Well, I’m a day late with this – but I wanted to extend my best wishes to everyone for the Thanksgiving holiday. Which holiday, as I’m sure most of the veterans here already know, wasn’t conceived as a celebration of random plenty but rather as a repudiation of collectivism.
The pilgrim’s colony had been based on the same economic (and moral) ideas that Lenin had – and implemented – in Bolshevized Russia at the beginning of the last century. Bad ideas having a strange ability to endure.
Anyhow, the Pilgrims – like the Russians – starved. There was cannibalism. Because of the doctrine: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need. Strictly enforced, by commissars.
It happened at Plymouth and it happened in St. Petersburg.
The Pilgrims learned faster. They abandoned communism and in short order, people stopped starving because they had reason to work. That reason being, their work meant they would eat (as opposed to their work providing food for others to eat).
But this true message of Thanksgiving is lost on people today – probably because it is not taught today. Instead, the holiday is an excuse to gorge and drink and watch fuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhtttttttttball.
It is no longer the valuable teaching moment it was meant to be – and ought still to be.
And because it is not, the same insane idea that those who don’t work are entitled to eat – and those who do work are obligated to turn over the fruits of their labor to those who do not – has taken firm root once again.
It is why so many believe they have a right to health care – i.e., to force other to provide it, though this is never stated so honestly. And “free” education. A “living” wage.
It is why Ilych came to power in Russia 100 years ago – and thus consigned millions to their deaths.
And it is why it will happen again, here, if the message of Plymouth Colony isn’t heard and understood before it’s too late.
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