President-elect Trump's Thanksgiving video calls for the nation to unite to Make America Great.
Full speech transcript
We are very blessed to call this nation our home. And that is what America is: it is our home. It’s where we raise our families, care for our loved ones, look out for our neighbors, and live out our dreams.
It is my prayer, that on this Thanksgiving, we begin to heal our divisions and move forward as one country, strengthened by a shared purpose and very, very common resolve.
In declaring this national holiday, President Lincoln called upon Americans to speak with “one voice and one heart.” That’s just what we have to do.
We have just finished a long and bruising political campaign. Emotions are raw and tensions just don’t heal overnight. It doesn’t go quickly, unfortunately, but we have before us the chance now to make history together to bring real change to Washington, real safety to our cities, and real prosperity to our communities, including our inner cities. So important to me, and so important to our country. But to succeed, we must enlist the effort of our entire nation.
This historic political campaign is now over. Now begins a great national campaign to rebuild our country and to restore the full promise of America for all of our people.
I am asking you to join me in this effort. It is time to restore the bonds of trust between citizens. Because when America is unified, there is nothing beyond our reach, and I mean absolutely nothing.
Let us give thanks for all that we have, and let us boldly face the exciting new frontiers that lie ahead.
Thank you. God Bless You and God Bless America.
I object. Is America worthy of a reflective patriotism that doesn't mindlessly assert, 'My country, right or wrong'?
The United States of America thrives on diversity. America is a home to all, such that no one group can call itself more “American” than another. A diverse organization is one that values the difference in people.
What exactly does “speak with one voice” mean? Essentially, it means that risk communicators and crisis communicators – and in fact all communicators – should do whatever it takes to ensure message consistency. The most extreme version demands total centralization of the public communication role; everyone is told to refer all inquiries to a single source. More moderate versions involve generating a set of key messages that everyone is supposed to stick to. http://www.psandman.com/col/onevoice.htm
“Most of the time, we see only what we want to see, or what others tell us to see, instead of really investigate to see what is really there. We embrace illusions only because we are presented with the illusion that they are embraced by the majority. When in truth, they only become popular because they are pounded at us by the media with such an intensity and high level of repetition that its mere force disguises lies and truths. And like obedient schoolchildren, we do not question their validity and swallow everything up like medicine. Why? Because since the earliest days of our youth, we have been conditioned to accept that the direction of the herd, and authority anywhere — is always right.” ― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
Happy Thanksgiving. I hope that doesn't offend you to say it.
I don't see speaking with one voice as a dangerous prospect. Primarily because how we go about implementing it will reflect our diversity. No one seeks to have the populace rubber stamp govenment activity.
I suppose this thread is little more than another piece of evidence of our lack of unity. Me, me, me. Mine, mine, mine. If exactly what I want is not the end result, with no deviation and no consideration for what others think on the matter then I'm bound to complain about it.
There can be no unity without consideration of others. But, unity doesn't appear to be desirable. Tyranny appears to be ok a long as it would be my tyranny, or so those refusing to give this process a chance seem to be saying to me.
Thank your for your stuck-up answer. I'm talking about "tyranny of the majority" and you turned it around against me as if dissent is selfish and one-sided.
Don't you see? It is selfish and one sided. Complaining without any attempt to find the good or the compromise. Diversity demands compromise to maintain the happiness of all diverse elements. Complaining accomplishes nothing but belly aching that your unique diversity doesn't take precedent.
Pardon me for not adding the ubiquitous poster. But, that's a far end trait from what I have gathered.
I like the Perry Mason picture-IT SAYS IT ALL!!!!
Everybody has the right to complain, heaven knows that the forces on the right certainly have been expert at this over the last 8 years. From the 'cooperative Tea Party' created virtually on the day of Obama's inauguration.
The right's idea of compromise is total capitulation of the other side. Yes, Trump is going to be subject to relentless and critical analysis, just as Obama was from the forces of reaction, years ago. As President, Trump can and should expect this. Will he be up to it?
Hope that you have the day off from your restaurant establishment. Best Thanksgiving Wishes.
Will unattached try to report the freak show from far away. Where Obama jumps into the frying pan then Trump jumps into the fire.
Have a hot roast beast on Thanksgiving.
Enjoy your comments.
So, what is the answer? To have the left do exactly what they complained about the right doing?
Like I said. Everyone wants to complain if exactly what they want isn't what everyone has to swallow. Forget unity. Forget compromise. Me, me, me. Mine, mine, mine.
This country will continue its fractious existence as long as this selfish entitlement philosophy is the order of the day.
And yet you are so far above it? I have heard you accuse Democrats as being the bigger culprit of voter
fraud, that is an area of contention from my point of view right there. You are hardly the lady holding the scales of justice, blindfolded, I think that you do peek as to which side the scales are tilted and comment based upon that. Where you are giving everyone this impression that you are just an impartial observer, right?
Ever heard of landslide Lyndon? Free meals for votes? Ballot box stuffing? Every one I've heard of was democrats. Now, if I become privy to the same amount of voter fraud from Republicans then I'll change my opinion.
But, that is a part of our process we have to remain ever vigilant against.
And, since neither the far left or far right appear to care about those of us in the middle my opinion stands. You all want to mold the country into your images. Left or right. You all scream about diversity but none of you respect it, unless it agrees to walk in your footsteps.
I have been following enough of the debates to know that you are right of center. I am privy to many outrages regarding voting rights committed by GOP, regardless of what you are 'privy to', do I need to document this? Diversity is acceptable to you as long as it the right wing vision, there is no neutral in this debate.
For every landslide Lyndon, there is a landslide REagan.
So, what is your plan for the country to be molded into?
When leaders threaten the viability of Roe vs Wade or the the right to privacy in sexual behavior between consenting adults, as his appointees are subscribing to, I am going to complain.
I did not say that I plan to overthrow the government, but I reserve to myself the right of dissent. Free speech, AMERICA, that sort of thing you know.
My vision? Something in between you guys. You know I support a woman's right to choose but I won't vote solely on that issue.
But, tell me what you see as the right wing vision and I'll tell you if you are right or if, once again, you are making it up as you go.
As long as I allowed to call you out on your exaggerations concerning those with left leaning ideology, sure....
You are certainly capable of sharing any comment which enters your mind. I will say that until Hillary stepped to the forefront of the stage I found you to be fair, reasonable and somewhat willing to consider other opinions. As I did many other left leaning posters.
I remember that from Duffy Duck, or was that from Trump mine mine mine!!!
"It is my prayer, that on this Thanksgiving, we begin to heal our divisions and move forward as one country, strengthened by a shared purpose and very, very common resolve".
Appointed a chief strategist who has boasted of providing the platform for a neo-nazi movement.
Named someone prevented from becoming a federal judge because he was too racist, as attorney general, the person in charge of upholding civil rights.
Trump's actions speak much louder than his words.
Politics is an ever changing game. When Obama was President, there was the Tea Party who protested, now that Trump is President-Elect, many Liberals are protesting. Right to free speech & protest, I say. Americans have this right.
Tyranny of the majority ? Too bad for the nanny state left that that isn't America , Not by design and not of it's evolution , Want a majority rule , Then go back to day care - College - grade school . Go back to the community center , The American political system works the way it is .
The left that lost the election fairly , that needs change in the system now to accommodate
their "safe space " emotional whining ? Get used to it ! The right waited for eight years .It's Your turn ....................
ptosis - You hub was too well-written to pound your first commenter with "Thank your for your stuck-up answer."
Nobody is going to get over this election - that lasted about 18 months - overnight or over a fortnight. The winners write editorials like yours and God Bless. Especially when a president-elect doesn't win the popular vote and when that benefits one party twice in a period of only 16 years, the nation needs time to recover. At least a third of it does.
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