Thanksgiving then and now

Have we forgotten our history?  The Pilgrims came her to escape religions persecution, taxation without representation, unfair court systems, oppressive monarchs and a lack of freedom of speech.  For this, these men, women and children left their homes and all that was familiar to go to a new land where they could have a government by the people.  The first Thanksgiving was a celebration of that possibility.  They shared the meal with the Indians in a microcosm of acceptance and mutual good will.

As time went by, our country was born.  The foundation was laid to protect the precious freedoms that they risked all to gain.  As a result, we have celebrated the highest and best quality of life known to man.  We saw the fulfillment of their dream.  Yes, we had issues that had to be addressed with a terrible civil war.  We are far from perfect, but we are the best of the best.

I am old enough to have been a beneficiary of the foresight of the pilgrims and our nation’s founders.  This land of the free and the home of the brave was a laboratory of that made us so comfortable that we forgot why we were a country.  And because we forgot, now we have new issues that look a lot like the old issues.  We are suffering religious suppression, taxation without representation with an unfair court system that legislates from the bench.  Our elected leaders now think they are a ruling class.  Another way of limiting free speech is political correctness.  Our government is covetous of the wealth of its most successful and is creating a class of people who are dependent on entitlements.  We have loaned money to countries that have never repaid it.  We have borrowed money from countries who are holding us hostage.  Some of this sounds familiar and some of it is new.  

This year, I will celebrate possibilities of what our country can be again.  I look forward to the government of the people being restored.  I am praying for wise leaders who will remember what made us great and bring restoration to our great country.

So, here is the question.  What would the Pilgrims do today?  Let me know your thoughts.

3 thoughts on “Thanksgiving then and now

  1. I am looking for the same changes you mentioned.Next Spring,hope will rise in this country because of the possibilities with a new administration,The Occupiers,Tea Party and general malaise we have seen this last year will birth positive changes..not without a struggle.

    • Freedom isn’t free and if we sit quietly by, we will find ourselves wishing we had understood that it is the people’s government. Thanks for the comment!

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