In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln, in the heart of a savage Civil War claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of young American soldiers on both sides of the bitter conflict, set aside this day as a national day of thanks to God for the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. It is in that context that we seek to put our hearts to those things that matter most to us and our posterity.
First and foremost, we are thankful for the wisdom of the Founding Fathers, who created a nation founded under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all. Had we not been such a nation, the very principles that we have fought for this last year may very well have been denied us. It was because of the Founding Fathers that we have a country based upon moral equality, and because of this, no matter how off course, we always have a fighting chance because of those fundamental precepts.
We give thanks for our parents, grandparents, and mentors who provided us with the upbringing and guidance with which we now use to pursue what is good, not evil, and what is just, not easy. There are many that have never been exposed to these hard lessons, who cling to primitive instincts of tribalism and bigotry. That we are not chained by these small minded world views is a testament to those who guided us, as well as to our own philosophical resilience.
We give thanks to our those have come into our lives, our friends and neighbors, our spouses and dear loves, all of whom shape our lives and give our days meaning. It is family and the community of Liberty loving men and women who understand tried and true values that are the backbone of our society. We are thankful that among these people are the parents, grandparents, and mentors of the generations to come.
And, finally, we give thanks for a great awakening that is occurring all across this land of good and decent people remembering what has made America who she is. As the values of the Founding Fathers are remembered, let us learn from what they did right as well as what they did wrong, and commit ourselves to forging a more just and free future even when others lose their way.
This Thanksgiving Day, let us give thanks for those things that are good, the lessons learned from those that are not, and for the wisdom granted by God to know the difference between them so we can ever seek to “form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…“
May God continue to bless the United States of America and all patriots of sacred Liberty everywhere. Happy Thanksgiving, America.
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