The difference between the presidencies of Donald Trump and Barack Obama are many and varied, but this week, as President Trump issues his first Thanksgiving Day proclamation, we see a major difference between the two men that is very telling, indeed.
For decades the Thanksgiving proclamations from the nation’s chief executives were focused on family, country, and God. That is until Obama came along. When Obama came to Washington the usual appeal to our creator was often downplayed, passed over, or mysteriously missing.
Indeed, BizPacReview recently took the time to look at the differences between our new, more patriotic president’s Thanksgiving address and Obama’s. And the differences are stark.
Obama’s 2016 Thanksgiving proclamation, for instance, didn’t even mention “God” or “the Almighty” at all. In fact, the only place our creator was mention was in the date of the document. As in “I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-third of the November in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen.” So, obviously that doesn’t count as a mention of the Lord.
Instead of mentioning that the Pilgrims were thankful to God for their blessings, Obama said they were thankful for… er… “tolerance and inclusiveness”?
“As we gather in the company of our friends, families, and communities — just as the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag did centuries ago — let us strive to lift up others, promote tolerance and inclusiveness, and give thanks for the joy and love that surround all of us.”
What? The Pilgrims were thankful for diversity?
You’re kidding, right?
Sadly, Obama was quite serious. God had nothing to do with it. The Pilgrims were PC, don’t you know?
Obama’s proclamation jumped through all sorts of rhetorical hoops to avoid mentioning God. Here is another passage:
“On that very first thanksgiving celebration, these same ideals brought together people of different backgrounds and beliefs, and every year since, with enduring confidence in the power of faith, love, gratitude, and optimism, this force of unity has sustained us as a people. ’’
You won’t find this sort of strain to avoid mentioning God in any other president’s T-Day message.
And, true to tradition, God is back as President Trump issues his first Thanksgiving Day proclamation.
Trump gets to the crux of the matter right away saying:
“On Thanksgiving Day, as we have for nearly four centuries, Americans give thanks to Almighty God for our abundant blessings. We gather with the people we love to show gratitude for our freedom, for our friends and families, and for the prosperous Nation we call home.”
You can just feel the anti-Christian left immediately tensing up, can’t you?
Trump goes on to cite President Abraham Lincoln’s own proclamation:
“As President Lincoln recognized: ‘No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.’ ’’
Our 46th President’s message wraps up saying:
“I encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings.”
As you can see, with Trump in office our president has gone back to a traditional American respect and reverence for our Almighty God.
And not a moment too soon.
[Note: This post was written by Warner Todd Huston]