Liberty is being free from the things we don't like in order to be slaves of the things we do like.--Ernest Benn

Thursday, November 24, 2011

My Fellow Americans, Happy Thanksgiving!

John F. Kennedy on Thanksgiving:
It is fitting that we observe this year our own day of Thanksgiving. It is fitting that we give our thanks for the safety of our land, for the fertility of our harvests, for the strength of our liberties, for the health of our people. We do so in no spirit of self-righteousness. We recognize that we are the beneficiaries of the toil and devotion of our fathers and that we can pass their legacy on to our children only by equal toil and equal devotion. We recognize too that we live in a world of peril and change - and in so uncertain a time we are all the more grateful for the indestructible gifts of hope and love, which sustain us in adversity and inspire us to labor unceasingly for a more perfect community within this nation and around the earth.
PROCLAMATION 3505 (November 7, 1962)


  1. Excellent choice, Doc. He also said, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

    Happy Thanksgiving, Doc.

  2. Thanks, but this American sees only disturbing signs and portents for this country's future. Its so bad that if I ever win the lottery I will be on a plane to Australia or New Zealand before the end of the day.

    Sorry, haven't had my coffee yet.

  3. Beach Bum - when he said it, that was then. This is now. His demise and its circumstances offers huge clues about why the situation is so different now.

    PS - I left seven years ago.

  4. I'm most thankful for OWS (as well as their constitutionally guaranteed right to peaceably assemble).

  5. Glad you added the last part, Vlad!

  6. Their right is guaranteed, but what so far have they really accomplished? Not convinced