Thanksgiving Lessons

Following are excerpts from A Thanksgiving Lesson, by Chip Wood: [emphasis added to quotes]

Did you know that our Pilgrim forefathers tried communism when they first landed at Plymouth Rock? …

The Pilgrims who arrived at Plymouth Rock in 1620 were incredibly brave and hardy souls. They were motivated by the noblest of virtues. They vowed, each and every one, to be as selfless as possible—to always put the needs of the group first. They agreed to own everything in common and to share everything equally.

And their naïve piety almost killed the entire colony. …

There were 102 passengers on board the Mayflower—50 men, 20 women and 32 children—along with a crew of 40. The captain set a course along the 42nd parallel, a bearing that would carry him to Cape Cod. From there he intended to swing south and follow the coast to northern Virginia.

A little over two months later, on Nov. 19, land was finally sighted and the captain turned the ship south, toward Virginia. However, they soon encountered such “dangerous shoals and roaring breakers” that they turned back to Massachusetts. It was then that the grumblings of dissent turned into a full-fledged roar. Many of the passengers insisted on landing in Massachusetts, where “none had power to command them.”

The Pilgrim leaders decided to meet the explosive situation by asking each male on board, except for the crew, to sign a formal document that would lay “the first foundation of their government in this place.” Thus the Mayflower Compact was born. …

Because provisions were so scanty they decided that the land would be worked in common, produce would be owned in common, and goods would be rationed equally. Not unlike the society Karl Marx envisioned of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”

Unfortunately, thanks to illness, injury and attitude, the system did not work. Pilferage from the storehouse became common. Suspicions of malingering were muttered. Over the course of that first, harsh winter, nearly half of the colonists perished. …

The colonists struggled desperately for two more years. When spring arrived in April 1623, virtually all of their provisions were gone. Unless that year’s harvest improved, they feared few would survive the next winter. The Pilgrim leaders decided on a bold course. The colony would abandon its communal approach and permit each person to work for his own benefit, not for the common good. …

Once they replaced communal efforts with individual responsibility the differences were dramatic—and life-saving. Men went into the fields earlier and stayed later. In many cases, their wives and even their children (some barely past the toddler stage) worked right alongside them. More acres were planted, more trees were felled, more houses were built, and more game was slaughtered because of one simple change: People were allowed to keep the fruits of their own labors.

Our current administration reminds us of the importance of ensuring that our “entire colony” is not killed off by communism.

Following are excerpts from a website that recounts the familiar legend of the first Thanksgiving:

In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days. While no record exists of the historic banquet’s exact menu, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote in his journal that Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the event, and that the Wampanoag guests arrived bearing five deer.

Pilgrims held their second Thanksgiving celebration in 1623 to mark the end of a long drought that had threatened the year’s harvest and prompted Governor Bradford to call for a religious fast. Days of fasting and thanksgiving on an annual or occasional basis became common practice in other New England settlements as well. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress designated one or more days of thanksgiving a year, and in 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the United States; in it, he called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. His successors John Adams and James Madison also designated days of thanks during their presidencies.

The story, as interpreted at that website, makes no mention of the Pilgrims’ failed experiment with communism, although it does take pains to mention that the Spanish may have actually celebrated the “first” Thanksgiving, in Florida, and that some “Native Americans” as well as others believe that

the traditional narrative paints a deceptively sunny portrait of relations between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people, masking the long and bloody history of conflict between Native Americans and European settlers that resulted in the deaths of millions

altogether failing to mention the long and bloody history of conflict between and among Native American tribes that resulted in deaths, displacement, or slavery of at least thousands, if not many more.  Besides which, conflicts between Native Americans and European settlers did not alone result in the deaths of millions, although diseases introduced by each group to the other group doubtless played a much larger role in the deaths that did occur.

Wars between and among various Native American tribes were going on even as the Pilgrims landed, as Powhatan consolidated his “empire“.  These conflicts and numerous other intertribal battles over the millenia resulted in death, slavery, or the displacement of many thousands of Native Americans westward, which explains how Eastern and Great Lakes tribes ended up in the Midwest or the Dakotas.

Long before Columbus arrived, particularly in the 1300s, intertribal warfare was common. Such are the inconvenient truths that the politically correct downplay or simply ignore, as they rewrite history.

In politically correct history, Powhatan didn’t conquer other tribes through violence and subjugation. No, he somehow simply “added” tribes to his “fold”.  We might imagine that he peacefully community organized them into his “confederacy”.

Confederacy.  Association.  Fold.  These words sound so much better–kinder and gentler–than empire, don’t they?  Nevertheless, Wikipedia does tell us that Powhatan extracted tribute from his so-called allies.  Tribute is paid by forcefully subjugated peoples in empires.

Here’s another example:  Navajo didn’t invade Hopi lands; they “migrated” from Canada and points north and “entered” the Southwest in order to strike up a “long relationship with Pueblo people.”   Truth?  What does your common sense tell you?

One wonders what the politically correct make of the Windover population of Florida, which DNA analysis has shown consisted of 168 (or 169) persons of European ancestry who lived on this continent over 7000 years ago, sharing with contemporaneous European populations not only DNA but also cultural artifacts like woven cloth and stone tools.  A tool found with a similar population in Virginia consists of flint that originated in France.

Did the ancestors of the Windover people thank their Creator when they arrived safely in the New World thousands of years before their descendants lived in Florida?  Were the Windover ancestors waiting to greet the Asians who walked over the “land bridge” and became the “Native Americans”?  Were the Windover people wiped out by the newly arrived “Native Americans” through warfare, competition, or forced assimilation?

There’s another inconvenient truth for you:  More and more archaeological sites are popping up in the Americas, suggesting via cultural artifacts as well as DNA and morphological evidence that the traditional “First Nations” may not have truly been “first”.

As a result, the politically correct supported legislation that gives control of cultural patrimony as well as the human remains from ancient sites to traditional “Native American” tribes, on the assumption that they represent the descendants of these populations.  This law too often results in scientists being delayed or even prevented from analyzing the origin of some human remains, such as Kennewick Man.

So there’s controversy over the first Thanksgiving and there’s controversy over the first “Americans”.  We Americans are, and always have been, a scrappy lot.  One important lesson to be learned:  Always keep an open mind.

In any case, historians remind us, quite accurately, that most cultures around the world celebrate a harvest festival.

And so today, We the People of the United States of America, all of us, no matter our ancestry, give thanks to our Creator for His bounty and, above all, we thank Him for the blessings bestowed upon our beloved Republic, unique among nations in the history of this world.

Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving

to all of our friends, and Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to those who don’t consider themselves to be our friends.

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121 responses to “Thanksgiving Lessons

  1. Did you watch this GAME????…. what an ending…. WOW!!!!

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/12/war_eagle.html

    • I did! I didn’t even know such a play was possible, probably because I’ve never seen it done! It was great. Not that I chose sides; it’s just great to see a spectacular play like that.

  2. A remarkable factoid in this story: In unprecedented fashion, Barry allowed the WH photographer to use the WH Rose Garden as his personal wedding “chapel”. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/01/us/politics/limit-on-access-stirs-tensions-between-white-house-photographer-and-press-corps.html?ref=us&_r=1&

  3. http://twitchy.com/2013/12/01/jezebel-editor-doubles-down-on-sick-scott-walker-death-wish-deletes-adam-baldwin-shreds/

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/12/01/liberal-editor-apologizes-for-insensitive-inappropriate-joke-moments-after-news-of-paul-walkers-death/

    Typical liberal.

    This is interesting: A Biblical quote that shows that Jesus was not a socialist. http://www.wnd.com/2013/12/jesus-christ-is-a-capitalist/

    I guess I really will have to read that publication by the Pope. I wonder if he writes it all himself, or whether, like Barry, he has “speech” writers? Sad to learn that this article, at least, says the Pope doesn’t dispute the translation.

    • IF you care, here’s a translation by someone who speaks Spanish and was asked (begged, it sounds like) to take on the task. He has some interesting modifications, and somewhere I read that Google translate (which I suspected) was indeed involved somehow in the English “official” translation. This new translator says, if I interpret correctly, that the “official” English translation left out (why am I not surprised?) some key phrases in especially crucial places. http://jmgarciaiii.blogspot.com/2013/11/evangelii-gaudium-or-i-cant-believe-im.html

  4. Great Links and Comments!

    Have a great week, WTPeops!

  5. Open mouth and remove all doubt. This guy is an idiot:

    Yeah, Martin Bashir was making a “legitimate point”.

  6. http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/12/defiant-76-year-old-grandma-dies-in-shootout-with-gang-trying-to-rob-her-bingo-money/

    A grandmother gets in a shootout with three thugs trying to rob her. She shot one; unfortunately, they shot and killed her. Surely, the media, the cops, the thugs’ families will say it’s her fault. She shouldn’t have fought back. Wait for it.

  7. You think it’s not a community organized effort? http://www.onlinesentinel.com/opinion/Todays-editorial-cartoon_9-9.html

    So my question is: WHY? What do they have against football? Is it the money at the college level? They believe in the zero sum philosophy, as if, without college football, money used for football programs will even EXIST for them to redistribute to “more deserving” programs? Is it because of Soetorocare? They don’t want everybody to have to pay for caring for injured football players? What the heck is it? Is it just because Barry prefers basketball and could never in his wildest dreams play football, so he needs to destroy the game?

  8. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/02/business/economy/wage-strikes-planned-at-fast-food-outlets-in-100-cities.html?_r=0

    The SEIU thugs are community organizing a “strike” in 100 cities against fast food restaurants. Anybody need a job? There should be some openings soon.

    The poster girl for this effort, who was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, is a SINGLE mother of TWO who says she can’t get along on her pay from McDonald’s. (She’s said to be “divorced”, which should mean court-ordered child support, unless the ex isn’t the father(s).)

    We the Peeps who pay her welfare benefits would like to know how she’s going to reimburse us for her bad choices which led her children to have to live in poverty because she must have been too busy procreating rather than taking advantage of the taxpayer-funded EDUCATION that We the Peeps made available to her, or taking advantage of the many grants, fellowships, scholarships, and low-interest loans that We the Peeps made available to her, which would have allowed her to develop skills that might have led to a job with higher pay. (Oh, wait! The story says she gets no benefits, so one wonders why not? Hmmm. Is she legal? In no way do I believe that she doesn’t get any benefits from the taxpayers. Surely she gets tax credits, which amount to payouts, for someone in her wage bracket. I remember from the TV story that she gets child care help.)

    Hmmm. She worked at McDonald’s for over a decade but says she never got a raise. I’m sure McDonald’s can’t discuss why, for her privacy, but one wonders why someone would be held back from promotion. Oh, wait! I remember now. She TURNED DOWN promotions because, she said, she needed to spend more time with her kids.

    Could it be that she’d lose her TAXPAYER-FUNDED social benefits (that she claims she doesn’t collect) if she got that raise and promotion? I think so. So much easier to just try to blackmail the company into DOUBLING her salary without her having to do anything to better herself or her job performance. (I suspect she has another job, anyway. Paid agitator/community organizer. Thinks not?)

    Am I too judgemental? Tough. We the Peeps are tired of paying for other people’s kids–like the FATHER(S) of those two children. Instead of leaning on her employers (where would she be without THEM?) why doesn’t she put her energy into making the FATHER(S) support the children that they created and for which they are responsible, not We the Peeps? And not, I might add, McDonald’s.

    Are We the Peeps now supposed to accept paying twice as much for our “fast food” so that the companies can double the salaries of people who COULD, if they wanted to, succeed in America the way the rest of us have done? By working hard, studying hard, deferring “choices” like having kids without fathers or by divorcing without being able to support the kids (or, for that matter, making wiser choices about which men would father our children).

  9. December 2, 2013

    Colin Flaherty:

    “Knocking out the Deniers”

    “The deniers of black mob violence have a new mantra: “Colin, show us the numbers.” Otherwise, all this talk about the Knockout Game and an epidemic of black on white violence is a myth. An urban legend.

    First off, the numbers on racial crime and violence are just as horrific as you can imagine. Pick a number between between 5 and 100. That is how many times greater black crime and violence is compared to white and Asian.

    The only people who do not know that are ones who don’t want to know it.

    Deniers screech “profiling!” when people use lots of statistics on racial violence. Turn around and use stories instead and the Los Angeles Times will accuse you of “cherry picking.”

    Result: It’s better not to write about it at all. I just saved you the price of admission to the next Society of Professional Journalists seminar on how to report racial violence.

    Let’s do it anyway — talk about the numbers, that is.

    The second thing we need to know is that more and more people in academia and the press don’t care about the numbers: They say the enormous difference between black and white rates of crime and violence are not due to black behavior, but white racism. Welcome to Critical Race Theory: White racism is everywhere. White racism is permanent. Facts are racist.”

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/12/the_deniers_of_black_mob.html

    • They have it covered, though. No stats. No reality. It didn’t happen. See no evil. Don’t count the attacks and never, above all never, count them as “hate crimes”.

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