Archive for November, 2012

The Pilgrims founded their colony at Plymouth Plantation in December 1620 and promptly started dying off in droves.As the colonys early governor, William Bradford, wrote in “Of Plymouth Plantation”:”That which was most sadd & lamentable was, that in 2. or 3. moneths time halfe of their company dyed.”When the settlers finally stopped croaking, they set about creating a heaven on earth, a society without private property, where all worked for the common good. Everything was shared. Especially bitching and moaning about working for the common good. Bradford again:”Yong-men that were most able and fitte for labour and service did repine that they should spend their time and streingth to worke for other mens wives and children, with out any recompense….And for mens wives to be commanded to doe service for other men, as dresing their meate, washing their cloaths, etc., they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could many husbands well brooke it.”With nobody working, everybody was suffering. And in case you think nobody was working simply because they couldnt understand a damn thing Bradford was saying, chew on this: In 1623, Bradford and the other leaders”Assigned to every family a parceel of land…this had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more torne was planted then other waise would have bene by any means the Govr or any other could use, and saved him a great deall of trouble, and gave farr better contente.”In no time at all “any generall wante of famine hath not been amongest them since to this day.”America would never go hungry again. So this week, before you drift into your annual tryptophan-induced coma, dont forget to give thanks to the true patron of this holiday feast: property rights.For more on this topic, including controversy over whether the pilgrims were proto-communists, go to http://reason.tv/video/show/1515

via The Pilgrims and Property Rights: How our ancestors got fat & happy – YouTube.

Thanksgiving in Vietnam

Posted: November 22, 2012 in 2012, Military, Veterans

Thanksgiving in Vietnam –

Thanksgiving Dinner cooked in camp and taken out to the field for the soldiers. Thanksgiving dinner in a foxhole was probably not what these soldier had in mind, but the Army did all they could to make these soldiers in-country feel at home. With their families back home, our soldiers fought together and of course, celebrated Thanksgiving together, creating their own version of a family. The Army family, the men and women who serve our country, and their families share a common bond of sacrifice and service that many do not know.

The Army Heritage and Education Center would like to wish all service members and their families a Happy Thanksgiving. Soldiers have served our country throughout our history and have missed many Thanksgivings back at home. Thank you for the service you provide to our country.

via Thanksgiving – YouTube.

Ronald Reagan Thanksgiving Day Address 1985

Posted: November 22, 2012 in 2012

Ronald Reagan Thanksgiving Day Address 1985 – YouTube.