Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the blessings that we have received.

Why should we give thanks?

If we do give thanks, then what would some of the reasons be that we should have for having grateful hearts?

Here are few suggested reasons of why we should give thanks during this Thanksgiving Holiday Season.

Coincidentally, Thanksgiving Day is also the official beginning of the Hanukah (“the Festival of Lights or Feast of Dedication which is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple”) and Christmas (the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ of whom His disciples believe is the promised Messiah of Israel) seasons:

  • We should give thanks because of the wonderful manner in which the early colonists were led to emigrate from Europe and come to this great land of tremendous freedom and possibilities.
  • We should give thanks that an Indian named Squanto – who was kidnapped by pirates and forcibly taken from his America homeland and who later escaped to London, England – was divinely sent ahead of the Colonists (please confer with Genesis 37-50 and the story of Joseph the Patriarch) who came to emigrated to Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in 1620.
  • Squanto taught the colonists how to plant seed, avoid poisonous plants, catch fish, and survive harsh winters.
  • We should give thanks to the foresight of the first Colonial Governor of Massachusetts William Bradford for inaugurating the first Thanksgiving celebration in America.
  • Bradford’s desire was that he and his colleagues celebrate the goodness of GOD and enjoy peace with their Native-American Indian friends and allies (most notably the  Wampanoag Indians and their chief Massasoit).
  • We should give thanks for the foresight of the American Statesmen who passed the Northwest Ordinances in 1787; these ordinances led to the strategic planning for the future growth, westward expansion, and development of the newly formed United States.
  • We should be thankful that our “Founding Fathers” were men and women (including Abigail Adams) of tremendous erudition who were well schooled and learned in the areas of History, Philosophy, and Theology.
  • Some of the towering figures of history that our “Founding Fathers” greatly admired were figures such as Moses, Jesus Christ, the Greek historian Polybius (referred to in The Federalist Papers) and the great Roman orator Cicero.
  • We should be thankful that our original American Statesmen had the vision to give us “a Republican form of government” as opposed to a pure democracy.

Democracies are too excitable and they often degenerate into what historically are called “OCHLOCRACY or “crowd-rule” – Or sadly what is known as rule and intimidation by the mob!!!

We should be thankful for the “Morrill Land-Grant Acts” of 1862 and 1890 which allowed for the creation and expansion of our State University, Common Schools, and flagship University school system

Finally, we should be proud and “thankful” to Pilgrim Founders for writing the following words in The Mayflower Compact of (1620).  The Mayflower Compact was the “first governing document of the American colonies:

In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread[not fear, but honor and respect] Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, defender of the Faith, etc.

Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.

In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, 1620.

Thank GOD for such a great country… Amen and Amen and Amen and Amen!

Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States:

“If you look at the history of immigration in this country, each successive wave there have been periods where the folks who were already here have said, ‘Well I don’t want those folks,'” he said. “Even though the only people who have the right to say that are some Native Americans.”

Video here (around 10:05)

Let’s look at this:

The only people who have the right to say that
The Constitution says (emphasis added),

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Indeed, all Americans have the inalienable right to free speech.

inalienable

adjective
1.
not alienable; not transferable to another or capable of being repudiated:

are some Native Americans
“Some”?

And who would be the one determining which Native Americans have the right to?

This is the kind of rhetoric we get from a president whose idea of governing is to bypass Congress.

And I use the word rhetoric advisedly,

(in classical oratory) the art of influencing the thought and conduct of an audience.

While the speech could not be thought of as classical oratory, you could say that the statement “Even though the only people who have the right to say that are some Native Americans,” qualifies as a classic.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics at Fausta’s Blog.

Mr. Scott: The best diplomat I know is a fully-activated phaser bank

Star Trek A Taste of Armageddon 1967

While it’s nice that so many people nationwide have chosen to help a baking company in Ferguson rebuild at Merello Gas station the old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” :

the streets of Ferguson have been in an uproar of rioting and looting. Businesses in a 2 square mile area outside of Ferguson have had to close and take measures to protect their property.

The white-owned Conoco gas station has remained open, though, because a group of male black Ferguson residents are keeping guard.

What?  While black owned business’ are being torched this white owned gas station is being guarded?

Derrick Johnson, a 6-foot-8 man, held an AR-15 assault rifle as he stood in a pickup truck near the station’s convenience store entrance. Three other men joined Johnson, each armed with pistols.

I would have gone with a shotgun would be more intimidating but given the number of people in a crowd they might not have wanted to risk hitting the wrong people.

But regardless of the weapon why would these men do this: 

The men said they are protecting the store out of respect for the white owner, Doug Merello, who employed them over the course of several years, reports Inquisitr.

“He’s a nice dude, he’s helped us a lot,” said one of the men who identified himself as R.J.

The most amazing thing?  These guys are doing this on their own

The men are not being paid by Merello, nor were any of the others that joined them on-and-off since the rioting began.

We would have been burned to the ground many times over if it weren’t for them,” said Merello.

There are many lessons here worth noting

1.  Looters & rioters are generally cowards:

For all their bravado concerning race, given the choice of torching an unprotected black owned business & risking their skin torching a white owned business our brave looters & rioters will choose the unprotected black owned business every time.

2.  Treating your customers and employees right isn’t just the right thing, it’s the smart thing:

While this piece doesn’t say if any of the guards were currently working for Merello a reuters piece gives more detail:

Merello said he feels deep ties to Ferguson, and if the loyalty of some of his regular customers is any indication, the feeling is mutual.

REPAYING A DEBT

At times, Jordan and his friends were joined on Tuesday night by other men from the neighborhood, also armed. None of the men was getting paid to be there. They said they felt they owed it to Merello, who has employed many of them over the years and treats them with respect.

This isn’t just a case of people protecting their current jobs, they considered a debt of gratitude.  If he was a dishonorable man he would be making an insurance claim right now.

3.  Friendship trumps ideology:

There is nothing in either of these pieces indicated what either the owner or the guards think about either Michael Brown or Darren Wilson.  They might think the decision was a travesty of justice, they might think Brown was a thug or Wilson is a murderer (or both as they are not mutually exclusive) but none of that mattered, their friend was in trouble and the politics of the issue had no bearing.

4.  The 2nd amendment works wonders:

If this was Washington DC or Chicago this gas station and store would be a pile of ashes because these men would not have been armed and if our friends on the left had their way they would be.

Perhaps rather than deploying the national guard local businesses should have hired a few people with a shotgun or two.

Expect this story to get very little play in the MSM, as it attacks one of their cherished memes

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My mother on running a business

One of the incentives of an underground economy are the savings for all involved.

The business saves the money on taxes as they do not claim an employee on the books, they don’t have to worry about the various rules for them and if an employee is here illegally or on welfare he doesn’t have to worry about retaliation since as he can always choose to contact immigration or the welfare office to report to turn him or her in if they so choose.

Meanwhile on the other end of the coin the employee gets cash, no taxes, no social security, no medicare taken out. This means that even if paid “less” he is taking home more than an on the books employee or someone on a 1099. if such a person is on welfare of some sort, this unclaimed money doesn’t count against their benefits meaning an even larger income. this gives a competitive advantage for employment over a person working legally.

The bottom line is that is you have an employee & an employer willing to break the rules all the incentives are for both to do so.

And that brings us to the new Obama Amnesty.

While a person might suddenly not be eligible for deportation thanks to Amnesty that doesn’t give them blanket protection on every law they might have broken while underground.

Did they carry the insurance they legally needed to carry, did they report all illegal income? Were they working under the table? Nothing in the amnesty declaration immunizes them or their employers from the penalties and fines for violating any other rules and laws.

Furthermore as people under amnesty they will likely be under scrutiny, they will need to make sure all laws are being obeyed to protect themselves from losing the Amnesty granted. This means working on the books and completely above-board, and that means that the continued flood of illegal immigrants and the current crop that didn’t get amnesty suddenly have a competitive advantage over you in terms of employment.

Now mind you I’m a big believer in doing things above-board, I took my mother’s advice to heart and every penny from DaTipJar to the occasional cash tip jar hit in person is and remains on the books.

But for those who benefited from an underground economy the discovery that rights also come with responsibilities will be a revelation.

I can’t wait to see the end result.