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Thanksgiving provides reflection

Nov. 28, 2012 |

On Nov. 22, many gave thanks for family, friends and the blessings God has given. We will be thankful for our country and remember and pray for those who gave us the freedom we enjoy. First to God, who made us and gave us a free will. For the founders of this exceptional nation who had faith in their fellow citizens, and gave us the keys to the republic. To those who toiled before us so we might have a better life, and for those who gave the last full measure of devotion that all Americans might know freedom. Thanksgiving Day became a national holiday in 1863 under President Abraham Lincoln. He is remembered as our first Republican president, a party he helped to build, for preserving the Union and freeing this nation from the bonds of slavery. His prayer was "that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." We will also remember another great American, leader and President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Thursday will be the 49th anniversary of the assassination of this courageous leader. Kennedy stated he did not believe in bigger government, but instead wanted individuals, the states and federal government to meet their responsibilities so that all Americans might achieve their potential and get America moving again. He was not satisfied that America was not living up to its' potential in industrial capacity, in creating jobs, in academics and expanding opportunities for all Americans. He challenged a generation to "Ask not what your country can do for you, but rather ask what you can do for your country." Both of these men are among the greatest leaders this nation has produced, remembered and beloved to this day. But would they say to us about what we have allowed our leaders, government, media and education systems to become? It is highly doubtful either man would be welcome in their parties today. Not because their vision does not endure, or their words are not true. Their words and ideals are as true today as they day they were spoken. These men would not be welcome in the political parties today is because common men and women are no longer involved in running the political parties, and these leaders would challenge the people and this nation to live up to its ideals. Sure we vote. But 98 percent of all Americans never work on or donate to a campaign in their lives. Most have forgotten the ward and town committee is the basic building block of any political party. It is where folks of good conscious, pick people whom they respect to run for public office. This small group would figure out how to get their candidate elected, support them when they were unfairly attacked, and hold them accountable to the people. If you are tired of voting for the lesser of two evils, or not having a choice or a voice in the process. We would love to have you join the Westfield Republican City Committee. We meet the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club in Westfield, behind Amelia Park. No meeting in December. God Bless the USA. Dan Allie Westfield

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