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George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

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h/t The illustrious illustr8r @ iowntheworld (reproduced in full)

On October 3, 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation naming Thursday, November 26, 1789, as an official holiday of “sincere and humble thanks.” The nation then celebrated its first Thanksgiving under its new Constitution.

General Thanksgiving

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 favour; and Whereas both Houfes of Congress have, by their joint committee, requefted me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to eftablifh a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and affign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of thefe States to the fervice 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 fincere and humble thanksfor His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the fignal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpofitions of His providence in the courfe and conclufion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have fince enjoyed;– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to eftablish Conftitutions of government for our fafety and happinefs, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;– for the civil and religious liberty with which we are bleffed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffufing useful knowledge;– and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleafed to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in moft humbly offering our prayers and fupplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and befeech Him to pardon our national and other tranfgreffions;– to enable us all, whether in publick or private ftations, to perform our feveral and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a bleffing to all the people by conftantly being a Government of wife, juft, and conftitutional laws, difcreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all fovereigns and nations (especially fuch as have shewn kindnefs unto us); and to blefs them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increafe of fcience among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind fuch a degree of temporal profperity as he alone knows to be beft.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand feven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

found at Early America and Prologue: Pieces of History

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And for any OWSers who are snickering because they think the founding fathers couldn’t spell…here’s an explanation on the use of “f” for “s” in historical documents…click here.

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Biblical Plagues

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A while ago, I read Exodus and wrote down the plagues on a scrap of paper. Never sure what to do with it, so thought I’d document here, so I can get rid of it.

  1. Blood – Exodus 7:14-24
  2. Frogs – Exodus 8:1-15
  3. Gnats – Exodus 8:16-19
  4. Flies – Exodus 8:20-32
  5. Livestock – Exodus 9:1-7
  6. Boils – Exodus 9:8-12
  7. Hail – Exodus 9:13-35
  8. Locusts – Exodus 10:1-20
  9. Darkness – Exodus 10:21-29
  10. Firstborn – Exodus 11:1-12:33

 

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2Pac on Capitalism and Peace through Strength

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Interesting thoughts from 2Pac in the last months of his life.

It’s all ’bout studyin’ to me. I studied the CIA, America … I hate America for what we did, but I love us for being strong. You gotta do that. So what we don’t got a good image? We’re the strongest motherf—in’ nation. That’s me! That’s me right f—in’ there. I don’t give a f— if you don’t like it! I got the balls. Can’t nobody touch me, won’t nobody rush me. Something we doin’ right. That’s that capitalism sh–. ‘Cause you can feed your kids with that sh–. All that other sh–, you can’t feed your kids with that sh–. (If you) can’t feed your kids, you can’t have a nation. So that’s what’s more important to me.

 

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The Occupy Movement

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The Occupy Movement concerns me. I have some sympathy for their complaints in regard to cronyism and corruption, but there is no clear focus of their position or their goals. The goals they have are not well thought out (if we forgive all student loans, how is that fair to those who have paid them back, or to future loan recipients? They are all about fairness, right?). There is an undercurrent that it is more than the (bad enough) redistributionist goals they proclaim. With their general assemblies and up and down twinkles, there seems to be a goal of transforming, rather than reforming, our institutions. While this might sound appealing, it looks more like a grown up version of Lord of the Flies. They seem confused about who their enemy is, as they rail on corporations via their iPhone. They rail on the 1%, but embrace 1%-ers Michael Moore and Alec Baldwin. What bothers me the most is their presumptuous “occupation” of public areas for extended periods of time, being rude and disruptive, and hurting area businesses (not the way to improve the economy, guys). Aren’t a lot of these people the same ones who derisively refer to American foreign actions as occupations? But when they do it, it’s a good thing?

Anyway, I know Oakland is an extreme case, but it’s the tip of the spear. #OWS is not what democracy looks like. It’s what a mob looks like.

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Mark Levin on the Structure of U.S. Government

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This is an excellent clip from last night’s show. He starts by explaining why he is not in favor of election of judges, but is in favor of term limits for judges. He explains that the founders were primarily concerned about two things: Despotism and Majoritarianism. In the interest of guarding against the tyranny of the majority, the people originally only directly elected their representative in the House. The Presidential election is filtered through the Electoral College, while the Senators were originally elected by the State Legislatures (altered by the 17th Amendment). Brilliant exposition on the structure set up by the founders to prevent mob rule.

On a side note, I actually created the video above, which is the first time I’ve done that. It’s nothing fancy, but still. If interested, you can check out how I did it.

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Kids Today

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