George F. Will: For these we give thanks? Looking at 2013

Published: Friday, Nov. 29 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

Those vigilant about our welfare never sleep; Canadian relief supplies for Oklahoma tornado victims were stopped at the U.S. border until every item could be itemized in alphabetical order and its country of origin noted. You can't be too careful.

As the National Park Service and NASA understand. They are among the federal agencies that have their own SWAT teams. The Department of Agriculture, however, stresses sensitivity. A video of its "cultural sensitivity training" shows employees being instructed to call the Pilgrims who created Thanksgiving "illegal aliens." Of course there were no immigration laws to make any one of the first Thanksgivings illegal — for which fact, give thanks. Someday, if there is no Agriculture Department, more thanks to be given.

George Will's email address is georgewill@washpost.com.

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