George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789WHEREAS 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 favour; 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 PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and 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 TWENTY-SIXTH 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...
Regarding the "no law was made" and the "he has rights too and they're not checked at the door" arguments. Please go back and read the earlier posts in this thread. You're rehashing arguments that have already been dealt with.
Thomas Tudor Tucker (A, SC) made some pointed objections: he “thought the House had no business to interfere in a matter which did not concern them. Why should the President direct the people to do what, perhaps, they have no mind to do? They may not be inclined to return thanks for a Constitution until they have experienced that it promotes their safety and happiness. We do not yet know but they may have reason to be dissatisfied with the effects it has already produced; but whether this be so or not, it is a business with which Congress have nothing to do; it is a religious matter, and, as such, is proscribed to us.”
I don't see it as that important. The only real importance is that it signaled a peaceful transition in the head of state.I don't believe his general values should be taught as such. I think his farewell address is a pretty important part of history that I'd venture a guess few have ever read.
Washington was not a particularly deep thinker when it came to forms of government. His argument about parties and factions shows good intentions and incredible naivete. Parties are an inevitable part of democracy.
It does not encourage a specific practice of religion. It's in general and came in his farewell address. A farewell address is less an act of government than is a day of prayer proclamation. It has no power and is clearly more like a statement from a citizen than it would be if it came during his term.Saying that the good of the country can not be seperated from a religious belief is pretty much encouraging religion. You are perfectly free to disagree just as being a citizen also he had a right to note.