Thursday is Thanksgiving but giving thanks for the many blessings we have in Hawaii should be a daily event. For the last several months, it seems many folks have been focusing on the negative, so let’s try something healthier. For this exercise, let us focus on the fact that recent election participation was one the best in recent history. Folks are recognizing that this experiment in democracy takes work. We can look back a how Native Americans, Mexicans, Hawaiians, African Americans, Filipinos, Japanese, Italians, Chinese, Irish and so many other ethnic groups were treated as they tried to fit into the American Dream. We can recognize that the two world wars of the early 20th century killed an estimated 100 million people.