Broadside: Thanksgiving – George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclaimation

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 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.

Cultural Revue’s Statement

November 26th is a Day of Thanks to whatever Almighty you desire—be it Nature or Nature’s God. This Day of Thanks, which, unlike the thousands proclaimed through the Christian Centuries, does not demand pilgrimage to distant shrines, nor the kissing of papal rings, or the swearing of oaths before a king. It demands only that you say with undeniable fortitude, that you are free. That you will be free. That you will remain free.

Liberty is the sacrament of this day; the small rebellion of shouldering the burden of virtuous living and Natural Rights. While our leaders meet in hushed whispers hiding their hypocrisy behind closed doors, we must meet at table, partaking in the feast of our ancestors that it may endure for our posterity.

Fear, which is the blunt tool of tyrants, will not crack the foundations of a truly free man. But the man who submits, who allows his Natural Right usurped for the Eldritch Horror called “Public Good,” is neither worthy, nor deserving of his place at Liberty’s table. He is a serf and that is his choice. Who are we to deny him?

On this Day of Thanks, November 26th, 2020, take part in the small rebellion of saying Grace over a sumptuous meal alongside friends and family. Pay no mind to the shrieking goblins that make-up a tyrant’s supporters—they are unworthy of this day. Thanksgiving is for a free people.

Published by Anastasia Cosmo

Contributor to Cultural Revue, Conservative, amateur medievalist and historian, aspiring wife and mother. Follow me on Parler @AnastasiaCosmo

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