OT: What Thanksgiving Means

A Proclamation.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theater of military conflict; while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
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Ask a American Indian what it means.
Jim
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On 11/24/2010 9:17 AM, Jim T wrote:

This is what it means to them, courtesy of Terri Brightnose:
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It means inviting your neighbours over for a meal followed by killing them and stealing their land
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On 11/24/10 10:17 AM, Jim T wrote:

The feast that we now call Thanksgiving meant tricking and humiliating the white man. The Pilgrims weren't doing well in 1621 but wanted to show their appreciation to King Massassoit. They told Squanto to invite Massasoit and his family to a small picnic.
They didn't realize how sneaky, greedy, and manipulative Squanto was. Hundreds of influential warriors would have killed for an invitation like that, so Squanto invited 90.
There were only 20 Pilgrim men, counting teens and old men. They were scrawny from meager rations. To them, Indian men were like NBA players, being 6" taller, muscular, and athletic. Imagine their fright when 90 warriors crashed their party.
When asked about this, Squanto told the Pilgrims it was a misunderstanding. He claimed that in Algonquin, "family" meant "army." The gullible whites believed him, and the Indians laughed behind their back.
Then the leisurely, high-on-the-hog Indians humiliated their poor, hard-working hosts by bringing in an abundance of delicious food. They made life a living hell by staying three days, behaving as if it were a carnival.
Naturally, the Pilgrims didn't call that Thanksgiving. What they called Thanksgiving was a sober church service in 1623. God must have been pretty mad about that outrageous picnic, so he sent a famine. The Pilgrims prayed and God relented.
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Bob Villa wrote:

Thank you. It's a keeper. Chuck B.
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Bob Villa wrote:

Figures. A Republican president memorializing the perserverance and success of religious fanatics with guns.
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Yeah, a political holiday, made by politicians, nothing to do with religion or anyone's religious beliefs, but picked up by most of Christendom because it can fill the churches, and the contribution boxes.
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On 11/24/10 6:36 PM, EXT wrote:

No, Lincoln was like Bob Dylan, blaming Americans for presuming God was on their side. He blamed churches. Here's what he said when he proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving:
..."Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do, by this my proclamation, designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th. day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer. And I do hereby request all the People to abstain, on that day, from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord, and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion."...
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wrote Re Re: What Thanksgiving Means:

That's statement doesn't make sense. You should stick to stealing yams and leave writing sentences to the grown ups.
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Vinny From NYC wrote:

You're right. I constructed a sentence with an implied subject, secure in the knowledge that any reader with the intellect of a middling-quick child could easily fill in the omitted part.
I should have written: " It was a Republican president that memorialized the perserverance and success of religious fanatics with guns."
Thanks for pointing out my improper presumption.
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The grammar lesson is complete. Geez even I, after all the years did not know you could write so well.
-:)
Colbyt
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