Thanksgiving is one holiday that is truly American. It was created in America. And on the Fourth thursday of November we celebrate Thanksgiving. The day to give thanks for Americans to thank God for our bounty. For our freedoms, and for our liberties, while we still have them. And if we listen to our President, we do not have anything to be thankful for. But that is not the truth.
We here in America have a lot to be thankful for. We have the freedom to do what we want as long as it isn’t against the law. We can’t murder, or steal…..but anything that we want to do, that is good can be done, without fear of reprisal from the Federal Government. But, we now have a president that is trying to take all that away from us.
We have a Constitution that was drafted to form the framework that America was built on, and our president is trying hard to take that away from us. We have religious freedoms to worship as we see fit, and we have documents that show the world that America is a Christian nation, yet we now have a president that is announcing to the world that we are NOT a Christian nation.
And while it is true that we still have freedom, there is one thing that we have to always remember. Freedom is not free. Never has been. Someone always has to sacrifice something to keep our freedoms, or to help others gain theirs. America is a great country who has helped people all over the world for more than the last century, and yet we have a president who says America is too arrogant and the world would be better off without us.
When the pilgrims decided to come to the new world, they knew that the journey would be perilous, and hold many dangers for them. But they knew that if they could get there, they could have the freedoms to worship God as they felt, and they knew that they’re God was happy for them to start this journey to America.
On August 1, 1620, the Mayflower set sail. It carried a total of 102 passengers, including the 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. And just where did the revolutionary ideas expressed in the Mayflower Compact come from? They came from the Bible of course. The Pilgrims were a people completely committed to 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 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. During the first winter, half the Pilgrims – including Bradford’s own wife – died of either starvation, sickness or exposure. When spring finally came, 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. 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. 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 was entitled to one common share. All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belong to the community as well. They were going to distribute it 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. 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, 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!”
“It never has worked! “What Bradford and his community found was that the most creative and industrious people had no incentive to work any harder than anyone else, unless they could utilize the power of personal motivation! 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 – 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. ‘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. 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 any recompense … that was thought injustice.’ Why should you work for other people when you can’t work for yourself? What’s the point? Do you hear what he was saying, ladies and gentlemen? 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.
“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.’ Bradford doesn’t sound like much of a Clintonite” I wrote then “does he? Is it possible that supply-side economics could have existed before the 1980s? Yes. Read the story of Joseph and Pharaoh in Genesis 41. Following Joseph’s suggestion (Gen 41:34), Pharaoh reduced the tax on Egyptians to 20% during the ‘seven years of plenty’ and the ‘Earth brought forth in heaps.’ (Gen. 41:47) In no time, the Pilgrims found they had more food than they could eat themselves.
“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 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.'” 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 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. They did sit down and they had dinner, and I think they had a turkey, but it was not the Indians who saved the day. It was capitalism and Scripture which saved the day.”
In this story, that I got from Rush Limbaugh, the Mayflower came across from the Old world her people seeking freedoms. Freedom to worship as they saw fit. Our government, our President is trying to say that America is NOT a Christian nation. But the Mayflower Compact, that was drawn up on that tiny ship on it’s way to the new world started with the words: IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. The Mayflower Compact read as follows:
IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN.
We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, etc.
Having undertaken, for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the First Colony in the Northern Parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, Covenant and Combine ourselves together into a Civil Body Politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equals Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the 11th November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini 1620
The Compact was signed on November 11, 1620, aboard the Mayflower, the ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World. The Compact’s idea was derived from the common form of church government among Protestant Congregations, based on the biblical idea of covenant. In the first few lines of the Mayflower Compact, Almighty GOD, is mentioned at least four times. Asking for His grace and blessings.
The Declaration of Independence names God in it. The Constitution asks for the blessings of Liberties. This country is not a Christian Country mr. obama? I think that you have your history wrong sir. I think you have your history, very sadly wrong. And to think, you are supposed to be our president. I feel shame for you. And yet…..I wish you, your family, your friends, and everyone else here in this, the Greatest Nation this world has ever seen, a grand, and blessed Thanksgiving. God Bless you all.
God bless America, her troops and her people
God bless my readers, my listeners on BTR and my viewers on You Tube….
* Taken from Rush Limbaugh’s real story of Thanksgiving.