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The Story of Liberty

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , on November 26, 2020 by andelino

I am a descendant of the Pilgrims and proud to celebrate Thanksgiving

Exactly 400 years ago, a group of settlers, including the Pilgrims, landed in Cape Cod. It’s the survival of those early colonists that we celebrate each Thanksgiving.

As usual, we can expect academics and commentators to howl about the Pilgrims and make false or misleading claims about these brave souls, labeling them as oppressors of Native Americans. If anything, the Pilgrims were just another group of people that would end up in conflict with the tribes.

But as a descendant of one of those Mayflower passengers, I am proud to celebrate Thanksgiving every year.

First, the Pilgrims were one of the first groups of settlers to successfully establish a working community in a new land. Though they at first struggled with a proto-version of socialism, the introduction of private property and the aid from the Native Americans helped them survive. Second, they wisely created a set of rules to live by that would respect one another’s individual freedoms.

As Peter Wood explains in the New York Post, in comparing the compact to the Declaration of Independence and Gettysburg Address:

“The Mayflower Compact is a much humbler document than those two, but it has the advantage of being the first: the first time a mutually suspicious collection of settlers decided, without compulsion, to respect one another’s rights. Plymouth enacted its own laws, elected its own leaders, and after a winter of severe hardship, thrived as a peaceful self-governing community.”

Finally, Thanksgiving has grown to become a holiday that combines some of the best elements of American culture.

Quick early morning game of Golf — check
TV Football games— check.
Carbs and fat-filled food &  drinks— check.
Heated discussions about religion and politics — check.

The enemies of Thanksgiving have a new ally in the public health community. They’re agitating to stop the celebration of Thanksgiving because of coronavirus. Do not let those people stop you from celebrating Thanksgiving either.

American history is not perfect, it’s often bloody, full of contradictions, and can leave teachers and historians torn into two false choice camps.

People can feel torn between presenting a sanitized and oversimplified version of history or portraying the early settlers as genocidal maniacs who did not have the same values system as we do in 2020.

The opponents of Thanksgiving cite colonialism as a way to knock Thanksgiving and paint it as a racist holiday. If only the people in 1620 had the same understanding of the problems of colonialism that we are now so enlightened to know. But they did not. The Pilgrims were seeking new opportunities and a chance to acquire property and achieve prosperity.

The Pilgrims should not be viewed poorly because they participated in the system of the days, which was moving to new lands to settle.

The Native Americans were not exactly peaceful people themselves — history is messy and bellicose and to pretend that white, Anglo-Saxon Protestants were the only ones complicit in that history is to bury one’s head in the sand.

But instead of focusing on any of this, we should celebrate America and enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends.

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First Thanksgiving

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 26, 2020 by andelino

The Hidden Lesson of the First Thanksgiving

You probably have not heard the whole story of how the pilgrims came to appreciate God’s law.

This month is the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival in New England on December 21, 1620. The story of how the pilgrims fled religious persecution in England, established the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, and celebrated the first Thanksgiving is repeated annually in America.

This story tells how 102 pilgrims arrived in Plymouth in the middle of winter. It tells how 45 of those pilgrims starved to death before spring. Then it tells how the pilgrims befriended the Native Americans Samoset and Squanto, learned to grow corn, and gave thanks to God for their blessings during a Thanksgiving feast that autumn.

If you have heard that story, you have not heard the whole truth.

The pilgrims gave thanks to God in a three-day Thanksgiving feast in 1621, but their harvest was not bountiful. They only grew a fraction of the food they needed to survive the coming winter, so the “Wampanoag” tribe provided much of the food they ate during the first Thanksgiving. Many pilgrims starved the following winter.

In his History of Plymouth Plantation, the governor of Plymouth Colony, William Bradford, wrote that many pilgrims became so desperate the following winter that they sold their clothes and bed coverings for food. Others became servants of the Wampanoag tribe, cutting their wood and fetching them water in return for a cap full of corn. Still, others stole from their fellow pilgrims and from the Wampanoag.

The pilgrims had to learn a lesson about the Bible before God blessed them with abundance.

Something most people do not know about the pilgrims is that they were communalists. The communalist movement was a form of socialism that taught that communities should pool their resources and share their production. Those more capable were to do what they could, and those less capable were to take what they needed. As the atheist Karl Marx later phrased this way of thinking, “From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs.”

It did not take Governor Bradford long to realize that something was seriously wrong. In his History of Plymouth Plantation, he wrote that the young men resented having to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense. Meanwhile, the old men resented having to accept equal rations as those who had not served the community as long. And the women resented having to cook and clean for men who were not their husbands. The end result of all this resentment was that many refused to work and the food supply dwindled because “much was stolen both by night and day, before it became scarce eatable.”

After three years of “scarcity”, Governor Bradford rectified the situation by abolishing communalism. After discussing the matter with the leaders of the community, Bradford assigned every family a parcel of land and arranged for all the young boys to be assigned as members of some particular family. He then told each household that they could keep whatever they produced, or trade it away as they saw fit. The change was startling!

Governor Bradford noted that “the women now went willingly into the fields, and took their little ones with them to plant corn, which before would allege weakness, and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression.” The pilgrims produced so much food during the summer of 1623, that there actually was great abundance during the Thanksgiving feast they celebrated that autumn. The next year, the pilgrims actually had a surplus of food they could sell to surrounding settlements.

Governor Bradford repented of his role in establishing Plymouth as a commune. He wrote in his History of Plymouth Plantation,

“The experience that was had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years, and that amongst godly and sober men, may well evince the vanity of that conceit of Plato’s and other ancients, applauded by some of later times, that the taking away of property, and bringing in community into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God. 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.”

In other words, Bradford and the other pilgrim leaders had to repent of espousing the socialist ideas of the ancient Greek philosopher Plato above the laws of God. Plato rejected the concept of family and private property in his book Republic, but God considers the family unit to be the basic building block of the economy.

The Apostle Paul wrote that “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (1 Timothy 5:8)

The pilgrims had to learn the hard way that a godly economy is built on a foundation of strong families that produce enough to take care of themselves and give to others. After they learned this important lesson, they were undoubtedly more thankful during the third Thanksgiving than they were during the first Thanksgiving.

This is because they learned to be thankful for more than the food the Native Americans gave them; they learned to be thankful for the law of God that taught them how to build a prosperous society.

The British historian Paul Johnson wrote an article in the Sunday Telegraph titled “No Law Without Order, No Freedom Without Law” in 1999. In it, he wrote:

“Both in Virginia and in New England to the north, the colonists were determined, God-fearing men often in search of a religious toleration denied them at home, who brought their families and were anxious to farm and establish permanent settlements. They put political and religious freedom before riches. Thus took shape the economic dynamo that eventually became the United States, an experiment designed to establish the rule of God on Earth.”

But these colonists had to learn that establishing the rule of God on Earth means keeping the Ten Commandments—the basis of all righteous law. This is the true lesson of the first Thanksgiving; a lesson lost on most Americans today, who give little thought to why they have been blessed with such abundance. At a time when the rule of law in America is under constant attack, Americans need to relearn this hidden lesson of the first Thanksgiving.

Reading Bradford’s History of Plymouth Plantation is a great way to learn about the pilgrims’ experience.

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 25, 2016 by andelino

happy-thanksgiving-01Thanksgiving is one of the USA’s most “sacred” holidays, right up there with the “4th of July” independence day.

It conveniently occurs on the “last Thursday in November” each year.

Not only does this day mark the official beginning of the “Holiday Shopping” season, it is also one of the “key elements” in the country’s “national mythology.”

Oppressed pioneers, “The Pilgrims” arrive on the savage shores of Plymouth, Massachusetts, desiring only “religious” freedom. After a tough year of overcoming countless “adversities,” they rejoiced with a festival of “giving thanks” to God, and eating a lovely dinner with “family and friends, and of course thinking kindly of the “martyred” Indians.

The reality “today” is a little different.

Since that time, as most of the USA’s original inhabitants are either fabulously “wealthy” running casinos or “dirt poor,” living in broken-down trailers.

Thanksgiving has “morphed” into a somewhat “mandatory” day when as many friends and/or family-members as possible are “forced” to gather at someone’s comfortable home, to spend a whole day “cooking” a turkey, chit-chat about “meaningless” nonsense, re-live personal and family “traumas” from years and decades ago, and watch “football” games, even if one seriously “hates” football.

Then, when all the “food” is ready, everyone sits fake-nicely around the “table” and fills their already “obese” faces with as much food as they can possibly “shove” in.

Indeed, most Americans no longer call this “Thanksgiving,” in favor of the less-potentially-offensive term of “Turkey Day.”

After this “gluttonous” orgy, and after a “drunken” uncle or two get into a “fist-fight,” and a child breaks a valuable “antique,” and two other children “fight” about the Nintendo, every one puts on their size “XXXL” sweaters and goes for a nice “Family Thanksgiving Walk” around the block.

This takes over an “hour,” as many of the adults have to “stop and rest” every 10 meters or so and “smoke” a cigarette. Returning to the house, everyone has several additional “helpings” of dessert, including “ice cream and pie,” until there is absolutely no “food left in the house.”

The alternative “approach” to a modern Thanksgiving is often “chosen” by people who want to receive special “Allah” points for being extra-nice to “those less fortunate.”

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These “do-gooders” go on down to the local “homeless” shelter or church-based “soup kitchen,” and spend the afternoon serving a Thanksgiving Dinner to “The Homeless”.

These meal always “bears” a striking resemblance to ordinary “jail” food, perhaps with a somewhat larger amount of imitation “mashed potatoes” or applesauce.

This is fine with the throngs of “unfortunate” diners, nearly all of whom are “crack” heads or “meth” addicts or hardcore “alcoholics,” and can’t really “taste” the food anyway.

Afterwards, the “do-gooders” go to a fine restaurant, where they have “prearranged” for an “elaborate” Thanksgiving meal to be consumed.

They have done their “good deed” for this Holiday Season, one that will take them through the year “secure in the knowledge of their virtue.”

The next morning, “The Day After Turkey Day”, is known to be the biggest shopping day of the year, “Black Friday” and the launching of the Holiday Season “marketing” blitz.

Many of the women will be seen at the shopping centers “before” dawn, queued up for early-opening stores, ready to “max out” the remaining credit cards yet again.

And what are they buying? Thousands of dollars “worth” of toys, gadgets, electronics and other “expensive” shit not really needed, to help “bolster” the U.S. economy, and to maintain the “illusion” that gives their “lives” meaning.

And that’s the story of modern “Thanksgiving.”

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President-elect Donald Trump has delivered his first “Thanksgiving” message, in which he “urged” the nation to work “together” after a bruising election campaign.

We are very blessed to call this nation our home and that’s what America is; it is our home.

It’s where we raise our families, care for a loved ones, look out for our neighbors and live out our dreams. It’s my prayer that on this Thanksgiving we begin to heal our divisions and move forward as one country, strengthened by 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’ve 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. But now begins a great national campaign to rebuild our country and to restore the full promise of America for all of our people.

I’m asking you to join me in this effort. It’s time to restore the bonds of trust between citizens because what America is unified, there is nothing beyond our reach, and I mean absolutely nothing.

Let us give thanks for all the we have and let as boldly face the exciting new frontiers that lie ahead. Thank you. God bless you and God bless America.

Happy Thanksgiving.

The First Thanksgiving

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 21, 2012 by andelino

The First Thanksgiving: The Korrekt Version

Many, many years ago, long before “white men and women” had even begun to see the “errors” of their various “racist” ways, the Pilgrims came from Europe to occupy North America.

They were not very “FORWARD!” in their ways, and as typically happens to a so-called “civilization” when it’s based on “capitalism,” the Pilgrims began to starve.

Their peaceful and friendly neighboring “Native American” collective – in spite of the Pilgrims’ “racist” encroachment upon their sacred land – took “pity” upon the starving Pilgrims one “Thursday in November” and brought them “bountiful food and drink,” including several turkeys, although the Native Americans didn’t eat the turkeys themselves, due to their being peaceful vegans who respect all Life.

The Native American collective had, of course, more “food” than they could “eat,” as is always the case when you spread the “wealth” around, so they gladly donated some of their bounty to the poor “capitalist” Pilgrims, who otherwise were in great danger of starving to death.

As the years went by, and the Pilgrims branched out to occupy more and more Native American land – “slaughtering the peaceful, harmonious Native peoples as they went” – the occupiers nevertheless felt a small twinge of guilt from time to time, and they decided to honor the benevolent Native Americans one day a year, leaving 364 days to slaughter, imprison, encroach upon, infect, and otherwise take advantage of and oppress them.

They called the day “Thanksgiving”, to thank the few remaining Native Americans still living for saving their lives on that cold day one November.

So today we honor the memory of those generous Native Americans and their life saving gift of food to the starving Pilgrims with a recurring national holiday, “Thanksgiving.”

And it is in that spirit – the Great Spirit of the Native Americans – that I here and now wish everyone reading this a “Happy Thanksgiving!”

During “Thanksgiving,” American toiling masses traditionally give thanks to the government for what it has distributed to them. All conscientious members of community are required to experience:

(a) deep gratitude to the Party and its leaders;
(b) unworthiness in the face of the glorious state;
(c) guilt for consuming according to their needs and not giving back enough according to their abilities.

The non-compliant will have their belongings “redistributed” to the more “worthy” members of the community.

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