One Hundred Years Ago: Thanksgiving Day 1911
Posted On 24 November 2011.
By The President Of The United States Of America – A Proclamation
The People Of This Land Having By Long Sanction And Practice Set Apart Toward The Close Of Each Passing Year A Day On Which To Cease From Their Labors And Assemble For The Purpose Of Giving Praise To Him Who Is The Author Of The Blessings They Have Enjoyed, It Is My Duty As Chief Executive To Designate At This Time The Day For The Fulfillment Of This Devout Purpose.
Our Country Has Been Signally Favored In Many Ways. The Round Of The Seasons Has Brought Rich Harvests. Our Industries Have Thrived Far Beyond Our Domestic Needs; The Productions Of Our Labor Are Daily Finding Enlarged Markets Abroad. We Have Been Free From The Curses Of Pestilence, Of Famine And Of War. Our National Councils Have Furthered The Cause Of Peace In Other Lands, And The Spirit Of Benevolence Has Brought Us Into Closer Touch With Other Peoples, To The Strengthening Of The Bonds Of Fellowship And Good Will That Link Us To Our Comrades In The Universal Brotherhood Of Nations. Strong In The Sense Of Our Own Rights And Inspired By As Strong A Sense Of The Rights Of Others, We Live In Peace And Harmony With The World. Rich In The Priceless Possessions And Abundant Resources Wherewith The Unstinted Bounty Of God Has Endowed Us, We Are Unselfishly Glad When Other Peoples Pass Onward To Prosperity And Peace. That The Great Privileges We Enjoy May Continue And That Each Coming Year May See Our Country More Firmly Established In The Regard And Esteem Of Our Fellow Nations Is The Prayer That Should Arise In Every Thankful Heart.
Wherefore, I, William Howard Taft, President Of The United States, Designate Thursday, The 30Th Day Of November Next, As A Day Of Thanksgiving And Prayer, And I Earnestly Call Upon My Countrymen And Upon All That Dwell Under The Flag Of Our Beloved Country Then To Meet In Their Accustomed Places Of Worship To Join In Offering Prayer To Almighty God And Devout Thanks For The Loving Mercies He Has Given To Us.
In Witness Whereof I Have Hereunto Set My Hand And Caused The Seal Of The United States To Be Affixed.
Done At The City Of Chicago, This 30Th Day Of October, In The Year Of Our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred And Eleven And Of The Independence Of The United States The One Hundred And Thirty-sixth.
By The President, William H. Taft
Thank God that there used to be men who knew where our blessings came from. Men who knew and believed that God does exist and is very much alive today. Men who lead this great Country by guidance from God and were not ashamed to proclaim His Holy Name and offer prayers to Him. There was no arguments whether this was a Country founded on Christian beliefs, it was a known fact. There was no ACLU and the like to argue that by displaying a cross as a marker or a memorial was wrong.
How sad it is today we have a President that claims America is not a Christian Country. And we have a Congress filled with men and women who agree with all these anti-Christian groups.
No longer are we a prosperous Country, as President Taft called us. But each day as we awake we face bankruptcy in the face, as a Country.
We have lost sight of God and we no longer follow His commandments so we have only ourselves, as in We The People, to blame.
My grandchildren will never know the blessings we once shared in America. Our schools will not be teaching it. Our leaders will not be leading us by God’s ways.
Oh how sad.