November 22, 2007
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By the President of the United States of America, a 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 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 which we experienced 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 enabled 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 hath 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 shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease 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 third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
November 20, 2007
By: Derek Pillie, District Director, Congressman Mark Souder
People often ask me what it’s like working for a congressman. They want to know if we receive special perks, or if we can put special favors for friends into bills passed by Congress. They’re often surprised to learn that it’s not a glamorous job. The reality is that we get roughly the same benefits as any other government employee — but without the job security.
The true reward for working for Congressman Mark Souder, or really for any congressman, is the opportunity to serve your community. That may sound trite to some, but the job responsibilities of every person in our office are service-oriented. While some people are attracted to Congress because it’s the center of the federal government’s legislative power, most of these folks don’t last long. Good congressional staffers — just like good congressmen — have a servant mentality.
True service demands sacrifice. While I work hard for Congressman Souder and our community, I ultimately sacrifice relatively little to perform this service. Sometimes I don’t get to spend as much time with my wife and two kids as I’d like. Or I’m paid less than I would be if I worked in the private sector. These aren’t unusual sacrifices, however.
Our men and women in uniform make real sacrifices. Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines also receive a salary, but they literally put their lives on the line to keep the rest of us safe. How can one put a price on that kind of sacrifice?
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November 9, 2007
On Thursday Don Wildmon, founder of the American Family Association, one of the leading decency organizations in the country, endorsed Gov. Huckabee in his bid for the presidency. That according to a press release from the Huckabee campaign which can be found here.
Wildmon was careful to point out that his endorsement was on a personal and not organizational level. However, his position as a pro-family Christian leader means that his support of Huckabee was a boost for that campaign. While the Values Voters have hitherto not expressed support for any single candidate, more endorsements like this could make Huckabee their man.
Republican presidential candidates need to have the support of the Values Voters if they are to win the primary or general election. The fact that millions of evangelicals stayed home in ‘06 was a contributing factor to the Replican’s loss of Congress. As it now stands, Romney and Huckabee are going head to head to prove their conservative credentials on social issues in a battle to unite evengalicals behind their respective candidacies.
Fred Thompson’s entry into the race was watched by the Values Voter bloc as they, along with perhaps every subset of the Republican Party, wondered if he would end up being their man. Thompson’s wishy-washy stance on a Constitutional amendment limiting marriage to it’s historical definition of one man and one woman, combined with his recent ambigous remarks (which may have merely been a very poor choice of words) on abortion make his candidacy less and less appealing to those who (like this author to an extent) make social issues their defining focal point.
Without a doubt if Huckabee were to win the nomination he would play very well against a Clinton campaign. Unlike some of the other candidates on both sides, Huckabee has very little, if any, of the aurora of Washington surrounding him. His biggest handicap to quickly cinching the nomination is his opeque record on free market ideas.