Thursday, November 25, 2010

The First Thanksgiving


The First Thanksgiving Proclamation

June 20, 1676

"The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present Warr with the Heathen Natives of this land, written and brought to pass bitter things against his own Covenant people in this wilderness, yet so that we evidently discern that in the midst of his judgements he hath remembered mercy, having remembered his Footstool in the day of his sore displeasure against us for our sins, with many singular Intimations of his Fatherly Compassion, and regard; reserving many of our Towns from Desolation Threatened, and attempted by the Enemy, and giving us especially of late with many of our Confederates many signal Advantages against them, without such Disadvantage to ourselves as formerly we have been sensible of, if it be the Lord's mercy that we are not consumed, It certainly bespeaks our positive Thankfulness, when our Enemies are in any measure disappointed or destroyed; and fearing the Lord should take notice under so many Intimations of his returning mercy, we should be found an Insensible people, as not standing before Him with Thanksgiving, as well as lading him with our Complaints in the time of pressing Afflictions:

"The Council has thought meet to appoint and set apart the 29th day of this instant June, as a day of Solemn Thanksgiving and praise to God for such his Goodness and Favour, many Particulars of which mercy might be Instanced, but we doubt not those who are sensible of God's Afflictions, have been as diligent to espy him returning to us; and that the Lord may behold us as a People offering Praise and thereby glorifying Him; the Council doth commend it to the Respective Ministers, Elders and people of this Jurisdiction; Solemnly and seriously to keep the same Beseeching that being perswaded by the mercies of God we may all, even this whole people offer up our bodies and soulds as a living and acceptable Service unto God by Jesus Christ."


Note that the actual first Thanksgiving was proclaimed 56 years after the landing at Plymouth Rock, and so it had nothing to do with the Pilgrims. Note also that it was in June, which actually makes a lot more sense than a cold Massachusetts November. Finally note that the first Thanksgiving was to celebrate a White military victory over the Indians, not to invite them all to sit around the same table over turkey and cranberry sauce.

The present fourth Thursday in November holiday originated as a propaganda stunt proclaimed by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, in order to distract the North’s attention from the fact that at the time, the Union was getting its ass kicked by the Confederate Army.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some time ago, I remember having heard or read that the real reason for the Pilgrims' barely having survived in the New World prior to the First Thanksgiving in 1676 was that a form of Socialism had initially been practiced (the Pilgrims worked "community" farmland for equal shares upon distribution of the harvests, with the least-productive receiving shares equal to those given to the most-productive). Just prior to 1676, the old Socialist model had been scrapped in favor of individuals farming separate plots of land for full control of the fruits of their labors. The prosperity for which the First Thanksgiving praised God was the direct result of God's having demonstrated to the colonists that Socialism was a recipe for mass starvation and that individual enterprise would ensure survival of the fittest. The most-productive farmers reaped harvests of such bounty as to have surplus of their crops with which to barter for other essential goods or services. Some 250 years before the Collective Farms of the Soviet Union and the adoption of the same Socialism by the kikes of Shitsrael, it was already well-known that Socialism was a poisonous ideology.


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