For Thanksgiving, the pilgrims say ‘you’re welcome!’

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During the height of the pandemic, my wife was walking our late French bulldog through a toney neighborhood in northern Virginia. As she walked she happened upon two women arguing about how racist the pilgrims likely were. Two lily white, woke members of the Pumpkin Spice mafia.

These two knew the pilgrims were absolutely white supremacists, the debate was only a matter of degree.

This is what the DC Swamp is all about. A virtue signalling debate by the whitest women in America, about pilgrims, in June.

Let that sink in.

The nation that has done more than any other before its existence to further human rights and civil rights is under sustained attack. Its plight is existential. If those who are assaulting it get their way, it’s the death penalty for that nation and major, permanent problems for anyone who has the courage to support it.

Simply put: America is under attack from the woke left. Its foundation, including its earliest history, is being torn apart, misrepresented, and lied about, for the purpose of destroying the country itself.

Or do you not hear the cultural Marxists when they say they seek to “dismantle the systems” that they claim “sustain and perpetuate systemic racism”? The systems they’re referring to are the systems by which America operates, on which it is founded, and how it exists, and dismantling them means nothing less than taking America apart. That is the entire point of the woke project. They have seized control of the Democratic Party, academia, and our culture, to carry their diabolical plans out.

The woke hordes have to discredit America to accomplish their goals, and since America is famously a nation not built on tribe or geography but on ideas, those ideas must be discredited. That’s why our history is under attack, from the pseudo historical 1619 Project to the leftist attack on the Alamo all the way back to the very first Thanksgiving.

That moment has been twisted from a day of cooperation between bedraggled Europeans and native Americans to a day of rage and oppression. It’s wokeism run wild, attacking dead pilgrims who are not here to defend themselves.

That’s a hallmark of the left’s strategy. They worship the likes of dead white men such as Karl Marx whose terrible ideas have led to the enslavement and deaths of millions, while denigrating the achievements of other dead white men and women who mostly just sought and found a better life free from kings and tyrants.

Such were the pilgrims of the first Thanksgiving. They fled England because they were persecuted for their religious beliefs. England in the 17th century was a monarchy with a state-approved church that was controlled by the king. If you didn’t agree with that church, you ran afoul of the king, and you could be imprisoned or even executed. The very freedoms we take for granted – freedom of religion, freedom of speech – did not exist as legally recognized rights yet. Brave individuals were starting the fight for those rights. Their success was not guaranteed. Whole armies stood in their way.

The pilgrims sailed from Southampton, England, in 1620 – braving the harrowing Atlantic journey, leaving their lives behind, risking everything to carve out lives in a world unknown to them – to be free. Leftists today would unfairly and dishonestly call them oppressors because they were white. And yet, the pilgrims were among the oppressed themselves.

Were they perfect by the ever-changing standards of the 21st Century? No, but who is? No one is woke enough to satisfy the most radical. A certain Frenchman who led a revolution would find out how impossible it is to be radical enough a couple of centuries later.

But in America, the pilgrims carved out lives in a wild, dangerous land, for the sake of freedom. Not just their own, but for their progeny and for those who followed them. Roger Williams, founder of Providence, Rhode Island, established one of the first legal systems that recognized religious freedom. He had to be in America to do that, as it was impossible and could be fatal just about anywhere in Europe. And in Asia, for that matter, where the Buddhist dictatorship of feudal Japan suppressed Christianity brutally for centuries. Most Americans aren’t even aware of Japan’s mass-scale crucifixion of Christians, or of the rebellions fought for religious freedom – and savagely suppressed by the shoguns. The age of the pilgrims was an age of souls seeking the light of free faith.

In America, in a city, on a hill, a whole new thing was growing. It was just a tiny spark in a dark world at the time. But it grew. That spark became a little flame, and by the 1760s, it was a raging bonfire. When America rebelled against the tyrants in faraway London, her founders wrote this radical concept of religious and intellectual liberty into the new nation’s founding documents. This was one of the most courageous acts in human history, and it has freed more people of all backgrounds all over the world ever since.

The people who would destroy America now use this very freedom to undermine her. Attacks on “white privilege” is a cruel lie that only promises to eradicate freedom and empower a very few while enslaving or eliminating everyone else.

As for the pilgrims the left despise, they would just have one thing to say on Thanksgiving, to Americans enjoying football, freedom, turkey, and even the right to trash their country now: “You’re welcome!”

They set the world on a path toward freedom. The question now is, can we keep it?


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