November 24, 2016
By Leonard Golubchck, LaborPress Entertainment Editor
As we enter the Thanksgiving Season we should be able to give thanks and to think of the concepts that unite us as Americans.
We have ended a most divisive election which the ugliness of racism and anti-Semitism and xenophobia raised their ugly heads.
Like the three headed dog of ancient Greek mythology Cerebus we must as a nation find methods to cut off the heads of despair and find strength and wisdom to bring all Americans together. This is the task of our President elect and all of our leaders as well as looking inward to ourselves. Thanksgiving is that time to be thoughtful and purposeful.
Thanksgiving is one of our oldest traditions that should unite all Americans. Historically, from the first Thanksgiving in 1621 to today the tradition is also part of our National Character. It is a time to unite us rather than to divide. This is exemplified through the actions of Abraham Lincoln. President was assuaged to declare a National Day of Thanksgiving through the actions of Sarah Joseph Hale who as editor as a popular magazine cajoled all decision makers into supporting such a day.
Abraham Lincoln saw the declaration of a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1863 as a way to promote “healing” in our divided Nation. He saw a Nation beyond the Civil War which would be united and which would promote freedom. IN his 1863 proclamation he stated about the United States that, “is permitted to expect continuance years with large increase in Freedom”. He called on every American to celebrate Thanksgiving with “one heart and one voice”.
The clear message of Abraham Lincoln which followed the bloody battle of Gettysburg was that it is important to heal the Nation’s wounds and for us to renew our National moral compass. We must remember this season who we are and where as a people our responsibilities to each other.