Today is one of the most significant holidays in the United States, and I find it is also a holiday that is very much about some of the “Cult Scene” thinking I have been working on (you can see some preliminary articles about this @ COMPlot ).
Franklin’s “either/or” is very much the basis of much political thinking, particularly in the United States of America. Roughly, “conservative” or “right wing” political thought is based on the principle that we belong separated. At the other extreme — i.e. “left wing”, with various nomenclatures — is the idea that we belong together.
If you are thankful that you have so much, then that is a right-wing type of thankfulness. If you are thankful that everyone is so well off, then that is a left-wing mentality at play.