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Who Are You Thankful For?

by Countable | 12.28.17

What’s the story?

2017 is nearly over, and it has been a roller coaster for sure. Axios published a chart today showing both the number of breaking political news issues that snagged our collective attention over the last year, as well as how quickly we moved on to the next one — because there was always a next one.

Most of us are pretty exhausted at this point. But the year has not been without its moments of positivity, either. We’d like to invite you to tell us who, in the realm of politics, you are grateful for as 2017 comes to an end. Is it a Member of Congress? An organization? Do you have a favorite bureaucrat or congressional staffer that you talk to every time you call? Is there a political writer that you feel like is in the thick of it, fighting the good fight?

I’ll get us started: this year I'm grateful for my mayor. Among many issues that he has championed this year, including affordable housing and compassionate answers to the opioid crisis, he rescinded this long-standing and universally-resented law in my town, called the odd/even parking law, which requires you to park your car on the odd or even side of the street depending on the day to make space for snow plows.

It was in effect from November 1 to April 1, even if there was no snow.

It made the city a bunch of money in tickets all winter long, so no one expected it to ever get changed. But this year my mayor rescinded it, except when there is actually snow, and instituted a free text-alert system to let residents know when the law would be put in effect given weather reports.

Common sense! Effective use of existing technology! Responsiveness in government! Who knew such things were possible?!? Thank you, Mayor Svante Myrick. I’m so grateful you’re my mayor.

What about you?

Who are you grateful for in politics as we close out 2017?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

Countable

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  • SirRobert
    12/28/2017
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    I am thankful for the millions of people that will show up on Election Day and vote the Republicans that supported the tax scam out of office!

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  • Lisa
    12/29/2017
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    Senator Bernie Sanders. He continues to fight for the average American. I shudder to think what Congress would be like without him.

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  • Timnyc
    12/28/2017
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    I am Thankful for the American people for showing me NOT to lose hope in Democracy and the will of law We are being tested like I have never seen in my life time which is 60 years I believe that we will continue to be tested in the year to come I pray for us all to do the right thing always. God Bless America

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  • Sheryl
    12/28/2017
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    I am grateful for Rachel Maddow. When others let the 2016 Russian-election collusion story fade into the background, she held steadfast and pursued the story, even though it made her a target for right-wingers. Thank God for bloodhound journalists like her who refuse to give up.

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  • HockeyGuy
    12/29/2017
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    I am thankful for having had President Obama as President of our country for two terms! He is a role model as a man, husband, father, and a leader for all peoples of the world!

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  • Nancy
    12/28/2017
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    Thankful for Robert Mueller and the dedicated men and women of the FBI, as well as all who are working round the clock, to find out the truth of Russian interference in our elections and just who knew what when and how they were involved. Thankful for one day SOON justice being served.

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  • Amy
    12/28/2017
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    I am thankful for all the courageous elected officials who have stood up against the cruel, thoughtless and dangerous behaviors shown by our president this past year. You are not only helping to put a breaking system on a dangerous man, but you are the leaders in draining the swamp, which to me means getting our congress back to a standard of honesty and courageous action. We, the people, want a lot more of that going forward.

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  • OlderNWiser
    12/28/2017
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    I am grateful for Countable. Thank you! Grateful for the environmental heroes often martyred to save us all, grateful for the Water Protectors, grateful for those who serve for the good of all, grateful for Black Lives Matter, grateful for the Innocence Project, for Robert Reich, Bernie Sanders, Van Jones, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Mark DeSaulnier, often Dianne Feinstein, for artists, comedians, authors, poets, dancers, teachers, nurses and more.

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  • Donna
    12/28/2017
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    I am thankful the nation has been served in so many ways by one of the last true statesmen, Senator John McCain. I am not a Republican and disagree with his position on almost everything. I am old enough to remember his capture in Vietnam and his heartbreaking release over 5 years later. His strength, dedication and patriotism seems to be sorely lacking in elected officials today. We no longer have statesmen, dedicated to public service. We have career politicians, dedicated to themselves and their donors. Thank you, Senator McCain. Be well.

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  • Kyle
    12/28/2017
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    I'm thankful for Elon Musk and the fact we're sending a red roadster to Mars.

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  • Roger
    12/28/2017
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    Hi: It is hard to be thankful for any politician they have lots their way, they no longer serve the public, politics is now a profession not a service as intended in the constitution. However, I am grateful for president Trump trying to do what's right for America, even against his own party who should be helping!! Roger

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  • Sandra
    12/30/2017
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    I am thankful for God first and foremost! Next would be president Trump for winning an election no one thought was possible! He has shown us how doing the right thing, for the right reasons, although challenging, will always TRUMP those who speak or act negatively! I’m thankful he has hung in there when every step of the way EVERYONE, including his own party, fight against him! He has shown us Americans and the world that we are not going to tolerate the Americans being threatened or killed by those who wish us harm! I’m THANKFUL we finally have a government that wants to put Americans first! God knows I couldn’t go to their country and get a job, let alone take their benefits and then speak out against their government! Trump has more class in his pinky than most will have their entire lives! #RosieO’donnell! I’m Thankful that we seen the light of the corrupt politicians and the biased, lying ass media. I’m Thankful we don’t have one of the most corrupt female criminals of all time as our president, because if we did I would no longer have the right to tell u how I feel!

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  • Mark
    12/28/2017
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    JESUS, and my mom

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  • Christine
    12/28/2017
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    I am thankful for my family, my health my life and our country.

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  • Joan
    12/28/2017
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    I am grateful that I’m alive today to witness the changes that are occurring in our country. It seems a time of turmoil, I know, but I believe we are evolving to a better level of human understanding and undertakings. I’m grateful for all the ‘little’ people out there, like me, who don’t get recognized for the kindnesses and the dedication and the hard work and the generosity they demonstrate and persist in every day. THEY are my heroes and my hope. Thank you.

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  • Poli.Sci
    12/28/2017
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    I’m thankful for two people; my father and my wife. I’m thankful for my father because, being a retired Marine and small business owner, he taught me an honest day’s worth of work, who encouraged me to be what I wanted to be, but frowned upon heavily for being a couch potato. My father pushed me to be the best at things I was interested in, but not the type of pushing that destroys kids these days. I would not be the person today without my dad’s respect and responsibility. My wife, is very much the same. I met her at college and she pushes me to continuously apply my studies and faith in God throughout the day. Although I have yet to find a Graduate program but still work full time, I am always grateful for her advice and joy that lifts me up throughout the day. I would be swallowed up in stress and overworked if it was not her gentle joyfulness that brought me home every day. God bless and have a great New Year everyone! Be merry and joyful and the standard of life will be better for all

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  • C
    12/29/2017
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    The Earth, from whom all our blessings flow.

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  • Gerald
    12/29/2017
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    I am thankful for Roy Moore. His absurdity, only exceeded by Trump himself, finally caused Americans to set a threshold on who they will vote for. An obvious pedophile, retainer of a Jew lawyer, homophobic Muslim hating, fake Christian, disqualified judge, horse riding, tiny gun toting politician exposed the entire Republican machine when they endorsed him in the end over Doug Jones. The party would want him in office despite everything he represented reflects their lack of a moral compass anymore. I am thankful for Alabama citizens for rejecting Roy Moore and announcing everyone has limits.

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  • Patricia
    12/29/2017
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    I’m thankful for all the women in office and running for office/Elizabeth Warren, Dr Kyle Horton , and so many more

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  • Scott
    12/28/2017
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    Nothing because nobody has assassinated trump yet.

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