Hello all you Vets in the Fight, this is David Miller with your weekly Special Operations Speaks, Vets in the Fight SITREP.
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 …
From the Official George Washington Thanksgiving Proclamation of October 3, 1789
We hope you, your family and friends enjoyed this wonderfully unique holiday, unique among the experience of nations.
The very notion of giving collective thanks renders Thanksgiving a national recognition of a higher Power, Who is the great Author of America’s great human voyage. It is only fitting that we focus of those blessings bestowed upon America, even at this time of turmoil, both internal and external.
We give thanks for the Founding Fathers who’s intellects, varied perspectives and philosophies produced the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, and who’s prescience appended the Bill of Rights, a document exceptional among men and nations.
That exceptionalism has brought all of us to today. No other country, no other culture, no other civilization has known the prosperity and blessings of a “Glorious Being” as America has. Our Freedoms that we all too often take for granted are not known to most of the world. Not known by roughly 95% of the world’s population, in fact. The list of technological, medical and industrial advancements that the United States has given to the world is staggering. May we mention just a few to remind us all of the ingenuity and spirit of this land?: Hearing aids, dental floss, cardiac defibrillators, traffic lights, the now the ubiquitous mobile phone and, last but not least to the sweet tooth everywhere; the chocolate chip cookie. Inventors like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Dr. George Washington Carver and Ruth Graves Wakefield (the inventor of the toll house cookie, thank you), and many, many more had the freedom, hard won, to use God-given resources and intellect to better the lives of millions, if not billions, of people around the world. Americans embody the sentiment of not asking why, but why not? This is an important part of who we are. Not being satisfied with the status quo is an enduring legacy our Founders left us. Again, we find ourselves in a time of conflicting world views that threaten to tear us apart. Our very existence teeters on the edge of madness where good is evil and evil is good.
As Veterans, we have a peculiar perspective on America and what she is and what it means to be American. Those who fought in wars past saw the tragedy of tyranny and its horrendous human cost. WW II saw the blossoming of the cold war and the naked ambition of communism. “The end justifies the means” and “workers of the world, unite” became etched in our minds. The 1950’s through the 1980’s, almost four decades, saw the cold war bring us to the brink of mutual destruction with the Soviet Union. A war we won by a kind of dogged persistence that only faith in our way of life could have wrought. That faith has long been under attack, culminating in a president that had been mentored and corrupted by the card-carrying communist, Frank Marshall Davis.
With all our troubles and trials, can we still be thankful today? The answer is a resounding YES. In great part we are thankful for the Americans who rose to the challenge of leading in the most difficult of circumstances. The 56 signers of our Declaration of Independence pledged to each other their … Lives …Fortunes and … sacred Honorin bringing about this exceptional nation, where in sane times, merit is the measure of the man. A number of those men payed the ultimate price in fulfilling their pledge.
We are thankful for the exceptional men who are thrust into our America at the most critical times in our history: Abraham Lincoln, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and now, Donald Trump, bringing unique strengths and capacities to the worrying problems of their eras. And we are thankful for the men and women, largely unknown to most, that settle for nothing less than being upright citizens and passing this course of character on to their children.
Let us defend and support our President Donald trump as he leads the #MAGA Crusade of Americanism versus Leftism and Islamism.
Keep up the good fight. Remain steadfast and know that ours is a righteous fight. This is David Miller for Special Operations Speaks and Vets in the Fight, until next week, may God Bless us and our exceptional Republic. De Oppresso Liber.