Kathryn Lopez

And I'm glad we have pols who say things like this: "Americans are looking for more fiscal responsibility, less government and sound traditional values. They want leadership and vision with conservative principles. You don't develop a vision by looking backwards. I'm keeping my eyes on the horizon -- where the future is, and where America is going." In other words, I'm grateful for outgoing Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. We'll see where he goes next. A white house on Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. will have a vacancy in January 2009. I'm grateful for Rush Limbaugh. How many household names use their power for good? They'll give him grief for supposedly picking on a sick guy, but that's not what he did. The man speaks truth when it's unpopular. And he's made a great success of it -- and those who agree with him on myriad issues owe him a debt.

I'm grateful for clever groups like Hands Off Our Ovaries (for a moratorium on cloning) and Feminists for Life (anti-abortion). They're organizations that make you do a double take and really think about the life issues in a new and provocative way that. They're great contributions to preserving/fighting for a Culture of Life. I'm grateful for Adam Sandler. Someone in Hollywood is still married. I'm grateful to teachers. My Dad was one. My mother and sister are. The children are our future -- it's true. And there are devoted people who love kids who spend their days teaching and nights preparing and caring. Thank God. I'm grateful for my pals at Walden Media -- who did "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" and the upcoming "Charlotte's Web" -- who make movies never failing to emphasize the books behind them. They make the teachers' jobs easier. I'm grateful for Catholic education. I'm grateful because it's worked wonders in urban areas. But I'm also grateful for administrators, teachers, students, parents, alumni, who fight to keep them Catholic. When you have a higher reason for being there, identity is everything, it all stems from there. And that makes all the difference.

I'm deeply grateful for the United States military. Whatever the heck the Democrats wind up doing to them and us and the Iraqi people, it won't change the great good our voluntary servicemen have done there, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

Faith. You gotta have it.

The list could go on and on. We truly are blessed. Even if Nancy Pelosi is Speaker.


Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.