Happy Thanksgiving.

Rush Limbaugh read this on the air yesterday and I thought it would be appropriate to post today. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

George Washington’s 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 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 tranquility [sic], 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 [capital O] 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 [sic] kindness onto 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 [sic] 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

8 comments

  1. GOPGeorgia says:

    “So today, all told, I believe it’s fair to say that we have saved or created four turkeys.” From President Obama’s speech regarding the pardon of the turkeys. Seriously, I can’t make stuff like this up. (Often.)(OK, all the time.)

  2. Icarus says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. Hope you have a great day of eating, football, family, and whatever else makes the day special.

    …and remember, pro-football picks have to be done in about 5 minutes. College picks by tomorrow morning.

  3. Game Fan says:

    Happy belated Thanksgiving to all! Speaking of George Washington, and being the “net sleuth” that I am, I’ve discovered a tie-in between GW and Sir Mixalot. And for whoever figures it out first, I’ll send them a week’s worth of natural gas directly to their house via Scanna Energy’s “Holiday send a therm” program.

  4. Game Fan says:

    Well, nobody gets free gas. 🙂 Nobody even tried. 🙁 The answer, (drumroll please) would be the “I can’t lie” deal. Of course most people lie sometimes, and I doubt many people are actually incapable of telling a lie. And as far as the George Washington cherry tree incident, I personally would have no problem believing it happened, however, perhaps there was more of a sardonic nature, as in, “You’ve got me nailed, I cannot tell a lie (this time)…”
    http://xroads.virginia.edu/~cap/gw/gwmoral.html

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