I originally published this piece on November 26, 2009.
The older I get, the more I appreciate Thanksgiving. Maybe it’s because it is uniquely American. Yes, I know Canada has a Thanksgiving Day, too, but what comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving? That’s right. Pilgrims. And not Pilgrims with that signature lilt in the voice, ending sentences in “Eh?” But what I also enjoy is this holiday’s Christian roots, and the irony of lefties enjoying the holiday without serious consideration to what this holiday is really about. A time of reflection and giving thanks to God for the extraordinary providence he has bestowed upon us.What’s that you say? Only a rube would express thanks to God? Only a superstitious idiot would do such a thing? Yeah. Those Founding Fathers were real idiots, weren’t they? Case in point? Noted foolish Christianist and tyrant, George Washington:
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 favour; 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 PUBLICK THANSGIVING 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 TWENTY-SIXTH 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 rational 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 favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also, 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 publick 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 wife, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto 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 alone knows to be best.
GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
(signed) G. Washington
Why, the unmitigated gall! A sitting U.S. President having the nerve to invoke God in his official capacity as President! Didn’t he know that The Constitution contains a “wall of separation between church and state”? Actually, no. He didn’t, because the Constitution contains no such thing. And the private letterof Thomas Jefferson’s from which this false doctrine was later transplanted into the Constitution by the Court in the twentieth century wasn’t yet written. Jefferson, that noted author of this fabled Constitutional premise , was not even in the country at the time the Constitution was written, as he was serving as the nation’s Minister to France.
This is a time of year for reflection and giving thanks. I’m thankful for my family, both the one I was born with, and the one I chose.
I’m thankful for the Providence God has bestowed in my life, and the Providence that he has bestowed on our nation.
I’m thankful for second chances, and the fact that we can still abandon the insanity that a reckless minority and our elected officials are inexplicably wedded to, and determined to force us into.
And yes, I will be taking some time over this Holiday on my knees and in audience with the very same Creator that the Father of our country sought in times of adversity and times of plenty. Why don’t you join me?