Posted by Governor Palin on her Facebook page today:
On this Thanksgiving Day, we as Americans have so much to be thankful for, in spite of the economic downturn and the efforts of some to subvert our Constitution. People from all over the world are drawn to this country because of the bounty that God blessed our godly forebears with. It is up to us to stand up for our freedoms, especially those guaranteed by our First and Second Amendments, so that our flag will continue to wave over the land of the free and the home of the brave.
The Heritage Foundation posted a link today to this article at The Daily Signal about an upcoming National Geographic film about the first Thanksgiving Day
Retrieved from NationalGeographic
‘Saints and Strangers’ Gives the Real Story Behind Thanksgiving
In the fall of 1621, the pilgrims and the Wampanoag gathered to celebrate a bountiful harvest. William Bradford, the colony’s first governor, described the feast in great detail. It featured “cod, bass, and other fish”; a “great store of wild turkeys”; “venison”; and a healthy supply of “Indian corn.”
The celebration lasted for days and was the culmination of a hard-won peace forged between the pilgrims and the Wampanoag.
But since the mid-’60s, a cottage industry of historians and activists have churned out books and essays that cast a different light on the early years of the Plymouth colony.
In this sinister retelling, the pilgrims are portrayed as greedy capitalists who perpetrated deception, treachery, and genocide against the Native Americans. Instead of giving thanks for all we have, Americans should be mourning the myriad atrocities committed at the hands of our forefathers.
Thankfully, a new National Geographic movie is up to the challenge of refuting these dubious and historically inaccurate claims.
“Saints and Strangers,” which aired earlier this week, attempts to peel away the New Left revisionism in order to discover what actually took place at the Colony at Plymouth.
The Pilgrims and the various Indian tribes were not homogenous groups of people who mechanically followed scripts written by social justice warriors.
To the contrary, the pilgrims were composed of English separatists fleeing from religious persecution (the Saints) and adventurers seeking fortune (the Strangers). “Saints and Strangers” details the harsh conditions and the difficult choices the pilgrims often faced.
n one instance, at a meeting of the surrounding tribes, Canonicus, the leader of the Narragansett, proposes a plan. For protection against the English, he asks each tribe for tribute. Massasoit, who heads the Wampanoag, decides not to join this venture.
A few days later, the Narragansett attack the Wampanoag as an incentive to agree to Canonicus’ proposal.
With Squanto’s help, the Wampanoag instead sign a peace treaty with the pilgrims in the summer of 1621. In return for protection against the Narragansett, the Wampanoag teach the pilgrims how to use the soil to their own advantage.
“Saints and Strangers” helps shed light on what took place in the first years at Plymouth Colony, neither whitewashing events nor unfairly condemning one side or the other. As the film shows us, reality is always more interesting than worn out political narratives.
The story of how God used Squanto to help save the Plymouth Colony from starvation is always fascinating, especially at this time of year. A series of misfortunes in Squanto’s life led him step by step in preparation for his role in the survival of the Pilgrims. It also earned him a place in history and the gratitude of Americans to this day. Our previous article about Squanto and the First Thanksgiving can be found here.
We at SPIB hope all of you have had a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day today and will have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!