Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

By the President of the United States of America, a 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 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 which we experienced 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 enabled 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 hath 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 shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord - To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease 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 1789.

George Washington

9 comments:

Daniel von Elz-RĂ¼benach said...

Wow... How the mighty have fallen. Imagine our current President saying such noble things! What a charade & disgrace to the office is he, eh? Mr. Washington, we miss you, Noble Leader. Happy Thanksgiving, Vox. And Happy Thanksgiving to all who read and contribute here. You have all enriched more lives than you know. Be well.

LP 999/Eliza said...

praise the Lord!

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

Whatever.

I've noticed a declining interest in these holidays over the last decade or so.

I attribute much of it to mass non-stop non-White immigration-invasion, fractured families, feminism, rise in single households, Jew-pushed commercialisation/consumerism, less religiosity, etc.

I'm not that old, and yet the change to me seems quite rapid.

For European chaps such as myself, we increasingly no longer identify with this regime, and have removed ourselves elsewhere. Or, are planning to do so.

Let the mofo burn.

Eric Wilson said...

Haha and I thought you were going to be praiseworthy of Lincoln for a second..

xandohsa said...

A fascinating bit is this: "To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us". That sounds so discordant to the modern ear, so trained to think of science and of religion as an "either/or" proposition! Of course it never was such a proposition, and yet remains so, even though so a notion is simply inadmissible by the secular worldview of today.

Liberty Portraits said...

This is why I no longer celebrate Thanksgiving, it's just gov't propaganda to get us to forget that a new band of thieves has taken over, and how we should be thankful for how hard the gov't is struggling to be exercise common decency, straight from the horses mouth.

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Bernard Brandt said...

Thank you, Vox, for this posting. When I see the difference between the rational, forthright speech of Washington, and compare it with the utterances of most modern presidents (saving JFK and Reagan), I am struck with the fact that the US is currently in what Sir John Glubb called "The Age of Decadence". I would have asked whether you were familiar with Sir John, but a quick inquiry via Google shows me that you are well aware of the thesis of his essay, "The Fate of Nations".

I am also thankful that there are some, like you, who seek to find the fragments of the West, and somehow to preserve them. "These fragments I have shored against my ruins."

LP 999/Eliza said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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