On Sept. 6, 1620, a group of travelers (English Separatist Puritans)
boarded a ship and departed from Plymouth Harbor, England and embarked
on a 3,000-mile journey across the Atlantic to what was being called,
The New World or New England.
Two months later, after enduring violent storms and other hardships, the ship, Mayflower,
put in at what we now know as Cape Cod, Mass. Four days later, on Nov.
15, a small group of men rowed ashore on a small boat, where they saw a
group of "savages" who ran away.
The explorers tried to follow
the natives but soon foundered in the thickets and gave up. Exploring
the next day they found an abandoned settlement containing evidence of
planting, the remains of a shelter and a large kettle with sand heaped
While digging out the kettle
they found several baskets of stored food, some of which they took for
themselves to carry back to the ship, while reburying the rest. The next
day the group found a good place to put ashore and the entire
complement of the ship, about 100 people, began Plymouth Colony.
Starting a new colony at the
beginning of winter proved a daunting task, and about half of all the
settlers died. If not for food pilfered from the Indians that winter,
all might have perished.
The following spring a couple
of Indians (one who had learned English from fishermen and another who
had been taken into slavery but escaped) befriended the pilgrims and
taught them how to plant and fish and gather fruit. Their first harvest
that fall was plentiful for the colonists and they and the Indians
shared their food during a three-day festival — a time that is known as
the first Thanksgiving.
It turns out the celebration
was premature. The group structure was designed so that everyone placed
the fruits of their labor into a common store. People were then to take
what they needed for sustenance. But during the following summers, with
some toiling diligently at farming and fishing and gathering, and others
refusing to work, hard feelings developed and food shortages occurred.
So Governor William Bradford
assigned each family a plot of ground and allowed the people to use the
fruits of their labor to eat or trade as they saw fit. It wasn't long
before so much was being produced that they could use it to trade with
others. The free market had won out over socialism.
Today we live in a country
where "Democratic Socialism" is on the rise, and its proponents — make
no mistake, they are full-fledged socialists — believe that both the
economy and society should be run "democratically," which to them means
meeting public needs, not to make profits for a few.
Meanwhile, those profits are
already being taken away and shared by all through our
tax-and-entitlement system that is already socialistic and not free
market at all.
- The top 1 percent of
income earners take in 21 percent of the country's wealth but pay 38.5
percent of the taxes. The top 5 percent of earners take in 36.5 percent
of the wealth but pay 59 percent of the taxes.
- The top 10 percent of
income earners take in 47.7 percent of the wealth but pay 70 percent of
the taxes. And 86.1 percent of all taxes are paid by the top 25 percent
of income earners.
- Meanwhile, the bottom 50 percent of income earners take in 11.3 percent of the wealth but pay only 3.1 percent of the taxes.
More and more the tax
system is slanted to create a growing dependent class that pays little
or no taxes while the producers are burdened with a growing tax
liability. That will only increase if Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are
foisted on United States citizens. It's a system that is doomed to failure today just as it was in the 1600s.
But today is a day for Thanksgiving, and you should still have much to be thankful for. Those of us who practice a
religion have our loving God. We have our health issues, but if we look
about us we can always find someone dealing with a situation that would
for us be a terrible burden. Blessings on them, on you, and on us all.
Finally, we Americans live in
the greatest country in the history of the world, even if it is saddled
with a few warts. For example, speaking of wealth and well-being, only
75 percent of those who want a job have one according to shadowstats.com
(the government says "officially" about 93 percent are working).
But, despite all that, for a few days at least, Congress is not in session plotting to steal our wealth and liberty.
So let's relax today and
consider our blessings. Eat a hearty meal — or two. Enjoy your family,
your football game, and the weather. Recharge your batteries.
And get ready to take up the fight again anew, because tyranny is but a step away.
Yours for the truth,