September 24, 2004

GREATER THAN OURSELVES:

Yom Kippur, 5765 (George W. Bush, 9/24/04)

"the Lord, the Lord God Is Gracious and Compassionate, Patient, Abounding in Kindness and Faithfulness, Assuring Love for a Thousand Generations, forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin, and granting pardon."

Exodus: 34:6-7

On Yom Kippur, Jews around the world gather to mark the holiest day of the year, the Sabbath of Sabbaths. Jewish tradition teaches that on this day, we receive God's mercy through acts of atonement, prayer, and charity. During this season of prayer and intense reflection, may you find comfort in God's promise, which has never been broken and which is renewed in our time.

Our trust in God gives all Americans great purpose. As we are called to acts of compassion and mercy, we come closer to God and serve a cause greater than ourselves. May you trust God's faithfulness to all people, and may you be blessed with a good and happy New Year.

GEORGE W. BUSH


Letter from George Washington to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport (c. August 1790)
Gentlemen:

While I received with much satisfaction your address replete with expressions of esteem, I rejoice in the opportunity of assuring you that I shall always retain grateful remembrance of the cordial welcome I experienced on my visit to Newport from all classes of citizens.

The reflection on the days of difficulty and danger which are past is rendered the more sweet from a consciousness that they are succeeded by days of uncommon prosperity and security.

If we have wisdom to make the best use of the advantages with which we are now favored, we cannot fail, under the just administration of a good government, to become a great and happy people.

The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship.

It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights, for, happily, the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.

It would be inconsistent with the frankness of my character not to avow that I am pleased with your favorable opinion of my administration and fervent wishes for my felicity.

May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants—while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid.

May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy.

G. Washington

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 24, 2004 4:02 PM
Comments

Why do I read this blog? This post (and many like it) is a big reason. You are the only blogger that uses juxyaposition so formidably. And for those of us who so adore the founding father, here we feel we are home. Thank you, Orrin

Posted by: (a far lesser) george at September 24, 2004 4:21 PM

This post, if force-read to a garden variety lefty, could only result in one outcome: "I'm melllllllttttttiiiiinnnnngggg!"

Posted by: M.Murcek at September 24, 2004 7:44 PM

Magnificent. I'm in tears of joy, silly me...

Posted by: Ptah at September 24, 2004 7:52 PM

This is why is I read the Bros Judd daily. God Bless y'all. I was a hard-right wacko formerly drifting towards Buchananism, but was arrested thanks to the Bros Judd. And given hints to my Christianity too; God Bless.

Posted by: Gideon at September 24, 2004 9:49 PM

May all of you be inscribed for a healthy, prosperous and happy new year.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at September 25, 2004 12:46 AM
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