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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

THANKSGIVING AND OUR HERITAGE AS AMERICANS

This morning as I was anticipating what Thanksgiving would offer, great food, time with our families, football, Christmas decorating and reflecting on the goodness that God has bestowed, I was traveling on one of the main highways near my home. A nor'easter is battering the South Carolina coast forcing its way into the area with cooler temperatures and making a rather blustery day. I began thinking about what I would write this Thanksgiving and out of the corner of my eye I noticed a 100 foot pole with what I believe is one of the most beautiful sights on earth waiving in the breeze. Old Glory was at full furl in the wind. As I took in this magnificent scene I began thinking about the marvelous heritage we as American's have that no one else on earth can claim. A heritage that at times we take for granted which has brought us freedoms and liberties that have never been experienced before in human history except in this land we love, The United States of America. Freedoms that began as ideals then flourished into the gathering of some of the most brilliant minds the world has ever known who met in Philadelphia in 1776 and displayed the courage to commit treason against the British Crown in placing their names on a most precious document that brought their ideals into reality and gave birth to a nation.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

These are more than just words penned to paper but the birth of freedom and opportunity that began the heritage that on this Thanksgiving Day 230 years later we as Americans can look back with grateful hearts for all that God has given us throughout our short and prosperous history. This heritage though did not come free but with great sacrifice to insure that those freedoms expressed so many years ago and," endowed by our Creator," may continue for us and future generations. I think of those bitter days at Valley Forge when the determination of George Washington held the fledgling Continental Army together to later become victorious baptizing this new nation with the precious blood of fallen hero's. Of those terrible years from 1860-1865 when this young country and her Constitution were put through the ultimate test when brother fought brother, both believing that they were fighting for the same ideals that the Founders intended and when the test was over this nation found a new birth of freedom that, "this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." I think of the Doh-Boys living in the filth of the trenches of WW I hundreds of miles from home yet still fighting for the same ideals that their brothers died for in the Revolution. Of the , "Greatest Generation, " who sacrificed and defeated fascism to ring liberties bell loud and long throughout the world as Old Glory flew proclaiming that all men can be free. The men who landed at Inchon and climbed Pork Chop Hill in, "The Forgotten War, " Korea, but who fought for liberties flag with the same determination and sacrifice as their brothers of the past. Those who sacrificed and gave of themselves in the jungles of Vietnam standing true to liberties cause. The thousands of hero's of Desert Storm, Fallujah, and the mountains of Afghanistan who defended liberty and sacrificed for freedom. Then I realized that this marvelous heritage that has grown through history is not just a heritage of the past but a living vibrant heritage that continues to grow and flourish each day that the Red, White and Blue flies, whether here at home, the Middle East, north or south, east or west or where ever the influence of," We the People," and the immortal words of the Declaration penned in 1776 and the Constitution penned in 1788 are expressed by our brave men and women in uniform or by travelers on business or pleasure both at home and abroad. For you see all of us are part of this historical and living heritage that is America. As freedom rings in this land we love, General Washington still strides atop his white horse. Abraham Lincoln shares both his whit and his wisdom to us all. Orville and Wilbur Wright will always be flying at Kitty Hawk, NC. Thomas Edison is inventing the light bulb. Alexander Graham Bell still asks Watson, "can you hear me?" Both making earth changing discoveries. David O Selznick forever directs Scarlett and Rhett. Souza waves his baton to the stiring fanfare of , "Stars and Stripes Forever." The battleship, Arizona and her brave crew still sail the seas. Lucy, Ricky, Barney, Andy and the Beaver always make us laugh. John F. Kennedy eternally proclaims, "ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." Neal Armstrong continues to, "take one small step for a man and one giant leap for mankind." Ronald Reagan will always see, "the shining city on a hill, " and the World Trade Center will forever stand glistening in the sun. Today in distant lands our best and brightest are fighting to keep this heritage of freedom and liberty alive and vibrant so that future generations can forever sing, "My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty of thee I sing." During this time set aside on the long calendar year to give thanks for all that we have and all that we are, let us not neglect to remember the bountiful blessing each of us have known as The United States of America. Giving thanks for our family, our hero's serving in distant lands and here at home. Thanksgiving for our freedoms and the living, breathing heritage that keeps us free. God bless you and yours through this holiday season and may God continue to bless The United States of America. Happy Thanksgiving.

Ken Taylor

13 Comments:

Anonymous mudkitty said...

It is pretty amazing what Americans have accomplished in a mere 235 some odd years...

10:10 AM, November 22, 2006  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Absolutly ! We as a nation have so much to be thankful for and unfortunatly sometimes we tend to forget how blessed we are.

11:09 AM, November 22, 2006  
Blogger Rob said...

Amen!

Happy Thanksgiving Ken, Mudkitty, and all the other regulars. I hope you all enjoy the holiday with your family and friends.

5:53 PM, November 22, 2006  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Thanks Rob and the same to you and yours!

8:13 PM, November 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well written Ken, thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving sir.

8:14 PM, November 23, 2006  
Blogger Gayle said...

Hi Ken. Beautifully written, and so true! Happy belated Thanksgiving, as I'm a day late getting over here.

Thank God the liberals haven't tried to remove Thanksgiving. I think we'd probably be up in arms over that! Someone named "Bill" wrote on Atheling2's blog that he thought Thanksgiving was for thanking the indians! Unfortunately, he was serious. Like Atheling told him, probably a liberal kinderegarten teacher at work. Sheesh!

Blessings. :)

10:54 AM, November 24, 2006  
Anonymous mudkitty said...

Gayle is actually insinuating that the pilgrims would have lived without the Native Americans.

Hint Gayle...Indians come from the country of India.

9:08 AM, November 25, 2006  
Blogger Vern1966 said...

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Thanks for the great post, and all the others you've taken your time to write this year. We all enjoy the opportunity you provide to express ourselves, so thanks for that.
Now, although I commend your tribute to our troops, I think it needs to be said that this holiday is a more appropriate time to think about peace and how thankful we should be to those in the world who strive to END war and advocate peace. Too often, our country's history is seen through the narrow lens of war, and those who wage it are our heros. Yet we are too quick to forget that so many things we enjoy as Americans and as citizens of the world have been fought for here on our own soil by activists -- ordinary, unarmed people with a progressive vision of our future and a deep commitment to peace and justice. People say that our freedom isn't free. No, it is not. There is a long line of liberal progressive activists who have paid very dearly to insure it for us and our children. I'm most thankful to them.

Happy Thanksgiving to Ken, Rob, Mudkitty, Gayle, MDconservative, and everyone else.

2:25 PM, November 25, 2006  
Anonymous Worrier said...

I agree that America has for some of its history - perhaps for much of it - lived up to its ideals. But some of the rhetoric on this page is a little silly.

"...the marvelous heritage we as Americans have that no one else on earth can claim." Of course they can't claim the same heritage - they're not from the same country. Anybody could make a similar statement: "the marvelous heritage we as Liechtensteiners have that no one else on earth can claim."

"...freedoms and liberties that have never been experienced before in human history except in this land we love, The United States of America." Now this is just nonsense. The world is full of democracies today. The US helped lead the way (although Iceland and San Marino were there first, and although the US Constitution was based partly upon that of the Six Nations of the Iroquois), but it's certainly no longer unique. All of Europe and much of East Asia and South America is democratic too.

Finally, it has to be recognized that the US has fought a fair number of battles *against* freedom. Ask the Filipinos, whose Declaration of Independence after the Spanish-American war was rejected by the American government, which fought an additional war to suppress the "insurgents." Ask the Chileans, whose democratically elected government of Salvador Allende was overthrown in a coup largely funded by the CIA, a coup that put Augusto Pinochet in power - one of the bloodiest dictators in South American history. Ask the Mexicans, a third of whose country was devoured by the US, and now constitutes the states of Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and parts of Texas. Ask the Iraqis now, 80% of whom (according to polls) would like the US to leave immediately, and view US forces as a greater threat to life and freedom than Al-Qaeda.

The US has a great deal to be proud of. It's often been a beacon of hope in very dark times. However, it has for many people in many nations been the creator of those dark times. (My own nation, Canada, has been invaded twice by the US, in the name of "manifest destiny" - i.e., land grabs.)

America is certainly not the only free nation on earth. In fact, to judge by the current atmosphere of military tribunals, unlimited detention without charges, and the branding of dissidents as "unpatriotic" and "enemies of America", I wonder for how much longer the free nations of the earth will count America among them.

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