As Arizona's attorney general and a first generation American, I'm grateful for the USA

Fox Nation looks at the true story of Thanksgiving

Mayflower descendant Lea Filson previews the special on ‘Fox & Friends.’

Outrage and ingratitude are the currencies of today’s society. Many people rush to take offense at the tiniest issue or express their discontent with any perceived slight. Unfortunately, our children and grandchildren are learning from our attitudes and will take our negativity to greater heights. This spiral is destructive to every unit of our society and will ultimately lead to the undoing of this country.   

It is incumbent upon all of us to stop this cycle of outrage and ingratitude – especially as it pertains to the United States. This Thanksgiving, we can resolve to be the spark that strengthens our society. Instead of continuously looking for a reason to be outraged, we can choose to be grateful for what this country has given us and our families. 

I have a unique perspective for being thankful for this country. My family fled communism from the former Yugoslavia. They came to America because this nation could provide them and their descendants with boundless opportunities and freedoms. They understood that the rule of law was the way of life here and that their rights would be protected. 

There are many other countries around the world with constitutions or other founding documents that appear to grant protections or freedoms for their citizens. Without adherence to the rule of law, however, those documents mean absolutely nothing – as we’ve seen throughout world history. My family understood that the United States was different in this respect, and I’m thankful for what this nation stands for and the efforts its leaders undertake to enforce the rule of law. 

My experience, combined with my family’s history, has strengthened my gratitude for our nation and my resolve to give back and to serve our communities. 

Nevertheless, the United States isn’t perfect, and its opportunities for improvement are often magnified by people who have nothing but contempt for this country. Yet, the reality is that no other nation in history has been able to match what we have accomplished and the freedoms we’ve maintained and protected for hundreds of years. The United States has brought more opportunities to more people than any other country. My life is Exhibit A of this fact. 

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