- November 22, 2017
Thankful for the Freedoms We Enjoy
“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
– Winston Churchill
It is important to balance the unrelenting quest for Truth and Transparency from the United States government with a sincere, mindful appreciation of the rights and privileges all U.S. citizens enjoy.
Even if our system of laws, social order, and justice is not perfect, they are the highest ideal of democratic capitalism being expressed on the globe today.
The streets of America are not paved with gold, but this is still a land of great resources and opportunity.
Immigrants flock to the Land of Liberty for just this reason. No matter how atrocious things may seem in the good ol’ U. S. of A., you can bet your bottom dollar that life is far worse in many parts of the world.
Furthermore, and on a much more positive note, our system may have flaws, but its design allows for Us the People to alter – amend – the parts that have stopped working for Our best interests.
Is the glass half empty or half full?
On this national day of Thanksgiving, some will dwell on the injustices served to the native American Indians. Among them were the Wampanoag Indians who, in good faith, helped the original U.S. colonists survive those first few harsh winters.
Indeed, it is an ironic twist in American history that alliance formed between these two foreign groups would last for more than 50 years. The First Thanksgiving, as taught in American schools, really was a rare example of inter-racial harmony and cooperation.
The complete history of Thanksgiving in the United States is an interesting story. Wikipedia says:
“The event that Americans commonly call the ‘First Thanksgiving’ was celebrated by the Pilgrims [and Wampanoag Indians] after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. This feast lasted three days, and—as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow—it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating “thanksgivings”—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.
More than a century later, in 1789, Thanksgiving became a national holiday. Banks have closed, mail suspended, and federal employees assured of a paid day off every year since 1863. During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that the last Thursday in November would be a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”
Harvest festivals are a time to enjoy the fruits of one’s labor – literally – and to show appreciation to the deity of one’s choice – or to nature – or to nothingness.
The real beauty of our country is that we may choose our beliefs, speak our minds, pursue happiness, and help others.
On this day of family, faith, friends, and food, remember to save some charity for those less fortunate. Gifts of time and affection can be more valuable than money – but share what you have.
“We are not cisterns made for hoarding, we are channels made for sharing.”
– Billy Graham
Happy Thanksgiving to all Our Cherished Readers from the entire staff of The Daily Conspiracy!