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Critical Thanksgiving Theory

Give me a holiday we celebrate in America and I can find you myriad articles thrashing and trashing and stomping it to smithereens.

ThanksGHere I was, innocently looking for a picture of a vintage Thanksgiving Feast (and yes, I know some of it is legend with the accompanying embelishments) and I come across a beautiful painting entitled “The First Thanksgiving” with the text over it “Don’t Believe the Hype”.

Here we go again. Columbus day last month. Thanksgiving this month.

We’re not to believe the hype, because one United Native American Bureau (which oddly I can find no references to outside of pages that mention this story) offers its own explanation of how Thanksgiving came about:

The year was 1637…..700 men, women and children of the Pequot Tribe, gathered for their “Annual Green Corn Dance” in the area that is now known as Groton, Conn. While they were gathered in this place of meeting, they were surrounded and attacked by mercenaries of the English and Dutch. The Indians were ordered from the building and as they came forth, they were shot down. The rest were burned alive in the building.

The next day, the Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared: “A day of Thanksgiving, thanking God that they had eliminated over 700 men, women and children. For the next 100 years, every “Thanksgiving Day” ordained by a Governor or President was to honor that victory, thanking God that the battle had been won.

I went “Snopin'” around.  Nothing on Snopes.   But this seems to be a reference to the Mystic Massacre. Which happened May 26 of 1637. The “Next Day” would have been May 27. None of this seems to have anything to do with three-day Pilgrim/Indian harvest feast in 1621. Clearly the massacre had nothing to do with the holiday we know as “Thanksgiving”. So what gives?

Severian is the one who enlightened me on Critical Theory (there are actually Critical Theory Dictionaries – and I actually bought one. Enlightening) … and this would be, to my mind, another story in the attempt to discredit western culture to foment the kind of Revolution … er, “Fundamental Transformation” our self-proclaimed betters would like to see and that their virtue-junkie followers blindly and happily help them along with.

To the casual reader, this story affirms the narrative that white Christian Europeans just love to kill them some brown people at will, because, you know, they’re not white, and stuff. Here were the peaceful Pequot, peacefully celebrating their harvest festival (upon which our Thanksgiving is based … I think about every culture has one. In England, it’s called Harvest Home and goes back to ancient times) … anyway, there they were performing the Green Corn Dance, when out of nowhere, for no reason at all, the Puritans (known for their bloodthirsty ways, dontchaknow) just attacked and killed them all … because, I don’t know, they were all brown heathens or something and God wanted them to do it.

Yeah, the Bureau kind of implies it here:

These Puritan Pilgrims saw themselves as the “chosen elect”, from the Bibles’ Book of Revelations and traveled to America to build “The Kingdom of God”, also from Revelations. Strict with the scripture, they considered an enemy of anyone who did not follow suit. These beliefs were eventually transmitted to the other colonists, and the Puritan belief system quickly spread across the New England area.

Only that’s not the real story at all, and the real story has jack squat to do with Thanksgiving other than — IF the story about the Green Corn Dance is correct — the Pequot were then celebrating their harvest festival (which would mean they celebrated it in May?)

So who were these “mercenaries” of the English and Dutch? Why, it turns out that they were the Narragansett and Mohegans (and other Indian tribes). Who had long been enemies of the Pequot. Contrary to revisionist history, the Indian tribes here in America didn’t just live peacefully with each other. They fought each other frequently over lots of things. And these mercenaries allied with the colonists in a war … what? There was a war going on? There’s no mention of that, in the Bureau’s story either!

Now I’m not saying the Native Americans here weren’t in general treated badly by people of European descent and even by agents of the United States Government — but it turns out it was a lot more complicated than white people killing Indians. Europeans and Indian tribes often formed alliances against other Europeans and Indian tribes. Even in the Revolutionary War.

So … a little context:

In the 1630s, the Connecticut River Valley was in turmoil. The Pequot aggressively worked to extend their area of control, at the expense of the Wampanoag to the north, the Narragansett to the east, the Connecticut River Valley Algonquians and Mohegan to the west, and the Algonquian people of present-day Long Island to the south. The tribes contended for political dominance and control of the European fur trade. A series of smallpox epidemics over the course of the previous three decades had severely reduced the Native American populations due to their lack of immunity to the disease.[7] As a result, there was a power vacuum in the area. The Dutch and the English, from Western Europe, across the Atlantic Ocean, were also striving to extend the reach of their trade into the interior to achieve dominance in the lush, fertile region. The colonies were new at the time, the original settlements having been founded in the 1620s. By 1636, the Dutch had fortified their trading post, and the English had built a trading fort at Saybrook. English Puritans from Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth colonies settled at the newly established river towns of Windsor, Hartford and Wethersfield.

Oh, yes indeedy, there was a war going on, and the Pequot were not innocent noble savage bystanders.  (Seriously, RTWT)

Thanksgiving is a beautiful holiday in the tradtion of Harvest Home and … the Green Corn Ceremony.. It recognizes that we have much to be thankful for — in the bounty of the Earth, what God provides, and the most important things in our lives — friends and family.  And it commemorates an early, peaceful, even friendly cross-cultural, cross-racial celebration in this country.  They partied together for three days!  That’s a good thing!

It rivals Christmas in its traditions and pageantry, connecting the present with the past.

We don’t need to be hatin’ on Pilgrims. Or Indians. There’s no hatin’ involved.

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In a comment over at Breitbart, a troll asked the following question:

Founding principles? Means what? Owning slaves?

Stink bomb. I know he was a troll, but the bomb needs to be diffused, because too many people on our side are “shut up” by it.

The founding principles had nothing to do with owning slaves. Read the discussions from the founding era, and you will see that even slave owners — most of whom were born into slave-owning — were struggling with a problem that we have (thankfully … and with a lot of thanks to them, specifically) never had to deal with.

There is a reason the original Constitution didn’t mention slavery except to impose a ban on importing them with an eye toward ending the practice altogether.

The original draft of the Declaration of Independence — the preamble to our Constitiution, written by slave owner Thomas Jefferson, included a scathing endictment of slavery. Others removed it with an eye toward keeping the union against the Brits, from whom they inherited the practice, so that we might succeed in establishing a nation based on new principles. A better vision that dawned in the midst of imperfection.

The anti-Americans speak as if America invented slavery when in fact it was born out of the principles that abolished it.

” … he has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. This piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the Christian king of Great Britain. determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold. he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce; and that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people for whom he also obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another.” – Thomas Jefferson in the original draft of the Declaration of Independence

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On Michele Bachmann Retiring

Oh, the self-anointed progressives are happy about this.

To them, it’s all about what a scandalously crazy idiot she is – an image they, through their enablers in the press, have carefully crafted over the last few years.

But, you know… I’ve been paying attention to the lady. And I like her.

She organized the Tea Party Caucus in the House. She organized impromptu Tea Party rallies in DC that got huge crowds with less than a week’s notice. She knows, respects, and loves the Constitution.

And she’s a Christian. A real one, not so much the a-la-carte Christianity that has gained so much popularity of late. She is not afraid to stand up for her beliefs.

Which means she is not afraid to say that she believes homosexuality is a behavioral issue, not something like race.

Race is genetic. Culture … behavior, is … well, that has been an argument for quite some time now. Nature vs. nurture. The progressive movement that spawned Margaret Sanger and Adolf Hitler, among others, really bought into the nature thing. And history tells us what that brought us.

Those who are more predisposed to believe in free will … believe that behavior can be wrong, no matter how much nature may have as an input. I believe it is probably true that some people (of any race) can be born more predisposed to violence. It does not make assault or murder less wrong, though.

A good friend pointed this out to me when we were discussing the issue of homosexuality and tolerance.

Of course, homosexual behavior and murder are far from equivalent. But one can certainly argue that one born with a more maleficent predilection still has a choice whether or not to assault or murder, and one could similarly argue that one who might be born with a predilection, a sexual attraction to someone of the same sex … still has a choice whether or not to act upon it.

Which is all separate from the issue of whether or not it should be legal in a free society between consenting adults.

In a free society, legal and moral are not necessarily equivalent to everyone.

But it does not follow that just because one believes that certain behavior is immoral, or even simply believe that one can choose to engage in a particular behavior or not … that said belief is in any way hateful or should be illegal or outside of the realm public conversation.

Now the deal is, Michelle Bachmann — to me — seems to be a perfectly rational, decent, kind, loving human being who can hold two opposing principles simultaneously in her mind and effectively separate them into their proper spheres of influence. This, to me, is the essence of a thoughtful, enlightened human being.

Bachmann isn’t trying to pass any legislation to force anyone to go through gay/straight therapy, or outlaw gay behavior. It’s the mere fact that she believes it can be overcome that is an anathema to them. Again, see, it’s projection. Progressives are all about making their beliefs about what constitutes social progress into law…. they know if they believed what she believes, they’d be passing laws to force it right and left. And if they couldn’t, say, if the gate were closed, they’d go over the fence. And if the fence was too high, they’d pole vault in. And if that didn’t work, they’d parachute

From what I’ve seen, there is nobody in politics any more mindful (there are a few that are as mindful … but I don’t think any that are any more mindful), and respectful of our founding .principles than Mrs. Bachmann.

But the George Lakoffs and Joseph Goebbels of the world know that he who controls the language controls the narrative. And to them and their acolytes of political correctness, the mere fact that she believes that homosexuality is a behavioral issue and not a genetic issue is an anathema. But if you ask me, this is not their main issue with her. It’s just one they can use in the language of “tolerance” they have so carefully constructed.

The fact is is that by and large they hate the Constitution. It stands in the way between them and their various visions of statistic utopia. But they can use “homophobe” (though there’s no evidence that she is afraid of homosexuals) or “hater” (though there’s no evidence that she actually hates … anybody) to paint her as the crazy b*tch from Minnesota, and then heap on all kinds of other nonsense about what a white supremist hateful woman she must be because she’s “conservative” and “conservative” is “all that”. Oh, they’ll argue that she must be hateful, but it all has to be couched in the deconstructionist construction that is the essence of political correctness to make any sense at all.

Now … I’m not really naive enough to believe that her decision is based solely on self-term-limiting, though it’s a great reason. On the other hand, the lady has done more to preserve our founding principles in government than most politicians in recent memory. She’s had some good company, but she is ingood –company. I don’t begrudge her bowing out.

Because as I think she would be among the first to agree… it’s not the person. It’s the principles.

Which has a lot to do with why I like her.

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You Don’t Need to See His Papers

Just when I thought my jaw couldn’t hit the floor any harder, I ran across these headlines yesterday:

This is insane.

It really illustrates that the truth in this spoof video is really pretty much on the money.

Of course, we’re not saying that having an Arab name makes you a terrorist. But there is a pattern, and it’s a pattern that people are apparently more than just a little eager to refuse to see. Political correctness has rendered our news media impotently incurious when it comes to certain subjects.

I have a Muslim co-worker who told me, not terribly long after 9/11, that her teenage daughter had come to her and said, “Mom, I know not all Muslims are terrorists, but it does seem like most of terrorists are Muslim”. So it’s not just me.

There is a difference between religions. Even staunch Atheists Bill Maher and Penn Jillette acknowledge that.  Sure there are crazy people of all faiths and non-faiths who have murdered and who were even inspired by their beliefs in many cases — but there is only one major world religion that has an extremely well-established pattern based not only on the relgious writings upon which their religion is based, but is rife with religious leaders who preach violent jihad and has myriad organizations world-wide to do violence, in the name of their God and their religion and who regularly carry it out.  Can we just say that?   Really?  We can’t?

It now appears that our well-mannered Chechens who blew the legs off of Boston Marathon spectators and acually killed three … were likely recruited as disaffected teens with Muslim sympathies by a Saudi Islamic Radicalizing agent Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Harbi.  This is exactly what terrorist organizations do in the middle east.  Now they’re finding ways of getting it done here (helps get around immigration inquiries if your disaffected youth are already here before they are radicalized).

But you’re not hearing about Al-Harbi in the media, because … the Media is deeply invested in this idea that Islam is just like any other religion when it comes to violence, and it is also in thrall with this administration and will apparently do anything to protect it.

We are in big trouble, folks.

UPDATE: Here’s another one from today. I’m sure there are more.


crossposted at The Clue Batting Cage

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QUILTS #3 – Do You Lock Your Door?

Here’s a question I‘d like to see answered: when you leave your home, do you lock your door?

I can’t answer for you, but I do. The phrase, “a man’s home is his castle” certainly applies to me, and I rule here as a benevolent monarch, just as long as my wife allows me. I don’t lock up my house because I hate people, but because I want to know who is in my home. People have no right to enter my home without permission to do so.

“You’re just one of those weird types who hates people!” Ah, no, I just said I don’t. I just simply believe in boundaries, and no one should enter my home without being invited in first. Just like vampires. But if you’re invited, then you’re more than welcome in my home. Several years ago, I received a request from a friend passing through town. She wanted to know if she could crash for the night. I happily told her that she should consider herself at home, but she’d have to let herself in since we were out of the state at the time. I trusted her to be a good guest in our home and to make sure it was properly locked up once she left. She didn’t disappoint.

So you need to be invited to enter my home. I don’t care whether you come in to steal my stuff or just to clean things up, like Sue Warren.

Police in Westlake say Sue Warren of Elyria broke into a home last week and began tidying up, but she didn’t take anything. They say she then wrote out a bill for $75 on a napkin and included her name and address.

One officer says Warren told him she does it all the time. Only now, she’s in jail on a burglary charge.

Wow. Imagine being arrested for burglary, just for doing jobs that people don’t want to do. OK, that’s a little snarky, but I think you can see where I’m going. Just as my home is my castle, and I reserve the right to admit only the people I choose, this same principle extends to the borders of the United States. We have rules in place to determine who may enter and who may stay. We may choose to amend these rules, but if we simply ignore them and turn a blind eye to those who break them, it sends a clear message to scofflaws and squatters that they can trespass with impunity. If this goes on, eventually certain parts of our nation may become too dangerous for law-abiding citizens to inhabit.

Let me be clear about this: I don’t care where you came from. American citizens came from all over the world. We’re proud mutts, and most of us can trace our ancestry to half a dozen nations or more. Since America has always selected its citizens for excellence, the result has been astounding diversity, and we’re better and stronger for it. But would-be citizens have always had to go through the process of naturalization. We want more Americans, but we want them to be here legally. We welcome visitors from other nations, but they must maintain valid visas to stay here.

Bob Gorrell - Your house is my house

This Thursday will be our second Soup Night of the year. The last time we made three soups and had about ten people to gobble them up. So far we’re on track to entertain many more this time. We supply the soup at these gatherings, but people are responsible for bringing their own bowls and spoons, and maybe some bread, too. Since it was well received last time, we’ll probably continue Soup Night every month or two just because it’s fun. My wife reminds me it’s also delicious. But if we ever reach a point where total strangers start walking into my house, picking up bowls and scarfing down food like Goldilocks, we’ll stop having Soup Night.

I can’t speak for everyone, but I love guests, whether in my home or in my nation. But people who break in, regardless of their motive, get my dander up. It’s nice that some of them are cleaning up and doing chores around the place, but that doesn’t change the fact that they broke the law to get in. Such “guests” need to be shown the door. And if we lock our door at home, it makes sense to lock the nation’s door as well.

Cross-posted at The Captain’s Comments

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Emperor Barry’s Special License

This past week, I wrote loquaciously about a mindset I’ve seen and heard, either with greater frequency in recent years, or with a constant frequency that I notice more acutely during that time. It is difficult to tell which, and this is often the confusion to be tolerated when one’s awareness increases. The mindset could be concisely summarized as “Since I know what I’m doing, everyone else should be doing it my way, and if they do anything differently then they must not know anything about what they’re doing.” With some soul-searching about this I’ve discovered much of my revulsion has to do with Omar Khayyam’s much more artistically-worded warning

He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool. Shun him.
He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a child. Teach him.
He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep. Wake him.
He who knows, and knows that he knows, is a leader. Follow him.

I do not know that these are “fools.” But on a case by case basis, I tend to believe it likely. I’ve learned how to do a few things in my time. Not very many, by some measures, or maybe a whole lot by others — it’s relative. But in the case of each one, as I learned more and more about how to do something, I’ve learned there are many ways to do it. This is true much more often than a casual observer might suspect, at first. It’s true of tying your shoes, for example.

I can imagine learning how to do something. I can imagine such education coming after, and only after, the admission “I don’t know it yet” — I’ve been through this many a time. But I cannot imagine learning it, seeing someone exercise a different technique, and saying in private or in public “that guy doesn’t know what he’s doing, because he’s doing it a different way from the way I learned it.” Can’t relate. Maybe that’s why I don’t like Strunk & White. Although I applaud the concept of going beyond proper spelling & grammar, and learning how to write so that the reader has an easier time going through it; the Little White Book goes beyond even that, to commit the sin of saying “Anyone who does it any way different from mine, should cap their pens and cease on the spot, for they are proliferating a poison upon the reading public.” Oh, maybe that’s not the intent. But that’s how people read it, and that’s a mistake.

We’re actually looking at two problems here. One, there is a very real possibility…and I’d consider going even further than that actually, calling it a likelihood…that this practitioner who’s figured out one way of getting a job done, and is ready to heckle and righteously assault all other ways of getting it done, has achieved his threshold of knowledge without ever taking that first step, without ever admitting “I don’t know.” Two, in a group environment, with this institutional wisdom being gained under the leadership of Khayyam’s fools who’ve never had to admit “I don’t know,” creativity is effectively destroyed, or at least, prohibited. Nobody may color outside the lines. You’re tying down a load? But that isn’t how you tie a taut-line. You’re going to Elvas Street? But that’s not the exit we take. You call that an engine? But it has no pistons. Technology, therefore, must become static. Nobody can ever have a new idea.

Which brings me to Emperor Barry.

He has, once again, come up with some new ideas. And, once again, Republicans are divided on how to respond although they should not be. I found it somewhat exasperating when Dennis Miller, repeating the litany of many others, intoned that he found some of these changes sensible and thought they should have been implemented awhile back. Alright, I can see where he’s coming from, so let’s say for the sake of argument I agree with that. The beef I have is, that is the beginning of the disagreement, and not the end. Alright, let’s say for sake of argument these are things that should be done; now, there is this thing called Separation of Powers… That, to say nothing of: “Shall not be infringed” seems, to me, pretty airtight as legal jargon goes. Not a lot of wiggle-room there, given how much it’s been debated and distorted over the last two centuries.

Now that we’re on the eve of the second inauguration of America’s First Holy Emperor, it is worth contemplating this new culture He has introduced. We haven’t been doing that much. Barry does this-or-that, and before the ink is dry we’re all caught up in debating the pros and the cons, we don’t notice what else has been taking place.

Without taking the time or trouble to customarily cite actual examples, describing only the culture and not the specific reforms put in place, the pattern I’ve seen over the last four years has been —

1. The statists, for the time being, have won that fight about money: Does it belong to you or does it belong to Washington? It belongs to Washington. When you earn it, you’re borrowing it; when you pay your taxes, you’re returning it; when you keep what’s left over, it’s because Washington allows you to.
2. The statists, for the time being, have won that fight about risk: There should not be any. Not that Washington is going to take any actual responsibility for getting rid of it all. More like, every bump in the road, encountered by anybody, is an excuse for them to legislate anew.
3. The statists, for the time being, have won that fight about debt: You operate under a limit. Washington doesn’t.
4. The statists, for the time being, have won that fight about opportunity: You don’t need any. You’re getting your oxygen, your food, your clothing and shelter, just like a prisoner getting his three-hots-and-a-cot. Opportunity is not for you because that would be “greedy.” Opportunity is for politicians.
5. Nobody needs to be inventing or discovering a damn thing, anywhere. NASA’s new role is Muslim outreach. Everyone should just do what is expected of them.
6. …except for Barack and Michelle Obama, and their very close friends. They, and they alone, can come up with creative, surprising, cool new ideas. Oh, some of the other three hundred million brains will have to be properly “educated,” even in some very advanced engineering disciplines and sciences — but that is just for implementation. Even those very bright, very disciplined, very enlightened minds will be expected to move along a certain path, toward certain goals, in certain ways. They “invent” what they are told to invent. Doing the unexpected is Emperor Barry’s special license.
7. If it’s wrong, and Barry does it, it stops being wrong on the spot. Every leftist dictator in world history has enjoyed this privilege. Ours is no exception. And so, Barry can wage war, Barry can bomb civilians overseas, Barry can do Extraordinary Rendition, Barry can waterboard, Barry can run up the nation’s debt. Wrong if the other fellow does it, okay if Barry does it.
8. Most importantly, it is entirely a thing of the past, to consider the possibility that bad people might have good ideas or that good people can have bad ones. It is therefore an impossibility for any two “good” people to ever have a disagreement about what to do. Emperor Barry, who is our compass point, showing us what a good person is and what a good person thinks, cannot ever be opposed except by bad people who have bad motives. It is evidently the next stage of our evolution, to stop deliberating complex issues like grown-ups, and start arguing with a lot of name-calling and nothing else, like second- or third-graders.

Bearing these rules in mind, it is to be expected that our President should infringe upon those rights which were not supposed to have been infringed. He is the state, just like Louis XIV; He is our “Sun King.” And there can be no reason for anyone to oppose Him, other than their desire to oppose the state, and all the people within it. They are enemies of the state.

Barry came up with something innovative and new, such that He changed the trajectory of some moving thing. He steered. Only He is allowed to do so.

Yes, America’s best days are still ahead of her. I’m sure of it. But that happens only after this current era comes to an end. We can’t prosper with this in place, because prosperity requires building new things, with entirely new ideas, and we’re not doing that.

Cross-posted at House of Eratosthenes and Right Wing News.

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