Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Mayflower Compact - Thanksgiving 1620 Style!

In 1620 our forefathers covenanted with each other and with God to establish a new colony in America. According to one website, "When creating the Mayflower Compact, the signers believed that covenants were not only to be honored between God and man, but also between each other. They had always honored covenants as part of their righteous integrity and agreed to be bound by this same principle with the Compact. John Adams and many historians have referred to the Mayflower Compact as the foundation of the U.S. Constitution written more than 150 later. " (

On this Thanksgiving Day, 2009, let's keep in mind how the pilgrims kept their focus on God and his providence in helping them establish a new colony. Let it lead us to give thanks for His on-going hand of blessing on our nation.

IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first Colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually, in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid: And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Officers, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience. IN WITNESS whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape-Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, Anno Domini; 1620.

President 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 and 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 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 enable 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 has 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 shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase 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 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Reid Health Care Bill Has Total 10-Year Pricetag Of $2.5 Trillion

Please go to this site for a good article from the Weekly Standard on the 10 year cost of Reid's health care bill:

Unfortunately the cost of this bill is being hidden from the public. I encourage you to read the article and contact your senator to work towards keeping this bill from being passed.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Trouble Tracking Stimulus Money

The following article is from an email from

If you are trying to track your tax dollars being handed out as stimulus money, you may have a tough time at the Obama administrations' official website. was set up as part of the President's commitment to transparency, but he may need to consider a commitment to accuracy. The site lists nonexistent Congressional districts receiving money around the nation. Here's a link to a statewide TV news story about the problems with the North Carolina portion of the website, including some comments from Chairman Tom Fetzer:

Foxx Opposes Transfer Of Gitmo Detainees

The following is from a Nov 17, 2009 press release from NC Congresswoman Virginia Foxx.

Foxx opposes transferring Guantanamo detainees to U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (NC-05) today voiced opposition to the Obama administration’s plans to transfer Khalid Sheik Mohammed—the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks—along with his co-conspirators, from Guantanamo to the U.S. The Obama administration announced that it will move the accused terrorists to New York City for trial in a civilian court.

“Moving these terrorists to the U.S. provides these war criminals all the constitutional rights of American citizens,” Foxx said. “This is a bad precedent that risks allowing self-proclaimed terrorists to make a mockery of the constitutional rights they will be given.”

On January 22, 2009, President Obama signed an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay prison within a year. The decision to try some terrorist detainees from Guantanamo in civilian courts has raised questions about the ramifications of such a move.

“The FBI Director has warned that importing these terrorists will give them opportunities to radicalize others and operate cells inside American prisons,” Foxx said. “The secure and well-tested military tribunal process is a better alternative to sending these terrorists to a U.S. courtroom.

“Plus, a civilian court trial may result in sensitive intelligence information falling into the wrong hands or may even lead to a terrorist detainee being released inside the U.S. because of some obscure legal technicality.”

Foxx is also a co-sponsor of H.R. 2294, a bill that gives governors and state legislatures the right to refuse the transfer of dangerous terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay prison to facilities in the U.S. Under this legislation, New York governor David Paterson (D), who has criticized the Obama administration’s decision, would be able to halt the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to New York City.