As I See It: Some things to be thankful for in a new year

Our Constitution may be the most brilliant, document ever created. There were 13 sovereign states, hundreds of autonomous communities; the people spoke multiple languages: English, German, Dutch, French, Spanish and Yiddish (The Plimouth Plantation alone had nineteen dialects). There were multiple religions, many of which were hostile to others. Some: Quakers, Jews, Catholics and Musselmen (Muslims) were distrusted. The relationship with the original inhabitants was unsettled to say the least. To make matters complicated the new nation was over 1,000 miles long. A republic had never been tried on that scale. There were large empires, but held together by guns, gallows and steel.