The leftists at the so-called mainstream news want you to know that Thanksgiving is a time for religious nutters, Bible Thumpers, and Pilgrims who were whack jobs just like ISIS. Thank WaPo for that comparison.
You might say, if you wanted to be critical, they’re religious nutters who won’t settle for anything except the most literal reading of the Bible, they want to transform a nation-state into something that resembles what they take to be a godly kingdom,” British historian Pauline Croft tells us. Religious scholar Susan Hardman Moore puts it in rather moderate, less judgmental terms: “They were transient citizens of the world, and ultimately citizens of heaven. And they were on a journey towards purity, that’s what they sought.”
Despite their theological extremism, oddball reputations and the logistical obstacles to success, the Pilgrims managed to plant themselves in America. It may not be comforting to see even the broad parallels between the Pilgrims and the extremists of the Islamic State (both groups shared a sense that the apocalypse was — in the form of the Thirty Years’ War — or is nigh), but it’s true that some small, determined religious movements do actually change the world.
Chicago Police Chief McCarthy, who has watched murders increase on his watch and now has a rogue cop who appears to have murdered a jaywalking 17-year old, thinks he knows why whites are racist towards blacks – it’s those Pilgrims!
“It’s a big issue. It’s a long time coming. We’ve done a lot of things wrong in policing in this country. I’m willing to admit that,” said Chief McCarthy “But this goes back 200-300 years to the time when Pilgrims came here and things developed from that, the African American experience in this country.”
WaPo also has food recipes to include such delights as Tofurky. Oh yum, and don’t serve cranberry sauce because it represents the right-wing.
HuffPo was kind enough to give tips on what to talk about with the crazy right-wing nut job relatives. One such thought:
How To Talk To Your Crazy Uncle At Thanksgiving About Syrian Refugees
Here’s one incredible trick to defuse potential family tension while eating turkey.
Don’t do it.
Then there is this from the NY Times.
“The holiday season is filled with food, traveling and lively discussions with Republican relatives about politics sometimes laced with statements that are just not true,” the site reads. “Here are the most common myths spouted by your family members who spend too much time listening to Rush Limbaugh and the perfect response to each of them.”
They go on to recommend arguing with those crazy right-wingers.
Someone has to do it and it will be cathartic, the author suggests.
My Thanksgiving will be spent in part with a woman who writes love letters to Barack Obama – pity me!
The DNC had a list of facts to know for Thanksgiving that was chock full of lies. They have boxes covered with the faces of leading Republicans and when you click on one, there is some nasty, comment about the candidate. You can also get inaccurate facts about such topics as climate change.
If you don’t like those suggestions, you can take Rush Limbaugh’s suggestion and be inspired by Thanksgiving with the true story of Thanksgiving and how the Pilgrims rejected communism.
No one can become a great American by being taught we are ignoble. We need to disavow the far left lies about our origins.
What follows are the stories that inspire and they are what the far left condemns.
Rush Limbaugh has a children’s book series called Rush Revere which features a time traveling horse. It details the true story of our history. It’s one we can teach our children instead of the hate-filled tomes put out by the left.
George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation.
Rush Limbaugh’s story based on history.
“The story of the Pilgrims begins in the early part of the Seventeenth Century … The Church of England under King James I was persecuting anyone and everyone who did not recognize its absolute civil and spiritual authority. Those who challenged ecclesiastical authority and those who believed strongly in freedom of worship were hunted down, imprisoned, and sometimes executed for their beliefs. A group of separatists first fled to Holland and established a community.
“After eleven years, about forty of them agreed to make a perilous journey to the New World, where they would certainly face hardships, but could live and worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences. On August 1, 1620, the Mayflower set sail. It carried a total of 102 passengers,” and a talking horse. Well, I’m adding that in, a talking horse. (laughing) ” It carried a total of 102 passengers including forty Pilgrims led by William Bradford. On the journey, Bradford set up an agreement, a contract, that established just and equal laws for all members of the new community, irrespective of their religious beliefs. Where did the revolutionary ideas expressed in the Mayflower Compact come from? From the Bible. The Pilgrims were a people completely steeped in the lessons of the Old and New Testaments. They looked to the ancient Israelites for their example.
“And, because of the biblical precedents set forth in Scripture, they never doubted that their experiment would work. But this [voyage on the Mayflower] was no pleasure cruise, friends. The journey to the New World was a long and arduous one. And when the Pilgrims landed in New England in November, they found, according to Bradford’s detailed journal, a cold, barren, desolate wilderness. There were no friends to greet them, he wrote. There were no houses to shelter them. There were no inns where they could refresh themselves. And the sacrifice they had made for freedom was just beginning.” They stayed and lived on the Mayflower, some of them, for quite a while. “During the first winter, half the Pilgrims — including Bradford’s own wife — died of either starvation, sickness or exposure. When spring finally came,” it’s true, “Indians taught the settlers how to plant corn, fish for cod and skin beavers for coats.
“Life improved for the Pilgrims, but they did not yet prosper! This is important to understand because this is where modern American history lessons often end” in the teaching of Thanksgiving. Pilgrims poor, desolate, starving, homeless, new place, not knowing anything, Indians came along and saved ’em. That is where most kids’ story of Thanksgiving stops. But it really hadn’t even yet begun. “Thanksgiving is actually explained in some textbooks as a holiday for which the Pilgrims gave thanks to the Indians for saving their lives, rather than as a devout expression of gratitude grounded in the tradition of both the Old and New Testaments,” the Bible.
“Here is the part that has been omitted: The original contract the Pilgrims had entered into with their merchant-sponsors in London called for everything they produced to go into a common store, and each member of the community,” every pilgrim, “was entitled to one common share. All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belonged to the community as well. They were going to distribute” everything they owned and everything they built “equally. All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belonged to the community as well.
“Nobody owned anything. They just had a share in it. It was a commune, folks. It was the forerunner to the communes we saw in the ’60s and ’70s out in California — and it was complete with organic vegetables, by the way.” There’s no question they were organic vegetables in the fertilizer back then. Monsanto didn’t exist. There was no Archer Daniels Midland corrupting and polluting our food. There was no Van de Kamp’s or Heinz or any of that. There was no John Kerry. There was no Teresa Forbes Kerry, whatever, Heinz Kerry. It was just the Pilgrims and the land.
William “Bradford, who had become the new governor of the colony, recognized that this form of collectivism was as costly and destructive to the Pilgrims as that first harsh winter, which had taken so many lives. He decided to take bold action. Bradford assigned a plot of land to each family to work and manage,” and it was theirs. He assigned it, but they owned it, “thus turning loose the power of the marketplace. That’s right. Long before Karl Marx was even born, the Pilgrims had discovered and experimented with what could only be described as socialism. And what happened? It didn’t work!”
They nearly starved!
“It never has worked!” Do you know why it didn’t work? “What Bradford and his community found was that the most creative and industrious people had no incentive to work any harder than anyone else,” because everybody had an equal share, “unless they could utilize the power of personal motivation!” They were not going to be able to change anything. “But while most of the rest of the world has been experimenting with socialism for well over a hundred years — trying to refine it, perfect it, and re-invent it,” spend more money on it, “the Pilgrims decided early on to scrap it permanently.
“What Bradford wrote about this social experiment should be in every schoolchild’s history lesson. If it were, we might prevent much needless suffering in the future,” such as that we’re enduring now, trying the same thing over and over. This is Bradford. “‘The experience that we had in this common course and condition. The experience that we had in this common course and condition tried sundry years…that by taking away property, and bringing community into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing — as if they were wiser than God,’ Bradford wrote.
“‘For this community [so far as it was] was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort,” meaning, nobody worked any harder than they had to because they didn’t get to keep anything that they made. It all went into a common store. There was a bunch of laziness that set in, and some people didn’t do anything. They got an equal share of everything anyway, so why work? It’s human nature.
Bradford wrote, “For young men that were most able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children,'” without being paid for it, meaning they finally figured out: Why are we doing this? The ones who were working, the ones who were creative and industrious, while others were sitting around doing, asked: Why should we do this? It was “‘thought injustice.’ Why should you work for other people when you can’t work for yourself?” That’s what he was saying. “The Pilgrims found that people could not be expected to do their best work without incentive. So what did Bradford’s community try next? They unharnessed the power of good old free enterprise by invoking the undergirding capitalistic principle of private property.”
Bradford again. “Every family was assigned its own plot of land to work and permitted to market its own crops and products. And what was the result? ‘This had very good success,’ wrote Bradford, ‘for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.'” It’s trickle down here, folks. The Pilgrims discovered it. It existed well before the 1980s. “Now, this is where it gets really good, folks, if you’re laboring under the misconception that I was, as I was taught in school. So they set up trading posts and exchanged goods with the Indians.” The Indians had saved their lives earlier, but now they had all of this bounty that their foray into capitalism had produced. “The profits allowed them to pay off their debts to the merchants in London.
“And the success and prosperity of the Plymouth settlement attracted more Europeans and began what came to be known as the ‘Great Puritan Migration.'” The word of prosperity spread back across the Atlantic Ocean. That’s how big it was. “But this story stops when the Indians taught the newly arrived suffering-in-socialism Pilgrims how to plant corn and fish for cod. That’s where the original Thanksgiving story stops, and the story basically doesn’t even begin there.
“The real story of Thanksgiving is William Bradford giving thanks to God for the guidance and the inspiration to set up a thriving colony. The bounty was shared with the Indians.” There was a thanks to the Indians. They had so much, they had the Indians over. They did sit down, and they did have free-range turkey and organic vegetables. But it was not the Indians that save the Pilgrims, and “it was not the Indians who saved the day. It was capitalism and Scripture which saved the day,” as acknowledged by George Washington in his first Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789.
Folks, if you read — and I’ve got it here, I don’t think I’m gonna have time to get into it, but George Washington’s original Thanksgiving Proclamation will send any atheist running for the hills. It is thanks to God for the Constitution, for the inspiration for the Constitution. Thanks to God for the inspiration for the founding of the country. It’s why so many of us are so devoted to preserving this country as founded and not allowing it to become what the Pilgrims nearly died first establishing.
Plymouth Rock is the traditional site of disembarkation of William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims who founded Plymouth Colony in 1620.
When plans were afoot to build a wharf at the Pilgrims’ landing site in 1741, a 94-year-old elder of the church named Thomas Faunce, then living 3 miles from the spot, declared that he knew the precise boulder on which the Mayflower pilgrims first stepped.
Faunce’s father had arrived at the colony aboard the Anne in 1623, more than 2 years after the Mayflower landing, and Elder Faunce himself had been born in 1647, but Faunce insisted that not only his father but several of the original Mayflower passengers had, when he was a youth, identified the precise rock to him. Faunce was brought in a chair to the shore, in the presence of most of the town, and he reportedly began weeping at what he was sure would be his last sight of the rock, which he identified.
In 1835 Alexis De Tocqueville, a French author traveling throughout the United States, wrote about Plymouth Rock, he said:
“This Rock has become an object of veneration in the United States. I have seen bits of it carefully preserved in several towns in the Union. Does this sufficiently show that all human power and greatness is in the soul of man? Here is a stone which the feet of a few outcasts pressed for an instant; and the stone becomes famous; it is treasured by a great nation; its very dust is shared as a relic.”
Thanksgiving is an inspiring spiritual day, for atheists as well as the religious. It’s a day to give thanks with our family and friends, for all we have, and for the gifts we have been given, for the great men and women who protect us, and for the blessing of living in the greatest country in the world.
Unless you’re from the far left. Then it’s a day to remember how awful we are.