Nov 24, 2016 If only lasting peace with Native Americans could have followed the first thanksgiving celebration
In past years, I have urged people to give turkeys something to be thankful about on Thanksgiving, rather than being the slaughtered butterball centerpiece on dinner tables. Then again, the same argument goes just as well against slaughtering any land or sea animal for sustenance, when doing so is unnecessary for feeding ourselves sufficient and delicious nutrition, and is harmful to our health.
In the mad rush for people to beat the traffic to their family Thanksgiving gathering, hopefully people will remember that the original Thanksgiving meal between the pilgrims and their Native American neighbors was an opportunity for a future of peace, harmony and justice among all people who would be living in North America. Instead, the situation took its turn for the worst, underlined by Custer’s crimes against humanity and continued with concerted federal government efforts beyond World War II to de-Indianize Native Americans. Fortunately, we now have the day after Thanksgiving designated as Native American Heritage Day.
Thanksgiving is but an annual reminder daily to express gratitude. We do not need to save that for one day each year.
This evening, we drove past the White House, and I recognized that I am not so much grateful for outgoing President Obama, but ruing the coming much worse four years with Trump. We weathered eight years with Reagan and another four years with George H.W. Bush, and will weather the four years with Trump. With Trump, I at least am grateful for the 22nd Amendment, which limits Trump and all presidents to two terms.