A 1-In-100 Blogger: Why Liberals Spin the Meaning of Thanksgiving

Friday, November 19, 2010

Why Liberals Spin the Meaning of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for prayer, tradition and sharing. Thanksgiving is giving thanks to God, prosperity and the power of free enterprise. It's really that simple. Yet, liberals routinely spin the meaning of Thanksgiving, so I've decided to write a blog entry to offer one of many explanations as to why they do it.

The true story of Thanksgiving is not the same history lesson taught in public schools and in college universities across the United States. It is an unfortunate fact that the progressive agenda, which has infiltrated America's education system with the help of labor unions, avoid history lessons that explain why American's really give thanks on Thanksgiving, according to American history.

One reason is that liberal textbook publishers want to avoid controversy, in turn publishing politically correct but factually inaccurate material. Big Labor unions feed students a white-washed, non-controversial, over-simplified version of America's history and its most important historical figures. Another reason why liberals disdain the real story of Thanksgiving is that a significant lesson in socialism was learned by the Pilgrims during this point in American history. An important history lesson on the failures of socialism has since been devalued and removed from the classroom environment, thanks to the progressive agenda.

For the past two generations, professors of political science and of history have concentrated on equipping students with skills for performing empirical research and teaching mathematical models that purport to describe political affairs. Leading history departments have emphasized social history and issues of race, class and gender at the expense of constitutional history, diplomatic history and military history. To emphasize social values and issues of race, class and gender, progressives incorrectly teach students that the holiday of Thanksgiving is giving thanks strictly to the Indians who once predominantly populated the North American region.

It is true that local Wampanoag Indians taught the colonists (Pilgrims) how to grow fish for cod and skin beavers for coats, and how to corn (maize) and other local crops unfamiliar to the Pilgrims. The Indians helped the newcomers master hunting and fishing. Life improved for the Pilgrims, but they did not yet prosper. This is where history gets blurred by progressives; liberals will have you believe the story ends here, and that the Indians provided the Pilgrims with everything they needed to prosper, but this notion cannot be further from the truth.

Even after learning how to fish and grow corn, the Pilgrims were still hindered by the Social Contract they had entered into with their merchant-sponsors in London, which called for everything they produced to go into a common store, and each member of the community 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 it equally. Nobody owned anything. They just had a share in it. The Pilgrims had discovered and experimented with what today is described as socialism, and they learned of its failures long before Karl Marx was born.

The Pilgrims found that people could not be expected to do their best work without incentive. So, William Bradford's community unharnessed the power of free enterprise by invoking the capitalistic principle of private property. Every family was assigned its own plot of land to work and permitted to market its own crops and products. Bradford wrote in his diary on the success of capitalist principles and supply-side economics.
He wrote, "This had very good success, for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."

In no time, the Pilgrims found they had more food than they could eat themselves. Because they harvested bountiful crops of corn, barley, beans and pumpkins, the colonists had much to be thankful for in the fall of 1621. In the autumn of 1621, the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony held their first Thanksgiving. They invited their Wampanoag benefactors who arrived with deer to roast with the turkeys and other wild game offered by the colonists. After all, the colonists had learned how to cook cranberries and different kinds of corn and squash dishes from the Indians.

Year after year, following the first Thanksgiving celebration, many of the original colonists continued to celebrate days of thanksgiving for a bountiful autumn harvest and the blessings of freedom God had bestowed on them. These truths were harnessed by the power of certain unalienable rights endowed by their Creator, freedoms that have since been enshrined in the 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 Happiness."

Why liberals spin the meaning of thanksgiving is easier to notice when one understands the true nature of the democratic agenda: progressives are motivated by a philosophical belief that socialism is inevitable and that the U.S. Constitution is outdated. Liberals simply cannot celebrate Thanksgiving without degenerating the real meaning of the holiday. One can imagine how difficult it is for liberals to celebrate a day that is based on remembering the failures of a political philosophy they believe is inevitable and wish would just hurry-up and takeover the United States government.

So, to lull the American people into accepting socialism, their solution is simple: change the meaning of Thanksgiving. In the classroom and also seen in liberal television shows, movies, commercials and other mediums of propaganda, liberals and public union teachers stray from fact to instead emphasize social history and issues of race, class and gender at the expense of constitutional history, diplomatic history and military history. And there you have it; now you know why, at least partially, liberals spin the meaning of Thanksgiving.

1 comment:

ndh777 said...

Missed your posts...great entry. Couldn't agree more. Liberals are just self-loathing people. The irony is that they want to complain about how our country was founded, yet not just leave here. It was founded the way it was founded upon the morals it was founded on. Have a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and friends, Derek. And God bless.