This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for democracy and the commonsense of ordinary Americans

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Our annual Thanksgiving dinner is a big deal at our house. This year, there are three generations of McFarlands at the table, ranging in age from 80 years to 80 days.

After the feast and before the pies, we always go around the table asking everyone what they’re most thankful for this year.

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This year I’m going to venture into political waters—which is usually a topic best avoided at family gatherings—and declare my thanks for democracy, and for the triumph of the common sense of ordinary Americans.

U.S. President Joe Biden listens to first lady Jill Biden speak during a Thanksgiving event with U.S. service members and military families at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S., November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

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