Let Me Tell You A Story…

A week or so before the election, I traveled home to see friends and family.  I went to pick up my great nieces and my sweet nephew to take them all out for pizza and spend some time with them since I don’t get to see them often.  I like to touch base with them and see what is going on in their heads and their hearts. The oldest is 14, then a 12 year old, an almost 12 year old and a 10 year old.  I call them “my kids” ’cause they are, sort of.  When they were all being born, their grandmother was in Texas, so I got to be grandma for awhile.  The mothers brought their babies to me.  Anyway, the 12 year old has been diagnosed with ADD and she chattered like a magpie that night after I picked her and her sister up.  We then went to pick up the other two.  Katelyn chattered on and on about Barack Obama, how great he was, what he was going to do for the country, and how they would have an election at their school.  She kept it up and the others joined in when they all got in the car.  Honestly, she sounded like the mainstream media.  I had heard it all before.  I highly doubt that children that age sit around at school and talk politics.  Suspicion is high that teachers were very much involved in fostering this new one sided interest in the elections. Remember the video of children singing to Obama that came out during the elections?  It seemed very creepy at the time as I remember another leader (who is now dead) who used the young people of his country in a similar manner.

As they were all going on and on, I asked them if they believed in killing unborn babies.  They all said a vehement NO!  When I told them that Mr. Obama did believe in that and without restrictions, it was so quiet the silence was deafening.  I guess no one ever told them that.

Where’s the “Choice” Now?

According to Life Site News, President Bush is pushing forward with regulations that will protect doctors and nurses from being forced to perform abortions against their conscience.

The regulations will enforce existing federal law that requires taxpayer-funded medical institutions not to discriminate against medical personnel who conscientiously object to performing abortions or assisting “in the performance of any part of a health service program or research activity,” including the distribution of abortifacient contraceptives.” —Kathleen Gilbert, November 25, 2008

Abortion rights advocates continue to wage war against the regulations, saying they are a threat to a women’s right to abortion and will succeed in lowering the number of abortions. “Senators Hillary Clinton and Patty Murray (note the names well) introduced legislation Thursday to halt the regulations, accusing President Bush of “again putting ideology first” in a “last-minute attempt to undermine women’s health care.” What???? Just because you are a doctor or nurse, now you HAVE to do this? YOU get NO CHOICE? That’s not fair. You are now undermining women’s health care (so they say). We’ll just put a gun to your head and MAKE you do this! Where’s the respect?

It is reported that some doctors have complained of discrimination because they refused to perform procedures that went against their conscience. Thanks, Hilary, for being such a good advocate of this. We knew we could count on you.

You know, when I go to a store to get a particular item that I am in dire need of…and it may affect my health too…If they don’t have the item, I don’t force them to go get it for me…I GO SOMEWHERE ELSE AND BUY IT (yes, I’m shouting). Why can’t these people do the same? If you can’t get the product you want, go somewhere else. How hard is that? But no, WE’D rather force people to do what WE want. They want CHOICE for them (and that comes with the opportunity to browbeat you into submission), but not for others. They want to take away your freedom of CHOICE. They get to choose, but you don’t. Will the madness ever end?

“It’s unconscionable that the Bush administration, while promising a smooth transition, would take a final opportunity to politicize women’s health,” said Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards.”

Oh, good grief, grow up and get over yourself… I can’t help it today… this is stunning.

Please notice my new quote in the sidebar. I lifted that from The Conservative Pup’s blog. I felt it was very appropriate to the times we live in. And especially after reading this news item.

A Little Bit of Thanksgiving History….

It seems men (oh, and women and children) have been celebrating a day of Thanksgiving for a long time in this country. On September 8, 1656, the first recorded Thanksgiving celebration occurred when 600 Spanish settlers landed at what is now St. Augustine, FL and held a mass of Thanksgiving for the safe passage to the new world. On April 30, 1598, Spaniard Don Juan de Onate ordered his expedition party to rest and conducted a mass of Thanksgiving.

On December 4, 1619, a group of 38 English settlers arrived at Berkley Hundred, about 20 miles upstream of Jamestown. Their charter required them to celebrate yearly their day of arrival. The 8000 acres settled there eventually became the Berkley plantation and continues to be the site of an annual Thanksgiving celebration. President Bush, in his official 2007 Thanksgiving address, said this:

“In the four centuries since the founders of Berkeley first knelt on these grounds, our nation has changed in many ways. Our people have prospered, our nation has grown, our Thanksgiving traditions have evolved — after all, they didn’t have football back then. Yet the source of all our blessings remains the same: We give thanks to the Author of Life who granted our forefathers safe passage to this land, who gives every man, woman, and child on the face of the Earth the gift of freedom, and who watches over our nation every day.”

In 1621 the Pilgrims set apart a day of celebration immediately after their first harvest. It was not immediately regarded as a Thanksgiving service since harvest festivals were common among the Pilgrims and the natives.

Puritan Christians in the Massachusetts Bay Colony celebrated their first thanksgiving in 1630 and frequently after that until 1680 when it was established as an annual holiday. Connecticut colonists started one in 1639 and the Dutch in New Netherland in 1644. Charlestown, Massachusetts held the first recorded observance on June 29, 1671 by proclamation of the town’s governing council.

In the 18th century, colonies observed days of thanksgiving throughout the year. Many of these were not days of feasting and celebration but rather days of prayer and fasting. Later in the 1700’s, days of thanksgiving were periodically designated to celebrate a military victory, the adoption of a state constitution or a bountiful crop. The surrender of the British General Burgoyne at Saratoga was marked by the colonies as a Thanksgiving day in December 1777.

During the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress would appoint one or more thanksgiving days per year and recommend their observance to the executives of the various states. The first National Proclamation of Thanksgiving was given by the Continental Congress in 1777.

On October 3, 1789, President George Washington created the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the United States. He again proclaimed one in 1795. John Adams declared Thanksgivings in 1798 and 1799. No Thanksgiving proclamations were issued by Thomas Jefferson, but in 1814 the tradition was renewed by James Madison, in response to resolutions by Congress at the close of the War of 1812. Madison also declared the holiday twice in 1815, but neither day was in the autumn. In 1816, Governor Plamer of New Hampshire appointed Thursday, November 14 to be observed as a day of public Thanksgiving, while Governor Brooks of Massachusetts set aside Thursday, November 28 to be “observed throughout that State as a day of Thanksgiving.” From 1817, a day was annually appointed by the governor of New York. There was opposition to a day of Thanksgiving in some of the southern states on the grounds that it was a relic of Puritan bigotry, but by 1858, proclamations were being issued by the governors of 25 states and two territories.

In the middle of the Civil War, President Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November 1863. Here is the last half of that proclamation:

“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 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 United States the eighty-eighth.”

Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln, 3 October 1863.[7)

If you wish to read the whole proclamation, you can find it here.

President’s Lincoln’s successors continue his example of declaring the final Thursday of November to be the Thanksgiving holiday. But in 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt broke with this tradition. November had 5 Thursdays that year, and he declared the 4th one to be the holiday. In 1940 he wanted the 3rd Thursday to be the holiday. The country was still in the midst of the Great Depression and he thought the earlier Thanksgiving would give shop owners a longer period to sell goods for Christmas. At the time, it was considered inappropriate to advertise goods for Christmas before Thanksgiving. (Boy has this ever changed!) The presidential declaration was legally non-binding and so was widely disregarded. Twenty-three states went along with his proclamation and 22 did not and some could not decide, like Texas, and took both weeks as government holidays. Critics termed Roosevelt’s dating of the holiday as “Franksgiving.“.

In 1941 Congress passed a bill requiring that Thanksgiving be celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November. In December, Roosevelt signed the bill, making the date of Thanksgiving now a matter of federal law.

Many of the foods we traditionally serve for Thanksgiving day are native to the Americas or were introduced as a new food source to the Europeans when they arrived. The serving of turkey dates back to the first Thanksgiving. The giving of thanks is also a religious observance. A 1998 Gallup poll estimated that 64% of Americans say grace on Thanksgiving.

(This information is all lifted from Wikipedia.)

Wow, what a long history of this “giving of thanks”. It is because these United States were settled and founded by a religious and moral people. We are the descendants of those religious and moral people. We are a nation founded on moral and religious principles, no matter what the naysayers may say. There are many who no longer wish to submit to moral and religious values; that is their prerogative. But there are equally as many who wish to preserve and protect the spiritual and moral values of our nation, without which there can truly be no “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.

Have a wonderful, prosperous Thanksgiving holiday as we celebrate and give thanks to our Creator for all that He has done for us. I know our family has never gone hungry on Thanksgiving or any other day for that matter.

Minnesota Senate Race…

Apparently there is much challenging of ballots going on in the Minnesota Senate Race between incumbent Norm Coleman and Hollywood comedian Al Franken. If you go here, you can see a ballot that Al challenged. Maybe he was just kidding around?…..

I heard on the news this week that Minnesota’s elections are of a high standard, that the election officials can be trusted to do the right thing. I thank God every time I hear of public officials who decide to do the right thing, to follow the rules (i.e. the law) rather than listen to lamebrain, excuse-filled, relative, smoke-filled arguments designed to circumvent the process. You go, Minnesota!

I also thank God for our police force and other officials who uphold the rule of law. Every time one of them follows the rules (i.e. the law), that is good for all of us. Every time they do not, that is bad for all of us. Can you imagine what this world would look like if no one cared about right and wrong and the rule of law? I wouldn’t want to live here and neither would most of you. I am grateful there are people out there who still even care that right is right and wrong is wrong.

With that I say a great big Thanksgiving THANK YOU to our policemen, our public officials who uphold the laws, and while I’m at it, OUR SOLDIERS who willingly lay down their lives to fight for us, and THEIR FAMILIES who help them do it and make great sacrifices in doing so. GOD BLESS YOU ALL! We are grateful for all you do.

Something To Think About…

I’m not one to give dictators and murderers any credibility by quoting them, but in the context of what has been happening in this election, i.e., “early voting”, Minnesota’s weird goings-on, and the like, Josef Stalins’s observation seems quite relevant to me in the day we live.

“The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything”.

It’s sort of surprising that he made that statement  because I don’t believe any voting ever happened under his watch.  Of course, he could have been making an observation about our process.

Check out David Lewis Schaefer’s column on early voting over on National Review.  He makes some very relevant and thoughtful points. You can read it here.

A Bit of This ‘N That

My poor neglected blog! I have been way too busy this past week to write. I have been doing some studying though, but I need to nail some things down before I write about it. I have done some reading about the Depression period. I have a great interest in economics, how the various parts of the economy relate to each other, and how government policy affects the economy. I have been doing some reading about free trade vs. protectionism. In time I will share some things I have learned. For today though, I may just have to throw out a few bones…

Elections in Minnesota…the secretary of state today is going to certify the election of Norm Coleman as the winner of the senate race, by 215 votes. However, the recount is to start tomorrow and take up to 3 weeks. Al Franken has been trying to do some last minute maneuvering to keep the election from being certified today, but has failed. It does appear that the Democrats have won another senate seat, that being the one from Alaska, making their current count 58, I believe. A runoff in the Georgia senate race is scheduled to start in December.

Interesting things to know about how Obama got elected…it seems Obama voters were polled by Zogby and 57 percent thought Republicans still controlled Congress and only 12 percent could identify Obama as the one whose energy policies would make electricity costs skyrocket. Sounds like most were not paying as close attention as I was. They were well informed on issues about Sarah Palin, though. 94 percent knew she had a pregnant teenage daughter, and 86 percent knew about her wardrobe issues. Check out the PowerLine blog for more information. I wonder what news outlets they listened to?

Gay activists mobs have been throwing temper tantrums (and in the process threatening people’s safety) because they didn’t get to create A New Right for their movement in several states. They even went so far as to interrupt a church service, making noise and throwing papers around. I have found that when a child (or an adult, for that matter) throws a temper tantrum, the best thing to do is ignore it. State constitutions gives the people the right to have a say in these matters…and it appears that the people have spoken. I’m sorry that the mobs were not able to sway the vote of the people, but that is the way it works in this country. And I doubt that temper tantrums will change their minds. Threats and intimidation are not a good way to get your point across.

Be sure to trot on over to TownHall.com and do some reading. There are lots of respected columnists writing there on issues and events of the day.

It does seem like the honeymoon period for President-elect Obama has started, and I am content to stay here at this time. His cabinet is looking like the Clinton administration…this seems very strange to me, like deja vu. I join the rest of conservatism in wondering what our world will look like on January 20, 2009 when President-elect Obama will make the pledge to “...preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” From what I have been reading, it seems he has some issues with the Constitution. I wonder how that will work out, for him, and for us.