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Obama's Thanksgiving Proclamation Strikingly Different From Predecessors' ^ | November 23, 2011 | Janet M.LaRue

Posted on 11/24/2011 10:48:23 AM PST by Kaslin

Psychiatrist Karl Menninger, founder of the Menninger Clinic, raised the question, “Whatever became of sin?” in his 1973 book title. There was a time when U.S. presidents made certain that our sin didn’t fade from our national conscience. Not this year.

The Huffington Post reviewed the Thanksgiving Proclamations of 26 U.S. Presidents from Washington to Barack Obama, and concluded that they’re “strikingly the same”:

"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..."

With these words, written by George Washington in 1789, an American holiday tradition was born. Ever since, in times of peace and prosperity, war and want, American Presidents have offered gratitude to God while calling on all Americans to gather in humble praise. Though the language of thanks has changed in the past 222 years, the content of these presidential prayers remains strikingly the same.

Many presidential proclamations are strikingly similar in their expressions of humility, thanksgiving, dependence, confession, repentance, supplication and praise to “Almighty God, “the Sovereign of the Universe,” “great and glorious Being,” “great Lord and Ruler of Nations,” “Father of Mercies,” “Redeemer of the World,” “Supreme Being,” “Most High God,” “Great Mediator and Redeemer,” “Author of All Good,” “Great Sovereign of the Universe,” “Almighty Father,” “Divine Majesty, “Holy Spirit,” “Most High God,” “Beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe,” “Giver of Good.” Every proclamation concludes with the same phrase used in the U.S. Constitution: “In the year of our Lord.”

But something is missing from this year’s message out of the Obama White House. It’s the mention of sin and the need for repentance.

Thanksgiving proclamations from Washington to Barack Obama are available at: Following are highlighted excerpts from Presidents who called on Americans to seek forgiveness for our personal and national sins in order to secure God’s continued blessing on our nation:

George Washington, 1789:

“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…”

John Adams, 1798:

“[W]ith the deepest humility, acknowledge before God the manifold sins and transgressions with which we are justly chargeable as individuals and as a nation, beseeching Him at the same time, of His infinite grace, through the Redeemer of the World, freely to remit all our offenses, and to incline us by His Holy Spirit to that sincere repentance and reformation which may afford us reason to hope for his inestimable favor and heavenly benediction;”

James Madison, 1814:

“[A] day on which all may have an opportunity of voluntarily offering at the same time in their respective religious assemblies their humble adoration to the Great Sovereign of the Universe, of confessing their sins and transgressions, and of strengthening their vows of repentance and amendment.

Abraham Lincoln, 1863:

“[A]nd finally to lead the whole nation through the paths of repentance and submission to the divine will back to the perfect enjoyment of union and fraternal peace.”

Abraham Lincoln, 1865:

“Whereas righteousness exalteth a nation, while sin is a reproach to any people. … And I do further recommend that on that occasion the whole people make confession of our national sins against His infinite goodness, and with one heart and one mind implore the divine guidance in the ways of national virtue and holiness.”

Grover Cleveland, 1887:

“On that day let all secular work and employment be suspended, and let our people assemble in their accustomed places of worship and with prayer and songs of praise give thanks to our Heavenly Father for all that He has done for us, while we humbly implore the forgiveness of our sins and a continuance of His mercy.”

Grover Cleveland, 1896:

“And let us, through the mediation of Him who has taught us how to pray, implore the forgiveness of our sins and a continuation of heavenly favor.”

Dwight Eisenhower, 1953:

“On that day let all of us, in accordance with our hallowed custom, forgather in our respective places of worship and bow before God in contrition for our sins, in suppliance for wisdom in our striving for a better world, and in gratitude for the manifold blessings He has bestowed upon us and upon our fellow men.”

John Kennedy, l963, quoted from Washington’s Proclamation, including the plea to

"[B]eseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions…

Ronald Reagan, 1988, quoting Washington:

[A] recognition of our shortcomings and transgressions and our dependence, in total and in every particular, on the forgiveness and forbearance of the Almighty.”

President George H.W. Bush, 1989, quoting Washington:

“[A] recognition of our shortcomings and transgressions and our dependence, in total and in every particular, on the forgiveness and forbearance of the Almighty.”

President George H.W. Bush, 1990, quoting Washington:

“Let us seek His forgiveness for our shortcomings and transgressions and renew our determination to remain a people worthy of His continued favor and protection.”

Contrary to the theologians at HuffPost, and except for concluding with “in the year of our Lord,” Obama’s five paragraph proclamation is strikingly dissimilar:

Obama’s first graph praises the Wampanoag tribe for aiding the Pilgrims and gives thanks to “all American Indians and Alaska Natives … the First Americans.”

In his second graph, Obama recalls that Washington “praised a generous and knowing God” and that Lincoln “looked to the divine to protect those who had known the worst of civil war” in his.

In his third graph, Obama recalls that “we have lifted our hearts by giving humble thanks for the blessings” without mentioning God. Obama rightly thanks our military for their sacrifice.

In the fourth graph, Obama expresses thanks first “to each other” and then “to God for the many kindnesses and comforts that grace our lives. Let us pause to recount the simple gifts that sustain us, and resolve to pay them forward in the year to come.” Rather than Scripture or Heaven, we get Hollywood, as in “Pay It Forward.”

In the fifth graph, Obama calls us to “give thanks for all we have received in the past year, to express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own,” again without mentioning God.

Obama offers no high praises to Almighty God, no reminders of His unique attributes, which naturally lead sinners to repent and seek His forgiveness. The Obama storehouse of soaring rhetoric, inspiration and hope is barren.

Whatever became of sin?

The One who has blessed and sustained us from our beginning reminds us: “Righteousness exalts a nation; but sin is a disgrace to any people.” Proverbs 14:34

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: obama; potus; president; presidents; proclamation; proclamations; sin; thanksgiving

1 posted on 11/24/2011 10:48:25 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Sin.... sin..... well you would omit it if you didn’t believe in the Trinity and you wanted to take attention away from Christianity in favor of islam. Jesus died for our sins on the cross. Most of us believe that. Muslims don’t.

2 posted on 11/24/2011 11:07:19 AM PST by bergmeid (Down with this OCCUPY scum!)
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To: Kaslin

Heard Zero’s proclamation read in church today, only suprise was he didn’t end it

Allahu Ahkbar

3 posted on 11/24/2011 11:16:01 AM PST by slorunner
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To: slorunner

Is anyone still in disbelief that Obama is against everything Holy and Righteous? His sole intention is to destroy everything our nation once stood for.

4 posted on 11/24/2011 11:23:24 AM PST by thesaleboat (Pray The Rosary Daily)
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To: thesaleboat

Angry mulatto who grew up with a chip on his shoulder and a silver spoon in his mouth.

5 posted on 11/24/2011 12:02:11 PM PST by twister881
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To: Kaslin

Someone who thinks he is a god will not acknowledge any other gods.

6 posted on 11/24/2011 12:02:28 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: Kaslin
Whatever became of sin?

King Obama has had everything given to him throughout his life. He is The Won so is above sin. Sin is for the little people.

7 posted on 11/24/2011 12:38:42 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: Kaslin

8 posted on 11/24/2011 12:40:18 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Kaslin
Obama is is part of the secular post modern relativistic crap culture you find in American urban academia.

Idiots that are fixated on sounding smart and pretending to be sophisticated while in reality they are ignorant fools and shallow.

9 posted on 11/24/2011 12:52:14 PM PST by Red6
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To: GreenLanternCorps

There is only one God and it’s not 0-bama

10 posted on 11/24/2011 1:33:45 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: twister881

And, who has never been knocked on his ass as a consequence of his outrageous behavior, mannerisms and words.

IOW, he has never been held accountable for his behavior, mannerism or words.

He will be held accountable on November 6, 2012!

I detest Barrack Obama, not because of the color of his skin, but because of the content of his character.

11 posted on 11/24/2011 4:34:58 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Kaslin
Strikingly Different From Predecessors

There's not much about nobama that is truthful. But this certainly is. To our detriment.

12 posted on 11/24/2011 4:41:33 PM PST by upchuck (Rerun: Think you know hardship? Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: Taxman

Amen, brother!

13 posted on 11/24/2011 5:37:00 PM PST by twister881
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To: twister881


Another FReeper coined the phrase “I detest Obama . . . content of his character,” but I liked it so much, I shamelessly stole it.

If I could remember his/her name, I would give full credit and recognition to him/her.

The first part, my observation about LIEberals not having had to suffer the consequences (getting knocked on their ass) for their word/actions/mannerisms came to me as a result of many years of intense people watching.

I don’t much like LIEberals, so I watchem VERY CLOSELY!

14 posted on 11/25/2011 2:00:21 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Taxman

Yes, it’s the lefties sitting on the sidelines waiting for their government handouts who get off scot free. It’s the conservatives who jump into the arena and make American society run, and who get knocked around & must get back up to try again. If this country ever ends up in a major depression or apocalyptic situation, few — if any — of the thumb-sucking, bed-wetting Socialist claque will survive.

15 posted on 11/25/2011 2:59:59 PM PST by twister881
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To: twister881

That is a great observation!

The moochers won’t be much of a problem during the rebuild — they will mostly be in the way, but will need to be kept on the sidelines.

We’ll need to watch out for the Union thugs, and government looters though. They’ll be trouble.

HST, after the LIEberals collapse the system and the SHTF, perhaps some of those who support the failed LIEberal causes will come to understand the error of their ways and pitch in and help us restore Western Civilization?

We really will get to the fundamental question: “LEAD, FOLLOW OR GET OUT OF THE WAY!”

16 posted on 11/25/2011 9:03:41 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: slorunner

I was trying to figure out the whole brother’s keeper thing - and beyond the socialist view. The muslims view that Cain & Able story differently - and it might be in there. I was also reading something where it is common for muslims to call each other brother and sister (but, not unlike the Catholics).

Some Freeper had posted George W’s proclamation from 2008, a sentence in there:

“We recognize that all of these blessings, and life itself, come not from the hand of man but from Almighty God.”

17 posted on 11/25/2011 9:12:09 PM PST by 21twelve
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