Nation: Now, the Grateful Society

Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, is only 16 days after Election Day. So why not get everyone in the mood early to celebrate life's manifold bounties? With this thought just possibly in mind, the White House last week composed a presidential Thanksgiving proclamation that, without actually mentioning the Great Society, suggested strongly that the U.S. should be the Grateful Society.

In one of the most palpably political Thanksgiving messages since 1866, when Lyndon's presidential namesake, Andrew, urged fellow Americans to thank the Almighty for the extension of "our railroad system far into the interior recesses of the country," the President last week issued...

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