a chance. That’s not where I choose to focus my energy.

But even while we must accept what is, there is much for which to give thanks this year. For my part, I am profoundly grateful that those gathered around my Thanksgiving table will number only three — my husband, my adult son, and me. My father, the person most likely to drink too much and start a fight, now lives 2,000 miles away. I haven’t had a meaningful conversation with him in years. There will be no in-laws, no aunts and uncles, no cousins, not even a sibling who may wish to crow about the results of the election or even continue to rail against Hillary. So, for that, I am grateful.

But we can all be grateful for some other realities that accompany the surprising election of Donald Trump.

8188765896_bfa21388bf_bFor one thing, we will never again hear the name “Benghazi.” That tragic incident, which from all I’ve read in no way could be laid directly at the feet of Hillary Clinton, no longer has political value. It will vanish.

This morning there is news that Trump plans no further investigation into Hillary’s emails. Of course, his new Attorney General, paragon of virtue that he is, may have different plans, but I have no doubt that Trump can keep his toadies in line. So, with the exception of the continuing postmortem on the election, we will likely never again hear about Hillary’s emails or private server.

Also a thing of the past is blaming the rising cost of health insurance on Obamacare. Sure, that will continue for a short period, but Trump and the Republicans have vowed to make repeal of the ACA a top priority in the new Congress, and thereafter, they will get to own all the wrongs associated with healthcare. For example, the Trump voter who also happens to have diabetes and no access to health insurance through an employer will find out that mandated coverage for preexisting conditions without also restricting premiums is going to cause his insurance rates to increase perhaps tenfold, maybe more.

9958945135_e49515dd9e_bWith an all Republican Congress, there will be no more threats of government shutdown and no more dismissing out of hand perfectly reasonable proposals simply because they are supported by the president. No more readings of Green Eggs and Ham.

So, let us all pause on Thanksgiving, between helpings of turkey and stuffing, and before the third football game of the day, to give thanks for the bounty of goodness that has come out of this election.

And let’s all have a fire extinguisher at the ready in case Thanksgiving at the neighbor’s house gets out of hand.