Happy Thanksgiving!

A day to relax, reflect–and give thanks. An autumn feast that’s inspired by the first banquet shared by the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians in 1621 is right as rain for your editor at this moment. After playing catch-up in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it’s been a long month and so the opportunity to reconsider all that’s been won, and lost, in America is a welcome break from the routine. As one of the “classic” Thanksgiving essays republished in The Wall Street Journal over the years observes: “We can remind ourselves that for all our social discord we yet remain the longest enduring society of free men governing themselves without benefit of kings or dictators. Being so, we are the marvel and the mystery of the world, for that enduring liberty is no less a blessing than the abundance of the earth.”