by Diane Rufino
President Obama offered a few remarks for Thanksgiving, noting the many ways that Americans have come together. He highlighted the community mindset of those who volunteer in soup kitchens and praised our men and women in military uniform. In fact, his weekly address was titled: “On Thanksgiving, Grateful for the Men and Women Who Defend Our Country.” He also commented that he and his family are “reflecting on how truly lucky we are.” Yes, the first family IS lucky, very lucky indeed. But not once did our President make any mention of God, the very reason our nation was founded in the first place.
Thanksgiving is a holiday traditionally steeped in rightful thanks and praise to God.
Yet he didn’t offer thanks to those bravest of settlers who risked it all, including harsh stormy seas, unknown new lands and hostile inhabitants, all in order to establish a colony where they could worship and honor God as they believed they had the natural right to. At many times in our early years, disease and famine were so severe that every single family lost a loved one. How many of us would contemplate making a change in our lifestyles knowing that it could possibly cost us a child or a spouse? And yet our founding settlers took that risk – for the glory of God… in order that America could be that “shining city on a hill” - a nation so blessed by God because of its stalwart citizens that it would be a beacon and an example to the world. We celebrate the blessings we inherited from these early settlers on Thanksgiving.
How naive Obama is. How reckless he is with his selective attention to our nation’s history.
So with respect to this Thanksgiving Day 2011, we’ll think back and remember who the real turkey was.