Thoughts on Thanksgiving…From 227 Years Ago

Two-hundred and twenty-seven years ago, on October 3, 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation designating the 26th of November as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer. While Thanksgiving itself was actually established by Abraham Lincoln and then passed into law by Congress in 1941, it was Washington who created the foundation and set the tone for what Thanksgiving was to be.

This is what Washington wrote:

Thanksgiving Proclamation

Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789

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 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 favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, 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 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 trangressions; 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.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go. Washington
This is a far cry from the proclamations of future presidents, especially those of Barack Obama, who has tended to spout historical inaccuracies about the history of Thanksgiving and encourage us to have discussions about health care on this day or, this year, discussions about gun control. It’s obvious that the original purposes of Thanksgiving have been lost to most of us, so let me take a minute to break down the major points of Washington’s original proclamation:

1) It’s the duty of all of us to acknowledge God’s power and position, to obey Him, show gratitude for what he has given us and pray for his protection and favor.

2) Thanksgiving was to be devoted to the service of God so that all Americans could be united in that service, gratitude and time of prayer.

3) We were to ask forgiveness for sins committed against God, both as a nation and as individuals.

4) Our government was supposed to be a blessing to the people by being built upon “wise, just, and constitutional laws”. (I doubt Washington would even recognize out country today, based on what he had envisioned.)

5) We were to pray for the other nations and leaders around the world to be blessed.

6) We were to pray for knowledge in the practice of religion, in being virtuous and in increasing our scientific knowledge, as well. These were aspects of life that were never meant to be at odds with each other, as they have become in many cases.

7) Our successes and prosperity ultimately come from the hand of God and we are to pray for, and be thankful for, such prosperity.

One final point: This is the sort of writing from a sitting president that has those today who desperately want to redefine Freedom of Religion as freedom FROM religion pulling out their hair in frustration. Like it or not, America was founded and built upon a strong belief and dependency in a very Judeo-Christian concept of God. But look at the other writings and prayers of George Washington in comparison. In spite of this insane effort to label Washington as a deist by taking a few statements severely out of context, it’s very clear in his writings that he was a devote Christian who, not only prayed to God, but who also constantly invoked the name and authority of Jesus. That level of specifics is missing from this proclamation for a very clear reason. This is the freedom of religion that is spelled out in our Bill of Rights. The concept of us living under the grace and authority of God was meant to be accepted as true by all of us, no matter what our sectarian concept of God was. Even atheists were meant to accept the concept of us being created equal and that our rights came from some constant and immutable source and definitely not from a document or lawmakers or government. Even without a belief in God, it was expected that we would all understand that there were aspects of our existence that didn’t exist solely at the whim of people in charge. They exist because of a higher authority and a creative force that precedes any man made law or institution.

So, with all that said, let me conclude by saying Happy Thanksgiving. No matter what your beliefs are, may God bless and protect you and yours today and throughout the coming year.

Now, what are you doing sit here reading my ramblings on Thanksgiving of all days?! Go spend time with those who you value in your life and let them know that you value them. And take a few minutes to reflect on all that you have to be truly thankful for. I suspect that it’s a lot more than you normally realize. It always is for me.

TAKE ACTION TO SAVE AMERICAN JOBS AND U.S. SOVEREIGNTY: STOP OBAMA’S TPA/TPP/FAST-TRACK

WE CAN STOP OBAMA FROM DESTROYING AMERICAN JOBS AND SURRENDERING U.S. SOVEREIGNTY — ACT NOW WITH ONE CLICK (BELOW)

Take 1 minute to fill out a short form and click — or instantly get your House rep’s phone number and talking points. Letter text is already there and your message will be automatically routed to your senators and House rep. You can customize the text all you want or write your own letter. I’ve provided multiple links so you can pick and choose which organization’s form to use. There is very broad opposition to TPP/TPA/fast-track (Trans-Pacific Partnership/Trade Promotion Authority) spanning the political spectrum. This is a chance for good American citizens of all stripes to come together and do the right thing.

Do you want to let President Obama sign a “largely secret” [1] trade deal that will eliminate “millions of good jobs,” [2] give “the President More Power,” [3], increase “Trade Deficits,” [3], surrender American sovereignty, [3] allow “currency manipulation,” [3] and allow increased immigration [3] (ON TOP OF OBAMA’S AMNESTIES)? Many polls confirm Americans’ strong opposition to TPA/TPP, [4][5][6] and some House Republicans are taking note. [7]

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a sweeping international regulatory agreement that effects everything from the environment and energy to the minimum wage, food and immigration. If approved, it would have the force of a treaty. Its regulations would override U.S. law and the White House would not be obligated to follow any directives Congress offers on what those rules should look like.” [1]

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ACTION CALL: STOP OBAMA’S AMNESTY AND STRENGTHEN IMMIGRATION LAWS

Look up, call, and email your senators: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm (or call 202-224-3121 – the Capitol Switchboard – and ask for your senators)

Here are talking points:

  • Please tell your senator to vote YES on Vitter amendments #849 and #850 to the Budget Resolution. These amendments would express the sense of Congress to end the outdated practice of Birthright Citizenship and to defund Pres. Obama’s 2014 unconstitutional amnesties.
  • Please tell your senator to vote NO on Hatch amendment #646 that would instruct Congress to increase the number of foreign tech workers.
  • Please tell your senator to vote YES on Grassley amendments #960 and #958 that instructs Congress to pass legislation that makes E-Verify mandatory and protects American workers before companies can petition for H-1B visas.

Time to chide Republicans who BETRAYED us and funded Obama’s executive amnesty

It is imperative that you contact Republican senators and representatives and their “leaders,” Mitch Mcconnell and John Boehner, who betrayed conservatives (people with common sense) and funded President Obama’s executive amnesty. Tell them to abide by conservative principles, you know what they did, you’re watching, and you’ll vote based on their actions. All their names and contact info is provided below. Please share this information widely so we can expose these deceivers. They must know that voters are watching them and will publicize their deception. The fact is that House Speaker John Boehner, and later Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell, planned the whole “defunding” of Obama’s executive amnesty to fail from the start. A key promise made by Republicans during campaigning for the November 4, 2014 elections was to stop executive amnesty for at least 5 million illegals. From Breitbart:

Exclusive-Priebus Rallies Base: GOP Will Stop Obama’s ‘Un-American’ Amnesty if We Win Senate

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), says it’s “un-American” for President Barack Obama to consider implementing an executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens across the country.

“It’s unconstitutional, illegal, and we don’t support it,” Priebus replied when a Tea Party activist asked him about the president’s plans for an executive amnesty on a conference call hosted by TheTeaParty.net on Monday evening.

“I don’t support it. It is wrong,” Priebus said. “It is un-American for a president to try and do such a thing. I want to make it clear: There is no part of me, there is not a molecule in my body that agrees with the president on executive amnesty.” …

By attaching defunding provisions to a massive $39.7 billion Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, Republicans gave Democrats the political ammunition to cry fowl — screaming along the lines of “You’d sacrifice the security of the American people over some extreme right-wing amendment?” These Democrats and their Republican collaborators “forgot” the fact that executive amnesty is unconstitutional, illegal, and was blocked by a federal court. It gets worse. A very prominent Republican is deliberately trying to tear apart his own party:

… Rep. Peter T. King, one of the Republicans most critical of some in his own party, called the hard-liners “self-righteous and delusional.” …

It gets even worse according to the Senate Conservatives Fund:

… A political group with close ties to the House Republican leadership just launched new TV ads attacking three conservative congressmen for refusing to fund President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty. …

Why this betrayal by the GOP? Republicans took the Senate, strengthened their hold on the House, took a good number of state houses, and won an amazing number of governorships, but voters weren’t solely endorsing the GOP — not by a long-shot. Voters were more concentrated on repudiating President Obama’s policies and those of his out-of-control “liberal” establishment. The GOP had a mandate to oppose Obama, and poll after poll after poll shows Americans oppose amnesty for illegals (see here and here), yet they’re already squandering their political capital. They’re afraid. They think they need to “compromise” and be “moderate,” but all they’ll accomplish is splitting the GOP and/or guaranteeing they’ll lose the next election.

To be fair, there was some good news, from the Senate Conservatives Fund:

… A majority of Republicans in the House and Senate voted against their leaders and opposed funding for executive amnesty.

In the House, 167 Republicans (68%) opposed it, and in the Senate, 31 Republicans (57%) opposed it. It’s a reversal from December when a majority of Republicans supported the cromnibus spending bill that also funded amnesty.

This is a big shift and it would not have happened without all of the petitions signed and calls made by people like you across the country.

It’s a clear rebuke of the decision by Senator McConnell and Speaker Boehner to surrender the power of the purse….

Note that I highlighted the point about people engaging in the political process: It does work.

It would help to thank those Republicans who stood for conservative principles. You can find out who they are by clicking here and use the links below to find their names and show your appreciation (note: Republicans are shown in a normal font, Democrats in italic, and Independents are underlined). But we need to remind the sellouts — now.

First, contact GOP leadership and tell them you know what they did, you’re watching, and you’ll vote based on their actions:

Look up and contact the senators listed below who betrayed conservative principles — and Nov. 4, 2014 election promises — by clicking here. Call them, email them, snail-mail them, fax them, and tell them you know what they did, you’re watching, and you’ll vote based on their actions:

22 Senate Republicans
AK Lisa Murkowski
AZ John McCain
AZ Jeff Flake
CO Cory Gardner
IL Mark Kirk
IN Daniel Coats
KY Mitch McConnell
ME Susan Collins
MS Thad Cochran
NH Kelly Ayotte
NV Dean Heller
SC Lindsey Graham
SD Mike Rounds
SD John Thune
TN Lamar Alexander
TN Bob Corker
TX John Cornyn
UT Orrin Hatch
WI Ron Johnson
WY Michael Enzi
WY John Barrasso

Look up and contact the representatives listed below who betrayed conservative principles — and Nov. 4, 2014 election promises — by clicking here. Call them, email them, snail-mail them, fax them, and tell them you know what they did, you’re watching, and you’ll vote based on their actions:

75 House Republicans
AZ Martha McSally
CA Ken Calvert
CA Jeff Denham
CA Steve Knight
CA Kevin McCarthy
CA Devin Nunes
CA Edward Royce
CA David Valadao
CA Mimi Walters
CO Mike Coffman
FL Vern Buchanan
FL Carlos Curbelo
FL Mario Diaz-Balart
FL David Jolly
FL Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
ID Michael Simpson
IL Mike Bost
IL Rodney Davis
IL Bob Dold
IL Adam Kinzinger
IL Aaron Schock
IL John Shimkus
IN Susan Brooks
IN Todd Young
KY Harold Rogers
LA Steve Scalise
ME Bruce Poliquin
MI Dan Benishek
MI Mike Bishop
MI Candice Miller
MI John Moolenaar
MI Dave Trott
MI Fred Upton
MN Tom Emmer
MN John Kline
MN Erik Paulsen
NC Renee Ellmers
NC Patrick McHenry
NC Robert Pittenger
NH Frank Guinta
NJ Rodney Frelinghuysen
NJ Leonard Lance
NJ Frank LoBiondo
NJ Tom MacArthur
NJ Christopher Smith
NV Cresent Hardy
NV Joseph Heck
NY Chris Collins
NY Christopher Gibson
NY Richard Hanna
NY John Katko
NY Peter King
NY Elise Stefanik
OH John Boehner
OH Steve Stivers
OH Patrick Tiberi
OH Michael Turner
OK Tom Cole
OR Greg Walden
PA Ryan Costello
PA Charles Dent
PA Michael Fitzpatrick
PA Patrick Meehan
PA Tim Murphy
PA Joseph Pitts
PA Glenn Thompson
SD Kristi Noem
TX John Carter
TX Kay Granger
TX Will Hurd
TX Michael McCaul
VA Barbara Comstock
WA Cathy McMorris Rodgers
WA David Reichert
WI Paul Ryan

Please don’t think you’re wasting your time. These legislators know that people who take the time to contact them are extremely likely to vote, vote on principle, and to throw out unprincipled legislators as fast as they were voted in. Please act now.

New Mexico – Bringing the power home: One click sends an email to 13 legislators calling for a convention of states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution

Click here to send an email to 13 New Mexico legislators calling for a convention of states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. The resolution’s text explains why we need to reign in the power of the federal government:

    WHEREAS, the Founders of our Constitution empowered State Legislators to be guardians of liberty against future abuses of power by the federal government; and

    WHEREAS, the federal government has created a crushing national debt through improper and imprudent spending; and

    WHEREAS, the federal government has invaded the legitimate roles of the states through the manipulative process of federal mandates, most of which are unfunded to a great extent; and

    WHEREAS, the federal government has ceased to live under a proper interpretation of the Constitution of the United States; and

    WHEREAS, it is the solemn duty of the States to protect the liberty of our people, particularly for the generations to come, by preparing Amendments to the Constitution of the United States through a Convention of the States under Article V to place clear restraints on these and related abuses of power;

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that the legislature of New Mexico hereby applies to Congress, under the provisions of Article V of the Constitution of the United States, for the calling of a convention of the states limited to proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and limit the terms of office for its officials and for Members of Congress; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the New Mexico secretary of state is hereby directed to transmit copies of this application to the President and Secretary of the United States Senate and to the Speaker and Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, and copies to the members of the Senate and House of Representatives from this State; also to transmit copies to the presiding officers of each of the legislative houses in the several States, requesting their cooperation; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this application constitute a continuing application in accordance with Article V of the Constitution of the United States until the legislatures of at least two-thirds of the several states have made applications on the same subject.

DEFUNDING OBAMA’S AMNESTY: Litmus test for Republicans – true conservatives standing on principle?

Republican leadership seems on the verge of caving in, breaking their November 4, 2014 election promises, and funding President Obama’s blatantly unconstitutional executive directives to grant amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants. Did Republicans get the message voters sent in the November 4 election? Republicans took the Senate, strengthened their hold on the House, took a good number of state houses, and won an amazing number of governorships, but voters weren’t solely endorsing the GOP — not by a long-shot. Voters were more concentrated on repudiating President Obama’s policies and those of his out-of-control “liberal” establishment. But, before dissecting the intentions of GOP leaders (and many in the rank and file), PLEASE ACT NOW TO STOP OBAMA’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL EXECUTIVE AMNESTY:

Talking points to use when contacting senators
I urge you to oppose President Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal aliens because:

  • Pres. Obama’s executive amnesties are unconstitutional
  • A federal judge has temporarily blocked Obama’s executive amnesty, proving that that the president’s actions are illegal
  • Amnesty encourages and rewards illegal activity
  • Amnesty steals jobs from American workers whom already are suffering because illegals are taking their jobs
  • Amnesty forces wages down for already-struggling American workers
  • With amnesty, illegal aliens will more easily be able to vote in elections
  • Obama’s amnesty will force hard-working Americans to PAY illegals millions of dollars in free handouts

Why are Republicans so convinced that they must “compromise” on amnesty? From Breitbart:

Though establishment Republican leaders and the mainstream press–without any evidence–incessantly claim Republicans must cave on immigration enforcement to appeal to Hispanics, a majority of Hispanics actually want Congress to pass legislation making it tougher for businesses to illegally hire illegal immigrants. …

Americans in general, by a 50-point margin, wanted tougher rules against hiring illegal immigrants, and that included a majority of Hispanics (56% to 37%).

Are a bunch of Republicans simply pandering to the business lobby, looking for cheap labor and/or looking to fill positions in sectors like tech in which there’s a deficit of qualified workers (e.g., mobile app developers)? But who cares? Amnesty is not what American voters want as evidenced by many polls and the outcome of the November 4 election. The bottom line is that Republicans — especially their “leadership” — have broken promises they made in the run-up to the November 4 election. So is this just about getting re-elected? — because it sure looks like citizens are more likely to vote for politicians who oppose amnesty. Again, from Breitbart:

Exclusive-Priebus Rallies Base: GOP Will Stop Obama’s ‘Un-American’ Amnesty if We Win Senate

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), says it’s “un-American” for President Barack Obama to consider implementing an executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens across the country.

“It’s unconstitutional, illegal, and we don’t support it,” Priebus replied when a Tea Party activist asked him about the president’s plans for an executive amnesty on a conference call hosted by TheTeaParty.net on Monday evening.

“I don’t support it. It is wrong,” Priebus said. “It is un-American for a president to try and do such a thing. I want to make it clear: There is no part of me, there is not a molecule in my body that agrees with the president on executive amnesty.” …

“Not a molecule,” huh? So why did this happen yesterday?

… Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced at a press conference Tuesday he is willing to allow a vote on a so-called “clean” DHS bill that would fund the agency through the end of September prior to a vote planned for Friday on blocking President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration. …

“Clean” means funding Obama’s amnesty. McConnell is not standing on principle, everything’s political calculus for staying in office.

No matter. We only got to this sorry state of affairs because millions of Americans have been disengaged from the political process.

I guarantee you this: If senators get thousands of calls, emails, faxes, petitions, letters, tweets, etc., they’ll start getting more responsive to voters. They know that people who take the time to contact them are extremely likely to vote, vote on principle, and to throw out unprincipled legislators as fast as they were voted in. Please act now.

Amnesty for illegals can only be defunded if YOU ACT NOW

You can act now to stop President Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal aliens using the tools provided below. Please act soon as “On Tuesday [Feb. 3], the [Senate] chamber will hold its first procedural vote on the House-passed version of the DHS [Department of Homeland Security] funding bill, H.R.240,” [1] a bill which defunds Obama’s executive amnesty.

President Obama has announced that “he is granting temporary legal status and work permits to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants” by executive fiat — without approval from Congress and ignoring the will of the American people. The effects of such an unconstitutional action would be horrendous, for example, causing U.S. citizens who are already unemployed or underemployed to have an extremely hard time finding already-scarce employment opportunities — especially in border states like New Mexico.

Despite two polls released on January 25 and 29 showing a clear majority of Americans either are totally opposed (58%) to Obama’s executive action(s) or are “dissatisfied with current level[s] of immigration” (60%), there’s no guarantee that Senate Republicans will vote to defund Obama’s executive amnesty. To add insult to injury, Obama’s current nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, believes that “illegal aliens have the same right to work in America as American citizens do.” That’s where you come in.


ACT NOW

  1. Look up your two senators and their contact info by clicking this link and picking from the “Choose a State” drop-down (the page will open in a separate window)
  2. Use the contact info you just found to call, email, and/or fax your two senators telling them to vote for defunding of President Obama’s executive amnesty, and to vote to support H.R.240
  3. Sign the petition to your two U.S. Senators demanding that Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch pledge to protect American workers by enforcing immigration laws passed by Congress

Footnotes

[1] “Senate debate on funding Obama’s amnesty starts next week,” email from NumbersUSA, Fri 1/30/2015 4:13 PM.