published Monday, November 19th, 2012

Smith: Thankful

By Robin Smith
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    Robin Smith, former Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party and congressional candidate.
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As with most holidays, Thanksgiving has been hijacked by retailers with the association of certain colors, iconic images and "Bargain Days."

Far from history's recording of the first colonial harvest on a Plymouth plantation in the fall of 1621, when bounty was shared with Indian chiefs Massassoit, Squanto and Samoset, this Thursday's focus will be more about Black Friday and getting a head start on Christmas shopping.

In the spirit of "Thanksgiving," I challenge each reader to share our first president's declaration with family and friends in reflection and sincere gratitude:

"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.

"Go: Washington"

America's greatness is rooted in our pursuit of liberty, peace and the blessings of our Creator. In sincere gratitude and devotion to this great nation, let's renew and strengthen our commitment to the same. May God bless America.

Robin Smith, a consultant at Rivers Edge Alliance, is a wife and mother living in Hixson. She served as chairwoman of the Tennessee Republican Party from 2007 to 2009.

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daytonsdarwin said...

It's too bad that personal freedoms have been supressed/eliminated by the uber-right wing fanatics with their Patriot Acts, imperialist wars, religious fanaticism, and desire to dictate personal decisions on drugs, reproduction, and sexual choices.

I'm thankful the Founding Fathers weren't the Christian fanatics that Robin Smith would have you believe. Then again, Robin Smith has always pandered to a certain constituency, not truth and liberty.

There's no doubt that had Robin Smith been living at the time of the American Revolution, she'd have been a loyal subject of His Majesty and his "conservatives", not the classical liberal freedom fighters.

November 19, 2012 at 10:07 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Littlejohnnyross, had you studied business perhaps you would have not gone bankrupt, stiffing your creditors.

Just who is my president? It's certainly not Bush, who lead us into un-winnable wars causing hundreds of thousands of deaths and wounded, untold trillions of dollars for wars, a continual decline in America's world leadership, bailouts for corporations,"No child left behind" nonsense, a rise in religious fundamentalism around the world through America's Holy Crusades and Christian Nationalism, a decline in American standards of living through debt . . .

I don't care for Obama either. Mitt Romney was a bad Mormon joke, Ryan was as two-faced as Romney, Biden is mentally challenged, McCain never met a lobbyist he didn't love, Lieberman wants another war in the Middle East with Syria and Iran, and with rare exception Congress has been bought and paid for.

So which president, littlejohnnyross, was my president? Your history is sorely lacking other than the right-wing religious nuttery than has created problems, not solved them.

At a minimum a third of the American colonists supported Great Britain, didn't want to forgo the protection of the King, Church, and conservative government.

You've been listening and believing the Huckabees, Becks, Limbaughs, John Hagees, O'Reillys, Netanyahus, and all the others who cast religious bovine excrement as justification. Hitler also claimed divine protection and provenance from God. So have most dictators and tyrants throughout history.

By the way, if you want to help the economy, pay back the thousands you morally owe to the creditors you screwed. Or is your morality like everything else about you, merely talk?

November 19, 2012 at 12:02 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

JonRoss said...

"dayton you need a little anger counseling"

Not angry, just accurate. And you, littlejohnnyrossy, need to grow a pair.

November 19, 2012 at 2:13 p.m.
Facts said...

I made this comment last week. I don't know Mrs. Smith, but she threatens the life out of you "progressives" because she's s successful working mother and wife who is pretty secure in her faith and thinking. She also doesn't seem to owe her success to any consultant, nepotistic arrangement or a good-ole-anybody's gang. I am an Independent voter who has benefitted from her fighting off the left. For all of this, Mrs. Smith, I am thankful.

November 19, 2012 at 2:39 p.m.

You know who they also say that about?

Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Allen West...even apparently Todd Akin.


November 19, 2012 at 3:08 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

"I don't know Mrs. Smith, but she threatens the life out of you "progressives" because she's s successful working mother and wife who is pretty secure in her faith and thinking. She also doesn't seem to owe her success to any consultant, nepotistic arrangement or a good-ole-anybody's gang." - Facts

That's one of the lamest remarks I've heard in a long time. How deep down in your goodie bag of right wing nut-cake remarks did you have to dig to pull that one out? I'm a "progressive" and I can honestly say that my Robin Smith threat-o-meter registers a cool ZERO whenever she writes one of her columns or says anything at all. I have never felt the least bit "threatened" by Robin Smith. Is there any reason I or any other liberal should? In fact I know several "progessive" women who are every bit as successful, independent, and secure in their beliefs as anyone. If Robin Smith is indeed successful and living a fulfilled life, then more power to her. Because I happen to completely disagree with her on practically every issue doesn't mean that I feel threatened by her. What a joke, to even suggest such a thing.

November 19, 2012 at 4:12 p.m.
tipper said...

It appears that the Times allows anyone to write a column these days. I'd be happy to write one, too, with my experience and background. I know I can score higher on the fact meter; and if I quote the founding fathers or historical documents to support my opinions, I can keep them in the context in which they were written and intended. It would of course end up on the left side.

November 19, 2012 at 6:23 p.m.
aae1049 said...


Local Republicans or conservatives want to hear from Robin Smith.

Conservatives elected her to lead and serve as Chair of the State of Tennessee Republican party for two years, and serve as Chair for the Hamilton County Republican Party for another 2 years. She has been the voice of conservatives for along time.

In a contested congressional Republican primary in a field of 10, 25,400 conservative voted for her. Have 25,000 people ever agreed that you should represent them?

Talk to Harry Austin and Ward Crutchfield, maybe they can get you a left of Obama writing gig. First you have to lead the Dims for 4 years and get 25,000 people to vote for you. Not a big deal, right?

November 19, 2012 at 8:51 p.m.
Facts said...

Enjoy reading the critics whose claim to fame is that they're critics. Forward.

November 19, 2012 at 10:07 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

The Tea Party's religious fervor cost the republicans the election. While claiming she wants smaller government, Ms. Smith wants more more control in lives by inflicting her Christian dogma through government interference in private, personal decisions that require neither government nor religion.

Ms. Smith would best be described as a neo-con theocrat, a dangerous combination of military imperialism, crony-capitalism, and Christian dogmatic hate and punishment, all as commanded by her God. A true conservative in the most pejorative way.

November 19, 2012 at 10:33 p.m.
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