On this uniquely American holiday, so tightly linked to our history as a nation, I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude.
I am thankful for the wonderful, brave men and women of courage who left the safety of their homeland over 500 years ago, from Columbus to the Pilgrims, to set sail into the unknown. They forged the original character of this fiercely independent and historically self-reliant nation.
I am thankful for the Founding Fathers, who, in their boundless wisdom, crafted the finest Constitution any country has ever known, granting, for the first time in history, true freedom to a people. Their sacrifices were epic, their vision unique and immutable.
I am thankful for all who have served to preserve our freedoms through the centuries, and to bring freedom to countless millions globally. The debt we owe them can never truly be repaid.
I am, of course, thankful for all of the traditional blessings of life, family and home. I am wealthy beyond belief. The poorest among us is richer than most of the people in the world.
This year I am perhaps more thankful than at any time in my life. This year I have discovered that there are still, even in this age of decadence and failing morality, millions of God-fearing, red-blooded, brave, humble and dedicated patriotic Americans who still believe in and support the Constitution which is our greatest gift of all. And thanks to my husband Tim, who works so hard, I (and hopefully both of us) will be standing shoulder to shoulder with more than one million of them in our nation’s Capitol next August. I have been in the trenches with them for almost 18 months… bloggers, freelance writers, campaign volunteers, tea partiers, town hall attendees, 9/12 Project members, and a MOM’s group numbering 60,000+ and growing that are fighting for an America, like the one the Founding Fathers created for us and we grew up in… for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It is our greatest blessing of all in this era to have these wonderful souls who still possess the courage of the Founders and the strength of the original pilgrims, and are willing to sacrifice all that they have, including their very lives if necessary, to preserve the original vision that is this, the last best hope of the world.
As a firm believer that the "next right thing" always happens, I am even thankful for those in Washington, D.C. who have so obviously forgotten our history and the meaning our the founding documents, and seek to fundamentally transform this nation from the shining city on the hill into a ghetto of filth, poverty, misery and repression in the name of social and economic justice… if not a worse fate controlled by outside masters like the UN. For without them the awakening from complacency and apathy, that has been in place for the last century, would not have occurred. Without their radical and absolutely un-American pursuits, true average Americans would have slumbered on, allowing ever more of our freedoms and rights to be stripped away. The future is frightening and uncertain, but as long as good people who support good principles exist and refuse to remain silent, there is hope.
It is also a wonderful realization that volunteerism is rising everywhere. I volunteered yesterday at a local food bank, packing Thanksgiving Groceries into bags and boxes for those in need this season and then distributing them. Tim and I were also going to serve at the local soup kitchen today, but they called to say they didn’t need us because of a last minute over-whelming influx of volunteers, so were canceling those who already worked yesterday. It is a testament to the goodness in America and in the American people and spirit. And if left to our devises instead of government’s poor decisions and ever growing invasive laws and restrictions, the American people would rise up to re-build using the free-market system and in-turn help take care of those in need on the grassroots level. None of the food obtained or volunteers that worked in the local Thanksgiving effort received a penny or a finger of assistance from the government, from all the taxes and stimulus money the government has taken from us this past year+.
Below are some additional thoughts, greetings and info I have received today as an example of the hope on the horizon…
God Bless You All and Happy Thanksgiving.
What do we do with the time we’ve been given?
So…here it is, another Thanksgiving. I hope this day finds you happy, healthy, and enjoying the bounty of good food, surrounded by those you love. I know it can be cliché to talk about what you’re “thankful” for on this day, but maybe some clichés exist for good reason; considering the year you’ve had, with all of the challenges facing this country, what could be a better idea than taking time to count the blessings you do enjoy?
This has been the absolute craziest, most hectic and jam-packed year of my entire life…and I’m incredibly thankful for that. Granted, I could use a bit more sleep (OK, a lot more sleep), but the fact that I’m working so much means that what I believe…what we believe…is resonating across the country. I’m connecting with you, and you’re connecting with one other, and together I believe we can and will inspire a “refounding” of America. But none of this would be possible without the unwavering support of my staff and friends, the unconditional love of my family, the unstoppable spirit of people like you. “Thankful” is hardly the start of it…
Most of all, though, I’m thankful for…time. I had another health scare this year, and while I’m happy to say it was a minor one, it was a sobering reminder that you only get so much time in this world and there is none to waste. By getting myself healthy, I believe that’s given me a bit more time, and through your efforts with the tea parties and the 9/12 Project, and taking an active, vocal role in reclaiming our country, I believe that America has been given more time, too. That’s something we can all be thankful for, today and every day.
The question we should all ponder during the holiday season is what do we do with the time we’ve been given. This is a historic period—history will record our answer because our individual answers will lead to our collective destiny.
Whether we like it or not transformative change is upon us. Join me next year in my effort to be worthy of the change we deserve.
Now can someone pass me some pie?
A Grateful Nation – Audio of the story of Columbus, the Pilgrims and God’s Hand in Our Nation – John Fuller and James Dobson
Mr. Lincoln Returns to Main Street U.S.A., Disneyland
Celebrate the return of Disneyland® Park’s most patriotic attraction! Imagineers have restored Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln with new technology and artwork for a fresh take on this nostalgic experience. Narrated by the famous Audio-Animatronics Abraham Lincoln in fully restored glory, this journey through American history is both inspirational and emotional. Reopening in late December.
· New Audio-Animatronics technology gives Abraham Lincoln more emotion and vitality during his speech.
· Check out the new artwork from “Pocahontas” animator John Pomeroy.
· Hear the original audio voice narration — now with even better sound quality.
· Enjoy the montage at the conclusion of the show highlighting a variety of others patriots who have contributed to this nation.
What will save America and her people is going back to basics: God, patriotism, knowing our history, traditional values and talking to our neighbors… our family… and our friends!
“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take away everything you have.” …Thomas Jefferson
God Bless You and Happy Thanksgiving to you All~~