Our Unambiguous Thanksgiving Message to America

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director &  Military Affairs Analyst

It is said that if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. And so it would appear on this Thanksgiving Day 2005 that too many Americans have forgotten what made America the greatest nation on earth. The following is the official proclamation of the first President of the United States, given at the request of both Houses of the Congress of the United States, which states that Thanksgiving Day is THE day set aside on which all Americans are to thank God Almighty for his blessings upon this nation, our constitutional government, upon all of us and all other nations of this world: [img align=left]http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/images/washington.jpg[/img]Whereas it is the duty of  all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to “recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal  favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and ration al manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general , for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And al so that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He al one knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York , the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.

There you have it, the first official “Thanksgiving” proclamation. Note that our first President and Commander-In-Chief invoked the name of God 13 times in the 4 sentences of this proclamation. That certainly leaves very little doubt about the nature of his proclamation, doesn’t it? What would our founding fathers think of some Americans today?

Amen if a few of ‘em are rolling over in agony right now. And Amen for the rest of us.

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I extend my warmest Happy Thanksgiving wishes to you all, to our Armed Forces and to our  allies in this time of war. [Editor's Note: As does the entire staff of the Northeast Intelligence Network].