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Proclamation

November 17, 2013

Bas relief at Federal Hall of George Washington kneeling in prayer, Photo by OptimumPX (PD-Self)

“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 the course and conclusion of the late war – for the great degree of tranquility, 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 unto 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 (sic) 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”

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6 Comments
  1. Can´t hit the like button, doesn´t appar. Pretty screwd up computers they have over here. LIKE. That´s a great passage by a great man. Give me goose bumps. How him and the other figured out to make that early not only these types of proclamation but the constitution of the U.S it makes my head spin . They saw what they had, what they could become, making the constitution, and what they didn´t they want to become. Which in my opinion although I don´t live in the U.S right now, but have for a long period of my life, you´r going way way the opposite direction from what the constitution was intended. Youre becoming a nanny state that creates what I call a parasite society which in turns creates a án empoverish society. I know socialist very well since in Spain they have been in power for over two decades, and believe me that the guy you elected as president is a socialist, in disguise of course. Although that disguise is getting harder and harder for him to keep on, and not so much now that I think about it. He did say he was there to “transform” America, he certainly has done it. How good is the Obamacare goin?Not good, is it. And that´s the first that pops into mind. I can go on forever, nice things you have in you blog.

    • Thanks so much! I am always greedy for feedback…especially if it’s positive (LOL). Seriously, you write with great passion. We battered idealists often long for a hero to usher in a better world. Unfortunately, heroes are rare and all too flawed, like the rest of us. We forget that fact in our desperation, latching onto vague political promises as if they might actually be fulfilled. Instead, we elect representatives — Democratic, Republican, or whatever else — whose sole goal is re-election and whose loyalty is for sale. I fear that Americans may be trading freedom and individuality for a false sense of security, a crippling sense of entitlement, and the wallpaper paste of political correctness. But laissez faire capitalism is not a substitute for democracy. Nor is it the road to equality many make it out to be. There are problems only government — the harnessed energy of the public — can effectively address. Defense is one. Poverty is another. Sorry to go on at such length. I come with my own soapbox.

      A.

  2. Forgot.

    On a lighter note, have a happy new year!

    • You too!

      All God’s best,

      A.

      • Read ya… when I can.

      • Forgot.
        Keep posting, it´s always good to have dialogue coming in and out even if you don´t agree completely with the other person. At least in a democracy we can talk and discuss without reaching for a gun and start blasting away.

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