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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

I would like to wish our readers and their families & friends the most blessed and happy Thanksgiving today.  We are so fortunate to live in the freest and most prosperous nation in the history of mankind.  In that spirit, I would like to reprint President George Washington’s First Thanksgiving Proclamation.

New York, 3 October 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 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.

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14 Comments

  1. I am grateful for Washington’s insight and most heartfelt words…. I reject the words of those who would try and destroy the memory of them.

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone… God Bless The U.S.A.

    Comment by Spartann — November 26, 2009 @ 8:41 am - November 26, 2009

  2. Best wishes to everyone on this wonderful American Holiday. No other country has one like it.
    Looking forward to meeting some of the NoCals this weekend.

    Comment by Leah — November 26, 2009 @ 10:21 am - November 26, 2009

  3. 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–

    Ahh the days before the American Criminal Liberals Union.

    Happy Thanksgiving to everybody and God bless.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — November 26, 2009 @ 12:36 pm - November 26, 2009

  4. Try this:

    http://www.politico.com/singletitlevideo.html?bcpid=1155201977&bctid=52601697001

    Helen Thomas is hung up on race and Ma’am Boxer is thankful she has a job. Must be nice.

    At least Nostrilitis pretended to give a crap about the country.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — November 26, 2009 @ 12:46 pm - November 26, 2009

  5. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

    Comment by Randy — November 26, 2009 @ 1:16 pm - November 26, 2009

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone involved with GayPatriot, whether posters, commenters, or just plain readers, and wherever you fall on the debates that take place here!

    Comment by Wesley M. — November 26, 2009 @ 2:03 pm - November 26, 2009

  7. [...] Goldberg, Patrick McIlheran, Paddy O’Furniture, Bruce, Jim Hoft,  John Adams of Whitewater, Don, and Kate highlighted George Washington’s 1789 [...]

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  9. That sounds like one of those superstitious idiots who believe in Intelligent Design to me. :)

    Comment by Ashpenaz — November 26, 2009 @ 9:41 pm - November 26, 2009

  10. Best wishes for Thanksgiving from Australia

    Comment by straightAussie — November 26, 2009 @ 10:21 pm - November 26, 2009

  11. Hope it’s a good one for you and yours.

    Best wishes,
    -MFS

    Comment by MFS — November 27, 2009 @ 12:02 am - November 27, 2009

  12. Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas; Don`t let the PC`s take our culture away from us.

    Comment by Robbie — November 27, 2009 @ 10:38 am - November 27, 2009

  13. Hey Ashpenaz….

    Where the hell are you from not to recognize a speech by George Washington. It’s ignoramuses like you who are a big part of the problem in this country today.

    Comment by Spartann — November 27, 2009 @ 1:35 pm - November 27, 2009

  14. Spartann-

    I think Ash was being sarcastic.

    Of course, maybe you were too.

    I can’t tell anymore….

    Comment by Bruce (GayPatriot) — November 27, 2009 @ 3:29 pm - November 27, 2009

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