Ben, Have You Got the Time - Thanksgiving, Give Thanks.
Whatever happened to the Great American Experiment? Why did the founders bother with coming to this continent, establishing a new country, fighting a war for independence from the tyrannical crown? If they knew that everything they believed in, sacrificed for, and established, would be scrapped, and replaced with what they hated (e.g. tyranny, despotism, anti-Christ, anti-God secular humanism, atheism, agnosticism, and hedonism, and proliferation of abominable pagan cults & "Great World Religions" from every part of the world), would they have bothered?
. Thanksgiving Proclamation - June 20, 1676 by the Governing Council Of Charlestown, Massachusetts.
The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present Warr with the Heathen Natives of this land, written and brought to pass bitter things against his own Covenant people in this wilderness, yet so that we evidently discern that in the midst of his judgements he hath remembered mercy, having remembered his Footstool in the day of his sore displeasure against us for our sins, with many singular Intimations of his Fatherly Compassion, and regard; reserving many of our Towns from Desolation Threatened, and attempted by the Enemy, and giving us especially of late with many of our Confederates many signal Advantages against them, without such Disadvantage to ourselves as formerly we have been sensible of, if it be the Lord's mercy that we are not consumed. It certainly bespeaks our positive Thankfulness, when our Enemies are in any measure disappointed or destroyed; and fearing the Lord should take notice under so many Intimations of his returning mercy, we should be found an Insensible people, as not standing before Him with Thanksgiving, as well as lading him with our Complaints in the time of pressing Afflictions:
The Council has thought meet to appoint and set apart the 29th day of this instant June, as a day of Solemn Thanksgiving and praise to God for such his Goodness and Favour, many Particulars of which mercy might be Instances, but we doubt not those who are sensible of God's Afflictions, have been as diligent to espy him returning to us; and that the Lord may behold us as a People offering Praise and thereby glorifying Him; the Council doth commend it to the Respective Ministers, Elders and people of this Jurisdiction; Solemnly and seriously keep the same Beseeching that being perswaded by the mercies of God we may all, even this whole people offer up our bodies and soulds as a living and acceptable Service unto God by Jesus Christ.
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. Thanksgiving Proclamation - 1789 by President George Washington.
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 single 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 single 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, of the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have to 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 humble 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 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 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 increase of science among them and us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone know to be best.
. Thanksgiving Proclamation - 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln.
The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of almighty God.
In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and provoke their aggressions, peace has been preserved with all nations, order had been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict; while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.
Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the boarders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battle-field, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the most high God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.
It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourner, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and union.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand, and cause the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.
. Notes on Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation.
. Words and thoughts, from yesteryear, which speak directly to these times.
"If the foundations be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?"
(Additional, pertinent scriptures may be found at virtually all of the other chapters of CBM's web site, i.e. Son Of Man, Messenger, King Jew, Time at Hand, One Way: Godly President,....)
Andrew Jackson, President -
"The Bible is the rock on which this Republic stands."
"You have the highest of human trusts dedicated to your care. Providence has showered on this favorite land blessings without number, and has chosen you as the guardians of freedom, to preserve it for the benefit of the human race. May HE who holds in His Hands the destiny of nations, make you worthy of the favors HE has bestowed, and enable you, with pure hearts and hands and sleepless vigilance, to guard and defend to the end of time the great charge HE has committed to your keeping."
John Quincy Adams, President, Congressman, Abolitionist -
"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."
Abraham Lincoln, President  (regarding the Kansas-Nebraska Act) -
"Our republican robe is soiled and trailed in the dust. Let us repurify it. Let us turn and wash it white, in the spirit, if not the blood, of the Revolution.... Let us re-adopt the Declaration of Independence, and with it, the practices, and policy, which harmonize with it.... If we do this, we shall not only have saved the Union; but we shall have so saved it, as to make, and to keep it, forever worthy of the saving."
Theodore Roosevelt, President -
"If ever there lived a President who, during his term of service, needed all the consolation and strength that he could draw from the Unseen Power above him, it was President Lincoln -- sad, patient, mighty Lincoln, who worked and suffered for the people and, when he had lived for them at good end, gave up his life. If there ever was a man who practically applied what was taught in our churches, it was Abraham Lincoln."
The Supreme Court  (stating the conclusions of it's exhaustive study concerning what if any connection there was between Christianity and the government of the USA) -
"these references add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a religious people...a Christian nation."
George Sutherland, Supreme Court Justice  -
"Americans are a Christian people."
William O. Douglas*, Supreme Court Justice  (he was no statesman, far from it, and he left a legacy of miscarriages of justice, injustice, and perversions of righteous judgment behind him, along with a broad, deep swath of 'senseless violence' in his wake, nonetheless, this is an instance of GOD speaking through an exceedingly ungodly judge, that feared not GOD)-
"...we are a religious people and our institutions presuppose a Supreme Being."
Charles G. Finney, President of Oberlin College-
"The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics, or the LORD will curse them.... GOD cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to GOD."
Samuel Adams, Founding Father -
"He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.... The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy this gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people."
John Jay, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New York  (later the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court)-
"Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."
Abraham Lincoln, President -
"Here without contemplating consequences, before High Heaven, and in the face of the world, I swear eternal fidelity to the just cause, as I deem it, of the land of my life, my liberty, and my love.... Let none falter, who thinks he is right, and we may succeed."
John Hancock, President of the Provincial Congress in Massachusetts  -
"We think it is incumbent upon this people to humble themselves before GOD on account of their sins, for HE hath been pleased in His righteous judgment to suffer a great calamity to befall us, as the present controversy between Great Britain and the Colonies. And also to implore the Divine Blessing upon us, that by the assistance of His grace, we may be enabled to reform whatever is amiss among us."
Noah Webster, Publisher, upon the publication of the first edition of his dictionary  -
"The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible."
William Penn, Founder/Governor Pennsylvania -
"True Godliness doesn't turn men out of the World, but enables them to live better in it, and excites their endeavors to mend it."
Lewis Cass, Democratic nominee for President in 1848  -
"GOD, in His providence, has given us a Book of His revealed will to be with us at the commencement of our career in this life and at its termination; and to accompany us during all chances and changes of this trying and fitful progress, to control the passions, to enlighten the judgment, to guide the conscience, to teach us what we ought to do here, and what we shall be hereafter."
Abraham Lincoln, President  -
"We are indeed going through a great trial--a fiery trial. In the very responsible position in which I happen to be placed, being a humble instrument in the hands of our Heavenly Father, as I am, and as we all are, to work out His great purposes, I have desired that all my works and acts may be according to His will, and that it might be so, I have sought His aid."
Abraham Lincoln, President [October 3, 1863] -
"I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States...to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens."
Abraham Lincoln, President [October 21, 1864] -
"And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid, that on occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust, and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the Great Disposer of events for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased HIM to assign as a dwelling-place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations."
George Washington, President [October 3, 1789] -
"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."
Abraham Lincoln, President  -
"And whereas when our own beloved country, once, by the blessing of GOD, united, prosperous and happy, is now afflicted with faction and civil war, it is peculiarly fit for us to recognize the hand of GOD in this terrible visitation, and in sorrowful remembrance of our own faults and crimes as a nation and as individuals, to humble ourselves before HIM and to pray for His mercy...that the inestimable boon of civil and religious liberty, earned under His guidance and blessing by the labors and sufferings of our fathers, may be restored."
General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, Confederate General, to his wife Mary Ann (who was ill at the time)  -
"I trust you and all I have in the hands of an ever kind Providence, knowing that all things work together for the good of His people. So live that your sufferings may be sanctified to you; remember that our light afflictions, which are but for a moment, work out for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."
Abraham Lincoln, President  -
"If I had had my way, this war would never have been commenced, If I had been allowed my way, this war would have ended before this. But we find it still continues; and we must believe that HE permits it for some wise purpose of His own, mysterious and unknown to us; and though with our limited understandings we may not be able to comprehend it, yet we cannot but believe, that HE who made the world still governs it."
"The Will of GOD prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the Will of GOD. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. GOD cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war, it is quite possible that GOD's purpose is something different from the purpose of either party; and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose."
"I am almost ready to say this is probably true: that GOD wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By His mere great power on the minds of the now contestants, HE could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest. Yet the contest began. And having begun, HE could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds...."
John Harvard, Founding Benefactor of Harvard College/Harvard University  -
"Let...the main end of every student's life and studies be, to know GOD and Jesus CHRIST which is eternal life, and therefore to lay CHRIST in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning."
Samuel Adams, Founding Father -
"A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.... While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.... If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security."
Emma Willard, pioneer in education for women  -
"The government of the United States is acknowledged by the wise and good of other nations, to be the most free, impartial, and righteous government of the world; but all agree, that for such a government to be sustained many years, the principles of truth and righteousness, taught in the Holy Scriptures, must be practised. The rulers must govern in the fear of GOD, and the people obey the laws."
George Washington, President  -
"If, to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disbelieve, how can we afterwards defend our work? It is our task to raise a standard to which the wise and honest may repair, recognizing that the event is in the hands of GOD."
John McLean, U.S. Supreme Court Justice  -
"Aside from Revelation, darkness rests upon the world and upon the future.... The Bible has shed a glorious light upon the world. It shows us that in the coming day we must answer for the deeds done in the body. It has opened to us a new and living way, so plainly marked out that no one can mistake it. The price paid for our redemption shows the value of our immortal souls."
William Howard Taft, President of the United States, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court -
"Politics make me sick."
Richard John Neuhaus, Publisher (First Things, Magazine) -
"We are two nations: one concentrated on rights and laws, the other on rights and wrongs; one radically individualistic and dedicated to the actualized self, the other communal and invoking the common good; one viewing law as the instrument of the will to power and license, the other affirming an objective moral order reflected in a Constitution to which we are obliged; one given to private satisfaction, the other to familial responsibility; one typically secular, the other typically religious; one elitist, the other populist."
George Roche, President of Hillsdale College -
"No civilization has ever arisen except on a religious basis, and none can maintain itself except as it is informed by absolute morality. It is faith held in common that civilizes..."
"A society without absolutes can produce neither heroes nor happiness."
Woodrow Wilson, President -
"A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about."
. Alexis de Tocqueville, French Statesman, historian, and social philosopher, the keenest and most dispassionate observer of the sum and substance of the United States of America there has ever been - excerpts from his tour de force Democracy in America -
"I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors...; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution.
Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.
America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."
Alexis de Tocqueville -
stated he found in America "an ostensible respect for Christian morality and virtue, ...and that almost all education is intrusted to the clergy."
Alexis de Tocqueville -
"I do not question that the great austerity of manners that is observable in the United States arises, in the first instance, from religious faith....its influence over the mind of woman is supreme, and women are the protectors of morals. There is certainly no country in the world where the tie of marriage is more respected than in America or where conjugal happiness is more highly or worthily appreciated...."
Alexis de Tocqueville -
"The safeguard of morality is religion, and morality is the best security of law as well as the surest pledge of freedom."
Alexis de Tocqueville -
"In the United States the influence of religion is not confined to the manners, but it extends to the intelligence of the people.... Christianity, therefore reigns without obstacle, by universal consent; the consequence is, as I have before observed, that every principle of the moral world is fixed and determinate..."
Alexis de Tocqueville -
"The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other."
Alexis de Tocqueville -
"Christianity is the companion of liberty in all its conflicts--the cradle of its infancy, and the divine source of its claims."
Alexis de Tocqueville -
"They brought with them...a form of Christianity, which I cannot better describe than by styling it a democratic and republican religion....From the earliest settlement of the emigrants, politics and religion contracted an alliance which has never been dissolved."
Alexis de Tocqueville -
"The Christian nations of our age seem to me to present a most alarming spectacle; the impulse which is bearing them along is so strong that it cannot be stopped, but it is not yet so rapid that it cannot be guided: their fate is in their hands; yet a little while and it may be no longer."
I have saved the worst for last.
Karl Marx -
"Take away the heritage of a people, and they are easily persuaded." (This servant of Satan knew what he was talking about, concerning subverting people.)
[CBM's editor very gratefully acknowledges the use of quotes culled from AMERICA'S God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations by William J. Federer & FAME Publishing, Inc.]
It should become readily apparent from reading what greats of this nation have said, that today's professional politicians ('public servants' if you prefer), are not of the sort who founded this nation, furthered this nation, nor maintained this nation, but rather are those who have trashed and destroyed this nation, they should not be trusted with this nation for one more day.
'Please...please, Teddy Roosevelt may have been able to horse around playing the rough, tough American way back prior to World War I, but these are different times we live in, far different, and these times call for a new brand of American Leadership, leadership which recognizes the need to capitulate, er, compromise, er cooperate sensitively with our world neighbors, and when that calls for handing over a canal, or military base, an island, a government, a nation, or anything else in order to smooth international feelings of low self esteem, then we must not hesitate to do so, the future requires it. Trust me.'
[You may have noticed that much "Revereware" is now made in Big Brother Bill's bloody red MFN Communist China, what would patriots like Paul think? and what would patriotic militiamen like Paul Revere do? and what would they think of the U.S.A. turning over it's Canal in Panama to Bloody Red Communist China via the Panamanian government (Dictator Omar Torrijos), in the name of peace?]
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