Say What?

Congress Member Emanuel Cleaver had an idea, that we all should stop complaining the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. He wants everyone to forget about current issues and all our problems for a day. No more complaints. Because, you know, I just hate it when people complain (pun intended).

While this may be a good idea, I have no idea how he plans to enforce it. You can read his letter below.

From: The Honorable Emanuel Cleaver
Bill: H.Con.Res. 155
Date: 11/17/2009

Dear Colleague:

Please join me in co-sponsorship of a resolution, H. Con. Res. 155, to designate the day prior to Thanksgiving as Complaint Free Wednesday.

From time to time, we all experience anxiety, frustration, stress, and regret. And often, we respond to these feelings with a criticism or a complaint. Regrettably, complaining keeps people stuck on current problems, inhibiting them from thinking constructively to find solutions. Research has also shown that complaining can be harmful to one’s emotional and physical health; relationships; and can limit professional career success.

In the spirit of hope, optimism, and postivity, and in honor of its efforts to encourage people to look forward, not backward, the group a Complaint Free World is to be recognized. A Complaint Free World’s goal, in fact, is to motivate 1% of the global population (about 60 million people) to become complaint free.

This timely and constructive (and revenue neutral) resolution would reaffirm the meaning of Thanksgiving by designating the Wednesday before as Complaint Free Wednesday. Surely Complaint Free Wednesday will be a meaningful and powerful reminder to prepare for a day of gratitude.

If you would like more information or would like to sign on as a co-sponsor, please contact Mary Petrovic of my staff. . . . I hope you have a pleasant and complaint-free day.

Warmest regards,
Emanuel Cleaver
Member of Congress

(Note: In the ellipses is contact information to co-sponsor.)

“Positivity” what’s that? Thanksgiving is supposed to be about giving thanks to God, not about ignoring your surroundings, and refusing to recognize problems. Sure, it might be a good idea, but it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving. I still wonder how he plans to make millions of people stop complaining…




  1. johnstrohmeyer · · Reply

    Contrary to your concluding statement, Thanksgiving in its historical context is not about giving thanks to God (I assume you’re referring to the Judeo-Christian God), but rather giving thanks to the bountiful harvest accredited to the American Indians whom greatly helped the colonists. (Take note that the colonists were inherently secular as well) However, I enjoy your input to Cleaver’s memo, as it is quite bizarre!

    Have a good Thanksgiving yourself,


  2. JonathanM · · Reply

    go read Ben’s post “The True Story of Thanksgiving” he refutes both your claims “the bountiful harvest accredited to the American Indians whom greatly helped the colonists.” and “Take note that the colonists were inherently secular as well”
    look at the facts before you state you opinion.


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