Elder Patriot – On the occasion of our nation’s first Thanksgiving proclamation President George Washington referenced our thanks to the Almighty God 16 times.
On October 3, 1789 Washington proclaimed all of America would give pause on
November 26. 1789 all of America would give pause to “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….”
General then President Washington considered it 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….”
Washington following the lead of the Congress who called the national day of prayer implored all Americans participate in “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God.”
The full text of Washington’s speech can be read here.
Two hundred and twenty-seven years later Barack Obama made his last Thanksgiving proclamation. Except for referencing “the year of our lord” Obama had stripped God from the official government lexicon and with that cleared the way for the religion of government, dependency, and abortion.
The faith that had underpinned Americans from the time of the Revolution and through WWII was on the way towards eradication. The faith that demanded our love of our fellow men and that inspired us to provide a good days labor to our employers in exchange for the wages they provided had been fundamentally eroded.
Donald Trump’s initial Thanksgiving proclamation has begun the restoration of God that is so sorely missing in our daily lives and interactions.
Trump was careful to properly phrase the reason for the giving of thanks that resulted in the first thanksgiving in the New World:
“In thanks to God for these blessings, the new governor of the Plymouth Colony, William Bradford, proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and gathered with the Wampanoag tribe for three days of celebration.”
The Wampanoags were invited to join the celebration because of their friendship but it was not a celebration to fete the Indians.
The president continued his comments:
As one people, we seek God’s protection, guidance, and wisdom, as we stand humbled by the abundance of our great Nation and the blessings of freedom, family, and faith.
I encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings.
As America searches for its moral compass I suggest we thank God for the election and safe presidential tenure of Donald J. Trump.