RUSH: George Washington's Thanksgiving address. Yeah. I have it. Now, before I read this to you, I've read it just a very few times on this program. Before I do, I want you to try to understand. This is in 1789, and I want you to understand: They knew. They knew what they had done, these Founders. They knew that they had participated in a miracle, in creating and founding this country.
George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation
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 signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."
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 previous to their becoming a Nation -- for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of His Providence which we experienced in the tranquility [sic], union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed -- for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One [capital O] 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 hath 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 shewn [sic] kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord -- To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease [sic] 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 1789
Again, you gotta know his frame of mind when he issued this proclamation and wrote it. He knew what he had done. He knew what he had been a part of. They were as grateful as they could be. All of these stories that the multiculturalists are trying to put out that our Founders were atheists and they were agnostics or what have you. The first Thanksgiving was about thanking God just as the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving was about thanking God. As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, folks, our friends at the Heritage Foundation encourage you to remember and appreciate all the freedoms that we enjoy in this country. Freedom is why the Pilgrims came to America in the first place. They were in search of freedom of religion, freedom of speech -- press, assembly -- and a freedom of enterprise.
America had the kind of freedom the world had never seen before. That was what was exceptional about America. We still have it, though it's under assault. This is the freedom the Heritage Foundation is dedicated to preserving in America -- and me, too, and all of us. And there's a reason the Heritage Foundation has the word "heritage" in its name. They are dedicated to preserving the heritage of freedom on which America is founded. It's the same freedom that we are thankful for this week. So if you go online to AskHeritage.org, you'll learn more about America's Founding Fathers and first principles, and you could become a member of this great organization. It's easier than ever to become a member of the Heritage Foundation. It's easier than ever. Membership can be as little as $25, payable monthly, quarterly, or all at once if you want to splurge.
In these times, America needs an organization holding our country to its founding principles. Go online to AskHeritage.org. If nothing else, you'll be validated and educated, informed, and inspired. Now, ladies and gentlemen: Thanksgiving. This is traditionally the beginning of the, quote, unquote, "Christmas season," holiday season, which is one of my favorite times of year. We're just days away from starting our Mannheim Steamroller Christmas bump music rotation, and I get choked up at this time of year when I think of the blessings that have been bestowed upon me and my family, and it's all because of all of you. I say it every year. I have people thanking me all day long for doing this show. You have no idea what you have meant to me. There's no way I could properly express my gratitude, other than to thank you from the bottom of my heart and wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving as well, as well as all uniformed military personnel in the theater of battle overseas.