Friday, November 26, 2010

The New History of Thanksgiving

This article from the Huffington Post is rather interesting, not for its news content, but for the views that it presents from Mr. Limbaugh.

Apparently, Mr. Limbaugh is of the impression that Thanksgiving did not rise from the settlers being thankful that the Native Americans helped them after their first hard winter, but actually celebrates the settlers defeat of socialism and adoption of capitalism. Mr. Limbaugh also believes that, when the settlers adopted capitalism, there was suddenly such an abundance of food that they shared with the Native Americans instead of the other way around.

I really hope people don't buy into this. For one thing, it's very blatantly incorrect. Secondly, it ruins the history and tradition of a truly American holiday. There are no other Holidays we celebrate, aside from the 4th of July , that were created in America. The story of how it came to be is as important to pass on as the family turkey recipe.

The day we stop demanding historical accuracy and truth is the day we lose it, and that will truly be a sad day. When my children come home from school, I want to know they have been taught the truth about our national heritage, the good as well as the bad. I don't want them to think they are superior, or that America has always been the good guys. It is vastly more important to preserve the truth of our heritage so we do not make the same mistakes we have made before.

Keep history alive!

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