President Reagan’s Words For Your Thanksgiving

Thirty years ago, President Ronald Reagan issued this beautiful Thanksgiving Proclamation – I encourage you to read it aloud at your Thanksgiving dinner table this year.

All of us at the WSRP wish you and your family all the wonderful blessings of a Happy Thanksgiving.

Susan Hutchison
Chairman, Washington State Republican Party

November 28, 1985 – By the President of the United States of America – A Proclamation

Although the time and date of the first American thanksgiving observance may be uncertain, there is no question but that this treasured custom derives from our Judeo-Christian heritage. “Unto Thee, O God, do we give thanks,” the Psalmist sang, praising God not only for the “wondrous works” of His creation, but for loving guidance and deliverance from dangers.

A band of settlers arriving in Maine in 1607 held a service of thanks for their safe journey, and twelve years later settlers in Virginia set aside a day of thanksgiving for their survival. In 1621 Governor William Bradford created the most famous of all such observances at Plymouth Colony when a bounteous harvest prompted him to proclaim a special day “to render thanksgiving to the Almighty God for all His blessings.” The Spaniards in California and the Dutch in New Amsterdam also held services to give public thanks to God.

In 1777, during our War of Independence, the Continental Congress set aside a day for thanksgiving and praise for our victory at the battle of Saratoga. It was the first time all the colonies took part in such an event on the same day. The following year, upon news that France was coming to our aid, George Washington at Valley Forge prescribed a special day of thanksgiving. Later, as our first President, he responded to a Congressional petition by declaring Thursday, November 26, 1789, the first Thanksgiving Day of the United States of America.

Although there were many state and national thanksgiving days proclaimed in the ensuing years, it was the tireless crusade of one woman, Sarah Josepha Hale, that finally led to the establishment of this beautiful feast as an annual nationwide observance. Her editorials so touched the heart of Abraham Lincoln that in 1863 — even in the midst of the Civil War — he enjoined his countrymen to be mindful of their many blessings, cautioning them not to forget “the source from which they come,” that they are “the gracious gifts of the Most High God….” Who ought to be thanked “with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.”

It is in that spirit that I now invite all Americans to take part again in this beautiful tradition with its roots deep in our history and deeper still in our hearts. We manifest our gratitude to God for the many blessings He has showered upon our land and upon its people.

In this season of Thanksgiving we are grateful for our abundant harvests and the productivity of our industries; for the discoveries of our laboratories; for the researches of our scientists and scholars; for the achievements of our artists, musicians, writers, clergy, teachers, physicians, businessmen, engineers, public servants, farmers, mechanics, artisans, and workers of every sort whose honest toil of mind and body in a free land rewards them and their families and enriches our entire Nation.

Let us thank God for our families, friends, and neighbors, and for the joy of this very festival we celebrate in His name. Let every house of worship in the land and every home and every heart be filled with the spirit of gratitude and praise and love on this Thanksgiving Day.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, in the spirit and tradition of the Pilgrims, the Continental Congress, and past Presidents, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 28, 1985, as a day of national Thanksgiving. I call upon every citizen of this great Nation to gather together in homes and places of worship and offer prayers of praise and gratitude for the many blessings Almighty God has bestowed upon our beloved country.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and tenth.

RONALD REAGAN

Open Letter To Jay Inslee On The Syrian Refugees

Jay Inslee is wrong again!  Read WSRP Chairman Susan Hutchison’s “Open Letter to Jay Inslee on the Syrian Refugees” (below), and complete this form to express your opinion!

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To Jay Inslee:

I know Dan Evans.  Dan Evans is a friend of mine.  Governor, you are no Dan Evans.

You sent a letter to the New York Times comparing yourself, and your position on the Syrian refugees, to Republican Governor Dan Evans in the mid ’70s when Evans welcomed Vietnamese refugees to our state.

Big difference, Jay.  The Vietnamese refugees had fought alongside us for 10 years against the communists.  When the U.S. pulled out, those who represented a threat to communism (the educated middle class — teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, military) fled for their lives.  When they arrived in our state, they took humble jobs and raised their children to embrace the American Dream.   None of the Vietnamese who risked their lives crossing the sea has ever posed a threat to our national security.

Recently, Governor Evans said, “Welcoming them was the right thing to do.  The same would be true today if we didn’t have the problems of terrorists.  So I think we have to be a lot more careful than we were then.  All it takes is a handful of terrorists determined to wreak havoc….”

Americans are the most open and generous people in the world.  This country’s sons and daughters have fought and died for oppressed people everywhere.  Most Syrians are victims of a wicked leader and evil ISIS (and an Obama/Clinton foreign policy that has left the Middle East in chaos).  Most of the Syrian refugees would not seek to harm us.  But the Paris attacks prove that even a few “refugees” will zealously slaughter innocents.

Republicans in Congress have asked for a “pause” in the refugee process.  You say you’ve “spoken with federal officials … and they feel confident about the … process that is in place.”  Oh, so perhaps you’ve even spoken to the President, who just one day before the attacks said that ISIS was contained?  Are we to believe that this government can protect us when the President has continually underestimated the threat of the ISIS “JV team”?

Given the sadness, anger and alarm Americans feel after the Paris attacks, why would a caring leader show contempt for his citizens instead of caution?  And even worse, why are you lecturing us about new refugees when you have not cared for those we already have?

Jay, in your own state, hundreds of refugees from war-torn Muslim countries have begged for better schools to give their children a chance.  Instead, their sought-for charter schools have been abruptly shut down by WEA-funded judges.  You could have fought for refugee children, but you have not — because the powerful WEA funded your election too.

Americans believe this country is vulnerable to a Paris-style attack.  We want leaders who will protect us, not lecture us.

Susan Hutchison
Chairman, Washington State Republican Party

Open Letter To Jay Inslee About The Syrian Refugees

To Jay Inslee:

I know Dan Evans.  Dan Evans is a friend of mine.  Governor, you are no Dan Evans.

You sent a letter to the New York Times comparing yourself and your position on the Syrian refugees, to Republican Governor Dan Evans in the mid ’70s when Evans welcomed Vietnamese refugees to our state.

Big difference, Jay.  The Vietnamese refugees had fought alongside us for 10 years against the communists.  When the U.S. pulled out, those who represented a threat to communism (the educated middle class — teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, military) fled for their lives.  When they arrived in our state, they took humble jobs and raised their children to embrace the American Dream.   None of the Vietnamese who risked their lives crossing the sea has ever posed a threat to our national security.

Recently, Governor Evans said, “Welcoming them was the right thing to do.  The same would be true today if we didn’t have the problems of terrorists.  So I think we have to be a lot more careful than we were then.  All it takes is a handful of terrorists determined to wreak havoc….”

Americans are the most open and generous people in the world.  This country’s sons and daughters have fought and died for oppressed people everywhere.  Most Syrians are victims of a wicked leader and evil ISIS (and an Obama/Clinton foreign policy that has left the Middle East in chaos).  Most of the Syrian refugees would not seek to harm us.  But the Paris attacks prove that even a few “refugees” will zealously slaughter innocents.

Republicans in Congress have asked for a “pause” in the refugee process.  You say you’ve “spoken with federal officials … and they feel confident about the … process that is in place.”  Oh, so perhaps you’ve even spoken to the President, who just one day before the attacks said that ISIS was contained?  Are we to believe that this government can protect us when the President has continually underestimated the threat of the ISIS “JV team”?

Given the sadness, anger and alarm Americans feel after the Paris attacks, why would a caring leader show contempt for his citizens instead of caution?  And even worse, why are you lecturing us about new refugees when you have not cared for those we already have?

Jay, in your own state, hundreds of refugees from war-torn Muslim countries have begged for better schools to give their children a chance.  Instead, their sought-for charter schools have been abruptly shut down by WEA-funded judges.  You could have fought for refugee children, but you have not — because the powerful WEA funded your election too.

Americans believe this country is vulnerable to a Paris-style attack.  We want leaders who will protect us, not lecture us.

Susan Hutchison
Chairman, Washington State Republican Party

Candidates – 2015 Campaign

See below for results of the 2015 State House special elections.

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TeriHickel2015

ELECTED!  30th LD, position 2: TERI HICKEL As of November 21, Teri Hickel’s margin of victory in the 30th LD is 55% to 45%.

 

MaryDye2015

RETAINED!  9th LD, position 1: MARY DYE As of November 21, Mary Dye’s margin of victory in the 9th LD is 63% to 37%.

VIP Reception Photos From WSRP 2015 Veterans Day Dinner

For VIP reception photos from the WSRP 2015 Annual Dinner with Frank Luntz, CLICK HERE

VIP Reception Photos From WSRP 2015 Annual Dinner

For VIP reception photos from the WSRP 2015 Annual Dinner with Frank Luntz, CLICK HERE

Islamic Terrorist Attack On France

BELLEVUE, WA, November 13 – Susan Hutchison, the Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party, issued the following statement:

“We are profoundly saddened and angered by the ongoing terrorist attack on Paris.  

“These Islamic extremists are waging a war on freedom.  Americans stand with the French, just as they have stood with us.  Liberty must be defended; these terrorists must be defeated.

“We will continue to pray for the people of France and for the many people who will endure the loss of loved ones in these barbaric attacks.”

Happy 240th Birthday To The United States Marine Corps! Semper Fi!

Happy 240th Birthday To The United States Marine Corps! Semper Fi!

 

INDIAN OCEAN (Nov. 4, 2015) U.S Marines and Sailors with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit transport a simulated causality during a mass-casualty drill on the flight deck of the USS Essex (LHD 2).The Marines and Sailors honed their skills to become quicker and more efficient should a situation arise where medical attention is needed. The 15th MEU is currently deployed in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to promote regional stability and security in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elize McKelvey/Released)

INDIAN OCEAN (Nov. 4, 2015) U.S Marines and Sailors with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit transport a simulated causality during a mass-casualty drill on the flight deck of the USS Essex (LHD 2).The Marines and Sailors honed their skills to become quicker and more efficient should a situation arise where medical attention is needed. The 15th MEU is currently deployed in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to promote regional stability and security in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elize McKelvey/Released)

VICTORY!

***UPDATE: As of November 18, Teri Hickel’s margin of victory in the 30th LD is 55% to 45%.  In the 9th LD, Mary Dye’s lead is 63% to 37%.  Statewide, Initiative 1366 is leading 52% to 48%.

November 3: In a great victory for the people of Washington, tonight’s election results show that Republican State House candidate Teri Hickel will win!

In the 30th LD (Federal Way), ballots from King County and Pierce County give Hickel a lead of 54% to 46% over her WEA funded Democrat opponent.  Hickel’s victory brings the GOP within one seat of controlling the entire legislature!  The last time that happened was 1998.

Also, in the 9th LD, Mary Dye, appointed to fill a vacancy in May, was retained by a margin of 65% to 35% over her opponent, Richard Lathim.

Congratulations to Teri Hickel and Mary Dye, and to the great effort of supporters, volunteers, activists, and donors.  

Initiative 1366 appears headed for victory, with initial results indicating the measure is leading 54% to 46%.  The voters of Washington don’t want tax increases without a 2/3rds vote of the legislature.

Tonight’s victory puts Republicans in a strong position.  Let’s continue the momentum by electing a Republican governor in 2016!




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