About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thanksgiving Proclamation In The Year Of Independence Of The United States The One Hundred & Twenty Eighth

Below is TR's Proclamation 508 – Thanksgiving Day, 1903. 
The words of our 26th President in the Proclamation below are not the normal words we hear today – the mention of liberty is no longer common place; in fact it has virtually vanished from the political lingo of our leaders & citizens don't mind because they have mistakenly come to take liberty for granted in 21st century America.
And the idea that we may not be worthy of the blessings we have received flies in the face of people like Joe Biden & Hillary Clinton telling crowds of people they are the salt of the earth - for merely being here.
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

The season is at hand when according to the custom of our people it falls upon the President to appoint a day of praise and thanksgiving to God.

During the last year the Lord has dealt bountifully with us, giving us peace at home and abroad and the chance for our citizens to work for their welfare unhindered by war, famine or plague. It behooves us not only to rejoice greatly because of what has been given us, but to accept it with a solemn sense of responsibility, realizing that under Heaven it rests with us ourselves to show that we are worthy to use aright what has thus been entrusted to our care. In no other place and at no other time has the experiment of government of the people, by the people, for the people, been tried on so vast a scale as here in our own country in the opening years of the 20th Century. Failure would not only be a dreadful thing for us, but a dreadful thing for all mankind, because it would mean loss of hope for all who believe in the power and the righteousness of liberty. Therefore, in thanking God for the mercies extended to us in the past, we beseech Him that He may not withhold them in the future, and that our hearts may be roused to war steadfastly for good and against all the forces of evil, public and private. We pray for strength, and light, so that in the coming years we may with cleanliness, fearlessness, and wisdom, do our allotted work on the earth in such manner as to show that we are not altogether unworthy of the blessings we have received.

Now, Therefore, I, Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States, do hereby designate as a day of general thanksgiving Thursday, the twenty-sixth of the coming November, and do recommend that throughout the land the people cease from their wonted occupations, and in their several homes and places of worship render thanks unto Almighty God for his manifold mercies.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington this 31st day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and three and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and twenty-eighth.


By the President:


Secretary of State.


  1. I keep thinking when I was born Ike was President. Since then it has been downhill.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and Carol.

  2. Thanks Doug. Great post and SO TRUE. These young dufasses don't get it. But I'm not surprised. Media.

  3. Great post and TR proclamation. Yes- Thanksgiving should be a day of prayer thanking God and reflection of how not to take liberty for granted. With kindness we should diplomatically "educate" those who do take liberty for granted. Let us all do our part in bringing more Americans to appreciate all the sacrifices our bravest made to secure and protect our liberties.