By Douglas J. Hagmann

On October 3, 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation that established “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer” and called upon all people to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God. Upon its foundation and at its core, America was established as a people eternally thankful to the bounty and blessings bestowed upon us by Almighty God.

President Washington’s proclamation also included his prayerful request that he and all government officials “perform [their] 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.”

Our great nation was founded with reverence to the almighty God of Abraham as a Judeo-Christian nation. That reverence was never to be forgotten or abandoned.

Today, we stand more than two centuries after the proclamation of our first president. The entire moral and spiritual landscape of our country has completely changed, a change that was felt deep within the spirit of nearly half of our county’s population after the last national election. Many asked what happened, others asked how it happened, and fewer still asked why. Perhaps saddest of all, more than half of America has no clue that anything happened.

In the run-up to our last national election, many people expressed a desire to “take our country back” and described a sense of spiritual foreboding after learning of the results. The day after the election, a nationally syndicated late-night television talk show host interviewed an evening news anchor. Referring to the talk he’s heard about the spirit of recapturing our country, he mockingly remarked, “take our country back… I didn’t realize it was gone!”  The host then launched into a rant about intolerance and racism espoused by the “Bible-clinging Conservatives,” a mini-monologue of hatred that itself was a display of intolerance against the Judeo-Christian values of Americans. Even before he finished, his diatribe was met with cheers from the studio audience.

We have lost much in the 223 years since George Washington signed that Thanksgiving Day proclamation. But we did not get here overnight.

America: a captured operation

In its current state, America is a captured operation. It was captured from within, in plain sight, while Americans watched or were otherwise preoccupied with the sleight of hand of a globalist magician onstage. It has taken many years of persistent infiltration into every aspect of our country to arrive at our present state. However, the enemy of everything we once proudly and unashamedly stood for has finally gained nearly complete control of our nation. Our enemies effectively used our very freedoms against us and turned our very own rule of law into tools of conquest.

The pall felt by some people of our country on election night was born out of the realization that we have succumbed to the forces of demographics and dependency by a plan set into motion a century ago. It was the Soviet Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin who said, “Give me four years to teach the children, and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” The seeds of Communism were sown throughout America during the twentieth century, and this Thanksgiving, we are reaping the bitter harvest.

Capturing the minds of our children was among the first steps to capturing our nation. Public education became a Marxist tool, an institution of Marxist indoctrination initially influenced by the much-celebrated educational reformer Thomas Dewey. He masterfully infused Marxist ideology into the minds of our most vulnerable and pliable while other like-minded individuals of prominence ran interference to deflect criticism where any existed and shouted denials to drown out any whisper of dissent. Our young, indoctrinated by a twisted syllabus of socialism, moved on to be further indoctrinated by the intellectuals of higher academia who were positioned and ready to refine their charge. The Marxist ideology became stronger and bolder with each passing year until the integrity of the moral fabric that was America split at the seams under the weight of each successive generation.

Finding success with this template of internal conquest, the infiltration continued and would be used again and again against every institution sacred to the United States. The enemy of freedom advanced inside the gates, enjoying the cover of a compliant and complicit media whose minds were already transformed a generation earlier by the curriculum of corruption.

The enemies of the very spirit of America were bred and trained from within. As the generations of the indoctrinated fanned out into every aspect of American life, they began to supplant a government of the wise and just, and transform a country from one that deifies God into one which discredits Him. Instead of acknowledging the providence of God as proclaimed by George Washington, they set out to eradicate His presence and assail His influence by deifying man and elevating planet earth to something worthy of worship.

As America proceeded through the twentieth century, environmentalism replaced evangelism as it was mindlessly embraced by “useful idiots.” It became a stepping stone to the capturing of our God-given earthly bounty, a layover toward our journey toward Marxism and full-blown Communism. Environmentalism is merely one of many tools of the communist tradecraft.

The minds made fertile throughout the twentieth century permitted the growth of other causes and movements antithetical to the reverence to the almighty God of Abraham. Karl Marx made no secret of his intent, made clear by his statement, “my object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism.” Many in America took up his cause and continue to do so today.

During the last century, America has kicked God out of our classrooms, our courts, and virtually all aspects of our lives under the fallacious and eternally damning pretext of tolerance. We have traded our morality for the unacceptable acceptance of behavior antithetical to the practice of true religion and virtue. We have replaced real justice with the Marxist ideology of social justice. We have embraced tolerance of evil to the degree that tolerance itself has become evil.

America has lost her way, and bears no resemblance to visible vestiges of a moral and spiritual America reflected by the paintings of Norman Rockwell, whose works were published by the Saturday Evening Post while the agenda of evil was working overtime. Today, many look to the spirit of America captured by Rockwell and long for the way things were. Others look at the same images and say they never were. We are a nation divided.

This Thanksgiving…

As we gather at our tables this Thanksgiving, we must not only give thanks to almighty God, but recognize what has happened to our country, understand how it happened, and resolve to recapture it from the enemies who have taken it from us. We must cite President Washington’s proclamation and demand that our elected officials perform their duties properly and punctually. We must demand that our government returns to a body that respects our constitutional laws and that they are to be faithfully obeyed. We must retake our nation, not only for our earthly benefit, but for the salvation of our very souls. There is no other option.

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