Giving Thanks for American Exceptionalism

Count your many blessings, name them one by one…

What is it that makes Americans exceptional? Is it simply a matter of the blessing of an American birth?

No, if that were the case you could consider the Communist slackers of the OWS movement “exceptional”.  No, it’s way more than the privilege of being born a nephew of our Uncle Sam.

For example…

A Suffolk University School of Law adjunct professor who expressed “disgust” over the school’s handling of a fellow faculty member’s military-bashing email two weeks ago shot back yesterday with a letter of resignation submitted to the dean from his military post in Kabul, Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Reserves Major Robert J. Roughsedge, who spent eight years as an adjunct Suffolk Law professor, resigned in a letter to Dean Camille Nelson over Suffolk Law Professor Michael Avery’s five-paragraph email to colleagues stating that it was “shameful” for students at the school to send care packages to soldiers who “have gone overseas to kill other human beings.”

Roughsedge called in from Kabul to Michael Graham’s afternoon drive-time show on WTKK 96.9 FM from Kabul to explain his decision to resign. Though Suffolk has continued to hold a care package drive and accepted Avery’s view as a dissenting opinion that reflects academic freedom, Roughsedge said, “I do not want to provide them cover from what they really are.” He added that he did take “crap” from fellow soldiers for his affiliation with the law school.

In his resignation letter, read over the air by Graham, Roughsedge wrote, “To Professor Avery, I am simply a killer. …Taking action against Professor Avery would in no way threaten academic freedom at Suffolk any more than firing a professor who reveals membership in the Ku Klux Klan.”

Roughsedge, who has served almost a year in Afghanistan, formerly taught a course in counter terrorism at the law school. Avery has declined to comment. Greg Gatlin, spokesman for Suffolk University, said, “Robert Roughsedge has taught classes at Suffolk University Law School as an adjunct and certainly has a right to express his point of view. As we have said, Suffolk University has a proud history, which continues very actively today, of supporting military servicemen and women and veterans. Student veterans have expressed strong support for the university in recent days and have joined the university in calling for support from members of our Suffolk community in the ongoing drive to provide care packages for military men and women serving overseas.”

Is it possible, even now, in this jaded post-President Lightbringer, self-absorbed culture that we live in, for one American to make a difference?

Most decidedly.

Tim Tebow is presently the starting quarterback for the NFL’s Denver Broncos.

A star at the University of Florida, Tebow was given almost no chance at all to make it in the NFL.  Critics said that “his game” just was not suited to the pro game.

The Broncos are 4 – 1 with Tebow starting.

Now Tebow is catching flack from critics who complain that he’s talking too much about his personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Note to the critics:  Personally, I prefer my grandson pattern himself after a successful professional football player and outstanding young man who writes John 3:16 in his eye black, instead of  a bunch of coddled, useless mom’s basement-dwelling neophyte Communists who think that they’re “taking it to The Man” by trashing City Parks, defecating on city streets, and threatening to “Occupy Black Friday”.

Another great American expressed his thankfulness concerning God and America, when he announced this holiday in 1789:

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 tranquillity, 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 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 third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789. – United States President George Washington.

This Thanksgiving Day 2011, I’m thankful for Americans who are still making a difference.  Americans who still love God and country, and stand on principle with their feet planted on a Solid Rock, and not on shifting sands.

They are the reason we remain the greatest country on Earth.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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One Response to Giving Thanks for American Exceptionalism

  1. owleyepundit says:

    How much are your liberty and your life worth to you if you will not fight for them?