Happy Thanksgiving And George Washington’s Original Thanksgiving Proclamation

Happy Thanksgiving And George Washington’s Original Thanksgiving Proclamation.

I have made a recording of George Washington’s original Thanksgiving proclamation and also Thanksgiving wishes from me.

I have also included the transcript below.


Andrew Anderson

Happy Thanksgiving!

Washington  you can download it as an MP3 here.

George Washington’s 1789 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.

G. Washington (his actual signature)


Shortly after the Thanksgiving Proclamation was written, it was lost for 130 years. The original document was written in long hand by William Jackson, secretary to the President, and was then signed by George Washington. It was probably misplaced or mixed in with some private papers when the US capitol moved from New York to Washington, D.C. The original manuscript was not placed in the National Archives until 1921 when Dr. J. C. Fitzpatrick, assistant chief of the manuscripts division of the Library of Congress found the proclamation at an auction sale being held at an art gallery in New York. Dr Fitzpatrick purchased the document for $300.00 for the Library of Congress, in which it now resides. It was the first official presidential proclamation issued in the United States.

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The True Thanksgiving Story

If you have never read this, you are in for a treat.  While there has been much revisionist history concerning what Thanksgiving is and was all about, here is the REAL story.  A hint (The triumph of Capitalism that saved the Pilgrims and therefore the US of A and you and me too!!!)

Here is the real story… Enjoy..  I have posted a short version and another longer one.  Would love to hear what you think.


Andrew Anderson

The Real Story Behind Thanksgiving

Did you know that the first [Plymouth Colony Pilgrim’s] Thanksgiving was a celebration of the triumph of private property and individual initiative? Continue reading The True Thanksgiving Story

Entrepreneureism Is Alive And Well

I had a great shot of enthusiasm over the weekend that I wanted to share with you.  It all came about because I had a few items that I wanted to sell or throw away.  So I put a couple of ads on Craigslist.com and ended up running into some rather interesting Entrepreneurs and people in general.  They ranged in age from about 20 to 75.

If you want an example of Capitalism working at its best it is a perfect example.  If your price is too high it won’t sell, but if it is priced right and it is something in demand, you can get a dozen calls on the item and sell it in a matter of minutes.

As I am always interested in every aspect of Capitalism and how it works, I ended up having some very interesting conversations with the people that purchased the items I had for sale. Continue reading Entrepreneureism Is Alive And Well

Positive Mind Feed For Today

Albino Porcupine

Good Morning,

I like to start my day with some good positive mind feed to get me set for the day and normally I have a stash of audio, videos, or books that I look at but this morning was different and I did not have anything picked out from the night before.

Well, I Googled positive mind feed and got everything but that….   Well even though the items were all negative, it got me thinking about something positive and that is to create my own positive mind feed this morning. Continue reading Positive Mind Feed For Today

Thanks To Our Miliatary

I would to say thanks to all of our Military, both past and present for your service and for your sacrifice.  It is appreciated and we will never forget.

My prayers also go out to the victims of the Terrorist Attack in Texas at Fort Hood.  Just reminds us to be ever vigilant.  The pity is that it would have never happened if the powers that be took this threat seriously.

Happy Birthday Marine Corps!!!!

Today marks the US Marine Corps 234th Birthday and I would like to say Happy Birthday and thank you for your service to all of the Marines, past and present for your service.

Without you, I would not be able to post to my blog like this without fear of retribution and if not for you, I would probably be speaking German or Japanese, or possibly even Russian or Chinese!

The founding of the Marine Corps took place at the Tun Tavern in Philadelphia by a committee of the Continental Congress. A resolution was drafted to form two battalions of Marines providing a force to fight on land and sea. The resolution to form the USMC was approved Nov.10, 1775.

Currently the U.S. Marine Corps has 180,000 active duty members and is engaged in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.  And to think that they all came about to protest a 5% tax increase.  Our current government should be glad they don’t have the founding fathers around today!

Happy Birthday Marines and thank you for your service!  It truly is much appreciated!


Andrew Anderson

Coke Got It! YEAAAA

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After half a dozen emails, and a bunch of blog posts,they finally got the message. They are also going to lose their Darwin Dodo Design Award that I gave to them last month as well. It is a good thing. I am glad that they finally changed their Website.

There are some great lessons to learn from this story.  Watch the video and you see what I am talking about.

They went from this…


to this…

Coke_OldDon’t you think it looks better?