Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation

During the Civil War, both presidents, Lincoln and Jeff Davis, issued Thanksgiving Day proclamations and celebration of the holiday as we know it grew as a result.

We all know about the famed Pilgrims who feasted with the local Indians in 1621, but after that the holiday was only observed once in a while. When he was the general commanding the American forces during the Revolution, George Washington issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in December of 1777. After the war, in 1789, he did so once again. Then, as President, John Adams also issued proclamations for two of his four years in the highest office of the land. But after that it was more or less a forgotten idea.

It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of a great war, that President Lincoln revived the tradition. The northern president wasn’t the only one to do this during the war, though. President Jefferson Davis had issued his Thanksgiving Day proclamation a year earlier, in 1862. Jefferson’s idea of Thanksgiving was a bit different than the one we think of today. The southern President had declared that the south’s observance would be a day of fasting and reflection, not feasting and revelry.

Of course, the holiday we are familiar with is connected to Lincoln’s proclamation. But, apparently the proclamation was not all Lincoln’s idea. It wasn’t just the war that spurred Lincoln to issue his proclamation, but a letter from a woman named Sarah Hale that convinced him to do so. Hale, the writer of the poem now called “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” had been trying to convince presidents to issue a Thanksgiving proclamation since 1846 and when Lincoln saw her letter he decided to follow her suggestion.

From there our formal national holiday was born.

President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation:

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.
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George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation, October 3, 1789

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 course and conclusion of the late war — for the great degree of tranquility, 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 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.
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President John Adams Thanksgiving: A Proclamation Recommending a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer

Delivered March 6, 1799 by President John Adams

As no truth is more clearly taught in the Volume of Inspiration, nor any more fully demonstrated by the experience of all ages, than that a deep sense and a due acknowledgment of the governing providence of a Supreme Being and of the accountableness of men to Him as the searcher of hearts and righteous distributer of rewards and punishments are conducive equally to the happiness and rectitude of individuals and to the well-being of communities; as it is also most reasonable in itself that men who are made capable of social acts and relations, who owe their improvements to the social state, and who derive their enjoyments from it, should, as a society, make their acknowledgments of dependence and obligation to Him who hath endowed them with these capacities and elevated them in the scale of existence by these distinctions; as it is likewise a plain dictate of duty and a strong sentiment of nature that in circumstances of great urgency and seasons of imminent danger earnest and particular supplications should be made to Him who is able to defend or to destroy; as, moreover, the most precious interests of the people of the United States are still held in jeopardy by the hostile designs and insidious acts of a foreign nation, as well as by the dissemination among them of those principles, subversive of the foundations of all religious, moral, and social obligations, that have produced incalculable mischief and misery in other countries; and as, in fine, the observance of special seasons for public religious solemnities is happily calculated to avert the evils which we ought to deprecate and to excite to the performance of the duties which we ought to discharge by calling and fixing the attention of the people at large to the momentous truths already recited, by affording opportunity to teach and inculcate them by animating devotion and giving to it the character of a national act:
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Veterans Day, 2019: Remembering Our Beloved Veterans

America is a singularly different nation where it concerns our military veterans, and not just on Veterans Days. We love them. We even have a national holiday to honor them. This is not so in most of the rest of the world. Elsewhere soldiers are not as loved as they are here in these great United States.

Is that because the United States is the Sparta of the world, loving war more than anything else? Hardly. In fact it’s because our soldiers bring peace wherever they go, not perpetual war.

In other countries, soldiers are often the dregs of society, living off the people while at the same time lording over them with machine guns and violence.

In other countries the military is feared by both the people and the government because all too often the army is used to take power and steal away the government for its own aggrandizement. There is no accident that the word “coup” is one rarely spoken in the USA unless when viewing foreign news.

In other countries when people see soldiers they fear them, they loathe them. In other countries they don’t want to sit near soldiers on public transportation, they avoid eye contact. Here we shake their hand and ask if they need anything.

In the USA we respect our soldiers because as a rule they respect We The People as much as they respect the law.

When an American sees a soldier an American feels pride, not fear. When an American learns of a fellow’s service, an American is compelled to thank him for that service.

So, from us to you, our dear military veterans, we thank you. We thank you for putting your lives on hold while serving us, while making sure we are safe and able to go about our business unafraid of danger, and time and again for putting your own safety at risk.

Happy Veterans Day to you all.

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It’s Happy Columbus Day, not ‘Indigenous People’s Day’

-By Warner Todd Huston

Today is Columbus Day and once again liberals are out to erase part of American history and western culture.

Columbus is, of course, the Italian mariner who claimed the Americas for Spain in the late 1400s. He proved that the Old World actually could reach across the vast oceans — once thought un-navigable — and link this planet among humanity.

Naturally the left is lashing out in destruction and violence, as they always do. They are destroying monuments to Columbus and his feat all across the country and forcing liberal-infested cities to cancel traditional Columbus Day celebrations.

Liberals everywhere are seeking to destroy Columbus and replace his “day” with something as absurd as “Indigenous Peoples Day.”

Of course, it is ignorant to celebrate “Indigenous Peoples Day” because the whole idea of such a “day” presupposes that the “indigenous peoples” were universally peaceful and proud people who the invading Europeans “ruined.”

This premise, though, is entirely false.
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Happy Independence Day, 2019

We are taking this grand holiday off to celebrate the birth of our wonderful country and the freedoms from which we’ve all benefited. And around here it’s Independence Day NOT “July 4th.” We don’t celebrate a number we celebrate an event, one of the most glorious events in human history: the birth of our nation.

Have a wonderful holiday, thanks for being a loyal Publius Forum reader and God Bless America.

Warner Todd Huston

Dear America, Stop Calling This The ‘July Fourth Holiday.” Here’s Why…

-By Warner Todd Huston

Today we celebrate Independence Day, the day we stepped out on our own and formally declared our intention to become our own nation and not a vassal state of England. Unfortunately, too many people keep calling this day “the July Fourth holiday.” But, we don’t celebrate a number or a month. We celebrate our independence as a nation. So, I urge everyone to stop disrespecting our nation’s birthday by calling it “July Fourth” and here is why…

It is well known that John Adams had imagined that July second would be the day that future generations of Americans would remember as their day of independence from England, the nation’s birthday, if you will. It was, after all, on the second that it was proclaimed “(T)hat these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

But it was two days later that those gathered in defiance to the King of England declared a “Declaration of Independency” thereby adopting the famed document that carefully delineated the natural rights by which they claimed independence followed by a list of grievances that would explain why they invoked those rights.

So what are we celebrating? Is it our birth as a nation or are we celebrating the document of Independence? Early celebrations were mixed and a bit confused on that point. Not only that but celebrations on July fourth weren’t even that common for quite some time after the Revolution was over. At first, not many felt a need to celebrate something that had only recently happened and was over. It was time to move on from war in many American’s eyes.

Then again, not many Americans had much interest in the Declaration itself until the 1790s when the emerging parties began to vie for bragging rights over who wrote it. The Democratic Republicans proudly held that their leader, Thomas Jefferson, was the author of the document while the Federalists reminded everyone that their leader, John Adams, was also a member of the committee that drafted the document and that he, as much as Jefferson, had his stamp on the Declaration of Independence.
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243 Independence Day Celebrations and Counting: But What Does it all Mean?

-By Warner Todd Huston

Today America enjoys the celebration of 243 years as a nation by noting the day we declared our independence from England. Sadly, that celebration has, for too many, become the “Fourth of July” holiday, a day of picnics, rote parades, “white sales,” and for some a day off work. Of course, we should not and don’t celebrate any “July Fourth” holiday. We celebrate Independence Day, the day we formally separated from our parent nation and took those first unsteady steps into the world as a nation of our own.

So, what is this Independence Day all about? Well, for one thing we celebrate the gifts that our Creator has given us. That’s right, our Founding Fathers started this nation celebrating the gifts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and those natural rights given to us by God, rights that no man or government can take away from us, rights no man can legitimately prevent us from observing.

Contrary to the God-averse America we have devolved into, the Declaration mentions God, the Creator, or the divine multiple times and the Founders rested their entire claim of liberty and freedom on the claim that no government can legitimately take away the natural rights that mankind should and must enjoy.
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Our Second President, John Adams, Recalls the First Independence Day

-By Warner Todd Huston

John Adams was one of the truly indispensable men among our founding fathers. He was the man that wrote one of the first fully written out Constitutions in human history when he wrote the Constitution of Massachusetts. He wrote a seminal book on government that helped inform the founders of our nation, he was an ambassador to France and other European nations, he was our first vice president, our second president, and more.

In fact, Adams was at the center of one of the incidents that set the tone for our national character. When the Redcoats responsible for the Boston Massacre were put under arrest, John Adams stepped forward to represent the Redcoats in court. Many of his fellow patriots were amazed at this offer, some even incensed at Adams for doing so. But Adams said that the rule of law was far more important than merely making points with the home crowd and the Redcoats deserved to have competent representation.
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The Preservation of Man, a Spiritous Poem

The horse and mule live thirty years, and none they know of wines and beers.

The goat and sheep at twenty die, with nary a taste of scotch or rye.

The cow drinks water by the ton, and at eighteen is mostly done.

The dog at sixteen cashes in, without the aid of rum or gin.

The cat in milk and water soaks, and then in twelve short years it croaks.

The modest, sober, bone dry hen, lays eggs for nogs, then dies at ten.

All animals are strictly dry, they sinless live yet swiftly die.

But sinful, ginful rum-soaked men, survive for three score years and ten.

And some of us, the mighty few, Stay pickled till we’re ninety two.

-Anonymous

U.S. Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe Refuses to Sing National Anthem During World Cup in France

-By Warner Todd Huston

Megan Rapinoe, the co-captain of the U.S Women’s Soccer team, refused to put her hand over her heart and sing the “Star Spangled Banner” ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup game going on in France.

Rapinoe’s snub to America came only six days after the world commemorated the great World War Two battle of D-Day where hundreds of Americans died to liberate France.

Rapinioe stood silent with her arms behind her back as the rest of the U.S. team placed their hands over their hearts and sang the American national anthem ahead of Tuesday’s game in Reims, France.

The 33-year-old U.S. star kept a stony demeanor as the rest of her team sang the “Star-Spangled Banner” in the Auguste-Delaune Stadium.

Rapinoe’s disgust with America is well known and the player had already warned that she would “never sing the anthem again.”
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Democrat Party Refuses to Make ‘Climate Change’ Presidential Debate Focus

-By Warner Todd Huston

Despite nearly every Democrat in and out of the hunt for the White House exclaiming that climate change is a “crisis,” the Democrat Party has announced that climate change will not be a focus at the Democrat presidential debates this year.

According to Politico the Democrat National committee has “opted” to ignore climate change in the upcoming debates ahead of the 2020 Democrat primaries.

Hopeless candidate Jay Inslee — a nobody that thinks he’s running for president along with 25 others — told Politico that the DNC has refused his request to dedicate at least one full debate to climate change.

Inslee, who has foolishly made climate change the central point of his tractionless campaign, denounced the DNC for its decision.

“The DNC is silencing the voices of Democratic activists, many of our progressive partner organizations, and nearly half of the Democratic presidential field who want to debate the existential crisis of our time,” Inslee told Politico. “The climate crisis merits a full discussion of our plans, not a short exchange of talking points.”

Left-wingers, though, are furious at the DNC for the decision.

As Politico noted:
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WATCH: Trump Reads FDR’s Historic D-Day Prayer–Reveals How Far Democrats Have Fallen

-By Warner Todd Huston

In Britain, President Donald Trump read aloud the prayer President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued during the D-Day campaign in 1944. It is a prayer that really proves just how the far the Democrat Party has fallen from true Americanism because no Democrat would ever utter such words today.

Trump was taking part in the D-Day commemoration in Portsmouth, U.K., on Tuesday and took time to read aloud the D-Day prayer that America’s WWII-time president issued to petition God to watch over our troops as they invaded the European mainland to defeat the Nazis.

Watch as President Trump reads the prayer:

But the text of the prayer is stark when compared to how the Democrat Party acts today.

Remember, this prayer was written for and read by F.D.R., one of the Democrat Party’s biggest heroes.

Here is now F.D.R. started his prayer: “Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.”

In its very first line the prayer proves to be as far away from today’s Democrat ethos as you can imagine. It seeks God’s blessing on the pride of our nation, our soldiers. No Democrat would appeal to God for anything today, much less victory at war. And, worse, they would never consider our soldiers to be the “pride of our nation.”
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D-Day Anniversary: Remembering D-Day With Ike and Ronald Reagan

-By Paul Kengor

For me, Memorial Day happens twice within a week. The first, the official holiday at the end of May, is quickly reinforced a week later, every June 6: D-Day.

Of all the wartime anniversaries, none strike me quite like D-Day–the invasion of Normandy, the liberation of France, the final push to defeat Nazi Germany. It was June 6, 1944, a date that sticks like December 7, like July 4, like September 11. The mix of extreme sorrow and triumph has been unforgettably replicated on film by Steven Spielberg in the stunning opening of Saving Private Ryan.

What must it have been like to be among those first waves at the beaches? Indescribable, simply indescribable.
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Ike’s D-Day Letter to the Allied Troops, June 6, 1944

-By Warner Todd Huston

With all the weakling college students whining about “safe spaces” today, it is incumbent upon us to remember that there were no safe spaces on the beaches of Normandy.

As the troops prepared to shove off, many for their final act, commander in chief Dwight Eisenhower distributed a letter to buck up the spirit of the troops and to remind them of how important their efforts was.
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Pushes Immigrant Family ‘Caged Like Animals’ Storyline

-By Warner Todd Huston

ABC’s long-running medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy, featured a poor immigrant whose wife and son were “caged like animals” by evil U.S. immigration officials and a doctor who put her career and the hospital’s reputation at risk to perpetrate insurance fraud to help the foreigner.

The May 2 episode, entitled “What I Did For Love,” featured an immigrant man who entered the U.S. on a visa with his four-year-old daughter. But the girl becomes sick with an unknown illness and the immigrant, Luis (Omar Leyva), took her to the E.R., Newsbusters wrote.

The character explained to the doctors that he came to the U.S. and found a job before applying for asylum. The show blithely ignores the fact that seeking a job in the U.S. is not grounds for asylum and that, legally, would-be asylum seekers are supposed to apply for asylum before entering the U.S. and before “finding a job.”

Naturally, the episode does not note that the practice of separating children from immigrant parents began under the Barack Obama administration, nor does the show inform viewers that it is only illegals that are subject to the policy. It is likely that if Luis was in the U.S. on a legal visa, then his wife and son would also likely be coming in on a visa and would not be subject to the separation policy.

Luis is also fearful of the costs of the E.R. visit as he has no insurance. Since he has a job, he says he wants to pay. “I clean office buildings in Belltown. And I pay taxes. I am not asking for something for nothing. And I’m going to buy one of those policies as soon as I have enough,” he tells the E.R. doctor.
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30th Anniversary of the Massacre at Tiananmen Square

“We salute the heroes of the Chinese people who bravely stood up 30 yrs ago in Tiananmen Square…and urge the Chinese government to make a full, public accounting of those killed/missing to give comfort to the victims of this dark chapter of history.” –Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

The U.S. on Monday saluted “the heroes of the Chinese people who bravely stood up” against their government’s deadly crackdown on dissent at the Tiananmen Square massacre 30 years ago.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that the protesters, hundreds of whom were killed by soldiers and tanks in the June 4, 1989, protest, “served as an inspiration to future generations calling for freedom and democracy around the world, beginning with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communism in Eastern Europe in the months that followed.”

He said ‘the events of 30 years ago still stir our conscience.” He called on Beijing “to make a full, public accounting of those killed or missing to give comfort to the many victims of this dark chapter of history. Such a step would begin to demonstrate the Communist Party’s willingness to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

He said that in the three decades since the incident was televised throughout the world, the U.S. had “hoped that China’s integration into the international system would lead to a more open, tolerant society.”
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U.S. Veterans Walk Out on Meeting with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez After She Attacks America

-By Warner Todd Huston

A pair of U.S. military veterans cut short a meeting with New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reportedly after the left’s It Girl began bashing America.

Veterans Silvio Mazzella and Anthony Vitaliano had agreed to meet with the congresswoman who had hoped to bring herself a little credit for supporting our veterans. But it was not to be when the famously extremist, left-wing freshman rep. began attacking America.

“She knocks the country, she knocks the president. And that’s not what America is about,” said Silvio Mazzella, a Vietnam War vet and treasurer of Community Board 11, according to the New York Post.

The paper added that Anthony Vitaliano — an Army veteran who worked in the NYPD for 38 years, and commanded the Bronx’s homicide detectives — was also in the meeting with Ocasio-Cortez.

Vitaliano had enough of Ocasio-Cortez’ nonsense, too.
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President Donald Trump Surprised by Meghan Markle’s Attack: ‘I Didn’t Know That She Was Nasty’

-By Warner Todd Huston

President Donald Trump was taken aback over an attack by British royal, Meghan Markle, but he took the high road in reply to her verbal assault.

Trump is preparing for a meeting with the Queen and Princes Charles on Monday, but ahead of the official visit, the president was surprised over Markle’s 2016 name calling that Trump is “misogynistic” and “divisive,” Deadline reported.

When Markle’s comments were brought up, Trump shrugged them off saying, “I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty.”

The president was also told that in 2016, before she became a royal, Markle said she would move to Canada if Trump won. To that the president replied, “A lot of people are moving here (to the US).”
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Memorial Day Special: We Must Never Forget What Our American Troops Are Made Of

-By Warner Todd Huston

To honor our troops for Memorial Day this year, I am going to share this story about their mettle. What follows are excerpts from remarks by Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly made to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis on November 13, 2010. While leading his platoon on a combat patrol, Kelly’s son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, had been killed in action four days earlier in Sangin, in southern Afghanistan. Lt. Kelly was only 29-years-old.

Giving Thanks for Our Warriors

“Those with less of a sense of service to the nation never understand it when men and women of character step forward to look danger and adversity straight in the eye, refusing to blink, or give ground, even to their own deaths… No, they are not victims but are warriors, your warriors, and warriors are never victims regardless of how and where they fall. Death, or fear of death, has no power over them. Their paths are paved by sacrifice, sacrifices they gladly make… for you….

“Two years ago when I was the commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, in fact, the 22nd of April 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 ‘The Walking Dead,’ and 2/8 were switching out in Ramadi… Two Marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 years old respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch together at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines… Yale was a dirt poor mixed-race kid from Virginia with a wife and daughter, and a mother and sister who lived with him and he supported as well. He did this on a yearly salary of less than $23,000. Haerter, on the other hand, was a middle-class white kid from Long Island. They were from two completely different worlds… But they were Marines, combat Marines, forged in the same crucible of Marine training, and because of this bond they were brothers as close, or closer, than if they were born of the same woman.
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Remembering the Thousands of American Soldiers Buried in U.S. Military Cemeteries Across the World

-By Warner Todd Huston

“From these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.”–Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address

As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day to pause in thanks for the sacrifices made by millions of Americans who died while fighting to preserve freedom, a documentary called “These Hallowed Grounds” reminds us that our war dead are not just interred here at home, but are spread across the world on battlefields almost lost to the memory of far too many of us.

When we think of our military cemeteries, those final resting places of so many American heroes, we usually think of Arlington National Cemetery, certainly. But do we think of the hundreds of American military cemeteries in such places as France, the Philippines, and other nations across the world? Sadly, not many of us do.

If you are like many of us, you may not be very well informed about all the many American cemeteries erected to memorialize our legions of war dead. To correct that deficit the PBS documentary “These Hallowed Grounds” is an excellent way to learn about these bucolic and solemn memorials.

Most Americans know of the World War Two cemetery at Omaha Beach, Normandy, site of one of the 1944 D-Day landings. But there are some twenty-one other cemeteries in eight other countries memorializing our dead from World Wars One and Two and the documentary tells the powerful tale of many of them.

Our many war cemeteries are maintained by the U.S. government’s American Battle Monuments Commission and contain monuments to some 125,000 American war dead. The names of another 94,000 missing soldiers are inscribed into the Walls Of The Missing at these locations and this film takes viewers on an important journey across the world to see and learn about them.
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The Illinois Civil War General Who Helped Create Memorial Day

-By Warner Todd Huston

A few years after the Civil War as the nation started upon its long road toward reconciliation, rebuilding, and healing the wife of one of the war’s union generals noticed the touching devotion of Confederate widows, wives and their children as each year they came together to place flowers and little flags at the graves of their fallen. Mary Simmerson Cunningham Logan was so moved by the devotion she witnessed that she urged her husband, Illinois General John A. “Blackjack” Logan, to look into creating what was to become Memorial Day.

General Logan was a Senator from Illinois and eventually became a candidate for Vice President on the 1884 Republican ticket, losing to Grover Cleveland and another Illinoisan, Vice President Adlai Stevenson. But before all that Logan was instrumental in creating Decoration Day, the celebration of the nation’s war dead that eventually became Memorial Day.

The following is the general order that Logan issued in 1868.

HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

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Business Owner Refuses to Remove Giant American Flag Despite City’s Threats and Fines

Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis is refusing to take down a giant American flag over his Gander RV business in Statesville, North Carolina, despite that the city has demanded the flag be eliminated and has taken him to court to force him to obey.

Lemonis is refusing to remove the 40-by-80-foot flag even though the city said it is too large and violates a city ordinance.

But Lemonis says he won’t do it. “There is no way that flag is coming down,” he said.

Lemonis told fans that the city has filed a lawsuit against him.

The city also began charging the CEO a fine of $50 per day until or unless he removes the flag.

The city claims it won’t allow a flag that size within 100 feet of the highway. The city also says that it will not allow flags larger than 25 by 40 feet.

The city also claims that the fine is retroactive to October 15 and that Lemonis owes the city $11,000.

Lemonis, though, is a millionaire and he says he does not care what the city tries to fine him.

“I don’t care if it goes to $500 a day. It’s not coming down,” Lemonis said.

“My family has been car dealers, had been car dealers since the 1960s, and our key trademark was always flying our flag in our dealership in south Florida,” Lemonis told the media. “My family is largely immigrants of the country.”

Lemonis launched a petition to find people who agree with him that the flag should stay. It has already gained more than 118,000 signatures.

“Many cities like Statesville have requested that Camping World and Gander Outdoors take down their American Flags. WE WON’T DO IT! Stand with us,” the petition says.

“This is about more than just the flag. This is about our Veterans, Military, and the men and women that have sacrificed for this great country. They are the reason we fly the flag and they are the reason we will NOT take it down!” the petition added.

Lemonis also notes that the ity can shove its rules because HE owns the property. “The property that’s there belongs to us, we pay taxes and the size of the flag isn’t hurting anybody,” Lemonis said.


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Leftist ‘The Nation’ Wants to End Capitalism by Destroying the Family

Now, you might think that headline above is an exaggeration. Sadly it isn’t. The left-wing rag, The Nation, is truly suggesting that the best way to end capitalism is to eliminate the American family and to take away all children from their parents.

This laughable screed was penned by Rosemarie Ho, someone who thinks “feminist theory” is a legitimate discipline. Ho wrote, “Feminist theorist Sophie Lewis’s new book looks at how rethinking pregnancy and the idea of family as forms of labor is central to emancipatory politics,” as the hook for her May 16 article at The Nation.

This is the nonsense that passes for “thought” on our nihilistic college campuses, folks.

Indeed, doing herself no favor with intelligent people everywhere, Ho admits at the outset that the idea of destroying the family is a central tenet of communist theory as proposed by Marx and Engels. Ho dug her hole even deeper by also pointing out that abolishing the family is a main goal of radical homosexual theorists, too.

Marx and Engels and radical homosexuals… she cites these as worthy thinkers?

Ho makes herself a laughing stock in her very first paragraph.
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We are Updating Our Look…

Thanks to how Google is literally destroying older sites by refusing to index them unless then have an updated html code in their backend, we are changing to look of Publius Forum.

You read that right. Google is warning website owners that they will stop indexing their sites unless they update their sites to the newest code.

That means that anyone who has an older site using older code (like ours here) will find their sites totally invisible to searches. And that means that older sites are essentially non-existent. If Google doesn’t index them, people can no longer find them.Google is in essence shoving all older sites into the dark web making them unavailable to regular, uninformed Internet users.

So, for all you fools who think that everything on the Internet is somehow “permanent,” this should stand as a warning that literally NOTHING on the Internet is permanent. If Google can make billions of webpages magically disappear because of a company policy change, then anything on the Internet can be made to disappear with the snap of the fingers.

Imagine how much great information, content, and history will simply disappear into the ether once Google stops indexing them!

Anyway, over the next few weeks, I will be testing out this new theme and making it start to look like a site.

Today, I have the bare bones up.

Thanks,
Warner Todd Huston

50 Years After ‘The Day The Music Died,’ A Boy Finally Met His Long, Lost Father

-By Warner Todd Huston

It has been 60 years since the plane carrying rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Jiles Perry “The Big Bopper” Richardson crashed into an Iowa cornfield on Feb. 3, 1959. It was memorialized as “The day the music died,” but the story has been a life-long event that haunted the world of the Big Bopper’s son, a boy who never met his famous father. But that total estrangement ended 50 years after the crash when that meeting finally took place in a strange but beautiful way.

The boy who was born two months after his famous father died in a tragic plane crash on the “Day The Music Died,” saw his father’s face for the first time, fifty years after the fatal day that stole the elder from our world.

How is this, you ask? This all may seem like one of those riddles or some exercise in logic but, no, I assure you it’s quite a true story. And the truth of the matter makes for a fascinating, if unlikely, story.

Jay Perry Richardson was born the same year his father died in a plane accident that was mourned around the world. In fact, Jay was still peacefully floating in his mother’s womb when that fatal day in 1959 came to take the life of his vital and well-known father. Young Jay never laughed with his father, never touched his dad’s face, never learned to ride a bike by his dad’s side and were it not for the heavily thumbed and faded photographs his family all so cherished, young Jay wouldn’t even know what his father looked like.

Unless… unless he looked in the mirror. Yes, that face he wore, he has been told, is the spitting image of his father’s. The thought likely always warmed Jay’s heart.

He may not have known his father in person, but Jay was always fascinated by his father’s legacy and felt close to him despite the distance between them. Jay spent those fifty years of his life studying his father, talking to the many admirers who knew him, writing of him, and traveling the country to keep his father’s memory alive. Even emulating what he knew of the man whose hand he never held, a man with whom he was never able to toss around a football, a man who missed being able to beam with pride at the many successes of a boy he would never know.
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Joseph and Mary Were NOT ‘Refugees,’ ‘Immigrants,’ or ‘Homeless’–Stop Saying They Were

-By Warner Todd Huston

It is that time of year again when left-wingers try to warp the Bible to support their anti-American ideals and this time of year they often abuse the birth of Christ by saying that Christ’s earthly parents, Joseph and Mary, were either homeless, were refugees, or were immigrants. But in truth, they were NONE of those things.

A few years ago, ABC chief political analyst Matthew Dowd jumped to his Twitter account to make the shop-worn and false liberal claim that Jesus Christ’s parents, Joseph and Mary, were “two immigrants” in Bethlehem in the tale of the first Christmas. It all amounts to fake news that is over 2,000 years old.

Going back thousands of years for his Christmas Eve fake news, Dowd skewed the Christmas nativity story by saying Joseph and Mary were “immigrants” who were turned away by many in the town. “Let us remember today,” Dowd wrote, “2 immigrants, a man and his very pregnant wife, sought shelter & were turned away by many. She gave birth in a manger.”
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Joseph and Mary Were NOT ‘Refugees,’ ‘Immigrants,’ or ‘Homeless’–Stop Saying They Were”