This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
Jeff Ulicny 11/25/2021 9:01 AM
“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 favors.” – President George Washington, Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, October 3, 1789
I am thankful for:
- God the Father, for creating this universe, and providing the opportunity for me to live in it
- God the Son, Jesus Christ, for humbling himself to become one of us, submitting to the ultimate sacrifice for our sake, and showing us the path to eternal salvation
- God the Holy Spirit, for daily help, guidance and discernment through the challenges of life here on Earth, and the wisdom to hear and abide by His will
- Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Mary, Joseph, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, Paul, and the numerous saints, prophets and writers who have repeatedly shown us what is possible through faith and repentance in the one true God
- Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and the many philosophers and students of human behavior and history who have helped us to observe, interpret and learn how to not only coexist, but also to cooperate and coordinate to improve the station and quality of earthly life for the most people.
- The early European explorers, and those who enabled their travels, for the courage and wherewithal to venture into theretofore uncharted areas of what had then been considered a flat earth, and to establish colonies based on the aforementioned tenets of civilization
- The American pilgrims, who likewise risked and sacrificed much to uproot themselves and their families, and braved the as-yet undeveloped North American continent for the sake of religious freedom
- The early American revolutionaries, who risked life and limb to declare their independence from an oppressive king, and fought and died against overwhelming odds for that independence
- The Founding Fathers of the United States of America, who, guided by human history and divine providence, ordained and established a framework of laws and precepts for government of, by and for the people, based on individual freedom and liberty, and prosperity for anyone willing to work hard to achieve it
- Those tens of thousands of Americans who fought and died in the Civil War of the United States. Both sides of this conflict believed in for what they were fighting, and both had valid arguments for those beliefs. It was an unfortunate yet necessary episode in our history from which we had been naturally healing before it became politically and financially advantageous to reopen its societal wounds under the guise of eliminating them
- The countless men and women who have pledged their lives to preserving, protecting and defending the United States from both foreign and domestic threats
- My ancestors, who exhibited the courage to emigrate to the United States of America some 150 years ago, escaping the specter of communism, and who learned the language and culture to gain full citizenship.
- My parents, who enabled me to learn from teachers in schools who were still focused on the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, as well as sharing the virtuous aspects of American and World History which enabled me to appreciate just how exceptional the United States has been in terms of civilizing and elevating the most people from the ignorance and squalor endured by so many others under oppressive rulers
- My fellow contemporary Americans, i.e., those who truly share my appreciation for America’s exceptionalism in the annals of human history, and are likewise willing to stand firm against the rising tide of lies, hatred, ignorance and/or outright indifference toward the sacrifices made by so many others to ensure the blessings of liberty that we’ve all tended to take for granted.
A happy and blessed Thanksgiving, my fellow Americans!
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Jeff is a natural-born American and small business owner. He currently resides near the front lines of our current culture war in the People’s Republic of Michigan, and has traveled much of these United States in his former life as an Information Technology consultant.
Jeff understands the inherent frailty of human nature, and maintains a firm belief in ultimate salvation through Jesus Christ. He has long sought to deeply and fully understand the foundational principles of America, and what has made these so unique and powerful in the spectrum of human history. He has also witnessed firsthand the inner workings, and consequences, of uninhibited public sector bureaucracy and socialistic practices. He seeks now to combine his lifelong knowledge of both into observations and recommendations for preserving and restoring the lessons of the American experiment which have helped Man achieve a pinnacle of civilization unmatched by any other in history.