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"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32
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Author:  Jim Wrenn
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Date:  November 20, 2007
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An American Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving's a time when we pause to embrace
our faith in our families gathered or spaced
apart from each other but joined in a way
connecting us all in America's faith.
You ask, "What is meant by 'America's faith'"?

Thanksgiving's become an American time
to pause and say "thanks" and attempt to divine
the bests ways for living our lives to define
the value of freedom on faith to opine
without fear of government writing our lines.

At Thanksgiving time I confess and explain:

Beliefs I embrace by religions ordained
derive not from "insights" on "God" that I claim
but rather from viewing behaviors proclaimed
as serving the "Will" of the "God" thus proclaimed.

In all the religions that humans may choose
as Christians or Muslims or Hindus or Jews
or Buddhists or "none" as the non-theists choose,
of God there is more than a singular view
of acts that by God would as "Godly" be viewed.

In each, one can find both the worst and the best
on how Man should honor the God he's professed.
Fanatics abound more in some than the rest,
however, in each, there's a lot of the best.
So what is the guidepost for knowing the "best"?

For me there's a guidepost for judging the voice
most likely expressing such "best" as a choice:
A steadfast belief that by God was the choice
that Man have the right and the will we call "choice"
on whether, or how, to say "God" is my choice.

This insight on what is the "best" way of living
a faith that is worthy of what we were given
by Forebears declaring by "God" we were given
the right and the will to make choices in living
reveals why it's right to express our Thanksgiving.

And therefore, Thanksgiving's a time to embrace
this special, uniquely American faith
not only by those who in God profess faith
but also by those who, though lacking such faith,
embrace our uniquely American faith.

And most who give "thanks" to the God of their choice
do likewise believe that the gift we call "choice"
endures thanks to fellows among us whose choice
compels them to risk their own lives to give voice
to those who respect -- as from God -- human choice.

And therefore, among many "Thanks" I'll be giving
are thanks to our troops for the way they are living
their lives so that "choice" in the lives we are living
endures despite threats to the choices we're given,
so hear what I wrote to express my "Thanksgiving":

(Verse 1)
From farms in the country, from cities and towns,
from places quite humble, from places renowned,
from fact'tries, from stores and from offices tall,
from service professions, from shops in our malls,
come citizen soldiers our country to serve
as full-time professionals, guard or reserve.

(Verse 2)
From mothers and fathers and husbands and wives
from children and lovers and friends in their lives
our citizen soldiers depart despite tears
on missions of danger in spite of their fears
as selflessly, proudly and bravely they serve
that freedom of conscience and Faith be preserved.

To you who defend us, we proudly proclaim,
our pride in the deeds you have done in our name.
To citizen soldiers our humble refrain:
We thank you, we thank you for deeds in our name.

(Verse 3)
In caves and in tunnels where murderers train
unspeakable terror they face in our name.
With principled discipline, training and skill
in taming the instinct to kill or be killed,
our citizen soldiers have honored our name,
so, proudly we thank them for deeds in our name.

(Verse 4)
They serve in the skies and at sea and on land,
in mountains and jungles and deserts of sand,
on foot and in foxholes, in trenches and tents,
in tanks and on submarine mission descents,
in planes and on ships and on carrier decks,
in Humvees and hangars and convoys on treks.

To you who defend us, we proudly proclaim,
our pride in the deeds you have done in our name.
To citizen soldiers our humble refrain:
We thank you, we thank you for deeds in our name.

(Verse 5)
For risks to themselves they increase as they strive
to minimize dangers to innocent lives,
so we and posterity freedom retain,
unspeakable evil they face our name.
Our citizen solders have honored our name,
so thank them we must for their deeds in our name.

(Final Chorus)
To you who defend us, we proudly proclaim,
our pride in the deeds you have done in our name.
To citizen soldiers our humble refrain:
We thank you, we thank you for deeds in our name.

--Jim Wrenn, Editor,; Editor, PoliSat.Com.

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Biography - Jim Wrenn

Jim is a proud descendant of 18th Century criminal exiles from England who swam to the Outer Banks when the British ship taking them to a Georgia penal colony sank in a storm near Cape Hatteras. Having the prescience to prevent their descendants from becoming "TarHeels," they immediately migrated to Virginia, where, within just a few generations they worked their way up into poverty. Jim's grandfather was the first in the family tree to see the distant horizons, but his career was cut short by severe injuries he sustained when a cousin cut down the tree.

After a brief stint in the Amry (ours) following graduation from law school, he began his legal career in the state bureaucracy but was never able to break into the federal bureaucracy. Several years later, he entered the private practice of law and co-founded a small law publishing company. Later, finding the publishing of small laws unstimulating and finding his private practice too private to be lucrative, he began writing political satire/commentary. His greatest vice is taking himself too seriously.

He wrote the definitive books on the Clinton Era Error: the Clinton Liebrary Book (pre-October, 2000), which he later updated as the Clinton Liebrary Book 2001 Edition to include Election 2000, the post-election shennanigans, and related events through August, 2001. The 2001 edition is the only known literary source that conclusively shows why Bill Clinton pardoned Susan McDougal but not Webster Hubbel. It also presciently contains the Billary/Hillary Dueling Memoirs. At every opportunity he shamelessly promotes his books for orders on-line or by fax at www.ClintonLiebraryBook.Com. He's also the Librarian at the Clinton Liebrary (www.ClintonLiebrary.Com), which owns exclusive rights to Bill Clinton's most famous speech as well as Bill Clinton's comments after revelation of the identity of Deep Throat in 2005.

As an amateur scientist as well as a scientific amateur, he de-bunks the man-is-causing-Global "Warming" theory, and predicts that by the middle of the 21st Century (when he will be safely dead) physicists will discover the obvious flaws in Einstein's Theory of Relativity, which will lead to vastly-faster-than-light travel through polarization of gravity. As a constitutional-law scholar, he's trying to teach those who hold a static, zero-sum-game view of economic and social theories to understand that "property" is not a "thing" but rather is a human right.

Although he regularly teaches Continuing Legal Education courses to lawyers, he's too-often available through he Rubber Chicken Speakers Bureau to speak on politics, satire, etc., at luncheons, dinners, root canals, funerals, etc. His speaking fees are so outrageously high they border on criminal price-gouging, but as a free-market advocate, he defends his fees on the higher moral ground of charging whatever the traffic will bear. For more information (surely more than one would want or need), go to www.PoliSat.Com.

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