November 26, 2013

The United States and Great Britain believe in the uniqueness of the individual. That has led both countries to uphold principles like individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom, which have been the foundation of prosperity in both countries.

Our systems of government represent the triumph of “individual liberty over the collective,” author Daniel Hannan said last week at The Heritage Foundation. “Don’t think that was some natural process,” he said during remarks about on his new book, Inventing Freedom. “The move away from oligarchy, away from autocracy, towards liberty under the law, towards individualism, happened in one place and in one language.”

But President Obama’s radical agenda could cause America to lose touch with these values, warned Hannan, a British conservative who represents South East England in the European Parliament.

Even our name, The Heritage Foundation, is significant, he said. “Heritage” is about teaching our children about their greatest inheritance: our values, laws and Constitution. It is up to us to preserve that legacy for future generations.

Hannan told the story of medical doctor Joseph Warren, who sent Paul Revere on his famous ride. Warren told Revere:

On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.

It is important that Americans recognize the traditions and values that make this country great. We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving—especially our heritage of freedom.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Comments (11)

Jay Ellis Shulsinger - November 26, 2013

I am most thankful for having my family close by and safe. I am also grateful for all of the men and women who are standing in harm’s way to ensure that we have all of the rights that are guaranteed to us under the US Constitution.

Mark - November 26, 2013

I am thankful that God is in control, not government. I’ll place my faith in Godcare, not Obamacare which is just a socialist ploy to redistribute wealth. The goal of socialists is to make everyone equally poor except for the elitists at the top.

Alan Bartley - November 26, 2013

Being alive and all of the “Lords” blessings!

Sheila Bond - November 26, 2013

I am thankful for God and Lord Jesus Christ. I am honored that God allowed me to live after the attempt was made on my life in 2012. I was not expected to survive but God has a plan for me that I look forward to.
I am so very glad that I retired from the US Government in 2004, as working for it now would be difficult
I am proud to be an American but I despise what is happening in government with a puppet at it’s helm.
Hopefully, time will help, as will God. God bless.

Holly Chapo - November 26, 2013

I am thankful for good friends, for good health, for having been born in the United States of America where I still believe we can take back the country, for the experiences I have had as an American, for having “discovered” Conservatism and faith, for organizations like The Heritage Foundation and Hillsdale College, for great radio talk show hosts who have educated me and continue to do so, for having been educated at a time when the left had little to say and for all the blessings that make life worth living.

Geoffrey - November 26, 2013

I agree with all 4 posts listed so far. I am also forever grateful that a president in this country can only serve 2 terms. We are all in God’s Hands and Good Graces.

Ellen Elmore - November 26, 2013

I am most thankful that Jesus Christ is my personal savior. I am also thankful for my good health, my family, my church and for the freedoms we still enjoy in this country.

Janeen Paulsen - November 26, 2013

This has been a very difficult year starting with my husband going downhill and then suffering a massive stroke which took his life. Nevertheless, I am thankful for the 57 1/2 years God gave him to me, for the fact that he did not suffer, for the true friends of which I was unaware who gave their love and support, for the doctors and nurses who gave so kindly of their time and efforts, for the country I was born and raised in, the freedoms I have enjoyed, I especially am thankful for the Living God and for His son, Jesus Christ who died to save us from our sins. May God turn this country around back to Him.

Helen Morley - November 26, 2013

I am thankful for the freedom that we have in America. I am also thankful for our creator God, who has given us
this great land and liberty to be free to enjoy all that He has planned for us. I am thankful for Gods protection over us .

William Siems - November 27, 2013

I am thankful for my faith in God and to my parents and elders who helped bring the Lord into my life. I thank God for my loving family; for all my friends who have helped make my life complete; for being an American although I pray to the Lord every day to continue to bless our country, as for the first time in my life, I fear for our future; and for everything good that has occurred in my life and the faith and strength I gained from the learning experiences of that which was not so good. Every Thanksgiving and every day, I am ever so thankful.

Doug Lyle - November 27, 2013

In descending order of significance, I am thankful: 1. that God, in His mercy, is redeeming my life one day at a time through His gift of faith in Jesus; 2. that I married the most wonderful woman in the world; 3. for liberty; 4. that all my children are people of faith; 5. for my family, including extended; 6. that there are still millions of people in this country who still believe in it and its values; 7. that good still overcomes evil.

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