Thanksgiving is a time of reflection. And so I look back at another eventful year and take note of those I am blessed to have in my life.

I’m thankful for my wife. Shelley is my best friend, my rock, my everlasting love. She has stood by me through good times and bad, never wavering in her support. She gives me the strength I need to keep going, and, as you can imagine, strength is something a public figure like myself needs every day, especially in recent weeks, what with these allegations and all.

I’m thankful for my children. Brayden, Brayton, and Braylon remind me every day of the future for which I am fighting whenever I make a vote, sponsor a bill, or rally for a cause. They remind me to look at things through innocent eyes and with a curious mind. They’re always asking questions, those rascals. Why, just the other day, Brayton looked at me with those sweet brown eyes of his and asked, “Daddy, why were the police asking you so many questions?”

I’m thankful for my parents. It was their humble upbringings and commitment to charity – he worked in the coal mine, she washed the neighbors’ clothes for extra grocery money, yet they both took the time to volunteer at the local shelter – that inspired me to run for Congress years ago. They remind me every day of the value of helping others. Their commitment to giving remains strong to this day. In fact, just this week, they helped me out a pinch by paying my bail.

I’m thankful for my constituents. They trust me with their votes, and I do my best to do right by them every day. They also know not to believe everything they read in the mainstream media. They don’t let headlines about, say, a Congressman arrested for shoplifting in an adult bookstore sour them on the democratic process.

I’m thankful for the Constitution of the United States of America. It’s the backbone of this great country of ours. It guarantees our freedom. Freedom of speech, of religion, of the press. A free press is vital to a society such as ours. It allows for the publication and dissemination of a variety of voices, opinions, and tasteful nude photographs of small Japanese men enjoying the company of large Russian men.

And finally, I’m thankful for the rule of law. In America, a man is innocent until proven guilty, and I have good reason to believe the surveillance video from The Velvet Pickle Books & Adult Novelties will prove I did not slip those magazines in my overcoat as the owner claims. Justice will prevail.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! God bless America! God bless you all!

copyright 2015 David Cornelius all rights reserved


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