Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Thanksgiving Special

One indication of moral progress in the United States would be the replacement of Thanksgiving Day and its self-indulgent family feasting with a National Day of Atonement accompanied by a self-reflective collective fasting...Not only is the thought of such a change in this white-supremacist holiday impossible to imagine, but the very mention of the idea sends most Americans into apoplectic fits -- which speaks volumes about our historical hypocrisy and its relation to the contemporary politics of empire in the United States...Simply put: Thanksgiving is the day when the dominant white culture (and, sadly, most of the rest of the non-white but non-indigenous population) celebrates the beginning of a genocide that was, in fact, blessed by the men we hold up as our heroic founding fathers.

Link to Simpering Handwringer

Tim: Oh, dear God. See, this is why people don't like liberals. Everyone's sitting around, gathering their families, offering heartfelt thanks for the blessings and love that God has granted them, and then some cold-hearted ranting PC-bot comes raving in, spits in the mashed potatoes, slaps Grandma and calls her a religious nut, kicks Grandpa in the face and calls him a racist, calls Dad a chauvinist and Mom a sex traitor, then tears the animals' collars off and "frees" them into the cold night, and then leaves, congratulating himself on another family enlightened. Thanksgiving isn't about celebrating a genocide, fucker.

First of all, the "genocide" was by and large caused by smallpox and cholera, diseases for which the Indians had no immunity. Secondly, at no point were the first Thanksgivings related to genocide; the "genocide" happened hundreds of years later. Thirdly, the first modern Thanksgiving was declared by Abraham Lincoln as a day for solemn thanks to God for what the war had not yet taken from America.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

Do you see "And in celebration of the genocide of the Indians which we so rightfully extinguish so the supreme Aryan race may rule the globe with an iron fist anywhere?" No, no, not so much. The only links between U.S. - Indian relations and Thanksgiving are those insane leftists like this guy insists on seeing. Yes, Thanksgiving was based on earlier Thanks-giving festivals. Harvest festivals. Which exist in every agricultural society. Would you bitch at a black family celebrating Kwanzaa because it's based on a harvest festival, and the Tutsis stole land from the Hutus--on which they then used to farm, and then harvest? Is this acceptable? Shall we hector a Jew at Passover, because God damn it, that was the start of the campaign that led to them stealing the Canaanites' land! And I better not hear a Frenchman celebrate Bastille day, because goddamn it, the land that prison was on belonged to the King, and they stole his land! Do Italy, Germany, and Greece have to break into nation-states that nasty war and forced assimilation pulled together? Should we bemoan the Gallic wars that forged the modern-day France out of tribes of Gauls and Celts? Guess what? Massacres happen. All the time. Constantly. Nations are forged in genocide-assimilation campaigns. Always. These things happen, they're terrible, they're tragic. And then the world picks itself up and moves on.

But that's beside the point. Thanksgiving has nothing to do with junior-year US History class. It has to do with families coming together. And if you have a problem with that, you can just stuff it...and wonder why Americans vote for the Republicans who celebrate Thanksgiving instead of trying to throw the nation on a guilt trip.

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