Tuesday, October 19, 2010

America & The Invisible Hand

In his first Inaugural Address, George Washington remarked that "it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and the happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes . . . ."

His prayer was followed by an astute observation - which might very well be controversial today if uttered by a President:  "No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States.  Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have distinguished by some token of providential agency . . . ."  

Indeed, any one who truly understands our history would have difficulty in contradicting the sentiment.

In the hustle and bustle of the day, take time to give thanks for the miracle that is America.

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