November 22, 2010
THOUGHTFUL THANKSGIVING MESSAGE
On October 3, 1789, during his first year as
President, George Washington issued a
proclamation that set aside Thursday,
November 26 (1789) as "A Day of Public
Thanksgiving and Prayer."
Entitled "General Thanksgiving," the decree
appointed the day "to be observed by
acknowledging with grateful hearts the many
and signal favors of Almighty God."
By the PRESIDENT of the United States
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 and
signal favors of Almighty God, especially by
affording them an opportunity peaceably to
establish a form of government for their safety
NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY,
the TWENTY-SIXTH 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 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 enable 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 has 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
shown kindness unto us); and to bless them with
good governments, peace, and concord; to promote
the knowledge and practice of true religion and
virtue, and the increase 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, one
thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
While there were Thanksgiving observances in America
both before and after Washington's proclamation,
this represents the first to be so designated by the
new national government.
In celebrating this Thanksgiving, we want to express
our gratitude for America, and its benefits, but
with eyes wide open to the fact that we are in one
of the most critical times in the history of our
Let us not forget, our founding documents and our
will to defend them, the greatest governing
documents ever given to mankind, are all that stand
between the People and oppression, tyranny and
If obeyed, these Documents show us how to realize
all the GOOD that was intended for each individual:
“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
The Declaration of Independence is the Spirit and
Philosophy of our People. It is America’s Charter.
It expresses the essential principles underlying our
entire system of governance:
If the Declaration of Independence is America’s
Charter, the Constitution is Her By-Laws – the
Supreme Law of our Land, a set of rules to govern
Today our Republic faces grave challenges. Usurping
the power of the People, our elected officials are
continually stepping outside the boundaries the
People have drawn around their power and are taking
possession of a boundless field of power.
Truth is, our national distress -- in all its
current forms, has arisen directly from our
disobedience to our Charters of Freedom.
If only we would follow them, for within their
divine design, they provide the pathway for a return
to the peace, prosperity and harmony we all long for.
The Constitution CANNOT defend itself. That’s our
duty and responsibility. The Constitution is not
going to be defended unless We, the People defend it
by holding our elected officials accountable to its
provisions and principles. Our nation suffers
because We, the People have allowed it to happen.
Nor is the Constitution a menu from which our
elected officials can pick and choose. Yet that is
exactly what has been taking place for many years,
over many administrations, by both political
parties. In the halls of Congress and the dominant
media we hear scant mention of the Constitution in
our public policy debates about war, money,
corporate welfare, immigration, health care,
homeland security, taxation, foreign policy, the
economy and other critical national concerns.
Envision what America would be like if we adhered to
We would not be meddling in the internal
affairs of other countries, taking sides. We would
be neutral in our alliances; trading with all;
conducting ourselves with honor and dignity. Our
troops – those amazing citizens who have stepped up
to give that Service - would be here with us,
protecting our soil and our people, not far off
allegedly “serving our country” and giving the
ultimate sacrifice in the Name of Freedom. How can
we possibly express enough gratitude for their
There would be no undeclared wars abroad and no war
on terror at home.
Our government would not bail out any private
company or foreign Nation with public money.
All debts incurred by the Federal Reserve, without
Congressional authorization, or for purposes not
enumerated in the Constitution would be null and
Gold and silver coin would be our currency. There
would be no inflation. Prices would be stable. We
would have full employment.
We would all have the Right to bear and keep arms
and each state would have a well-regulated, trained
and disciplined militia.
There would be no direct tax on an individual’s
property, including his labor.
Our Rights to privacy would be honored.
The President would enforce the immigration laws,
dutifully passed by Congress.
We would not have a President with the potential of
dual loyalties because his father was a citizen of a
We would never enter into contracts, treaties or
alliances with any organization, country, group or
individual that would compromise the Sovereignty of
individuals, the States or America.
We would not be counting our votes in secret which
is what happens when machines count them.
Life as we know it now would surely be different.
The day when we the People can be grateful for a
government of wise and moral leaders, just and
constitutional laws, faithfully executed; with a
great degree of tranquility, union and abundance
awaits only our love for Liberty and our commitment
toward those ends.
Give Thanks by Supporting We The People
As we gather with our friends and family this
Thanksgiving, let us remember to offer not only
great thanks for the Divine gift of Liberty
enshrined within our Founding Documents, but let us
give thanks to those among us who have dedicated
their years of labor, their personal resources and
their life passion to the defense of those
documents. Indeed, to the extent the battles for
Freedom continue at all, it is to the few that the
many owe our significant Thanks.
Although we pass through difficult and uncertain
times, we urge you to specifically consider the
substantial contributions the WTP organization (and
Bob Schulz in particular) has made in the defense of
Liberty over many years and the importance of
sustaining this most righteous work.
In short, WTP cannot continue its mission without
your financial support. We hope that over the many
years WTP has earned the respect and trust that
would move you to support our work and leadership
now. (Please note that WTP has no employees and Bob
Schulz and his wife Judy receive zero compensation
for their volunteer service)
As we move toward the closing days of 2010, please
consider giving Thanks in the form of financial
support to We The People. Below we offer the 2011
Freedom Calendars and links for direct donations and
WTP Congress memberships.
Again, have a great Thanksgiving.
Second “Liberty Walk” Happens This Saturday, Nov. 27
The second Liberty Walk will take place Thanksgiving
Weekend, on Saturday, November 27, at 1pm in all
time zones, when Americans are invited to walk for
Honor, Gratitude and Obedience to our Founding
Click here to read the national announcement
All participants should bring a copy of the
Liberty Walk event program