A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

What is Thanksgiving without the Peanuts Gang?

 

The Real Story Of Thanksgiving

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H/T Rush Limbaugh.

Here at EIB we are wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.
No matter what you think of Rush Limbaugh, This is good.

RUSH: Time now, ladies and gentlemen, for The Real Story of Thanksgiving, as written by I — by me — in my second book, See, I Told You So.
It’s page 70 in the hardcover version. “On August 1, 1620, the Mayflower set sail. It carried a total of 102 passengers, including 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.
Where did the revolutionary ideas expressed in the Mayflower Compact come from? From the Bible.

The Pilgrims were a people completely steeped in 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.”
Now, you know the usual story of Thanksgiving: They landed. They had no clue where they were, no idea how to feed themselves.

The Indians came out, showed ‘em how to pop popcorn, fed ‘em turkey, saved ‘em basically — and then white European settlers after that basically wiped out the Indian population.
It’s a horrible example. Not only is that not true, here is the part that’s been omitted from what is still today taught as the traditional Thanksgiving story in many schools.

“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,’ when they got here, ‘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. … [William] 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. … Long before Karl Marx was even born, the Pilgrims had discovered and experimented with what could only be described as socialism,’ and it had failed” miserably because when every put things in the common store, some people didn’t have to put things in for there to be, people who didn’t produce anything were taking things out, and it caused resentment just as it does today.

So Bradford had to change it. “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,” that happens today and will happen “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 [being paid] that was thought injustice.’ … 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?” Here’s what Bradford wrote, the governor of the Massachusetts colony. “‘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, does he?” or an Obamaite, if I can update it. “Is it possible that supply-side economics could have existed before the 1980s? … Anyway, the pilgrims found “In no time, the Pilgrims found they had more food than they could eat themselves. … 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.” Very few people have heard this story or have had it taught to them — and the “thanks” was to God for showing them the way.

In later parts of the chapter, I quote John Adams and George Washington on their reminisces and their thoughts on the first Thanksgiving and the notion it was thanks to God.

It was an entirely different story than is being taught in the schools. It’s been muddied down, watered down all these years — and now it’s been hijacked by the multicultural community — to the point that the story of Thanksgiving is the Pilgrims were a bunch of incompetents and were saved only by the goodness of the Indians, who then were wiped out.

And that’s what kids are being taught today — ’cause, of course, you can’t mention the Bible in school, and that’s fundamental to the real story of Thanksgiving.

May God Bless and keep you safe.

 

Lincoln and Thanksgiving

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Old Abe would have driven the A.C.L.U. nuts with this proclamation.
Proclamation Establishing Thanksgiving Day
October 3, 1863
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.
To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.
In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.
Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.
Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.
It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.
And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.

George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

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The story below is by Rush Limbaugh.

It is a very good history lesson.
The George Washington 1789 Thanksgiving proclamation.
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 thePeople 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 tranquility [sic], 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 shewn [sic] kindness onto 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 [sic] 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.
George Washington You want me to count the number of references to God?
How about just the first line? “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 to humbly implore His protection and favor.
“Let’s see. One, two, three, four references in just that first clause.
What a fanatic, George Washington!.Just wanted you to hear that.
That’s the first Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.
The real story of Thanksgiving — and by the way, the real story is continuing, what I just read to you.
The thanks was given to God, not the Indians.

 

35 Stores Take Stand for Workers, Announce They’re Closing for Thanksgiving Day

H/T Western Journal.

Bravo to these 35 stores for closing on Thanksgiving.

As a former electronics specialist and manager at a major chain store (I won’t mention which one it was, but there are usually a lot of people dressed in red inside), I don’t think the average member of the general public knows the pain of working on Thanksgiving Day now that Black Friday simply isn’t good enough for some stores.

It’s not just being apart from your family for the holiday. That much you can get used to, sadly. Putting in 12-hour shifts running from one place to another after eating an early turkey dinner — well, there’s not enough coffee in the world that can make that feel anything like a slog through cement.

Then there are the atavistic shopping fanatics that Black Friday (and its new relative, Black Thursday) dredges up. The moment those sliding doors open, retail workers get to see the tenuous links that keep the social contract together get torn apart in dramatic fashion over $45 Blu-Ray players.

My first Thanksgiving working at Tar– erm, the nameless store which once employed me, I remember seeing a 50-something woman bend over to pick up a toy off of the bottom shelf. Another woman, simultaneously needing something off the top shelf, decided she couldn’t wait for help to get the item, lest the other shoppers denude the shelves before she could get to it.

So, she used the middle-aged woman’s back as a sort of ersatz step-stool, apparently caring not if the poor shopper was injured or not. She wasn’t, but a good half hour of prayer and a strong glass of eggnog upon my arrival home was necessary to avert a deep plunge into nihilist despair.

Not all of this will be solved by putting the brakes on the unfortunate trend of opening for Black Friday during the waning hours of Turkey Day, mind you. However, it’s a start — and at least 35 major retailers are willing to make it, quite a few more than when the trend toward opening on the holiday began reversing itself a few years ago.

“Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, and while many stores will have big sales that start on the holiday, some retailers have decided to close their doors this year,” WFLA-TV reported Thursday.

Here are the stores WFLA said would be closed or are predicted to be closed on Turkey Day:

  • American Girl
  • AT&T
  • Babies “R” Us
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Burlington
  • Cabela’s
  • Costco
  • Crate and Barrel
  • DSW
  • GameStop
  • Guitar Center
  • HHGregg
  • H&M
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods
  • IKEA
  • Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
  • Jos. A. Bank
  • Lowe’s
  • Marshalls
  • Mattress Firm
  • Menards
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nordstrom
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Office Depot and OfficeMax
  • Patagonia
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Sam’s Club
  • Staples
  • T.J. Maxx

“So far, there have been no major changes in the stores remaining closed compared to the past year or two,” BestBlackFriday.com reported.

“Some stores have changed course, however, over the past several years. Stein Mart, for example, is closed this year (and remained closed in 2017 and 2018 as well), but opened during the evening of Thanksgiving for a few years prior to that.”

However, The New York Times began reporting on the reversal back in 2016.

“After spending several years rushing to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day, retailers have been hit with a dose of reality: It may not be worth it,” the newspaper reported.

“Office Depot, Mall of America and the electronics store HHGregg have all announced they will be closed on Thanksgiving. Other retailers like Sears will open fewer stores, and of the locations that do open, many will have shorter hours.

“The companies give different reasons for the shift — employees should be able to spend time with family, for one — but the overriding message is clear: For some retailers, opening on Thanksgiving is too much of a headache.”

The Times said that the convenience it afforded customers wasn’t worth the blowback stores received for taking workers away from their families — and Thanksgiving sales had been declining in the years leading up to 2016, anyhow.

However, the trend doesn’t apply to all stores.

“Opening on Thanksgiving makes sense for these and other retailers that rely heavily on promotions. Stores like Walmart and Target, which will both open this year, still offer the kinds of door-buster sales on televisions and electronics that rally customers to line up early, even in the cold,” the newspaper reported.

I guess I’d still be working on Thanksgiving Day, then. I mean, if I worked at one of those stores. Allegedly. I can neither confirm nor deny.

Look, people. You don’t need to go shopping on Thanksgiving. No, Turkey Day isn’t a religious holiday on the order of Christmas and Easter, but it’s still a family day — one where many of us often see relatives we don’t normally get to see.

There’s no reason for us to be working 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. just so you can get a television you could perfectly well wait until tomorrow to get. Please — don’t be part of the problem. Even if you’re not using another human being as a step-stool, you should be home, too.

And to all of the stores that refuse to be part of the problem, we salute you, as well. One hopes more retailers join your numbers. Capitalism is great, but when it comes at the expense of family togetherness, there’s a real problem. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a trend.