Every Thanksgiving, I reflect upon those things that I have to be thankful for in the past year, but also over a lifetime. Some seemingly simple things to be thankful for are electricity, running water, a roof over my head, a vehicle to drive, enough food for the family, and a job so that I can afford those things. If I have learned anything this past year it is the big lesson that all these things are all at stake in a Biden America.
I think about how the Pilgrims arrived in America with no shelter. No food. No warmth in a cold, New England November. Having arrived to the New World with debt on their backs from across the pond,
they gave it a go. That first winter was brutal. Many died from starvation, disease and exposure. The remainder, carried on with assistance from the Indians and America got a start. Hopefully, the full truth of Thanksgiving is told in schools now, but I highly doubt it. You see, the Pilgrims decided, (being small in number) that they should share everything. Socialism, while they didn’t call it that at the time, had its first experiment in America. With a limited number of people, they started without private property rights, and communal sharing of food that was grown. They quickly learned what we know, is that without the motivation to succeed for oneself, the wheels quickly come off.
This year, when I reflect on the Pilgrims and the settlement of Plymouth, I think about how in 1620 America got its start with a big lesson of how socialism and communism don’t work. Of course they didn’t call it that at the time, but it was what it was. Never in history has it been successful. Nonetheless we have a government in place now, that behaves and acts like it is the judge and jury of all things. From taking property from people, to false imprisonment to the heavy levy of taxes, education and dictates of life and health, “it” is taking over every aspect of our lives. This is contrary to everything the Pilgrims came to America to do. To live a free life – and free to worship free from government dictates.
Now here we are in 2021 faced with much of what the Pilgrims were faced with when they embarked on their journey. We have the choice to live in ignorance and allow the government to rule as they did under James I, or we have the choice to pursue freedom and liberty. I see so many who are willing to go with the status quo – and, I see so many who are willing to stand for the cause of liberty and freedom yet bicker among themselves while the storehouses dwindle (just look at the choice to use oil reserves) and become empty at the hand of an overreaching government. We must be united in our cause to see liberty and freedom prevail, or await the cold, dark, brutal winter that approaches. I choose, to work with lovers of freedom and liberty to pursue all the good in America. Freedom of worship, freedom of free enterprise, freedom to choose limited government.
I am thankful this year, that we still have a choice. Will we still have that choice in 2022, or 2023? Time will tell. But in the meantime, we cannot wait to find out. We have to make it happen. We the people
must give thanks by preserving those things for which we have to be thankful.