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Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Time to Talk Turkey
Maybe it's Time for the Turkeys to Talk

From my muse, and obviously favorite president, with whom I share a birthday on a certain calendar.

Washington, D.C.

October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards 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 even 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 to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre 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 defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders 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 consiousness 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, mourners 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, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused 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 Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

A Personal Note of Thanks

I thank here our current president for the work he has done.

I have to say that while I had my doubts about him, he seems to have grown into the job, he has kept promises, returned pride, and helped steer a course back a little bit from the attempts at over-reaching and stretching the constitution that unfortunately occupy too much of our political theater.

And he has been fun to watch.

Thank you for these last four years and what you have brought us and the world.

A Thought About Turkeys

I think this whole pardoning of birds is ridiculous. What I suggest instead is the pardoning of a bunch of human turkeys instead. I'm sure we've thousands of prisoners in our federal system who have more than paid for their particular crime because of unreasonable requirements for extended incarceration.

As an affront to the people who put forward these silly laws, and an act of mercy toward those who have acted like turkeys instead of upstanding men, I think our president should instead reunite some of these turkeys with their families, and maybe provide them a bird to eat as well.

Twelve Reasons to Vote for President Trump in 2020

Twelve Reasons to Vote for President Trump in 2020

Twelve Reasons to Vote for President Trump in 2020

  1. President Trump has not engaged us in any new/stupid wars.
  2. President Trump is amusing.
  3. President Trump has presided over impressive new agreements moving toward friendlier relations in the middle east.
  4. President Trump has honored American commitments other presidents have not.
  5. President Trump is bringing our troops home.
  6. President Trump, though reviled in many corners of the world, demands respect for America.
  7. President Trump is proud of himself (maybe too much so) and his country (sorely lacking in too much of America).
  8. President Trump is not afraid of the media.
  9. President Trump speaks his mind.
  10. President Trump does not espouse radical leftist agendas for reframing the world (It didn't/doesn't work under Lenin, or Mao, or Pol Pot, or Castro, or Un, or Maduro).
  11. President Trump celebrates life and our role on this planet.
  12. Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, Barret, our Constitution, and the rule of Law.

I am an American

These rights and privileges are mine:

  • I may think as I please.
  • I may speak or write as I please, so long as I do not interfere with the rights of others.
  • I have the right to vote. By my vote I choose the public officers who are really my servants.
  • I have the right to choose my work, to seek any job for which my experience and ability have fitted me.
  • I have the right to try to improve my lot through various means.
  • I have the right to a prompt trial by jury, if I should be accused of a crime.
  • I may seek justice in the courts where I have equal rights with others.
  • I have the privilege of sharing in the benefits of many of the natural resources of my country.
  • I may educate my children in free schools.
  • I have the right to worship as I think best.
  • I have the right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

These duties I share with my fellow citizens:

  • It is my duty to obey my country's laws.
  • It is my duty to vote, so my government may truly represent the will of the people.
  • It is my duty to keep informed as to the honesty and ability of candidates for public office.
  • It is my duty, by my vote and my influence, to correct injustice.
  • It is my duty to pay such taxes as have been devised by representatives elected by me, to defray the cost Of government.
  • It is my duty to serve on juries when called on. It may sometimes become my duty to hold a public office for which I am suited, so my government may function efficiently.
  • It is my duty to defend my country, if need should arise.
  • It is my duty to abide by the will of the majority, to stand behind my government, so my nation may be unified in time of crisis.

From I am an American: What Every Citizen Should Know, Copyright 1940 Whitman Publishing Company.

A Thought about the Shut-Down

So this shut down has me thinking, and I'm probably about to make myself all sorts of unpopular, but that's better than unknown.

The problem here is not the thousands of Americans normally employed by the government who are out of work.

The problem is the loss of an ethic, if it was ever really there. Maybe it's just what we were told. Maybe it's the new deal, and maybe it started long before that. Maybe it's a competing ethic, but one that should not be attributed to the government.

Our Judaeo-Christian tradition certainly exhorts us to take care of our neighbor, but it never suggests that we have a right to our neighbor's support. We are taught to tithe, to support our priests, and can choose whether we want to do so or not. We have a long history of assistance and care, but no homeless person ever had a claim of support from his church, or synagogue, or the salvation army, or the countless charity hospitals that so many of our modern institutions grew out of.

What America has historically offered is a chance for people to make their own way, often against daunting odds. America became great on the backs of people who just wanted a fair shot, or even an unfair one. Just give us a chance . . .

And it's not just Judaeo-Christian, but the protestant exhortations to self-reliance, to each carrying his own burden. This isn't to say that people did not willingly take on the burdens of others as well. They did, but it was mutual aid societies, and unions, and philanthropists giving libraries and hospitals. And it was good.

Some Money Questions

Some Money Questions

They say the banks are flush with cash, probably better capitalized than they've ever been. So I'd like to throw some questions out since I don't feel quite competent to comment on monetary policy.

I do have a bias: I don't have too much sympathy for banks, or for much of Wall Street, or the many financial players who find a way to profit off of thin air. It particularly bothered my father that so many of these are Jews, not that it has anything to do with this.

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