Acknowledging belief has historical roots
President George Washington declared our first National Day of Thanksgiving in 1795 and noted "our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God, and implore Him to continue and confirm the blessings we experienced." How in 2009, can one liberal judge overturn the efforts of Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and the General Assembly to let us "acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God" by choosing to buy an "I Believe" license plate?
Think about America this Thanksgiving
This morning in church during the children's sermon, the lady talking to the children about Thanksgiving asked them what they were thankful for. The answers were classic. They were thankful for their parents, homes, food, clothing, health and many other things that we, in America, take for granted. When we give this some thought, we realize that people from all over the world dream of coming to America to be free to work hard and to love God as they see him. Our Constitution was written so that government had limited powers over us so we could be free.
Members of Congress and the president have removed God from the loop when making decisions and have removed the requirement that everyone is responsible for themselves and their families by the entitlement programs. They have grown government to the point that we cannot pay for it and are taxing us until many of our freedoms are gone.
America must repent and kick those in power out and return to the principles that set us free: faith in God and hard and responsible work. If America dies, where will be the beacon of hope for the world to see and pattern their lives?
During this Thanksgiving season, let us all think of what we should be thankful for and what we are losing by allowing a re-election cult to continue to run our Congress and state assemblies.
Giving thanks without the turkey
Recently, a failed vice-presidential candidate claimed that animals belong right next to the mashed potatoes. President Obama is pardoning two turkeys. It's food for thought.
Each of us has the power to pardon a turkey this Thanksgiving. It shows our compassion for an innocent animal, as well as our concern for our family's and our planet's health. It's a most fitting way to give thanks for our own life, health and happiness.
The 270 million turkeys abused and slaughtered in the United States each year have nothing to give thanks for. They breathe toxic fumes in crowded sheds. Their beaks and toes are severed. At the slaughterhouse, workers cut their throats and dump them into boiling water, sometimes while still conscious.
Consumers also pay a heavy price. Turkey flesh is laced with cholesterol and saturated fats that elevate the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. Careful adherence to government warning labels is required to avoid food poisoning. Turkey excrements pollute our water supplies.
This Thanksgiving, I won't be calling the Poultry Hot Line, or staying awake wondering how that turkey lived and died. I will be joining millions of other Americans in observing this joyful family holiday with nonviolent healthful products of the earth's bounty: vegetables, fruits and grains.