[Rushtalk] Thanksgiving {for liberals they libed because they dumped socialism}

Carl Spitzer cwsiv at juno.com
Mon Nov 28 11:46:31 MST 2016

The History and Legacy of Thanksgiving

        "Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise.
        Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and
        His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all
        generations." —Psalm 100:4-5

Thanksgiving, as introduced by European explorers and settlers in the
"New World," was a time set aside specifically for the purpose of giving
thanks to our Creator for His manifold blessings.

The earliest record of a thanksgiving in America is 1541 by Spanish
explorer Coronado at Palo Duro Canyon in what is now Texas. French
Protestant colonists at Charlesfort (now Parris Island, South Carolina)
held a thanksgiving service in 1564. In 1607, the Jamestown settlers
held thanksgiving at Cape Henry, Virginia, and there are many other
records of such hallowed observances.

The first call for an annual Thanksgiving was at Berkeley Plantation,
Virginia, in 1619, when Captain John Woodlief and 38 settlers aboard the
ship Margaret, proclaimed, "Wee ordaine that the day of our ships
arrivall at the place assigned for plantacion in the land of Virginia
shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of thanksgiving to
Almighty God."

But the contemporary celebration of Thanksgiving across our nation has
its roots in the first "harvest feast" celebrated in 1621 by religious
refugees, Pilgrims, who established the Plymouth Colony in
Massachusetts, in the year 1620. According to the fact that most history
books following the War Between the States were written by Northern
historians, it is that iconic event which is most directly associated
with the current traditions for our national Day of Thanksgiving.

The Pilgrims

Who were these "freedom men"?

They were Puritan "separatists" -- Calvinist Protestants, most under the
leadership of pastor John Robinson, church elder William Brewster, and
William Bradford. They rejected the institutional Church of England,
believing that worshipping God must originate freely in the individual
soul, without coercion.

Suffering persecution and imprisonment in England for their beliefs,
these separatists fled to Holland in 1608. There, they found the
spiritual liberty they sought, but amid a disjointed economy and a
dissolute, degraded, corrupt culture that tempted their children to
stray from faith. Determined to protect their families from such
spiritual and cultural degradation, the Pilgrims returned to Plymouth,
England, where they arranged for passage to the New World.

Their long and dangerous voyage was funded by the London Company, the
"merchant adventurers" (investors) whose objective was to establish a
communal plantation "company" upon which the "planters" would be
obligated to work for seven years in order to return the investment with
premium. "The adventurers & planters do agree that every person that
goeth being aged 16 years & upward ... be accounted a single share....
The persons transported & ye adventurers shall continue their joint
stock & partnership together, ye space of 7 years ... during which time,
all profits & benefits that are got by trade, traffic, trucking,
working, fishing, or any other means of any person or persons, remain
still in ye common stock.... That all such persons as are of this
colony, are to have their meat, drink, apparel, and all provision out of
ye common stock & goods.... That at ye end of ye 7 years, ye capital &
profits, viz. the houses, lands, goods and chattels, be equally divided
betwixt ye adventurers, and planters."

On September 6th, 1620, aboard a 100 foot ship named Mayflower, 102
Pilgrims and 30 crew members departed for America, a place that offered
the promise of both civil and religious liberty. Among those in command
of the expedition were Christopher Martin, designated by the Merchant
Adventurers to act as Governor, and Myles Standish, who would be the
colony's military leader.

After an arduous eight week journey, on November 11 they dropped anchor
at Provincetown Harbor off the coast of what is now Massachusetts.

On 11 December 1620, prior to disembarking at Plymouth Rock, they signed
the Mayflower Compact, America's original document of civil government.
It was the first to introduce self-government, and the foundation on
which the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were built.
Plymouth Colony's Governor, William Bradford, described the Compact as
"a combination ... that when they came a shore they would use their owne
libertie; for none had power to command them."

The First Harvest Thanksgiving Feast

Upon making landfall, the Pilgrims conducted a prayer service and
quickly turned to building shelters. They committed all their belongings
to a "comone wealth." Under harrowing conditions, the colonists
persisted through prayer and hard work, but the Winter of 1621 was
devastating and only 53 of the original party survived. William Bradford
wrote, "of these one hundred persons who came over in this first ship
together, the greatest half died in the general mortality, and most of
them in two or three months' time."

However, with the help of the indigenous "Indians" in the region, the
summer of 1621 was productive as recorded by Bradford in his diary:
"They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up
their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in
health and strength and had all things in good plenty. For as some were
thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercised in fishing, about
cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which
every family had their portion. All the summer there was no want; and
now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this
place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by
degrees). And besides waterfowl there was great store of wild turkeys,
of which they took many, besides venison, etc. Besides, they had about a
peck a meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to the

In addition to their regular expressions of reverence and thanksgiving
to God, by the Autumn of 1621 the surviving 53 Pilgrims had enough
produce to hold a three day "harvest feast." That feast was described in
the journal of Edward Winslow: "Our harvest being gotten in, our
governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special
manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruits of our labor.
They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside,
served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other
recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst
us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety
men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out
and killed five deer, which we brought to the plantation and bestowed on
our governor, and upon the captain and others. And although it be not
always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness
of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our

The Pilgrims endured another harsh winter, but had put up enough stores
to survive.

The Collectivist Plantation Plan

Endeavoring to improve the production at Plymouth Plantation for its
second growing season in 1622, Governor Bradford implemented a
collectivist policy, and noted that to increase production, he allotted
each family a plot of land, and mandated that "all profits & benefits
that are got by trade, working, fishing, or any other means" must be
forfeited to a common storehouse in order that "all such persons as are
of this colony, are to have their meat, drink, apparel, and all
provisions out of the common stock."

In theory, their Governor thought the colony would thrive because each
family would receive equal share of produce without regard to their
contribution. Unfortunately, then as always, collectivism only works in
theory, and the new policy almost destroyed the Plymouth settlement.
Indeed, collectivism is antithetical to human nature, and destined to
fail, as Plato's student Aristotle observed in 350 BC: "That which is
common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it." But
to this day, many still fail to grasp the "tragedy of the commons."

After abysmal results in 1622, Bradford realized that his collectivist
plan had undermined the incentive to produce. He wrote, "The failure of
that experiment of communal service ... the taking away of private
property, and the possession of it in community, by a commonwealth ...
was found to breed much confusion and discontent; and retard much
employment which would have been to the general benefit.... For the
young men who were most able and fit for service objected to being
forced to spend their time and strength in working for other men's wives
and children, without any recompense.... The strong man or the
resourceful man had no more share of food, clothes, etc., than the weak
man who was not able to do a quarter the other could. This was thought
injustice. The aged and graver men, who were ranked and equalized in
labor, food, clothes, etc., with the humbler and younger ones, thought
it some indignity and disrespect to them."

The women "who were obliged to do service for other men, such as
cooking, washing their clothes, etc., they considered it a kind of
slavery, and many husbands would not brook it...."

"If all were to share alike, and all were to do alike," wrote Bradford,
"then all were on an equality throughout, and one was as good as
another; and so, if it did not actually abolish those very relations
which God himself has set among men, it did at least greatly diminish
the mutual respect that is so important should be preserved amongst
them. Let none argue that this is due to human failing, rather than to
this communistic plan of life in itself...."

The Free Enterprise Plan

Responding to the failed economic plantation plan, the Colony leaders
"began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and
obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus
languish in misery," Bradford recorded in his journal. "At length after
much debate of things, (I) (with the advice of the chiefest among them)
gave way that they should set corn every man for his own particular, and
in that regard trust to themselves. And so assigned to every family a
parcel of land."

They decided to trade their collectivist plan for a free market
approach, and in 1623, Bradford wrote, "This had very good success, for
it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted
than otherwise would have been by any other means the Governor or any
other could use. ... Women went willingly into the field, and took their
little ones with them to set corn. Instead of famine now God gave them
plenty and the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the
hearts of many. ... Any general want or famine hath not been amongst
them since to this day."

Property ownership and families freely laboring on their own behalf
replaced the "common store," but only after their ill-advised experiment
with communism nearly wiped out the entire settlement.

The Colony celebrated a much greater Harvest and Thanksgiving Day in
1623 as called for by Bradford's proclamation:

"Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest
of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and
has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and
clams, and inasmuch as he has protected us from the ravages of the
savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us
freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience.
Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your
wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill,
between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November
29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three
and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to
listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all
His blessings."

After the Pilgrims were given liberty and incentive to be industrious,
the Colony thrived, and by 1624, production was so abundant that the
Colony exported corn back to England. For generations since, to the
extent men have been set at perfect liberty to establish free
enterprise, to produce goods and services without having profits seized
for redistribution, our nation has thrived.

The Pilgrims' Legacy of Civil Liberty

The Puritans seeded democratic self government and free enterprise in
the Massachusetts Bay Colony, but demonstrated much of the same
religious intolerance they had fled in England. Having broken ground for
religious Liberty, at least for themselves, in the 20 years following
the establishment of Plymouth Plantation, more than 25,000 men, women
and children followed them to the New World, seeking first and foremost,
religious Liberty. The second great immigration of Puritans came after
Charles II was restored to the Crown in 1660, and Oliver Cromwell and
his Puritan reformists fled for their lives. They brought with them a
much more legalistic religious intolerance, and displayed bigotry for
those who did not practice their particular Christian traditions and

However, the promise of civil and religious Liberty drew hundreds of
thousands of other seekers to east coast settlements, and they formed
the bedrock of our nation. The crossroads of civil and religious Liberty
was outlined in the central tenant of our Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created
equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of

That eternal truth is the basis for the enumerated restrictions against
government outlined in the First Amendment of our Constitution's Bill of
Rights: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of
religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the
freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably
to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of
grievances." The prohibition against any "establishment of religion"
appears first in order of importance, because our nation was largely
founded by those seeking Liberty from oppression of the wedded church
and state of England.

Though we are not a "Christian nation" as some would suggest, clearly
most of our Founders understood that American Liberty has its roots in
the Liberty of the Christian Gospel. The Father of our Country, George
Washington, wrote, "To the distinguished Character of Patriot, it should
be our highest Glory to add the more distinguished Character of
Christian. The signal Instances of providential Goodness which we have
experienced and which have now almost crowned our labours with complete
Success, demand from us in a peculiar manner the warmest returns of
Gratitude and Piety to the Supreme Author of all Good."

Historic American Thanksgiving Proclamations

During the American Revolutionary War the Continental Congress
designated days of thanksgiving each year. The First National
Proclamation of Thanksgiving was made in 1777:

"FOR AS MUCH as it is the indispensable Duty of all Men to adore the
superintending Providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with Gratitude
their Obligation to him for Benefits received, and to implore such
farther Blessings as they stand in Need of: And it having pleased him in
his abundant Mercy, not only to continue to us the innumerable Bounties
of his common Providence; but also to smile upon us in the Prosecution
of a just and necessary War, for the Defense and Establishment of our
unalienable Rights and Liberties; particularly in that he hath been
pleased, in so great a Measure, to prosper the Means used for the
Support of our Troops, and to crown our Arms with most signal success:
It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive Powers of
these UNITED STATES to set apart THURSDAY, the eighteenth Day of
December next, for SOLEMN THANKSGIVING and PRAISE: That at one Time and
with one Voice, the good People may express the grateful Feelings of
their Hearts, and consecrate themselves to the Service of their Divine
Benefactor; and that, together with their sincere Acknowledgments and
Offerings, they may join the penitent Confession of their manifold Sins,
whereby they had forfeited every Favor; and their humble and earnest
Supplication that it may please GOD through the Merits of JESUS CHRIST,
mercifully to forgive and blot them out of Remembrance; That it may
please him graciously to afford his Blessing on the Governments of these
States respectively, and prosper the public Council of the whole: To
inspire our Commanders, both by Land and Sea, and all under them, with
that Wisdom and Fortitude which may render them fit Instruments, under
the Providence of Almighty GOD, to secure for these United States, the
greatest of all human Blessings, INDEPENDENCE and PEACE: That it may
please him, to prosper the Trade and Manufactures of the People, and the
Labor of the Husbandman, that our Land may yield its Increase: To take
Schools and Seminaries of Education, so necessary for cultivating the
Principles of true Liberty, Virtue and Piety, under his nurturing Hand;
and to prosper the Means of Religion, for the promotion and enlargement
of that Kingdom, which consisteth in Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the
Holy Ghost."

Of that proclamation, Samuel Adams wrote to another Declaration signer,
Richard Henry Lee, noting the specificity of the language that, "the
good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and
join ... their supplication that it may please God, through the merits
of Jesus Christ."

Liberty's Bounty In 1789, after adopting the Bill of Rights to our
Constitution, among the first official acts of Congress was approving a
motion for proclamation of a national day of thanksgiving, recommending
that citizens gather together and give thanks to God for their new
nation's blessings.

The first Thanksgiving Day designated by the United States of America
was proclaimed by George Washington on October 3, 1789:

"Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of
Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and
humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of
Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the
People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to
be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors
of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to
establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

"Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of
November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service
of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all
the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite
in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care
and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming
a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable
interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and
conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union,
and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational
manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of
government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national
One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with
which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing
useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors
which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

"And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and
supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to
pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether
in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative
duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a
blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise,
just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and
obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such
as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government,
peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true
religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and
generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity
as he alone knows to be best.

"Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in
the year of our Lord 1789."

Then-governor Thomas Jefferson followed with this 1789 proclamation in
Virginia: "[I] appoint ... a day of public Thanksgiving to Almighty
God ... to [ask] Him that He would ... pour out His Holy Spirit on all
ministers of the Gospel; that He would ... spread the light of Christian
knowledge through the remotest corners of the earth; and that He would
establish these United States upon the basis of religion and virtue."

Governor John Hancock proclaimed, "[I] appoint ... a day of public
thanksgiving and praise ... to render to God the tribute of praise for
His unmerited goodness towards us ... [by giving to] us ... the Holy
Scriptures which are able to enlighten and make us wise to eternal
salvation. And [to] present our supplications ... that He would forgive
our manifold sins and cause the benign religion of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ to be known, understood, and practiced among all the
inhabitants of the earth."

Thanksgiving celebrations were irregularly proclaimed in the years that
followed until the War Between the States. After 1863, presidents issued
annual proclamations of Thanksgiving.

Norman Rockwell, 1943 In 1941, with World War II on the horizon, the
Senate and House approved the fourth Thursday of November as a National
Day of Thanksgiving, perpetuating the observance annually.

Thanksgiving and our Legacy of Liberty

Appropriately crediting the Pilgrims for chartering the path of American
Liberty through self government, President Ronald Reagan made frequent
reference to John Winthrop's "shining city upon a hill."

As Reagan explained, "The phrase comes from John Winthrop, who wrote it
to describe the America he imagined. What he imagined was important
because he was an early Pilgrim, an early freedom man. He journeyed here
on what today we'd call a little wooden boat; and like the other
Pilgrims, he was looking for a home that would be free."

Closing his farewell address in 1989, President Reagan asked, "And how
stands the city on this winter night?"

Contemplating our Legacy of Liberty this Thanksgiving, more than two
decades after President Reagan left office, how stands the city on our

My fellow Patriots, never in the history of our country has there been
such an acute, coordinated and vicious assault upon Liberty and the Rule
of Law enshrined in our Constitution. From individuals, to state
governments, to federal institutions initiated at the dawn of our
Constitution, nothing, absolutely nothing, is sacred to the current
statist hegemony seeking to dispense with our Constitution.

But take heart, for as George Washington wrote in the darkest days of
our American Revolution, "We should never despair, our Situation before
has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will
again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new Exertions
and proportion our Efforts to the exigency of the times."

Of such exertions, Washington wrote, "It is the duty of all Nations to
acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be
grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and

Of the incredible obstacles overcome in the American Revolution to
establish Liberty, Washington declared, "The hand of providence has been
so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that
lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to
acknowledge his obligations."

So it is that on Thanksgiving Day, we are called to pause and take
respite in order to acknowledge the gift of Liberty as "endowed by our
Creator," and the Divine intervention throughout the history of this
great nation; in order to recommit ourselves to obeisance of His will;
in order to express our gratitude and give Him all thanks and praise for
the bounty which He has bestowed the United States of America -- land of
the free, home of the brave, that shining city on the hill; and in order
to all the more humbly implore that He protect us and grant us much
favor in our coming struggle to re-establish Rule of Law over rule of

In his first Thanksgiving proclamation, President Reagan wrote: "America
has much for which to be thankful. The unequaled freedom enjoyed by our
citizens has provided a harvest of plenty to this Nation throughout its
history. In keeping with America's heritage, one day each year is set
aside for giving thanks to God for all of His blessings. ... As we
celebrate Thanksgiving ... We should reflect on the full meaning of this
day as we enjoy the fellowship that is so much a part of the holiday
festivities. Searching our hearts, we should ask what we can do as
individuals to demonstrate our gratitude to God for all He has done.
Such reflection can only add to the significance of this precious day of
remembrance. Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and
family that has played such an important role in making this a great
Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to
remain a great people.

This is the genuine spirit of Thanksgiving.

I humbly thank you for the honor and privilege of serving you as editor
and publisher of The Patriot Post. On behalf of your Patriot team and
our National Advisory Committee, I wish you a peaceful Thanksgiving, and
God's blessings to you and your family.

If you have the means, please take a moment to promote Liberty by
supporting our Patriot Annual Campaign today.

Pro Deo et Constitutione — Libertas aut Mors
Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis

Mark Alexander
Publisher, The Patriot Post

Take the Thanksgiving Quiz

For inspiration, read the text of Charlie Daniel's My Beautiful America
or listen to the song.

For perspective, view "We still hold these truths."

(Note: The original version of this Thanksgiving account was published
by Mark Alexander in November 2000. Please forward a link to this page
to your family, friends and colleagues.)



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