freedomconscienceHere is President Barack Obama’s Thanksgiving Proclamation for 2013. Please read it and then think.

Presidential Proclamation — Thanksgiving Day, 2013

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Thanksgiving offers each of us the chance to count our many blessings — the freedoms we enjoy, the time we spend with loved ones, the brave men and women who defend our Nation at home and abroad. This tradition reminds us that no matter what our background or beliefs, no matter who we are or who we love, at our core we are first and foremost Americans.

Our annual celebration has roots in centuries-old colonial customs. When we gather around the table, we follow the example of the Pilgrims and Wampanoags, who shared the fruits of a successful harvest nearly 400 years ago. When we offer our thanks, we mirror those who set aside a day of prayer. And when we join with friends and neighbors to alleviate suffering and make our communities whole, we honor the spirit of President Abraham Lincoln, who called on his fellow citizens to “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.”

Our country has always been home to Americans who recognize the importance of giving back. Today, we honor all those serving our Nation far from home. We also thank the first responders and medical professionals who work through the holiday to keep us safe, and we acknowledge the volunteers who dedicate this day to those less fortunate.

This Thanksgiving Day, let us forge deeper connections with our loved ones. Let us extend our gratitude and our compassion. And let us lift each other up and recognize, in the oldest spirit of this tradition, that we rise or fall as one Nation, under God.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 28, 2013, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage the people of the United States to join together — whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place of fellowship for friends and neighbors — and give thanks for all we have received in the past year, express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own, and share our bounty with others.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-sixth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

(from here)

When I started to read an article written by someone who did not like this proclamation, I decided to look it up. Is this a wonderful proclamation? No, and relatively few will bother to read it. A year from now? Well, except for the quotes from Abraham Lincoln, what is memorable about it?

Do we expect Obama to be a fan of Thanksgiving Day? No. Are we surprised when Obama says something that could be construed as support for same-sex sex? No. Is his support a secret?

As our president it would be appropriate if Obama heartily supported America’s traditions, but Democrats are what they are, and a great many of them do not much care for America’s traditions. Thus, Obama has not hidden the fact he wants to transform America. Nevertheless, this proclamation is innocuous. It is not a policy document, and it is not worth arguing about.

If you don’t (as I don’t) like what the Democrats are doing to transform America, then fight that. Do something constructive! Fight their policies, and keep their teacher’s unions from indoctrinating your children.

Finding something to hate in everything Obama does is a waste of time. We cannot change other people. We can only change our own attitude and do our best to set a good example. Only God can change a man’s heart. All a man can do is lead his fellows to or away from the cross of Christ Jesus. As Christians, we must do our best lead others to Christ. Nothing else matters as much.

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  1. I disagree that his proclamation is innocuous. Because it may offend someone with deep religious beliefs against same sex marriage, it it a slight or offensive personal remark about their beliefs. Obama has a penchant to brainwash his political agenda, even when delivering this Presidential Thanksgiving message.. He should have kept his message to tradition as you said and not offend anyone in my humble opinion..

    • Citizen Tom says:

      At his core, Obama is a bully. The Democratic Party consists of a bunch of smooth talking bullies and showboats, and they like rubbing it in. Moreover, rubbing it in helps them to shame their hardcore opponents and discourage the undecided. Meanwhile, they are so busy lining their pockets they will not take the time to run the country properly. So long as they can enrich themselves, they could not care less. They just blame their failures on someone else.

      The ancient Roman Caesar Augustus may have been a dictator, but he at least cared enough to do the job right. Even though he was a pagan, he at least had some honor. In order to facilitate robbing our country, the greedy pretend Christians in the Democratic Party will destroy it, and that is what deserves our attention.

      Consider that Obama’s proclamation is ambiguous, and deliberately so. When he says “no matter who we are or who we love,” what difference does it make? It could be a reference to same-sex love, but it might not be. In fact, it’s a distraction designed to point to our supposed “bigotry,” and that’s all that it is. The real problem is the politicians in the Democratic Party won’t obey the Constitution. They won’t enforce our nation’s laws. In fact, they twist our laws to suit their own agenda. They are liars and dangerous to our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. That’s why they would rather we spin our wheels discussing issues at the fringe of the problem, like a proclamation that has virtually no legal significance.

      Unfortunately, we elected Obama and the Democrats. So we are stuck with them, but that stupid proclamation is the least of our worries. Instead of worrying about Obama’s insults, we need to stop Obama and the Democratic Party from doing real injury to our people.

  2. Based on recent polls, people are getting fed up with his speeches. “An empty shirt ” in business is an executive who spends more time talking than managing to obtain results. Just hope the GOP can come up with better candidates to run against Clinton in 2016. We need some strong leadership in Washington in my humble opinion.,.

  3. scout says:

    What, exactly, was objectionable in this proclamation? Why do you say that we don’t expect this particular President to be a “fan” of Thanksgiving? Proclamations are proclamations, I suppose, and they do have a way of sounding sort of like every other proclamation. But I read this one carefully three or four times after seeing your commentary, and couldn’t find a single thing in it that anyone other than someone with a visceral dislike of America and its traditions could except to. I appeared to me to be completely consistent with every Thanksgiving proclamation I’ve ever read.

    • Citizen Tom says:

      When there are bigger fish to fry, I don’t see much point in worrying about Obama proclamation, but some people do. Check out some of the related articles.

  4. scout says:

    It seems a fair reading of the post that you found the proclamation inadequately supportive of American traditions, to contain statements of support for same sex sexual behavior, and that you agreed with criticisms in the related articles. I thought it squarely within the mainstream of past presidential Thanksgiving proclamations and dutifully reflective of American traditions associated with that quintessentially American holiday. I particularly liked its reference to those serving others.

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