McDaniel: The Providential History of Thanksgiving

By Senator Chris McDaniel

In the difficult winter of 1777, General George Washington’s army was suffering from bitter cold, a lack of supplies and the obvious superiority of British forces. Many of his soldiers were in agony from severe frostbite, with feet and legs often frozen until they became black. Mandatory amputation of the injured appendages was widespread, disease was rampant and troop morale was low.

With his men under distress – dying at the rate of twelve per day – and disturbing sights of crimson mixed with snow, General Washington sought divine assistance.

With the weight of the world on his shoulders, he kneeled in the ice at Valley Forge. Hidden away in a grove of trees, his bended knees met the cold, hard ground.

Quaker Isaac Potts was riding his horse in the forest when he came upon Washington in deep conversation with God. It was at that moment when he witnessed the general interceding for his beloved country.

Potts later revealed the experience to his pastor, Nathaniel Randolph Snowden, an ordained Presbyterian minister, who then recorded the eyewitness account in his diary.

In detail, Snowden described the account of Potts: “In that woods pointing to a close in view, I heard a plaintive sound as, of a man at prayer. I tied my horse to a sapling and went quietly into the woods and to my astonishment I saw the great George Washington on his knees alone, with his sword on one side and his cocked hat on the other. He was at Prayer to the God of the Armies, beseeching to interpose with his Divine aid, as it was ye Crisis, and the cause of the country, of humanity and of the world.”

“Such a prayer I never heard from the lips of man. I left him alone praying,” reported an awestricken Potts.

As American history unfolded and days turned into weeks, it became apparent that God had answered General Washington’s prayer, coming to our young country’s assistance in the form of another defender of liberty – the nation of France.

Emboldened after a Colonial victory at the Battle of Saratoga in October of 1777, the reluctant French formally entered the war against the British, becoming the first country to officially recognize our nation’s declaration of independence.

It was then, on May 6, 1778, after hearing of French intervention, that General Washington called a day of thanksgiving for his beleaguered army, announcing to his troops, “It having pleased the Almighty Ruler of the universe to defend the cause of the United American States, and finally to raise up a powerful friend among the princes of earth, to establish our liberty and independence upon a lasting foundation, it becomes us to set apart a day for gratefully acknowledging the divine goodness, and celebrating the important event, which we owe to His divine interposition.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

Twelve years after despair led him to kneel in prayer at Valley Forge, newly-elected President Washington officially proclaimed November 26, 1789, as Thanksgiving Day for our new Republic.

He had not forgotten the hopelessness he once felt, the courageous struggles of his men or the answered prayers of an earlier time.

In his Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of 1789, he asked the people of the United States to observe “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer” so that they might acknowledge “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.”

He likewise reminded the country that “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.” He specifically assigned the day “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 . . .”

Despite challenging and uncertain times, Washington – like the overwhelming majority of our founding fathers – held strongly to his religious faith, with prayer representing an essential component of his distinguished life.

He had a clear understanding from whence his strength and hope arose.

This week, let us learn from the faithfulness of our first President by giving thanks to an almighty God for his continued blessings of liberty.

Let us also pray for continued guidance and assistance in our worldly endeavors, being mindful of the great religious faith that has been with us and kept us from the very beginning.

Moreover, let us thank God for our families, friends and neighbors.

But perhaps more importantly, let us recall that invaluable lesson imparted by the father of our country.

In the most troubling of times, when it seems despair has triumphed over hope and darkness has smothered the soul beyond salvation, a heavenly answer is always waiting to be found.

Whenever bended knees meet the cold, hard ground.

Mississippi Republican Party’s Law Firm Comes to the Rescue of LIBERAL DEMOCRAT!

Butler Snow’s support of former Senator Bob Dearing shows exactly how wide is the current GOP split.

By Ryan S. Walters

In perhaps the biggest political news story of the year, the MSGOP’s top law firm, Butler Snow, with deep connections within the Republican Party, has thrown in with leftwing Democrat Bob Dearing in his race against conservative Melanie Sojourner, the former campaign manager for Chris McDaniel in his race against Thad Cochran. As of today, the race is down to the absentee ballots and it looks to be very close, maybe as little as a 10-12 vote difference out of more than 15,000 cast.

As I pointed out last week, Dearing is the quintessential liberal Democrat. He has supported every liberal cause in the past, in his years in the State Senate, and in this election ran on Medicaid expansion, the extension of Haley Barbour’s invasive eminent domain policy, and more taxation. If there’s a liberal cause, then Bob Dearing has supported it and will do so again.

But in a shocking twist of events today, Butler Snow has sent two lawyers to McComb to pull Dearing, not Sojourner, over the line. These lawyers have stood over election workers, in a very intimidating manner, and had to be told to sit down multiple times. They have repeatedly interrupted election commissioners to ask for voter names and addresses, the same information the same firm argued that Chris McDaniel could NOT have. So, in other words, they’ve pulled the old Barbour-Cochran vote-stealing playbook, the same one they used against Chris McDaniel last year.

And how deep are Butler Snow’s Republican Party connections? Haley Barbour works there, as does Phil Bryant’s daughter. Senator Roger Wicker’s daughter, Caroline Wicker Sims, is also employed. At least one chief of staff to Barbour and many policy advisors and legal counsels from Phil Bryant, Haley Barbour, and Tate Reeves also find work at the firm. So it’s safe to say that Butler Snow IS the Establishment Republican Party in Mississippi.

But how is the cash-strapped Bob Dearing, who couldn’t raise any money for his own campaign, paying for two attorneys at $500 an hour? Well the word on the political street is that Dearing, as payback for the support, will switch to the Republican Party upon winning the race.

So think about this for a minute: The State Republican Party of Mississippi is seeking to replace a strong, principled conservative Senator with a leftwing Democrat who, upon switching parties, would literally be a Republican In Name Only.

This is the same party establishment, mind you, that spent over $100,000 to defeat Bob Dearing four years ago! And whom was Bob Dearing running against in 2011? Melanie Sojourner, but that was before her apostasy.

So the Mississippi Republican Party would rather have Bob Dearing in the State Senate, with his tax-and-spend, big government ways, than Melanie Sojourner, who has been rock-solid in her support of conservative principles and limited government, even though they spent 100K in 2011 to knock him off.

Here is the ad the Party ran against Dearing in 2011:

This turn of events is about two things: Making the Republican Party more liberal and crony-oriented, in the mold of Haley Barbour; and retaliation against a strong supporter, and political partner, of Senator Chris McDaniel, the leader of the opposition to Big Government Republicanism in Mississippi.

This, my conservative friends, is the face of the Republican Establishment, or to be more blunt, our new enemy. Such treachery, if not outright treason, betrays the party, conservatism, and everything we, as a movement, profess to stand for.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” so said Edmund Burke. It is a lesson for the good folks in Mississippi to put a stop to the Establishment Republican Party before its rottenness corrputs the entire state.

State Senate Campaign 2015: Another Tax-and-Spend Liberal Wants Back In Power

Democrat Bob M. Dearing, nearing the age of 81, wants his old job back.  Out of power just four years after losing to conservative Senator Melanie Sojourner in 2011, Dearing salivates about returning to Jackson next year from District 37, all so he can make up for lost time taxing, spending, regulating, and controlling.  That’s just what Democrats do.

No matter where you call home or where you cast your eyes, Democrats are all the same.  Whether they reside in Jackson, Washington, or in your local city hall, they all have to same political DNA.  They think the same, act the same, govern the same.  From Barack Obama to Bob Dearing, Democrats want to control your life.  There’s never a reason to trust any of them. [Read more…]

The Incomparable Mr. Jefferson

In honor of the #StandwithJefferson movement at the University of Missouri, where conservatives are battling moronic leftists who, in shades of ISIS, are attempting to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson from the campus, I am reposting a column I wrote many years ago honoring one of our greatest Presidents.

By Ryan S. Walters

Historians and presidential scholars have argued for decades over which president was the greatest and most influential of all time.  It is an argument without end.

In my estimation one must stand out above all others.  Thomas Jefferson should be ranked as our greatest president, especially by all those who love liberty and honor the true values of the American Revolution. [Read more…]

McDaniel: The Demise of Constitutional Government

By Senator Chris McDaniel

Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton were both active in the Revolutionary effort and in the founding of the United States. Later they served under President George Washington, with Jefferson becoming the first Secretary of State and Hamilton the first Secretary of the Treasury.

But from the republic’s inception, the two harbored opposing visions of the how the young country should mature. [Read more…]

Deeply Divided: How Conservatives will overcome the Establishment and reform our party, our state and our nation

By Senator Chris McDaniel

Much has been made about the present divide in the Republican Party.  Mississippi is no stranger to the controversy.  My U.S. Senate race against Thad Cochran in 2014 exposed deep divisions within the party, both state and national.

Incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran had to rely upon thousands of liberal Democrats to win a Republican primary.  In so doing, his campaign resorted to dirty, underhanded, and sleazy tactics that have been well-documented.  Not only did his campaign play the “race card” while openly encouraging liberals to cross-over and participate to the GOP primary, he openly campaigned like a Democrat — pushing for more big government, massive federal subsidies, pork-barrel spending, and increased food stamp participation.  In what’s perhaps the most conservative state in the republic, he expressly repudiated the Republican platform for the state and country to see. [Read more…]

McDaniel: No Regulation Without Representation

By Senator Chris McDaniel

When our Founders crafted the Constitution, they wisely placed “all legislative powers,” that is law-making authority, in the hands of Congress, the representatives of the states and the people.  It is not a mistake that Congress and its powers were established in Article One, for it was envisioned as the most powerful of the three branches because it alone would decide the laws that would govern the central authority, albeit in accordance with the powers provided in the Constitution. [Read more…]


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