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Thanksgiving for Liberty 'Endowed by Our Creator'

By Mark Alexander · Nov. 21, 2012
“I do recommend and assign Thursday … 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.” –George Washington (October 3, 1789)

As is our tradition, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends in the mountains of East Tennessee – in warm homes with plenty.

Though I do not let a day pass without expressions of gratitude to our Creator for His provision, too often I fail to take account of the full measure of His gifts. My failure, at times, to adequately express this gratitude stems from preoccupation with the challenges I face as an individual, and moreover, concern for the ongoing crisis we face as a nation.

I welcome this Thanksgiving week as an opportunity to pause, step back, and reflect upon how blessed we really are, blessed far beyond any measure of what we deserve. It comes this year at a time of bitter setback for our nation’s great heritage of Liberty.

One of the ways God has richly blessed this unworthy servant is by allowing me to lead a team of Patriots endeavoring to keep the “flame of Liberty” burning bright for our countrymen across the nation and around the world. We are honored to share the burden of defending our inheritance of Liberty with millions of other Patriots, steadfast in that defense.

Yesterday morning, we received the following message from a Marine Corps officer in Afghanistan, a parent who, like many others serving our country, will not be home to share Thanksgiving or Christmas with family. This note reminded us of the privilege and responsibility we bear on behalf of our uniformed Patriots, and the sacrifice they make willingly in the name of Liberty:

“Thanks for all that you do, not only for the cause of Liberty, but also to support those of us who are currently deployed to the far reaches of the Earth, in support of our Country. We do not have the luxury of being able to voice our opinions and beliefs, a choice we made when we took our oath, but I can rest easy, knowing that you are fighting the good fight for us. Knowing that there are still true Patriots, willing to speak up for us, to speak up for what is right, eases the grief of being away from my family and children. Thank you. Semper Fidelis!”

In honor of the service of this Marine, and hundreds of thousands of American warriors around the world, I invite you to take a moment and put our national Day of Thanksgiving into proper context and consider our Creator, who has guided our nation through its darkest of days. As George Washington declared, “The hand of providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations.”

In his first Thanksgiving proclamation, President Ronald Reagan wrote: “America has much for which to be thankful. The unequaled freedom enjoyed by our citizens has provided a harvest of plenty to this Nation throughout its history. In keeping with America’s heritage, one day each year is set aside for giving thanks to God for all of His blessings. … As we celebrate Thanksgiving … we should reflect on the full meaning of this day as we enjoy the fellowship that is so much a part of the holiday festivities. Searching our hearts, we should ask what we can do as individuals to demonstrate our gratitude to God for all He has done. Such reflection can only add to the significance of this precious day of remembrance. Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people.”

To supplement that reflection, I recommend that you read our brief History and Legacy of Thanksgiving, and the proclamations of those that followed the first harvest feast celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621. I would suggest that you also view this video from my colleague, renowned constitutional scholar Matt Spalding, entitled “We still hold these truths,” which is devoted to our nation’s First Principles. (For the accompanying study guide, click here.)

I leave you with an excerpt from a prayer for our nation recently penned by my friend, Dr. John Guest. Though born in the Old Country (Oxford, England), John became a U.S. citizen decades ago, and like most Americans of European extraction, he has become an outspoken advocate of our Founders' proclamation of Liberty, as “endowed by our Creator”:

“Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for what is right and what is true and the integrity to use our Liberty in accordance with your gracious will. We thank you Lord, for the gift of our Nation and its heritage. May we live up to the Patriot dreams of our Founding Fathers. We praise You for the Constitution and government our Founding Fathers designed. Forgive us that we have strayed so far from the ideals of religious freedom and individual responsibility they embody. We thank You for our Godly heritage and the Biblical principles on which the laws and institutions of our land were established.”

Fellow Patriots, I humbly thank you for the privilege of serving as editor and publisher of The Patriot Post. On behalf of your Patriot team and our National Advisory Committee, I wish you a peaceful Thanksgiving, and God’s blessings to you and your family.

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” –Psalm 100:4-5

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59 Comments

Robert A. Hall in Des Plaines IL said:

Despite the dire problems facing our Republic and the world, we have much to be thankful for. I’m thankful for having been born in the post-WWII United States. Because of our healthcare system, modern technology and farming developed by the capitalist countries, and political and economic freedom, including property rights—all those things hated by right-thinking Progressives—at 66 I’ve lived longer and better than 99% of the people who have ever lived. I remember that any time I think I should feel sorry for myself because I have pulmonary fibrosis. I owe this country far more than the service I’ve been able to render could ever repay.

I’m very thankful for my family, especially my wife, Bonnie and my granddaughter, Britnye. I’m thankful for my parents who, if not always perfect, gave me values, a work ethic and a love of country. They served me well.

I’m thankful that the United States Marines saw fit to let me wear the Eagle, Globe and Anchor, the privilege of a lifetime, even if I stood in the rear ranks. I’m thankful for my Drill Instructors at Parris Island 48 years ago. Because they gave me the priceless gift of self-discipline—even if sometimes imperfect—I’ve had a wonderful life. I try to live by the USMC core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.

I’m thankful that the citizens of the Second Worcester and Middlesex Senate District of Massachusetts saw fit to select me to represent them in the State Senate five times, and never rejected my candidacy. I tried to reward their trust with fidelity and honor.

I’m thankful for a wide variety of friends around the world, including hundreds who read my Old Jarhead blog. And I’m thankful for the hundreds of wonderful people, both staff and volunteers, who I have had the privilege of working with over my 30+ year career as an association executive.

The future looks dark to me. (The world’s in a hell of a mess—but it always has been!) Perhaps I’m thankful I won’t be here to see what is coming. But while I draw breath, I will do all in my power to preserve this Republic to offer freedom and prosperity to Britnye and the future generations. All I can do is do all I can—I cannot do less.

Robert A. Hall
USMC 1964-68
USMCR, 1977-83
Massachusetts Senate, 1973-83
Author: The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Joe Ewen in Arlington, TX said:

I pray that God will protect all those who go in harms way so that we may enjoy the bounty of God's blessings this Thanksgiving.
USMC Semper fi

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

fred in oregon said:

we have much to be thankfull for, and that will continue, even as we,at times lose a battle. for those that think only of themselves,just for a moment, think past yourself to the warriers of our country that are doing what many of us wont,dont or cant. WE OWE THEM BIGTIME!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Wild Bill in Battle Ground, WA said:

Having served a career in our Navy, it is not difficult to think back on the holidays away from friends and family. It has become a time for me to think of those that are currently serving around the world, and particularly those in Harms Way. My last Christmas at sea was enroute to Operation Desert Storm, and to think that that Christmas would be the last for some aboard my ship, I am humbled to have served and to have come home safely.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Diane in Tx said:

Today we are honoring heros who were injured in a train crossing accident during a parade honoring them for their service with brisket lunch/dinner at the local Elks lodge in San Angelo - all proceeds will go to the families. These men seeing a train bearing down at them, pushed their wives out of the way before trying to jump to safety - U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3 Gary Stouffer, 37, Army Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Boivin, 47, Army Sgt. Joshua Michael, 34, and Army Sgt. Maj. William L. Lubbers, 43 - did not survive the event. I am proud of them and the survivors, and my prayers are with them. If you happen to be in San Angelo today please join us for lunch.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Keith White in Casper, WY said:

My heart goes out to all our troops and their families and wish all a Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful to live in the greatest country in the world and hope it continues to be that. I feel we need to change the direction we are on now or we will destroy what we have been building for over 200 years. We can't continue to spend more than we take in or will be bankrupt and our congress and people running our government better wake up before it is too late!
There are people all over our country that pray for our country and our troops daily @ 6:00 PM. I am one of the millions that do, MAY GOD BLESS OUR COUNTRY

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Larry Hebdon, Sr. in Pocatello, ID said:

Today, in this nation, we still enjoy most of the blessings presented to us by our founding fathers. We have a nation as large as the entire western European group with wealth unparalleled (except in those oil producing nations). We have the liberty to travel anywhere that we might choose among the fifty states and have virtually unrestricted travel to our two neighboring nations. We have the right to free speech, choice of religion & method of worship, the right to bear arms, private property safe from arbitrary confiscation and so many more freedoms that we often forget what they are.

However, the Lord promised that this would be a free nation only as long as we remained a faithful people. Unfortunately at present we have drifted far from that standard that He set. Consequently we are dangerously at risk of losing ALL of the freedoms that have been fought for & preserved for the past 200+ years. If this nation's citizens do not change direction in their pursuit of depravity and personal pleasure at any cost, we could (and likely will) lose the sanctity of the country & the freedom of the people to do even such a simple practice of choosing which political party or individual we want to represent us in the government - we will have no representation.

In short, we are still the most blessed nation in the world providing guidance & help to most of the world. But that situation is soon to expire with the current path chosen by irresponsible acts & votes of 'the people.' If you still enjoy your freedoms, it is past time to take a stand & work to restore the nation given to us so many years ago. Follow the guidance of the Constitution or enjoy slavery!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

doug aumiller in gaylord, mi said:

My son Matt Wheeler is in Afghanistan with 101st Airborne this Thanksgiving. I am grateful for God's protection this past year. God still Blesses America.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM

BJ Cassady in Caldwell, Kansas said:

I am a writer yet I have no words to express my gratitude to the men and women who serve our country and to their families back home who worry EVERY day for their safety. I pray for them and their reunion. I am a USAF disable vet from another time, another place 1962-1966 and can relate somewhat. I pray at every meal, every prayer that these brave souls return home and I give thanks to all the men and women who wear uniforms (police, hospitals, military service, etc) for their honorable service. BJ

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Edward St John in California said:

It is too easy to get caught up in the daily battles of the constant denigration of the America we love by those who seek to change that which is not broken such as our Constitution and forget for a moment to trust God and know that we must remember and concentrate our efforts on all that is right and good about our country. Good people such as you and your publication help renew our energies toward keeping what is really important, faith and family, in the forefront of our day to day life. Thank you.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Lisa in MD said:

Happy Thanksgiving to all the readers of the Patriot Post and to the staff of the Patriot Post.
A special Thanks to all the military active or retired for keeping American safe.
God Bless USA

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 12:15 PM

S . J. Landaas in Seattle said:

I have so much to be thankful for! Above all, Salvation, that a holy, just God would send send Jesus his son to give us eternal life. Every day problems keep me focused on the true source of my strength, God. I have wonderful family and we will be together tomorrow. Blessings

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

JC in Decatur, TN said:

God has made us all equally for his glory. The good, the bad, and the indifferent, we will all glorify him by what we do with our lives. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. I thank God for our country and the people who stand for what's right. The Patriot Post is a blessing to our souls for the clarity of issues they cover and present in their proper perspective. -- Thanks to you all for doing a great job with what God has given you.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 12:30 PM

John Chinn in P.O. Box 1236 Warsaw Va 22572 said:

The time was long ago. It went down in History Books as the War of 1812. A young fellow tried to enlist with the local Militia that was being formed in Stafford County , Virginia. Specifically, a Community known as White Oak. The Militia Captain argued with his Mother, that John could not shoot. No matter, said his Mother, he can play the flute.

And so it was this Boy of Patawomeck Indian and White blood was allowed to join. Off the banks of the Potomac River prowled the British Fleet. They had already, to the South East burned the Town of Montross , Virginia.

Today the descendants of that Boy remain in the area and his Tribe has gained State Recognition. The attitude of that Boy and his Mother, that no matter how beset we may be, how much it may appear we are defeated, we can all do something, lives in White Oak and the surrounding area. Even though we are being displaced by the Hordes coming down from Washington D.C. I and my Tribal Brothers and Sisters are proud of that Youngster who would later draw a pension for his service.

By the way: John Cox was all of 12 years old. To you, our Ancestor , John Cox, may your Spirit March with us. Until one day this Flag , we have long ago adopted, can fly in a Land of Freedom. And , the Nation's Spiritual Foundation of Christ is no longer a Bad Word in the Halls of Government.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM

JWH in "The Republic of Texas" said:

As stunned as I am after the result of Nov. 6, I still believe that this grand experiment called the United States of America will not be allowed to perish into the trash heap of history.
Everyone enjoy the privilege of celebrating Thanksgiving and remember what is required of us to preserve this great country for posterity.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 12:44 PM