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Why Give Thanks On Thanksgiving?

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2023
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by Dr. Sebastian Gorka
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It’s easy to fall into a routine.

Once a year we sit at a table and break bread with family members we haven’t sat down with family members we haven’t sat down with for month, or maybe since last Thanksgiving. We share the traditional fare, turkey with all the “fixins.” I’m rather partial to the un-fancy cranberry sauce, you know, the one that comes in a can. And then, of course, there’s pie! (I never understood pumpkin pie. It’s pecan for me!)

I wasn’t born into the Thanksgiving tradition since I’m an immigrant to America. A legal immigrant. So this holiday celebration is different for me. It’s not something I grew up with, and it’s a practice that only took on real meaning for me after 2012, the year I stood before the Stars and Stripes and, with raised hand, swore allegiance to the United States and became one of her citizens. Are you familiar with that oath?

It’s a powerful statement:

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

I especially like the renunciation of fidelity to any “foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty.”

After I took that oath, Thanksgiving crystallized for me and I could finally connect with my wife’s family’s tradition of everyone going around the Thanksgiving table, one by one, each member saying what they are thankful for during dinner. I’m sure you and your family do something similar.

What are we thankful for? I’m thankful for my parents, Paul and Susan, who loved me unreservedly and without limit. I’m thankful for my wife, Katie, who makes me a much better man every day. I’m thankful for our children Julia and Paul, who are the most important of all and never wavered even during the withering smear campaign we lived through together after I joined the Trump White House. I am grateful to the amazing man and legendary Marine, A. Nick Pratt, who changed my life when he asked me to teach on a new US government counterterrorism program. I am grateful to the powers-that-be at SALEM Media and Newsmax, who took a chance on a national security guy and former Presidential Deputy and gave me my own show on their national platforms. And I am so very grateful to Donald J. Trump, who allowed an immigrant to work in the West Wing as Strategist to the President of the United States.

But most of all, I am grateful to God, our Lord, and Creator, for giving us America, for giving us life, and for sending his only Son to re-establish our Covenant with Him and secure for us eternal life.

We have a great deal to be thankful for as Americans, and not just on one day out of 365.

Give Thanks.

Sebastian Gorka Ph.D. is host of SALEM Radio’s AMERICA First and The Gorka Reality Check on NEWSMAX TV. A former Strategist to President Donald Trump, he is a member of the National Security Education Board of the Pentagon. His latest book is The War for America’s Soul. Follow him on his SubStack page and website.  

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Rik
Rik
4 months ago

Tex, you NEVER LEARN, this article is about giving Thanks on Thanksgiving and the author is lying? . . . You NEVER GIVE ANY FACTS, you just spew your hatred for Conservatives. I realize you’re just 14 years old but why do you HATE AMERICA SO MUCH? You’re as DUMB AS A BRICK! You just keep spewing garbage and and NEVER GET ANY POSITIVE RESPONSE and need a good SPANKING!

Rik
Rik
4 months ago

Lying Jackass Joe Biden is A PRESIDENTIAL IMPOSTER because he CHEATED to STEAL THE PRESIDENTCY!

Comrade Punkydoodle, what don’t you understand? I speak in our national language English!

Lieutenant Beale
Lieutenant Beale
4 months ago

You weren’t even born yet

Lieutenant Beale
Lieutenant Beale
5 months ago

Thank you Dr. Gorka for your thoughtful and poignant article.
I can relate to the oath you took as I have twice taken a somewhat similar oath serving in two branches of the military. Moreover, as you did, I took those oaths seriously.
Yes, we live in chaotic times but, just as you are, I am thankful for all blessings large & small and I take nothing for granted.

Rik
Rik
4 months ago

Hey Punkydoodle Jackass, why should Trump concede when he knows that he was CHEATED and the ELECTION WAS STOLEN? Your comments reveal how STUPID YOU ARE!

Rik
Rik
4 months ago

Hey Punkydoodle, why do you HATE AMERICA and CAPITALISM so much?

Connie Hayes
Connie Hayes
4 months ago

And your point is…?

Dave
Dave
4 months ago

Gorka is in it for the Money…. He knows the Conservative crowd will open their wallets and buy anything he pitches…. all while they claim they’re broke. 🙂

Roger Football
Roger Football
5 months ago

What’s coming up for our failing nation?

In 2024 the far left will abandon Biden handing Trump the presidency in a landslide. I suspect GOP coattails will give congress entirely to the GOP. The GOP will get through their extreme agenda.

If the GOP goes too far, the extreme left might take over sometime in the few elections after that and they will try to pass their extreme agenda.

Either way, most of America is screwed.

Roger Football
Roger Football
5 months ago

I’m not thankful for much of anything. Activists from both parties are destroying the United States. There’s the far left activists which includes BLM, Antifa, extreme environmentalists, Hamas sympathizers, etc. Then there’s extreme right MAGA activists.

It’s getting to the point where only the extreme left and extreme right are represented at all. The rest of us have virtually no voice. It’s all Trump or AOC and nothing in between.

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