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.
Bunk Moreland Michigan Fan Detroit, MI. Member since Dec 2010 9235 posts
re: The founders who opposed Thanksgiving(Posted by Bunk Moreland on 11/22/12 at 7:55 pm to Zach)
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.