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Wishing You And Your Family A Very Happy Obamacare Thanksgiving!

Only in the Age of Obama, where Dear Leader's ego must be fed at all times — more so, apparently, when the entire country simply wants to sit down and eat some turkey instead — we must instead eat, sleep, drink and talk Obamacare. Since Monday, the president and his apparatchiks have used social media and another Obamacare website to push the idea that families should discuss Obamacare during their Thanksgiving get-togethers (see Michelle Malkin)! Even when the administration came under ridicule for doing so, it continued, and did so relentlessly. It was tweeting even up to 4:00 today, tweeting not only to talk about Obamacare, but even tweeted out various themes: For Hanukkuh (which begins today) and alluding to a parental health insurance talk with their children to that of a parental "birds and bees" or drug talk, to name two. Its web site (this one apparently works) has pages that script any number of situations to bring up the subject this weekend. Just marvelous!

I don't know about you, but what I look forward to the most about family holidays is gathering around the table, catching up with relatives, and talking about failed federal policies. Who has time to eat? The discussion is sure to make you lose your appetite.

George Washington gave us this for Thanksgiving (click image for the text of the first presidential Thanksgiving proclamation):

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While Barack Obama gives us this:

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Only in the Age of Obama. From all of us at The Family Foundation to all of you, accept our wishes for a warm, safe, joyous and very happy Obamacare Thanksgiving.

"Cause To Offer Unto Thee Our Fervent Thanks"

Americans love Thanksgiving, and rightfully so. We live in a country that is particularly blessed. Even in the most difficult of times, through our character, way of life, democratic system, founding principles and reliance on the Almighty, America and its citizens always have more for which to be thankful than all other countries. Recent times and conditions may lead some to question how, why and what we are to be thankful for, but it's not the first time. From the time of our founding we have faced good times and bad, and even the good times weren't always appreciated in the contemporary context. But any reflective pause reveals that the fruitfulness of this country eventually bears a rejuvenation of purpose, worth, spirit and cause. Any set back we currently face has a purpose in His plan that we will refine ourselves into a better people and country — stronger, braver, more principled and purposeful, and filled with sturdier character.

In that spirit, here is a prayer, shared by U.S. Representative Randy Forbes, said on the floor of the U.S. Senate in 1947 by Dr. Peter Marshall, that chamber's Chaplain, on November 26, 1947. It was a similar time, notes Rep. Forbes, of "national challenge and discord and the personal struggles that many Americans face this Thanksgiving, (that) the spirit of this prayer still resonates today."

Our Father in Heaven,

If ever we had a cause to offer unto Thee our fervent thanks, surely it is now, on the Eve of our Thanksgiving Day, when we, the people of this Nation, are comfortable, well fed, well clad, and blessed with good things beyond our deserving. May gratitude, the rarest of all virtues, be the spirit of our observance.

Let not feasting, football, and festivity end in forgetfulness of God. May the desperate need of the rest of the world, and our own glorious heritage, remind us of the God who led our Fathers every step of the way by which they advanced to the character of an independent nation.

May the faith and conviction of George Washington be renewed in us as we remember his words:

. . . there is no truth more thoroughly established than that there exits in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity; since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained. ...

For if we do not have the grace to thank Thee for all that we have and enjoy, how can we have the effrontery to seek Thy further blessings? God, give us grateful hearts.

For Jesus' sake. 

Amen.

Thanksgiving is more than a precursor to a commercial season. It's a time to enjoy the fellowship of family and friends with food and fun, and to reflect and graciously thank God for the bounty that is America and His grace by which we are privileged to live here. No pressure to come up with the right gift. Just a time to enjoy each other and give thanks.

From the Board, staff and volunteers of The Family Foundation of Virginia, we offer all our sincerest wishes for a safe, fun and joyous Thanksgiving holiday.

A Precious Time To Reflect: Happy Thanksgiving From The Family Foundation, A Proclamation For The Commonwealth

Thanksgiving is a special time of year. More than a prelude to a crass commercial time, it celebrates a recognition of God not only in the creation of our nation, but in its exceptionalism and all the freedoms and responsibilities entailed in maintaining such graces. It calls on us to pause and give thanks to all present and past who have sacrificed for our nation, our states and our families. It is a time to give thanks to the Almighty for the many and great blessings of America, just as our Founders did, the colonists who preceded them and every generation since, no matter how bountiful or bleak the times. It may be coincidence, but the peaceful late fall couldn't be a better time for such a weekend. The quiet of the streets, the briskness of the air, the tint of the sky and the remaining foilage all are perfect accents by which to reflect. Having dear friends and families with which to reunion makes it a more precious time still.

On behalf of the board, staff, volunteers and grassroots activists across the commonwealth, The Family Foundation of Virginia wishes all Virginians a safe, happy and bountiful Thanksgiving weekend. In recognition of this uniquely American holiday, and Virginia's role in it, we commend to you Governor Bob McDonnell's proclamation recognizing November 25 as Thanksgiving Day in Virginia.

WHEREAS, the first permanent English speaking settlement in the New World was established in Virginia at Jamestown in 1607, as Captain John Smith led a group of settlers across the Atlantic on a voyage that would entail much hardship over the coming years, including disease and starvation; and

WHEREAS, to show their appreciation for the colony’s success and to take stock and give thanks for their own gifts and blessings, and in spite of tremendous adversity, the settlers in Virginia found time to celebrate the first Thanksgiving in America at Berkeley Plantation on December 4, 1619; and

WHEREAS, while reflecting upon the actions taken by the colonists at the first Thanksgiving, we also honor the Indian peoples, for without their presence, the survival of the colonists would have been ever more difficult; and

WHEREAS, American leaders and citizens have recognized a day of Thanksgiving since our first president, George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789, stating “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 implore His protection and favor”; and

WHEREAS, it is a Virginia tradition for our citizens to come together in unity on Thanksgiving Day and give thanks for the great level of serenity, harmony and abundance with which we, as citizens of a free nation, have been blessed; the rule of law by which we peaceably govern ourselves and by which our civil and religious liberties are guaranteed; and the brave servicemen and women of our armed forces who risk their lives to defend the freedoms and blessings we cherish;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert F. McDonnell, do hereby recognize November 25, 2010 as THANKSGIVING DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens; and

FURTHERMORE, I encourage all Virginians to give thanks to our Creator for our plentiful blessings, including the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as well as the unwavering strength of our families and communities.

Patrick Henry "Liberty Or Death" Speech Reenactment For Family Foundation Supporters In Richmond For Inaugural

In conjunction with this Saturday's Inaugural activities in Richmond, The Family Foundation has commissioned a private reenactment of Patrick Henry's "Liberty or Give Me Death" speech after the swearing-in ceremonies. The performance, by professional actors, who do a weekly performance to packed houses during the summer, will take place at historic Saint John's Church, where Henry made the revolutionary oration. Saint John's is located at 2401 East Broad Street, less than a mile from Capitol Square. The reenactment begins at 3:30 p.m. The actors, complete in 1770s attire, portray several prominent delegates at the March 23, 1775, Second Virginia Convention, including Richard Henry Lee, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, in addition to the participation of audience members who are encouraged to participate as delegates themselves. The reenactment of the Second Virginia Convention is a historically accurate representation of the event. It portrays the democratic process through passions of the revolutionary era and the animated debates that culminated in Henry's clarion call for the breaking of the chains which bound Virginia to Great Britain (see short video). This production is a Virginia treasure, one that puts visitors back in time, and overwhelms them in a unique patriotic experience difficult replicate anywhere else.

This reenactment, exclusively for supporters and friends of The Family Foundation, has limited seating and a RSVP is required by this Friday. To reserve a seat, please call Marie Edwards at (804) 343-0010 or e-mail her at marie@familyfoundation.org.

For the convenience of individuals attending the swearing-in ceremony and other inaugural events, a bus will provide transportation to and from Saint John's Church. It will leave the northwest corner of 9th and East Main Streets, in front of the One Capitol Square Building in which TFF's offices are located, 2:45 p.m. The bus will return to the same location at the conclusion of the reenactment, at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Those who want to drive directly to Saint John's Church should arrive by 3:20 p.m. and enter the property by the main gate on East Broad Street. An elevator is available for handicapped individuals on the 24th Street entrance.

For information about attending the swearing-in ceremony, which is free and open to the public, complete details are available at mcdonnellinaugural.com.

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You are there! Patriot reenactors Washington, Jefferson and Henry.

You Think ObamaCare Is Bad? Wait To You See The United Nations Convention On The Rights Of The Child!

If you think ceding your freedom to choose your doctor to the government is bad, or forcing medical professionals to perform services contrary to their religious beliefs (such as abortion) is reprehensible, or eliminating employees' rights to a secret ballot in determining union representation is undemocratic, or the suppression of free speech through the re-institution of the "fairness" doctrine is unconstitutional, or if any of the other numerous proposals of government consumption of individual and family rights under consideration by the fringe left that controls Washington, D.C., concerns you — as they all should — then just wait until you hear about the . . .

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

If you think Washington controls too much of our lives now (not to mention what might happen in the next four years) wait until decisions about your child come to you from New York. No, the capital isn't reverting to the Big Apple, where it was when George Washington took the first presidential oath of office. But if the U.S. Senate approves the UNCRC, and the U.S. becomes a party to it, you may want to hesitate before you sign your children's permission slips or allow them to go to camp until you hear from the U.N.

In fact, the order won't come from U.N. HQ in New York, but from Geneva, Switzerland, where a U.N. commission will sit. These are the same clowns who gave us five-year-old masturbation.

Okay, enough from me. Let's turn it over to Terry Beatley of Lancaster, who is with ParentalRights.org, a Web site you should see to further educate yourself on the most serious assault on parental rights in American history.

The same folks that once put Syria in charge of its human rights commission and advocate for teaching five-year-olds masturbation, want to tell you how to raise your children.

Come this General Assembly, Delegate Brenda Pogge (R-96, Yorktown) will co-patron a resolution for Virginia to formally oppose this treaty's ratification by the U.S. Senate. If ratified, it will represent the greatest loss of state and national sovereignty in our nation's history.

There also is federal legislation: H.J. Resolution 42 and S.J. Resolution 16, the parental rights amendment, would guarantee the rights of parents to raise their children without government interference. Ask your representative and U.S. Senators Mark Warner (804-739-0247) and Jim Webb (804-771-2221) to co-sponsor this legislation, and for the senators to oppose the  the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

McDonnell, On Values

Since we posted the Democrat candidates for governor yesterday, commenting in their own words on their view of values, here is Republican candidate Bob McDonnell, speaking about what he considers important values. 

Bob McDonnell cites George Washington as a hero for the importance he placed on traditional values and virtue.

Quotes To Consider

We've posted numerous comments about this, but it is particularly relevant this time of year. When you hear about how faith does not belong in the public square, recall what the Founders of our country, and in particular, what the Father of our country, had to say on the matter:

"Do not let any one claim to be a true American if they ever attempt to remove religion from politics." [George Washington]

"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." [George Washington]

"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this — that it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity." [John Quincy Adams]

Breaking News: McDonnell Tells Fairfax Registrar To Count The Military's Votes!

The U.S. Military doesn't fight and die overseas to protect our freedoms so that unscrupulous people in power back home can deny them their own constitutional rights.

When the news first broke late last week that the grossly partisan Fairfax County registrar, Rokey Suleman (contact here), was not going to count absentee ballots by military personnel, we were livid. This same man registered Fairfax County Jail inmates to vote earlier this month. (Why not? Captive audience, right?) But he wanted to deny the votes of hundreds of Virginians who are abroad fighting for our (including his) security and freedom. The gall of this man!

From the D.C. Examiner:

Inmates at the Fairfax County jail were encouraged to register and vote last week by (Democrat) elections officials making what the county's (Democrat) sheriff called the first visit of its kind in his 30 years with the county. 

We were ready to blog about this absolute gross injustice — first brought to the public's attention by Delegates Bill Janis (R-56, Glen Allen) and Scott Lingamfelter (R-31, Woodbridge), both military veterans (Delegate Lingamfelter was a tank colonel in the Gulf War) — when we just received a news release from the office of Attorney General Bob McDonnell announcing that he has written and issued an opinion that tells Mr. Suleman to shape up and count the votes! (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot article, here.) Delegate Janis last week officially requested the opinion from Attorney General McDonnell — himself a vet and whose daughter has been deployed to Iraq.  

At issue was a minor technicality (Richmond Times-Dispatch article, here) that no Virginia registrar had ever considered an impediment to the counting of the votes of overseas military personnel, especially since a federal law allows military personnel a waiver for the particular circumstance in question. Yet, Mr. Suleman, the jailbird cherry picker, proposed to be the first to ignore the federal law. (Human Events article here).

Another irony: Fairfax County is the home to George Washington. Fine way of continuing the tradition, Mr. Suleman, of respecting the U.S. Military, which your county's most famous citizen did so much to form.

Meanwhile, where was Governor Tim Kaine on this issue? Not a peep. Isn't he Barack Obama's national co-chairman? Coincidence in his silence? We can tell you that besides travelling the country to campaign for liberal Democrats while the commonwealth's finances are falling apart, Governor Kaine was busy restoring felons' voting rights at such a dizzying rate that one wonders if he has diligently reviewed their applications. At this point last year he had restored a record 729 felons voting rights outdone only by this year's blistering pace of 758, per Delegate Janis on WRVA radio Friday afternoon.

The right to vote is a cherished value in our country. Actions by Mr. Suleman and the governor, not to mention renegade groups such as ACORN (see the CNN column of Tara Wall, deputy editorial page editor of The Washington Times), devalue the votes of all law abiding citizens and the brave men and women in uniform who constantly defend us and our freedoms.

Posted below is the news release issued by the office of Attorney General Bob McDonnell. The link to the opinion itself is at the conclusion of the statement. 

McDonnell Opinion: Count Absentee Military Ballots

Opinion Finds Federal Law Preempts State Law; Federal Ballots without Witness Address Are Lawful, Must be Counted

Fairfax — Attorney General Bob McDonnell released a formal opinion today concluding that federal absentee ballots from overseas military voters lacking the printed name and address of a witness must be counted. The opinion affirms that federal law preempts state law, thus clarifying the state and federal statutes regarding the issue. The confusion centered over whether a state law requiring a witness's printed name and address controls federal absentee ballots or the federal law governs this issue. The opinion was requested by Delegate Bill Janis (R-Henrico) and is attached to this release.

In the formal opinion the Attorney General finds, "It is . . . my opinion that the applicable provision of Virginia law, § 24.2-702.1(B), interpreted to require an overseas military voter submitting only a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot to include the printed name and address of the person who signs the witness statement is preempted by the provisions of the (federal) Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. Finally, it is my opinion that general registrars may not reject a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot submitted by overseas military voters for the November 4, 2008 federal election that does not include a printed name and address for the person who signs the witness statement. ..."

Approximately 100 Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots have been set aside in Fairfax County pending a legal conclusion regarding the discrepancy between state and federal law. Additional Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots may also have been received in other jurisdictions. The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot is most commonly used by members of the military who are stationed overseas and have not received a state absentee ballot. It is a means by which service members can be guaranteed a vote in federal elections.

A copy of this formal opinion was provided to the State Board of Elections this afternoon.

Click here for Attorney General McDonnell's official seven page opinion.

What George Washington Said

In many cases, as we reflect on what the wise men of centuries past would say or do about or in certain situations, it is at best conjecture, or no more than an educated guess. But not always. It always disturbs me how many liberals (many of them, unfortunately, judges on very high courts) write that the constitution is somehow a living guideline that adapts to current circumstances, and that it would be impossible to interpret how the Framers would apply it now. Oh, really? We have James Madison's extensive notes from the Constitutional Convention and, of course, The Federalist Papers, which were written by the Framers explicitly to explain how the constitution should be interpreted. There also are early Congressional debates and presidential veto messages concerning how the bills in question exceeded constitutional authority by the federal government. But the wisdom of all of these sources seemingly have evaporated from modern governing intelligence, zapped from the radar like an enemy war plane on the wrong end of an F-22 Raptor's Sidewinder Missile.

Along those lines, those who think morality cannot be legislated, we have this from George Washington who, lest we forget, was president of the Constitutional Convention and who never hesitated as our first president to promote, or sign bills promoting, morality:

Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

If that's not enough to convince you:

It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.

The truth is, all legislation is a remedy to right some wrong or make some improvement in a society, which is the essence of morality, and which makes morality the foundation of civilization. That foundation is Biblically based — one would be hard pressed to prove our laws are not derivatives of the Ten Commandments. That being the case, where is morality most steeped and the best context to learn morality? Answer: Religion.

By George, Washington was right!