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, etc.
Having undertaken, for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and 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 of another, Covenant and Combine ourselves together into a Civil Body Politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, 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 hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini 1620
The Mayflower Compact

May God bless all our ChicagoBoyz and -Girlz, our families, our readers and their families, our friends and our enemies (turn their hearts to righteousness, O Lord!), and an extra slice of God’s love to everyone who cannot be with their family on Thanksgiving, or has no family to go to, and is noshing at home, or is on duty on land or sea, or is stuck somewhere, and may be noodling on the computer and see this … .

May God grant safe travels and happy reunions and kindness and all good things, great and small, including but not limited to turkeys not being overcooked, and the gravy coming out correctly, and nothing burnt, and everything on the table on schedule and looking and tasting good, and many willing and cheerful hands making light work of the cleanup afterward, and a nice walk in the dusk and the cold air after dinner.

Thank you Lord for this great country, still a “civil body politic” after almost 400 years, and thank you for all who took risks and made sacrifices to give us what we have. Please grant that we may we be worthy to keep it and preserve it and improve it and to pass it on even greater than it has been given to us.

God bless America.

9 thoughts on “Thanksgiving”

  1. very interesting news about Oman. Was living there for 5 years and want to add to your discussion. I’m a Kuwaiti National.

  2. I am thankful that I lived in America for the past 71 years. In all of human history these have been the best years in the best country in the best economy that ever existed. For half my life we had the best government that ever existed. Best of all, I will be dead before everything goes back to the way it was before there was an America.

  3. ” For half my life we had the best government that ever existed. Best of all, I will be dead before everything goes back to the way it was before there was an America.”

    Likewise. Although I will be 76 next birthday, I have no desire to emulate my mother who almost made 103. She saw great and wonderful things. She lived in three centuries.

    I wish you well, Lex in your plans for a new future but I fear that there will be great strife before that can happen. The last presidential election was a watershed, in my opinion, and the feckless ones will have enough control to wreck things. There is a slight chance that the Obamacare disaster will focus minds of the passive Obama voters. I see it as analogous to France in 1940.

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