I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. . . . the Lord is your shade at your right hand; . . . The Lord watches over you—the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121, Verses 1, 2, 5, and 8)
In our Orbits blog series we like to present content suggested by our members and friends. Today on Thanksgiving Eve, we offer up Bari Weiss’ speech, The Last Line of Defense, given to the Federalist Society on November 10, 2023. Like Ghost Busters, Inc. in its start-up phase, our member hotline has been ringing off the hook. We got one!
Seriously, this is one of the best speeches we’ve seen in years. It’s being called the best such lecture given in the Barbara Olsen Series (Ms. Olsen died on American Airlines Flight 77 when it was flown into the Pentagon on September 11) in its 20-year history. Americans and many others around the world will forever remember and speak about October 7, 2023 and September 11, 2001 in the same breath.
Ms. Weiss’ speech was 36 minutes longer than the Gettysburg Address, delivered in less than two minutes by President Lincoln on November 19, 1863. Nonetheless, Ms. Weiss’ address is having the same effect on many American patriots. If you do not have time to watch it over the Thanksgiving break, you can review her article here covering much of the same material.
Though please, watch the speech!!
We will not try to summarize its contents because we could not do it justice. You will come away renewed about the task before us in America and your own role in it. All of us are vital with purpose and meaning in our lives, plenty of reason to get up every morning with renewed vigor, and gifted to fit a significant role in shaping the common good.
This is what America was born to do, and no other country can do it like us.
A final note about Thanksgiving itself.
We need to keep in mind that Thanksgiving is an American holiday first declared by Abraham Lincoln on October 3, 1963 in gratitude to God for the Union victory in the three day Battle of Gettysburg earlier that year on July 3. While Thanksgiving makes all turkeys and some Southerners a bit nervous (Ha! All Southerners were neither “bad” anymore than all Yanks good), Thanksgiving is for all Americans and anyone else who wants to join in.
But the point is not to have a terrific meal or the best, high quality time with family or friends. It is to thank God for our many blessings.
This is what the Pilgrims in Massachusetts, the colonists in Virginia before that, and the Union troops and American citizens did after they had gotten into the game of life with purpose. In each case they had survived to the point of being able to celebrate in the extremely dangerous New World. The Union and Confederate troops had shown up to defend their nation in one of the most desperate battles of any war in human history.
In sum, we must show up for God’s providence to take over. You are the “last line of defense.”
Ms. Weiss recognizes the importance of all Americans binding together now with all of those whom we can agree with on the most important issues: the dignity of every individual (born in the Image of God), truth, justice, compassion, charity, and servant leadership. We must restore security to make freedom and justice possible.
In conclusion, the primary purpose of Thanksgiving is to thank God our Creator—and to all Christians and Jews worldwide—that is the Creator God of the Bible. Our country is only possible through the sacred political rights that flow from God, observed and enforced by us.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and friends from Praxis Circle, and get ready for a very important 2024 in America.