About Ercille I. Christmas
Ercille I. Christmas was born in the tiny Caribbean island
of St. Kitts, the "Gibraltar of the Caribbean." She is thrilled to be an
American citizen, living in "the land of the free and the home of the
brave." Formerly a supervisor in the insurance industry, her life changed on
September 11, 2001, and she has devoted every minute since then, to speaking
and writing about the threat that Islamic terrorism and internal
anti-American behavior pose to our country. Her book, "Thoughts
of a Proud American," can be bought on Amazon.com, and she also blogs at
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Obama Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize
This Is Not
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Side of Glory: The Other Victims of 9/11/01
Never Let a
'Serious Crisis Go to Waste'...
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Self & Mauling by Wolves
Good...and "People Are Crazy"
2009: Hold the Fireworks?
Liberty & the Pursuit of Death
Meet the Denizens
Flanders Field”: Memorial Day 2009
The Airplane Photo-Op Smacks into 9/11 Territory
George Washington...Still "First In Our Hearts?”
America: Land That I (Will Always) Love!
Eureka! I’ve Found It!
If Only I Were a Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse
Eric Holder’s Correct...But Not in the Way He Thinks
Greed Is King...Now Its Kingdom Is on Life Support
Honor the King
Beneficiaries & Their Day of Reckoning
Seeking an Attitude Adjustor
There’s A New "Plague” In Town...”Debt-itis”
Whither Now, America?
A Solomonesque Dilemma...Saw the U.S. in Half?
Bridge to Somewhere: My Wish List for a President
A Business Plan for '09...Without Fleecing Grandma
2008...Day of Patriots
The Lip-Synching Olympics...
John Edwards Was Right...There Are Two Americas
Who Is An American?
Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Entitlements
In Iraq, Al-Qaeda’s Surge-Protector Malfunctions
Happy Birthday to the USA: 'Whippersnapper Nation!'
How Did We Come To This?
Ercille I. Christmas
Praise & Pie
November 26, 2009
In the Baptist church that I attend, the evening before Thanksgiving is
an evening of "praise and pie.” We first praise God for His blessings,
and then we dig into the various pies donated by our members. I love
this combo of culinary artistry and the sublime!
Do we have much for which to be thankful this Thanksgiving? That depends
on one’s perspective. For the purely materialistic, there is not much
praising to be offered. Maybe the mansion in the hills was taken away by
the bank, the real owner. Even "cash for clunkers” did not provide
relief for the Maserati that the bank, the real owner, repossessed.
Maybe a Madoff type absconded with the funds that were meant for the
lazy days of retirement. Maybe the real Madoff made off with those
funds. So there really is not much for which to be thankful if the focus
is solely money.
If you really, really hate America, your Thanksgiving will be
celebratory. There will be a huge turkey served on a platter in the
shape of the USA, with trimmings of taxation, peppered with cuts in
Medicare, with side dishes of reduction of benefits (rationing), and
loss of jobs, served up to those middle-class dolts who keep up this
drumbeat of God, family, friends and country. Where was that God Whom
they so adore when their future was being carved up by 535 "butchers”
clothed in non-traditional Thanksgiving garb? "My country tis of thee”?
It is more like, "my country where art thou”? You who hate the
traditional values of your country, are celebrating as you see those
"right wing fanatics, domestic terrorist, God and guns-clinging” peons
survey, not the wondrous cross, but their country impaled on a
figurative stake. Pop a cork.
You in the Military….do you have much for which you are thankful? If you
are at Fort Hood, you will try to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday,
but truthfully you are giving thanks that the terrorist attack on your
base was not as bad as it could have been. Yep, I just named the
slaughter a terrorist attack. That was not a "snap” judgment. Since we
are in the season of the turkey, instead of a duck analogy, let’s
substitute the turkey analogy. If the Fort Hood alleged slaughterer
looks like a terrorist turkey, shoots like a terrorist turkey, makes
terrorist connections like a turkey, by golly, it could be a terrorist
Those of you in Afghanistan….celebrating yet? I wonder if your Commander
General McChrystal is even aware that it is Thanksgiving. He probably is
more aware than the rest of us. He probably has one of those calendars
that condemned men put up on their walls to count down the days to the
trip to the gas chamber. No, he is not factually condemned to the gas
chamber, unless that chamber is called "Ditherers Row.” He must have
begun his countdown some time in August, and he is probably not
thinking "my how time flies when you are having fun.” He is probably
wondering if he included the year in his request for more boots on the
ground, air and sea. Did he forget to mention that he means 2009?
How about, the "arrogant,” "divisive” American population, so described
by your president? Are you giving thanks that you voted for "hope” and
"change,” and a promise that your country would be transformed, and you
have been conscripted in that transformation? Even the Thanksgiving
turkeys must be wondering if they wandered into the wrong barnyard. Is
that traditional Thanksgiving table laden down with trillions of dollars
in deficits, gazillions in debt, 10.02 percent – 16 percent
unemployment, instead of turkeys, yams, cranberry sauce and stuffing?
Are you shouting curses, instead of giving praises when you finally face
the fact that China owns the table, the table cloth, as well as most of
the rest of your country, and Iran is ready to serve up a nuke, probably
before the next Thanksgiving holiday rolls around? Should you even
bother to decorate that table?
"Yes we can,” and "yes you should!” Bring out the pies and let us shout
out the praises! The USA is wounded but there is still a lot of life in
that body! The "gang of 535” sure heard from millions of the serfs via
fax, e-mail, snail mail, in person and through the viral world, about
excessive spending and that 2.5 trillion health care "reform” bill.
Admittedly, the way this system works, is that the elites make the laws
and pass them for the serfs to obey, while the elites are exempt from
those same laws. But, until the last vestiges of freedom are overridden
– and that is not a done deal – the elites still have to be voted upon.
That is something for which we should all be thankful, and be prepared
to defend this right to vote, to the death. "Freedom is not free.”
"Freedom is not free.” It is priceless. We have enjoyed our freedom all
of these two hundred thirty three years, because of the ordinary men and
women who perform extraordinary feats of daring, to protect us from
enemies within and without. It is not an exaggeration to state that this
country has the finest military in the world. Yes, partly because of the
technical gadgets and "wizardry.” Even more importantly, it is the
caliber of men and women who protect us. That is our ace in the foxhole.
Their devotion and dedication are nonpareil. Thank you guardians of my,
What else is there for which we should sound the trumpets? The
president’s declaration that this is "not a Christian nation "
notwithstanding, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob still rules in this
land! He, not the government, is Our Father, and we are His! We all,
elites and peons alike, will stand before Him and give an account of the
lives that He granted to us. Those who have ridden roughshod over His
people and who have abused the authority granted by Him, as the Ricky
Ricardo character on I Love Lucy, used to say, "will have a lot of
‘splaining to do.” Unlike the president’s explanation for those
incorrect number of jobs created, supposedly the accounting of which is
"an inexact science,” God’s science is inviolably precise and exact.
Good luck in trying to fudge His books.
Finally, this is still the USA, "land of the free and home of the
brave!” We are relatively free, so let us revel in this hard won
freedom, while we can. Bring out the pies. Make mine a combo. Let us
give praise for God, family, friends and country!
His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to
Him and praise His name. Count your blessings. Name them one by one.”