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A Day to Remember

In Back in the Day, Harvard Math, Obamarama, The American Jihad, The Enemy Among Us, The Haters, The Racist Right, The Way Far Right, Uncategorized, Wars and Rumors of Wars, Weekly Rant on 25/11/2009 at 06:21

Lincoln at Antietam: (L-R) Alan Pinkerton, President Lincoln, Gen. George McClelland

Ominous clouds loomed over America on our first official Thanksgiving; the bitter winds of war had chilled Abraham Lincoln to the bone. He neither instigated nor wanted that war, yet from the moment he stepped onto the train in Springfield two years earlier, he knew it would define his presidency, if not his life.

The President had little more than a year and a half to live in October 1863; he had aged immeasurably in his fist two years, having suffered the death of his son Willie the year before, and the loss of scores of American lives in places like Antietam and Chickamauga. Yet he wrote in his Thanksgiving Proclamation, “The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.”

The war seemed to be turning but it was small consolation to Lincoln. Vicksburg had fallen and Gettysburg had been won, but horrendous numbers were dying and there was still no end in sight.

Lincoln’s Proclamation continues: “To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.”

Many in contemporary America view Thanksgiving as a secular holiday, but Lincoln had no thought to make it so. “I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

He made this Proclamation without fear of violating a Supreme Court ruling on the “separation of church and state.” He did not frame his words so carefully as not to offend the ACLU, there was none. Lincoln knew our Founding Documents were drafted on the precepts of Judeo-Christian principals; he gave no thought to those who might disagree. We were a Christian nation.

This week we celebrate the 146th Thanksgiving since Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday. Our young servicemen and women are engaged on two fields of battle halfway around the world, in a war that will ultimately determine our survival as a Judeo-Christian democratic republic.

Today we live under the constant threat of litigation that will restrain our freedom to give thanks to God; we are warned against displaying Judeo-Christian symbols in our schools and government institutions on holidays. While in Dearborn Michigan, Wal-Mart struggles not to offend Muslims who are encroaching on the city’s government, Islamic calls to prayer sound citywide from loudspeakers in the city’s mosques; but Christians cannot pass out literature on the sidewalks. The first “Post American President” is in office.

Those of us, who remain true to the precepts of our nation’s founders on this Thanksgiving, should not fail to remember the lives sacrificed for our liberty, and to thank the God who made this country exceptional. We must remember that we fight, not to make ourselves like others, but to keep ourselves the City on the Hill that the rest of the world gazes upon.

On this Thanksgiving Day, we must remember the One Benevolent God who has made us who and what we are.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along. — Carl Sandburg

  1. American Christians have been spared religious persecution,for the most part, but it looks like it is starting. I liked what the Austrailian Prime Minister said a couple of years ago…..this is our country and if you don’t like it leave….(paraphrasing) he was talking to muslims.
    Wake up Christian America!
    Son, thanks dor informing us…..

  2. So often we take God given blessings for granted and at times are unaware of our blessings… until they are gone.
    Health, wealth, family, each day we live. Freedom of speech, the right to express our opinions, whatever they may be.
    How often do we read blogs without taking a moment to post a comment?

    Thanks for taking the time to post your informative blogs and adding the amusing photos.

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