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The Real Story of Thanksgiving is Catching on Out There


RUSH: It is just a thrill and a delight, as we enter the annual Christmas season, we can say that that's probably true, Thanksgiving coming very late this year, and this kicks it off, and it's weather appropriate.  Change of seasons is taking place.  The opportunity for the attitudinal mind shift into the holiday season.  And I, perkily, your beloved host, we really get into it here, and we enjoy it immensely.  Thanksgiving, of course, is a season I take very seriously, because I am deeply thankful.  I try to take the occasion of this day, the day before Thanksgiving, to share some of that with you, and extend wishes from the highly overrated staff who wish you the same.

I realize that many of you are in transit, on the way to wherever you're going, and some of you believe CNN and thought you couldn't get there, so you're hunkered down at home.  Some of you are trying to get there, and having big trouble. I mean, there are cancellations.  It's Thanksgiving.  This happens every year.  You can make book on it.  And so we'll be here getting you through the day, at least our portion of it, with some traditions. 

We are going to share with you once again as we always do every year, the real, true story of Thanksgiving.  And I must tell you, folks, it is gratifying to see more and more instances of that popping up.  For example, John Stossel has a piece today on the real story of Thanksgiving. He makes an additional point in his piece that the federal government and the way it administers Indian reservations and Indian lands today, outside of the casinos, haven't learned anything.  The Indians are still governed the way the Pilgrims originally attempted to govern themselves.  It didn't work. 

I don't know about you, but, when I went to school, the public school system had not been corrupted, at least not to the extent that it has been today, and I don't think at all, and even I did not get the full story of Thanksgiving when I was a kid.  I didn't learn what it was until I started doing research for my book, one of my first two books in which the original story appears.


RUSH: Now, what are you laughing at?  I haven't said one thing funny yet.  Hm-hm.  Oh.  Well, what, the phones today?  If liberals want equal time to rag on America?  You know, I live in their heads. 

Folks, I'm sitting here, and I got an e-mail from a friend that says, "Look at the impact you're having.  You are living free in their heads."  I've got here a Democrat fundraiser e-mail that was sent out, and it says, "This time of year the only thing more annoying than holiday traffic is an awkward conversation with family about politics.  Don't get me wrong.  I love the Republicans in my life, but nothing ruins a slice of pecan pie faster than talking through immigration reform with a cousin who spends too much time listening to Rush Limbaugh.  That's why we're launching YourRepublicanUncle.com.  If you want to make sure that the political debates around your dinner table this Thanksgiving stay tethered to reality, you should check it out."  And if you keep reading this e-mail, you eventually get to the begging and the pleading for money. 


And Organizing for Action, which is an offshoot of Obama's Organizing for America website, have put out talking points for rabid left-wingers, guidance on how to take over and dominate Thanksgiving dinner so as to propagandize Obamacare.  So, at the same time, they're sending out a fundraising letter lamenting that Democrats might have to spend time with somebody that listens to me, they're also trying to propagandize your and everybody else's Thanksgiving dinner by making sure that the subject matter occurs in a propaganda form that they support.  So they leave nothing to chance.  These people are pathetic.  But you've been warned.  This is something that they have planned. 


RUSH:  "Dead White Guys, or What the History Books Never Told You: The True Story of Thanksgiving." By the way, this true story is also recreated in my latest book, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. "The story of the Pilgrims begins in the early part of the Seventeenth Century ... The Church of England under King James I was persecuting anyone and everyone who did not recognize its absolute civil and spiritual authority. Those who challenged ecclesiastical authority and those who believed strongly in freedom of worship were hunted down, imprisoned, and sometimes executed for their beliefs. A group of separatists first fled to Holland and established a community.

"After eleven years, about forty of them agreed to make a perilous journey to the New World, where they would certainly face hardships, but could live and worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences. On August 1, 1620, the Mayflower set sail. It carried a total of 102 passengers," and a talking horse. Well, I'm adding that in, a talking horse. (laughing) " It carried a total of 102 passengers including forty Pilgrims led by William Bradford. On the journey, Bradford set up an agreement, a contract, that established just and equal laws for all members of the new community, irrespective of their religious beliefs. Where did the revolutionary ideas expressed in the Mayflower Compact come from? From the Bible. The Pilgrims were a people completely steeped in the lessons of the Old and New Testaments. They looked to the ancient Israelites for their example.

"And, because of the biblical precedents set forth in Scripture, they never doubted that their experiment would work. But this [voyage on the Mayflower] was no pleasure cruise, friends. The journey to the New World was a long and arduous one. And when the Pilgrims landed in New England in November, they found, according to Bradford's detailed journal, a cold, barren, desolate wilderness. There were no friends to greet them, he wrote. There were no houses to shelter them. There were no inns where they could refresh themselves. And the sacrifice they had made for freedom was just beginning." They stayed and lived on the Mayflower, some of them, for quite a while. "During the first winter, half the Pilgrims -- including Bradford's own wife -- died of either starvation, sickness or exposure. When spring finally came," it's true, "Indians taught the settlers how to plant corn, fish for cod and skin beavers for coats.

"Life improved for the Pilgrims, but they did not yet prosper! This is important to understand because this is where modern American history lessons often end" in the teaching of Thanksgiving. Pilgrims poor, desolate, starving, homeless, new place, not knowing anything, Indians came along and saved 'em. That is where most kids' story of Thanksgiving stops. But it really hadn't even yet begun. "Thanksgiving is actually explained in some textbooks as a holiday for which the Pilgrims gave thanks to the Indians for saving their lives, rather than as a devout expression of gratitude grounded in the tradition of both the Old and New Testaments," the Bible.

"Here is the part that has been omitted: The original contract the Pilgrims had entered into with their merchant-sponsors in London called for everything they produced to go into a common store, and each member of the community," every pilgrim, "was entitled to one common share. All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belonged to the community as well. They were going to distribute" everything they owned and everything they built "equally. All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belonged to the community as well.

"Nobody owned anything. They just had a share in it. It was a commune, folks. It was the forerunner to the communes we saw in the '60s and '70s out in California -- and it was complete with organic vegetables, by the way." There's no question they were organic vegetables in the fertilizer back then. Monsanto didn't exist.  There was no Archer Daniels Midland corrupting and polluting our food.  There was no Van de Kamp's or Heinz or any of that. There was no John Kerry. There was no Teresa Forbes Kerry, whatever, Heinz Kerry.  It was just the Pilgrims and the land. 

William "Bradford, who had become the new governor of the colony, recognized that this form of collectivism was as costly and destructive to the Pilgrims as that first harsh winter, which had taken so many lives. He decided to take bold action. Bradford assigned a plot of land to each family to work and manage," and it was theirs. He assigned it, but they owned it, "thus turning loose the power of the marketplace. That's right. Long before Karl Marx was even born, the Pilgrims had discovered and experimented with what could only be described as socialism. And what happened? It didn't work!"

They nearly starved!

"It never has worked!" Do you know why it didn't work? "What Bradford and his community found was that the most creative and industrious people had no incentive to work any harder than anyone else," because everybody had an equal share, "unless they could utilize the power of personal motivation!" They were not going to be able to change anything. "But while most of the rest of the world has been experimenting with socialism for well over a hundred years -- trying to refine it, perfect it, and re-invent it," spend more money on it, "the Pilgrims decided early on to scrap it permanently.

"What Bradford wrote about this social experiment should be in every schoolchild's history lesson. If it were, we might prevent much needless suffering in the future," such as that we're enduring now, trying the same thing over and over. This is Bradford. "'The experience that we had in this common course and condition. The experience that we had in this common course and condition tried sundry years...that by taking away property, and bringing community into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing -- as if they were wiser than God,' Bradford wrote.

"'For this community [so far as it was] was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort," meaning, nobody worked any harder than they had to because they didn't get to keep anything that they made. It all went into a common store. There was a bunch of laziness that set in, and some people didn't do anything.  They got an equal share of everything anyway, so why work?  It's human nature.

Bradford wrote, "For young men that were most able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men's wives and children,'" without being paid for it, meaning they finally figured out: Why are we doing this? The ones who were working, the ones who were creative and industrious, while others were sitting around doing, asked: Why should we do this?  It was "'thought injustice.' Why should you work for other people when you can't work for yourself?" That's what he was saying. "The Pilgrims found that people could not be expected to do their best work without incentive. So what did Bradford's community try next? They unharnessed the power of good old free enterprise by invoking the undergirding capitalistic principle of private property."

Bradford again. "Every family was assigned its own plot of land to work and permitted to market its own crops and products. And what was the result? 'This had very good success,' wrote Bradford, 'for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.'" It's trickle down here, folks. The Pilgrims discovered it. It existed well before the 1980s. "Now, this is where it gets really good, folks, if you're laboring under the misconception that I was, as I was taught in school. So they set up trading posts and exchanged goods with the Indians." The Indians had saved their lives earlier, but now they had all of this bounty that their foray into capitalism had produced.  "The profits allowed them to pay off their debts to the merchants in London.

"And the success and prosperity of the Plymouth settlement attracted more Europeans and began what came to be known as the 'Great Puritan Migration.'" The word of prosperity spread back across the Atlantic Ocean.  That's how big it was.  "But this story stops when the Indians taught the newly arrived suffering-in-socialism Pilgrims how to plant corn and fish for cod. That's where the original Thanksgiving story stops, and the story basically doesn't even begin there.

"The real story of Thanksgiving is William Bradford giving thanks to God for the guidance and the inspiration to set up a thriving colony. The bounty was shared with the Indians." There was a thanks to the Indians. They had so much, they had the Indians over. They did sit down, and they did have free-range turkey and organic vegetables. But it was not the Indians that save the Pilgrims, and "it was not the Indians who saved the day. It was capitalism and Scripture which saved the day," as acknowledged by George Washington in his first Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789.

Folks, if you read -- and I've got it here, I don't think I'm gonna have time to get into it, but George Washington's original Thanksgiving Proclamation will send any atheist running for the hills.  It is thanks to God for the Constitution, for the inspiration for the Constitution. Thanks to God for the inspiration for the founding of the country.  It's why so many of us are so devoted to preserving this country as founded and not allowing it to become what the Pilgrims nearly died first establishing. 

I can't leave it here without once again telling all of you how utterly important you are to this country and how utterly important you are to this program. How much you have meant to me and my family and all of us here, the overrated staff, everybody.  This show would not exist and it would not be what it is today without you.  We love you to death here because we know that you are the people who make this country work. 

I wish there were ways beyond words that I could show you and express it.  But as of now, there aren't, so I'll just have to use my words, but, believe me, we all here have the greatest appreciation for all of you, and how utterly important you all are to this country.  That's the true story of Thanksgiving.  Have a great one. 


RUSH:  This is not a cliche.  As bad as things look to us politically, the Drive-By Media, the establishment, the Democrat Party and so forth doesn't compare to what the Pilgrims faced and went through, or the people who founded and established the country.  That's why you are all utterly important.  I don't mean that just to be a gratitudinous thing.  It's a responsibility, folks.  That's why you're here.  See you next week.  Have a great holiday. 



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