Corporate profits down again in so-called “recovery”
“What our forefathers with so much difficulty secured, do not basely relinquish.” – English translation of Latin inscription on William Bradford’s grave
Pagans, pantheists, and monotheists, even including Puritan pilgrims like the second signer of the Mayflower Compact, regularly gave thanks to God or gods for bountiful harvests. Yes, the Apostle Paul and Silas, with whip stripes on their backs and stocks on their feet, famously even sang praises to God the Father from a Greek prison after “harvesting” the first European convert to Christ, but today we address the diminishing harvests for the flesh, due to the erosion of the God-given liberties that made America exceptionally prosperous.
The 108 survivors that landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620 did so after a long trek fleeing religious tyranny in England and economic suffering in Holland. Soon after their establishment of the first colony in Massachusetts, they discovered the tyrannical deprivations born of communal farming. Yes, the weather was brutal, but the pious man who would be elected thirty times the Governor of Plymouth Colony, was determined to follow the natural law imposed by the Creator he worshiped.
Bradford found that the natural law of communism maximized the tendency of man to sloth, so he amended the Compact to divide the land into tracts to be owned separately by individual colonists, and voila!, the first of unprecedented American bountiful harvests that would one day feed, not only English Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, but millions around the world, was reaped.
Over a century later, when a British King and far away Parliament taxed and regulated (without representation) away the property rights that had made American colonists the most prosperous people on Earth, a tea party in Boston and shots heard round the world emanating from Lexington and Concord eventually led to a Miracle at Philadelphia guaranteeing the private property rights required for more thankful Novembers. The Father of the Nation and first President of the United States, George Washington set aside Thursday, November 26 as:
“A Day of Publick Thanksgiving and Prayer.”
When, four score and seven years after declaring its independence from England, the union conceived in Liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, was threatened, the first Republican Party president, Abraham Lincoln became the Great Emancipator. Democrats thwarted emancipations for another century until a Baptist preacher from Atlanta had a content of character dream, but the unleashed Liberty had already made a flawed America exceptional beyond the dreams of empires Greek and Roman, and with Nazis and Communists left in their wake.
Sadly, the insidious desire of man first made manifest in the Garden to “be ye as gods” and re-make the natural law, entered the body politic as “progressivism”, only this time, that body was not composed of only Bradford pilgrims. The sloth began with the taxing of those that accumulated wealth and restrictions of the right to contract to become an accumulator of wealth, unless you could do so restricted to 40 hours/week. Try as they might, would be Bradfords named JFK, Reagan and Newt tried to restore the original supply-side compact, but amendments to a “living constitution” proved so burdensome that soon the very air we exhale while worshiping the God of our Fathers was declared pollution and productive work to dig prosperity out of the ground deemed harmful to the new God of Planet Earth.
Now comes another Thanksgiving Day column deadline for the trial lawyer turned scribbler, soon after a majority of Americans voted “amen” on the re-hire of a man steeped for 20 years on “God Damn America” sermons, apparently more thankful for food stamps than for the Liberty to earn their own food. Speaking of which, about those corporate profits from which food stamps (or interest on debt to China) are funded:
“Everyone thought expectations were down so much it was easier for companies to get way ahead of them,” says Sheraz Mian of Zacks Investment Research. “The weakness that was expected turned out to be the true picture.”
America badly needs to raise up a William Bradford, but the people who raised him up and sustained the City atop the Hill were a God-fearing, regular church-attending, people who had suffered deprivations they weren’t thankful for. We are not that people.
Tomorrow, this tea partying, conservative Republican will give thanks to God for our friends that have sustained us through ongoing economic despair, generic peas priced lower than Le Sueur’s, and what remains of our unalienable rights to life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness, with special emphasis on matriculation hopes for those attending the post-Election of 2016, Electoral College guaranteed by the miraculous dead Constitution, but we are not going to sugar-coat an amorphous love of an America so transformed as to be unrecognizable.
Had William Bradford not changed the compact from communal ownership to private property rights, does anyone think there would ever have been official Thanksgiving Days? I doubt it.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
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