Here is President Barack Obama’s Thanksgiving Proclamation for 2013. Please read it and then think.
Presidential Proclamation — Thanksgiving Day, 2013THANKSGIVING DAY, 2013– – – – – – –BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAA PROCLAMATION
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.BARACK OBAMA(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.
- Obama Includes Message to Gays in Thanksgiving Proclamation (cnsnews.com)
- Thanksgiving Proclamations (ghostsofdc.org)
- Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of 1863 (odysseythroughnebraska.wordpress.com)
- What Thanksgiving once was… (servantsblog.org)
- Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation (ivoter.net)
- GOD AND BARACK OBAMA (vineoflifenews.com)
- ‘Almighty’ makes Obama’s Thanksgiving (www.wnd.com)