The best type of fake news is one that goes unnoticed. This is understandable since it’s subliminally digested without any question or concern. And it is these little tidbits that we are exposed to without our knowing. In addition, it must be stated that what is not mentioned usually accomplishes the same affect.
For instance, when reading this year’s perfunctory Thanksgiving Day observance in my local paper, it began with the irreverent if not disrespectful, “Thanksgiving Day has become identified for its gastronomic and commercial excesses (i.e., overeating and overshopping).”
Its opening paragraph closes with a reminder, in part, “…it’s important not to lose sight of the real meaning of this holiday…and take time to reflect on why we set aside this day.” Is it just me or is this another parcel of PC good feelings, devoid of any adoration much less worship or reverence?
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After a brief overview of the Pilgrim’s arrival and of the Wampanoag Indian chief “Massasoit, who taught the newcomers how to grow native crops…” the writer travels on to what is described as “…one of the oldest American traditions. Abraham Lincoln in 1863 proclaimed the first Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated on the final Thursday of November…”
What seems ambiguous is whether the writer was crediting the “first” Thanksgiving Day proclamation or that Lincoln was the first to designate the “final Thursday” as the official day.
Reading more of our stroll into America’s historical traditions, the editorial succumbs to the call of its usual political banter, beginning with “America’s partisan divide which was reported by the Pew Research Center. Can you believe that this engulfed the editorial’s concluding half section?
However, the missing fakery occurred if and when crediting Lincoln with the initial proclamation. Given that this was an historical recounting, one would think that the Father of our Country, President George Washington would be noted. However, this local paper even refuses to recognize his birth under its feature “This Day in History,” so his exclusion continues for a very good and obvious reasons.
Long before Lincoln’s announcement, President Washington proclaimed “…a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God…”
With Washington’s opening acknowledgment, is there any wonder as to why this historical review began with our sixteenth President? As I said, not in the realm of “fakery” but it certainly maintains an intentional misleading.
In reality, that proclamation of Washington’s on October 3, 1789, in New York City, was a Proclamation combined with a Prayer. Given that today, this is consider distasteful and injurious to the disbelieving sect; however, it was quite the norm back in the day when there existed within certain States an official endorsement of a particular religion.
If a more accurate telling could ever emerge, there would be a certain reflection, an amazement as to just how far we have drifted from our origins. Also too, this is why that thinly veiled Thanksgiving Day editorial cited Lincoln’s proclamation as being the first. Today’s modern times, it’s now preferable to recognize “our enduring values for which we as a nation remain thankful: our families, our faiths, our freedoms and our prosperity.”
Compare today’s mixed bag of groundless “thanks” to Washington’s original solemnity, in part, “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.”
Fakery wears many masks but once a subject or issue has fallen from grace, the aftermath and feeble praise adjusts to its lessened value. Such was the recent piece entitled, “A day to share and be thankful.” Share what and to what or to who are we “thankful?
In closing, we need to re-embrace the creed of both the Father of our Country and the Almighty Father of our being. And similar to those gallant Forefathers, we need to rejoice and yes, be thankful but not to our “prosperity,” but to our Creator. We may begin in our rejoicing of a “Merry Christmas” to all who we meet!
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