The very first Thanksgiving happened almost 400 years ago – long before the nation was born. How did it evolve into America’s quintessential national holiday? Credit largely goes to two people – one, a name you know; the other, you’ve probably never heard – but should. Melanie Kirkpatrick, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, gives us the run-down on how a harvest party between Pilgrims and Indians became our oldest national tradition
Tell the average American you’re a liberal and they’ll assume you’re on the political left. Yet, leftists and liberals hold very different positions on key issues. In this video, Dennis Prager explains how the tenets of liberalism – like a belief in capitalism and free speech – have more in common with conservatism than with the identity politics and racial resentment preached by the left.
This past week, White House spokesman Josh Earnest admitted that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism who kill Americans. But, he continued, it would be unrealistic to expect the Iranian regime to give up terrorism.
This statement was in defense of Obama’s continuing appeasement of the IslamoNazis of Iran.
In the past, when Americans were murdered by foreign tyrants, American leaders would react with anger and horror. They would move to isolate such totalitarian states. They would try and overthrow these wicked regimes.
But Barack Obama believes that America is the original sin of global instability. If only America would surrender her hegemonic role, then the global community would sort itself out, and America could build a socialist paradise at home.
Of course, the Obama doctrine has set the Middle East on fire. With America’s withdrawal, the Westphalian model of nation states is giving way to classic Islamist imperialism. Death cults, tribalism, and religious sectarianism are quickly erasing national borders, and birthing vast lawless regions where mass murder is the norm, and where hundreds of thousands of non-Muslims are under threat of Islamic genocide.
The only nation state in the region of which Obama clearly disapproves is Israel, the Jewish state, where democracy flourishes, where religious minorities have full equal rights, where homosexuals live openly and without fear, and where women are free of persecution.
But for Barack Obama, Israel is the problem, whereas Iran and Cuba are the solution.
Welcome to the moral inversions of Oceania.
A few pictures to deflect the gathering darkness.
Automobiles represent freedom. You climb into a car and go, go, go, whenever and wherever you want.
The car is modern man’s most potent symbol of, and path to liberty.
Contrast cars with trains.
Trains and subways are an expression of the collective. Individual identity is erased. You are at the mercy of a state run system that turns the citizen into a small cog manipulated by unmotivated, inefficient government bureaucrats.
That’s why progressive/liberal/leftists are obsessed with high-speed rail. The freedom of the road is repellent to big government statists. The ruling elite seek to regulate and control tobacco, food, calories, soda size, education, light bulbs, toilets, health care, reproduction — your very geography. In short: liberty is constricted by any and every means, all in the name of: “We know what’s good for you because you’re too stupid to make your own choices.”
Nazis just adored trains. And hey, the Italians boasted that Mussolini made the trains run on time, though Italian trains were about as effective and efficient as the Italian army. Which is to say, not so much.
At a certain point, one must acknowledge the convergent philosophies of post-modern liberals and iron-fist fascists. Both ideologies assert the power of the state as the final arbiter of human affairs. Hence, the government replaces G-d and family as the center of man’s universe. It’s no surprise that the formal title of the Nazi party was “The National Socialist German Workers’ Party.”
Hollywood produced great stars who proudly posed with their autos, symbols of glamour, affluence, and freedom.