Welcome back, my friends, to the blog series that never ends…
I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving, especially if you had to spend it with Left-leaning relatives. I know they mean well, but hearing diatribes on the current rise white nationalism in America over Grandma’s stuffing is enough to ruin just about anyone’s appetites.
The Left has figured out a way to turn a holiday meant to celebrate the good things in our lives and turn it into a Whine-A-Palooza where everything is problematic, political and ideological stands must be taken, and the worst possible thing you can do is spend time with family who might have different beliefs than you do. It’s almost as if they can’t count their blessings because they don’t see them (while simultaneously being able to see white privilege everywhere even when it doesn’t exist). Why does the Left hate Thanksgiving so much? I’m glad you asked!
What the Left thinks it means – a racist holiday based on the subjugation and near extinction of Native Americans at the hands of white people
What it really means – a holiday based at least in part on the fact socialism sucks
We’re going to go into a bit of history here, kids, so make sure you have a beverage and some truck stop speed for this one. After the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock (and exchanged insurance information afterwards), they had an idea. They decided to share everything they had and produced on their own. This idea was codified in the Mayflower Compact, and it worked great for a while. Then, winter came, along with numerous illnesses, and the Pilgrims had to make a choice: continue to live in abject starvation and limp through, or change their approach. Considering we still have stories about Pilgrims today, I think we can safely assume they chose the latter.
The Thanksgiving tradition came about after that rough first year and was meant to commemorate their survival and to acknowledge the divine providence that helped them survive and keep the peace with Native American tribes. Not to mention the Dallas Cowboys played the Green Bay Packers that year, so a good time was had by all.
Since that time, whites and Native Americans haven’t always been the best of friends, due in part to bad treaties, worse diplomacy, and the wholesale slaughter of people on both sides of that divide. These events are a part of our history and should be acknowledged. Having said that, Thanksgiving just isn’t the time to bring up that sort of history, mainly and especially because the Pilgrims had nothing really to do with what their descendants did generations later.
So, why do Leftists bring up the entire sorted history at Thanksgiving? Grievance politics and white-knighting, to put it simply.
The first is easy to understand when you think like a Leftist (not that I recommend it, mind you). A Leftist is in a constant state of outrage, depression, and general bad spirits because they see the world as unfair due to powers well beyond their control. So, when they see something that causes offense, they feel they have to speak up about it, whether it be through marching and wearing ridiculous hats that look like female genitalia or screaming at the tops of their lungs or destroying public and private property because reasons. To them, the fact they’re upset overrules any and all other perspectives. In other words, Leftists act like toddlers.
As for the white-knighting, that stems from the aforementioned grievance politics and gets mixed with a major superiority/savior complex to create the idea only Leftists can speak for Native Americans. And, by extension, they are the only ones who can take offense on behalf of Native Americans. Remember the controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins a few years ago? Guess who were primarily the ones taking offense. That’s right: white Leftists. Sure, there were some Native Americans who parroted the Left’s talking points, but they were outnumbered by whites trying to “help” them. Hmmm…isn’t that what got Native Americans and whites to hate each other in the first place?
With the current political environment, we may not be able to stop people from putting white people on trial every Thanksgiving, but we can do a few things to lessen the stress these folks bring to the holiday. First, make sure you know the facts. Leftist arguments work primarily on emotional reactions, so if you stick to the facts, you won’t be persuaded. Second, decide on how you want to respond. If your family enjoys healthy discussion over cranberries, don’t be afraid to speak up. If not, let the Leftist in the family speak his or her mind and look like the asshole. Finally, stick to your plan, no matter what. Leftists will try to rattle you so you’ll engage and make mistakes because you let your feelings run away with you. The easiest way to counter that is…just ignore them. Leftists hate when they’re ignored almost as much as they hate being mocked. By refusing to fall for their bait, you deny them your emotional response to their emotional tirades and you ultimately win by not playing their game at all.
In the meantime, enjoy your leftovers!