Weekly Republican Address
Incoming House GOP Conference Vice Chair Doug Collins
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Thanksgiving always brings with it the promise of renewal – renewal of common values and traditions – these things are especially important this year.
Our nation faces pressing problems. We have just been through a long and at times divisive campaign. Thanksgiving dinner discussions may be a little more spirited this year than in previous years. But we can be proud to live in a nation where we are free to voice our differences passionately, and resolve them peacefully. We honor these values by gathering together.
There is perhaps a timely lesson in the heritage of the holiday itself. It was President Lincoln who, amid the anguish and division of the Civil War, made Thanksgiving a formal holiday. It was a way to bring the country together and to honor the blessings that – in his words – “should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged.” And so this pause for reflection has been our annual ritual for more than 150 years.
There is much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. We are thankful for the men and women who fight for us, who spend this holiday away from home. We are thankful for the police and first responders, doctors and nurses who work around the clock to keep us safe. We are thankful for everyone who opens their doors and hearts to those who are less fortunate and in need.
Every day, we are guided by our belief in the dignity of every person, and the hope that we will leave our children with a stronger nation than we inherited. In the weeks ahead, our mission is to set things on the right course. A unified Republican government offers the people a better way to address some of our biggest challenges.
The work will not be easy. There will always be difficult days. But if we listen and learn from one another, if we seek to empower – and not to exploit – one another, our journey ahead will be brighter than the path behind us. And we’ll gather together to give thanks for the heritage we share, for a more perfect union.
This Thanksgiving, we are humbled by the opportunity to serve, and the chance to walk with all Americans towards a better way and a brighter future.
We wish you and yours a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. And may God always bless the United States of America.