A Personal Thanksgiving Reflection by Sarah Palin

CBN has this exclusive, yet well written and thoughtful Thanksgiving message composed by Sarah Palin. It’s well worth the read:

CBN – On Thanksgiving, my family’s traditions will reflect the loyal, active, robust, big family life that shaped me. We’re so fortunate to be together to share the making of another year’s memory. In these late autumn days with temperatures dipping to 20-degrees below zero, we’ll brave Alaska’s biting cold to run and skate and ride – just because we can, and for that I am so thankful. Life in America’s Last Frontier is not an easy living, but it’s a good living. Here in Alaska, where I’m never without inspiration, an optimistic pioneering spirit still permeates, and harsh conditions force us out of self-centeredness and towards community – often in order to survive.

This need for selflessness – and the blessings that come with it – sharpened for me almost four years ago when I was given the gift of broader horizons, clarified priorities, and more commitment to justice and compassion for my fellow man who faces challenges and fears. I was granted this through a gift that arrived in a tiny, six-pound, awe-inspiring bundle. We named him Trig.

I know America’s potential for goodness, thus greatness, because I see it every day through my son. Nothing makes me happier or prouder than to see America’s good heart when someone smiles at my Trig. I notice it happens often in airports. Often a traveler passing by does a double-take when they see him, perhaps curious about the curious look on his face; perhaps my son momentarily exercises an uncontrollable motion that takes the passerby by surprise. Perhaps, as an innocent and candid child announced when she first met Trig, they think “he’s awkward.” But when that traveler pauses to look again and smile, and maybe tells me what a handsome boy I have, I swell with American pride. I am so thankful for their good heart. They represent the best in our country and their kindness shows the real hope we need today.

I am thankful that, as in so many areas of life, the bitter people who say bitter things about someone facing challenges are so outnumbered. There have been stinging criticisms, even from people still screaming that Trig should never have been born, but we know those critics may be the loudest and most malicious, but they’re not the majority.

To me, when individuals reflect the greater societal acceptance of someone facing challenges, they show the best of humanity – even by offering a simple pat on Trig’s head or a knowing smile shot our way. Conversely, when a society works to eliminate the “weakest links” (as some would callously consider the disabled) or “the unproductive” (as some would callously consider the very young and the very old), it eliminates the very best of itself. When a society seeks to destroy them, it also destroys any ability or need for sincere compassion, empathy, improvement, and even goodwill. And those are the very best qualities of humanity! Those are the characteristics of a country that understands and embraces true hope! America can be compassionate and strong enough as a nation to be entrusted with those who some see as an “inconvenience,” but who are really our greatest blessings. Through Trig, I see firsthand that there is man’s standard of perfection, and then there is God’s. Man’s standard is flawed, temporary, and shallow. God’s standard lasts an eternity. At the end of the day, His is what matters.

So, this Thanksgiving my family will bundle Trig up and grin while we watch him through ice-frosted eyelashes as he curiously takes in all that is around him in the crisp open air. I hope your Thanksgiving gives you the opportunity to find that reminder of what really matters, too. For me, my perfect picture of thankfulness is my perfectly awesome son. With him, all is well with my soul and I know I am blessed.

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88 thoughts on “A Personal Thanksgiving Reflection by Sarah Palin

  1. The GOP eight just don’t add up to her. The more I watch the debates, the more I understand this. These eight even have real things that the Obama machine can attack them on. There is only one person who has ever stayed standing and fighting after a full on attack – and she’s not running.

    1. you’re a moron. of course it’s from her. you just PRETEND it’s not really from her because you don’t want to admit that she is an eloquent writer who actually did write this.

  2. This is a little late, but Ben Franklin proposed our national bird to be the Turkey. If you have ever hunted the wild turkey, you might understand this a bit better. The wild turkey, is among the wilyest game there is. They are smart, hard to even get a shot at, and can be vicious. so, when I see Ob making a mockery of our traditions, I think of old Ben, he is buried in the Boston north church, right next to my ancestor. I say do not wait another minute, impeach this monster.
    Thank you RS, thanks to you I rarely read Naional media, much less comment to them. As for Sarah, I hope you shot your own turkey, they taste so much better than store bought. I only wish I could be her neighbor.

  3. Hearing from Sarah and reading the comments has been a wonderful topper to a great day traveling across this great nation. Hope everyone here at TRS had an awesome day.

  4. Hearing from Sarah and reading the comments has been a wonderful topper to a great day traveling across this great nation. Hope everyone here at TRS had an awesome day.

  5. Just read this after reading news report of a woman who had the “wrong” twin aborted (was supposed to be the one with a heart condition but they accidentally killed the healthy one instead). The news story reported on similar cases where Downs syndrome twins were targeted for abortion but the non-Downs syndrome one was killed instead. Apparently there is much work to do to spread the word about caring for the “unperfect”.

    1. i read that too. why should a heart condition be okay for abortion??? doctors are sometimes wrong about a prognosis. sometimes people are expected to not live long, or never recover from their condition, and they do better than expected.

  6. A first class message from a First Class Lady! Here’s hoping all on here have a blessed & happy Thanksgiving. And thank you Scoop for this wonderful site! By the way,for one day we can forget about the turkey in the White House & enjoy the one on the table!

  7. Thanks Scoop for putting this up. Simply Beautiful !! I am thankful I support this wonderful human being !!

  8. You guys have gone all soft and gooey on my whilst I was away working. I love it!! Happy Big Three, too.

  9. Enjoy Thanksgiving while you can. If you believe OB is pardoning the turkey, vote for him again. the turkey will go straight to the roaster, to be prepared Kenyan style. Ob will get on knees and thank Allah for such an opportunity to destroy a foe of Muslimism. The key aim, is to destroy all USA celebrations. They are really successful. If you pray to God, (an old outdated custom), try to remember what this country has done for the world. Try to remember what you , and your family have benefitted from the nation. If you must work the holidays, turn over your earnings to a proven charitable institition, like the Salvation Army. This is not a day of celebration, this is a day of being grateful. Try to remember this. Semper Fi!

    1. “If you pray to God, (an old outdated custom)…” (allen poe)

      You’ve got some serious issues with being wrong…early, often and late.
      What an idiotic thing to say.

  10. That’s all fine and dandy. However, you should have become a candidate. Love all the happy feelings. I’m not being sarcastic. I have them, too. But you could have done something about this mess. But instead, you’ve become just another commentator. Love you to death, but you let us down. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. FYI, I did all I could humanly do, ‘about this mess’. It cost me dearly, and I was never a Sarah Palin. Yes, I had friends iin high places, it never bought me a thing. I never asked. When I worked for a good candidate, I only expected them to do as they promised me, in private, mostly to oppose evil. YOU can help, form local committees. Vet candidates. Stake signs, serve coffee, attend fund raisers, write comments on web. Never lose sight of what you are fighting for, and it is not you, but a nation.

  11. What a beautiful piece. Thank you Sarah!

    Trig may not be perfect – but he is loved.

    None of us is perfect – but we are loved.

    May God’s Blessings and Presence be with you all this Thanksgiving.

    1. “… but we are loved”…

      Years ago I read somewhere that God is never DISAPPOINTED by what we do… because he is never SURPRISED by what we do.

      Through it all… we are loved.


        1. A better word – Want vs. Hope…

          God “wants” us to do the right thing.
          God does not “hope” that we will do the right thing.


          God knows… what we will do.


          … God is never DISAPPOINTED because he is never SURPRISED… by what we do.


        2. Yes, and because He kept score He saw that humanity had sinned and separated themselves from Him and decided to do something about it-reflect on the cross and may you see the depth of love and and forgivenss that God through His precious Son has for you and for all humanity!

  12. I am most blessed as well, a niece that is epeleptic, slow in school, but a dear just the same. A good Thanksgiving message can’t be said enough ! The best to you all, my right scoop friends. May God find all of you in good health and good humor on our most American of holidays !

    1. “I am most blessed … a dear…”

      I’ve often wondered about what is the “blessing” of giving affection, love, support, etc. to others.

      It seems that the serendipity, the unexpected discovery, of a son as Mrs. Palin has, or a niece as you have freenca, is that the blessing is that the “good” that is already within us is revealed to us as we give.

      What the recipients of affection “do” is draw out of us the blessing that is simply “released” when we give affection, love, support, etc.

      I think that this is contained in the words of Mrs. Palin in the last sentence of the first paragraph, “… out of self-centeredness and towards community… .”

      And then, as she wrote in the last sentence, “With him, all is well with my soul and I know I am blessed,” that which is within is revealed to the giver of affection.

      The words “… all is well with my soul” topped off with “… I know I am blessed” are the revelation of the serendipity, the unexpected discovery, of what is already within the giver of affection, love, support, etc.


      1. If you reallly believe that, donate at least 10 hours a week, of your time, to help others. Not money, nor gifts, just time. And NEVER, NEVER, expect a word of graditude. Christ said,” Do your alms in public, and you have your reward. Do your alms in private, and I will reward you in Heaven”.

        1. Good grief man! Stop misquoting Christ! That’s twice that I’ve seen you do this within the last few minutes! Take a second or two and look it up if you don’t have a clue, mmkay?! 🙁

      2. Thanks, Art. Your thoughtful posts here at The Right Scoop are refreshing and thought provoking at times, I appreciate them. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving !

  13. I may or may not be on here later- eventhough I am supremely addicted to TheRightScoop, but just in case, I want to tell everyone, From my family to yours- we hope you all have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

    1. A Hallmark style 3 in 1 Happy greetings ABC…

      Happy Thanksgiving
      Happy Christmas
      Happy New Year

      I usually say this to someone that I will not see until January, but I like it better than the vapid Happy Holidays.

      I think it was Rush Limbaugh who I first heard say that “words have meaning” or maybe “words mean things” or something like that.

      Well, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year have meaning, but, to me, Holidays is as meaningless as Xmas.

      Whatever, God bless you through all 3 Happy’s.


          1. I’m a bit late… but knowing you ABC… you’ll probably check out RS at least a couple times today. I can smell your turkey already. Good things to be thankful for regarding a new found job for your family.

            Despite the cynics and haters who scream the loudest and elbow the most, they DO NOT approach anywhere near the neighbourhood of the good in America. Like the devil and his minions, they are all mouth… constantly nattering but making no point, even though they think they do. For them, Thanksgiving reminds them of their failure, their paucity, their emptiness. They hate it… and they hate us. They don’t want it for themselves, and they seek to deprive us of Heavens blessings as well. They will fail. They will fail because failure is built in. Failure is evil’s fundamental building block. Evil carries within itself the seeds of its own destruction. The evil, pretending to be relevant and prescient, never get a revelation of their own failure until it’s too late. It’s difficult to pray for them, but pray we must, turning our back to their deceptitude, but our hearts to their deeper needs, in patience desiring that none perish. That desire for goodness on the evil is what makes our Saviour our Saviour.

            So, be thankful this day, that evil approaches not your threshold… that God smiles forever still on your heart and family, knowing that while still cloudy, there is an even greater vision for America yet.

      1. I believe it was King Solomon. Omar Kammam added, having written, the hand moves on, and none of your wishes, nor wit, will change a line or word. All paraphased. Forget the evil of the world for one day.

      1. What’s wrong with Bachmann? The only thing stopping Bachmann at this point is her lack of positive press and minimal debate coverage. She is a true conservative and I would happily vote for her for President!

    1. I hear ya, my friend. And while I love how she writes on her facebook and blogs that looks like George Washington HIMSELF has wrote it, i do miss seeing her on TV. Those speeches she gave certainly brightened my spirits 😀

  14. Sarah Palin is truly an inspiring and special person. God has truly blessed the Palin family with Trig and Trig has been blessed with being born into a special family. God doesn’t make mistakes!

    1. CP, you can’t really understand the situation, until you have been there. I have. The delightful Sarah has more grief than you can imagine. She is much closer to God, than most of us. God blessed her, with Alaska. Now, if we can keep her from being burnt at the stake, people can at least have the memory of a real American hero.

  15. thanks Scoop for the post…had to wipe a little tear out of my eye…i think some dust or maybe a eye winker got in my eye……and thanks to Sarah for being a better person than all her critics put together….man she would be a Great President…..

    1. “… man she…”

      To adapt the old phrase, “it’s not over till…”

      Mrs. Sarah Palin is still young.

      It’s not over till the “fullness of time” when the trumpet sounds and the people of earth hear the words, “your time is up,” uh, I mean, “look up, your redemption is drawing near.”


    1. AT, the delightful Sarah is just an honest, patriotic, and smart individual. Yes, they are around. Anytime anyone stands up, the enemy attacks, even buying the house next door to hassle you. Expect it, or retreat. Freedom is not free, and must be fought for. If you had any thought about the USA media being human, Sarah is my example. Perry another. I warn you, the road you are backing up, does have an end.

  16. Nice!

    Have great Thanksgiving, Scoop!

    I’m taking a break from the Internets for a while. Y’all stay thankful, and don’t beat up your liberal cousin with the turkey leg.

    Beat up the one with the chicken feet.

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