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Zach
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The founders who opposed Thanksgiving

Read an interesting article in the WSJ about the origins of Thanksgiving. About a year after the Constitution was created a bill was composed by Congress to be sent to President Washington creating the national holiday of Thanksgiving.

One would think it was easy to pass since there weren't many atheists in those days to get offended. But it was hotly debated before passage. The opposition was based on the fear that it was a symbol of federal authority over the individual states.

There was still great anxiety that the US would end up like England with all power resting in the central authority of national govt.

Opposition essentially said "If you must have a holiday, let each state decide."

Looking at recent history it's obvious that their fear of an ever expanding power grab by the fed over the states was well founded.


Bayou Sam
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re: The founders who opposed Thanksgiving
Recent history? Does that include Whiskey Rebellion on?


Bayou Sam
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Also Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Zach


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Zach
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Does that include Whiskey Rebellion on?

Oooh, that reminds me. It's a holiday. Might have a cocktail at noon while watching the FB game. Have a good one, Sam.


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Looking at recent history it's obvious that their fear of an ever expanding power grab by the fed over the states was well founded.


True dat.


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Bunk Moreland
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I am not one to pimp for El Rushbo. But, I did stumble on his show yesterday. He had this whole thing about how collectivism failed for the Pilgrims, then once they went to individual ownership, everything thrived. Could have been bullshitee propaganda or revisionist history, but insightful if true.


Zach
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re: The founders who opposed Thanksgiving
Yep, that's a speech his father wrote.

Edit: My bad. Confusing that with the speech his dad wrote about the signers of the Dec. of Ind.
This post was edited on 11/22 at 8:18 pm


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