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Be Thankful To ME

OK - The good will that I felt  for this day has taken a temporary stumble.  Compare and contrast the Thanksgiving Address to the Nation by our 44th President.



... And that of our 40th.


Instead of being thankful to God, the source of all the bounty and freedom that we enjoy, Obama makes no direct mention of him (only a cursory slip at the end), and makes  it all about himself and his designs on our blessed country.

I didn't want to be angry in this solemn day, but now I am.

Boq

[Update]

Of course, there's this treacly and embarrassing mess that any self-respecting transnational elitist would find quaint and unsophisticated.
 
[New York, 3 October 1789]

By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation.

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 signal 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 signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in thecourse and conclusion of the late war--for the great degree of tranquillity, 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--for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of 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 humbly 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 the 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 shewn kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord--To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us--and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington

 -the Armorer

6 Comments

It is an interesting contrast.

Reagan - about us, and being thankful, and looking forward.  And the we's are inclusive, not political

Obama - lot's of "I" and the "we's" are all about Democrats, and how much we owe them.

Oddly, not much in there about how much *they* (and we) owe the Chinese...  but I digress.
 
Don'tbe angry Boq.  Just watch the Reagan piece last and turn off the other joker.  He too shall pass, and we've had other bad leaders.

I know this will ring hollow to some, but I think the fact that a black man is able to be a mediocre-at-best President says far more than anything else about how far we've come and how much we truly have to be thankful for.

Obama will pass on, as they all do (except Carter, who just won't go away; we ought to change his name to Bob), and we'll have other Reagans and Roosevelts (both of them) and Trumans, and hopefully only a few Kennedys and Wilsons.  But think about it.  The common wisdom has always been--the main whiny claim of the self-defeated underclasses---has been that to be considered equal, they actually had to excel.  Certainly this has been true, but look: we have another mediocre president who happens to be black.  How about that.  His color didn't automatically make him the savior returned (in spite of what so many idiots may think).  He makes mistakes, big ones, and his understanding of America and the people he supposedly represents is sorely being tested every day, and no one is running around talking about how his color matters anymore (unless, of course, one wants to look at how his sense of self has created the walls he can't seem to get over)....  And I don't think Gore would have been any better, eh?  Really, do you?

Anyway, rather than let O piss me off, I choose to remember Reagan and all like him who worked so hard to make this a country where a black man could be elected President and not have to be the greatest human to ever walk the face of the earth.  Who knows, next we might even have a mediocre woman be President.

So be happy!  There are still decent men and woman who are interested in this country who will take Obama's place some day.  We've seen worse times, we've been led by worse leaders, but we're still here and doing fine.

We have LOTS to be thankful for, as I know you know.  Just tune the idots out.  Really, it can be done.... :-)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL
 
I don't care about the Chrisitian angle but Obama dragged that speech past the thanksgiving and into the narcizone.  Perhaps he thought he was delivering hope but really it was self promotion.  Reagan as always has a clear, well targeted message with little waffle.

I reckon go with SangerM.  Focus on the thanks otherwise the world becomes a long string of whinges.
 
Thanks for putting it all in perspective, Sanger.
 
Btw, you don't have to go all the way back to Reagan to find a better address.  Last year will do just fine:  http://blogs.phillyburbs.com/news/bcct/president-bushs-thanksgiving-address/
 
Apparently, the formula is obama = God, at least in the leftist and socialist mentalities.  According to the latest polls, he can do no wrong for at least 70 percent of all non whites in this country too. 

Needless to say, I am not buying into that either.