Next week I hope to elaborate on the thoughts that Don Merrit expresses in this post. Why? From time to time when I advocate for limited goverment my opponents accuse me of being against government or cynicism. Neither is true. I just think my opponents are confused about the source of all our blessings.
Thanksgiving has been a central idea in American history and culture, even before there was an America. Of course, all Americans have learned about the first Thanksgiving back in 1621 with the Pilgrims and the Indians, but there’s much more in our heritage that relates. From the time of our first President, George Washington, we have had proclamations of Thanksgiving. Abraham Lincoln had one that was quite famous in 1863, and Thanksgiving became a national holiday in the years that followed.
I know that many today might want to argue this, but I think that this notion of Thanksgiving has had a profound effect on our Nation. Here’s why: Giving thanks both as an individual and as a Nation requires humility and a recognition that there is an Authority greater than any human authority. For the leader of a Nation to ask the people to pause to thank…
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