11/25/10

Thanksgiving Thanks



This bit of news is old regarding Judge Crabb proclaiming National Prayer Day is unconstitutional, but appropriate in revealing the true meaning of Thanksgiving.   (With limited comic strip space, I butchered the actual October 3rd 1789 speech by George Washington.)

Francis's retort does bring up the fundamental difference between the Left and Right. The Left often squirm upon mention of America's greatness and our Founding Father's importance. Summed up in short by the wonderful Janeane Garofalo that America is a sham… built on a lie. While men in one room proclaim equality, their wives treated as domestic slaves toil away in the room adjacent and men of another color slave in the field outside. So flag waving is a bad thing, dressing up as a patriot is akin to wearing a white sheet and justice is served socially through constant and aggressive progressing of the Constitution.
No doubt many aspects of the colonial way of life was wrong. But today's times are different. We've fixed many issues and men even stopped wearing white wigs. But it's not the details that made America. It's the simple but powerful idea that men may govern themselves. America is the idea of individualism.

Looking at the back of a dollar bill, on the flip side of Washington himself, you'll see a pyramid, not because we come from Egypt, but because it is a symbol of greatness.The pyramid is incomplete because we are incomplete; ever growing and maturing. Men own their own fate, the right to change and alter ourselves. So in a way, Leftists are correct, in that we can and should progress.

Do we change everything? Is this the change we can believe in? Do we transform America? Or do we build on our Founding Fathers idea, progressing that which protects and encourages individualism; the broad concept of America.

But most importantly, never… never… wear white wigs again.

Happy Thanksgiving!


BTW, here's Washington's speech in it's entirety:

George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation
"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 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 favors 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 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 alone knows to be best."

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