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    ‘Out of Small Beginnings’ – the True History of the Pilgrim Fathers

    Happy thanksgiving.

    The following is way too long to copypasta, but it is well worth the read.

    ‘Out of Small Beginnings’ – the True History of the Pilgrim Fathers and Our Founding Myth

    REBECCA MANSOUR 24 Nov 2022

    “Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and, as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation.” – William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation

    “History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” – George Orwell, 1984


    If you want to undo a nation, you start by falsifying its history until no one remembers anything but the “endless present.” Thus, every Thanksgiving it seems like fewer Americans know the true history of this national holiday commemorating our nation’s founding myth. Few even understand the concept of a founding myth.

    So, it has become a Thanksgiving tradition here at Breitbart News to tell the true story of our Pilgrim Fathers and the founding of their Plymouth settlement in 1620 – an event which President John Quincy Adams described as the “birthday” of our nation.

    In recent years, the history of the Pilgrims has become the plaything of left-wing and right-wing revisionists—that is, when the Pilgrims aren’t airbrushed out of our cultural memory all together.

    According to the right-wing revisionists, the Pilgrims were a band of hippy socialists who nearly starved to death during their first winter in the New World due to their mindless embrace of Marxist collectivism, but then—in the nick of time—they embraced Hayekian economics and lived happily ever after as free market capitalists. This retelling of the first Thanksgiving as a libertarian morality tale is obviously false, but at least it comes from a place of love. The right-wing revisionists dislike socialism; so, in their telling, the Pilgrims are heroic because they’re anti-socialists. In truth, the Pilgrims weren’t socialists or anti-socialists, and they certainly weren’t libertarians.

    If the only revisionism we had to worry about was the harmless right-wing variety, I’d leave you to enjoy your turkey and pumpkin pie. But left-wing revisionism does not come from a place of love. It’s driven by hatred and ignorance; and, therefore, it requires a full refutation.

    The Pilgrims’ Progress from Heroes to Villains

    The same wokesters who have been busy toppling statues are also unfairly maligning our Pilgrim fathers and reframing the history of the nation they founded in 1620.

    The most radical and effective effort at this revisionism is the New York Times’ “1619 Project,” which commemorates the year that the first ship arrived in the Virginia colony carrying African slaves. Recognizing the significance of the beginning of American slavery is certainly worthwhile, but the 1619 Project’s authors went beyond recognition and sought to “reframe” all of American history around the events of 1619. For this, they have been roundly criticized by historians who decry their many inaccuracies and re visionist interpretations (including, for example, their claim that the American Revolution was fought in order to preserve slavery in the colonies).

    Most of the criticism has focused on the Project’s controversial claim (which was later scrubbed from the New York Times’ website) that 1619 is the year of “our true founding,” not 1620 when the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth and planted the seed of our democracy that ripened in 1776.

    In a Times op-ed rebutting the critics, Nicholas Guyatt argues that “the 1619 Project radically challenges a core narrative of American history” by refuting the notion that “the story of the United States [is] a gradual unfolding of freedom.” Instead, the Project’s authors “describe a nation in which racism is persistent and protean. White supremacy shapeshifts through the nation’s history, finding new forms to continue the work of subjugation and exclusion.”

    In other words, they think Abraham Lincoln got it wrong when he said our nation was “conceived in Liberty.” They think it was conceived in racism.

    The new book by New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story” is displayed at a New York City bookstore on November 17, 2021. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    And with the push to incorporate the 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory into school curriculums, these woke revisionists are hard at work rewriting our history one school kid at a time, just as they’ve been busy for years “reframing” the history of the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving.

    Ann Coulter gave an excellent summary of the woke interpretation of Thanksgiving: “As every contemporary school child knows, our Pilgrim forefathers took a break from slaughtering Indigenous Peoples to invite them to dinner and infect them with smallpox, before embarking on their mission to fry the planet.”

    She’s not joking. America’s teachers have “begun a slow, complex process of ‘unlearning’ the widely accepted American narrative of Thanksgiving,” according to Education Week. To unlearn the “myth” of Thanksgiving, educators are seeking ways “to help students appreciate colonial oppression of Natives and the violence that ensued from it.” The article helpfully includes a video of PBS NewsHours’ Judy Woodruff explaining that the “quintessential feel-good holiday” of Thanksgiving actually “perpetuates a myth and dishonors Native Americans.”

    The story of Thanksgiving fares even worse on college campuses, where students are taught that it should be commemorated as a “National Day of Mourning,” not a day off for food, family, and football.

    “It’s kind of just based off the genocide of the indigenous people,” one student at Minnesota’s Macalester College told the College Fix a few years ago. “The history of the holiday is obviously not the best. It’s very violent and oppressive,” said another.

    All of this is malicious nonsense. Shame on any educator spewing this garbage.

    We know who the Pilgrims are and what they did because they meticulously documented their history for posterity.

    Read on at link...
    "Truly, whoever can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

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    I'm sure leftists are all over social media talking about how horrible of a holiday Thanksgiving is.
    "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration is minding my own business."

    Calvin Coolidge

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    Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving !
    Do something Danke

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