Understanding the fourth Thursday in November: Church & State, Separate!

When all else fails, we can rock and roll!
When all else fails, we can always rock and roll!

Rather than separation of church and state in England in the 1600’s, it was illegal to be part of any church other than the Church of England.  A group of dissenters moved from England to the Netherlands – where church and state were separate – and then back to England.  Their leadership decided to establish a colony in North America, where they would be free not only to practice their own religion but eventually, free to persecute those whose religions differed!  They sailed for North America (in the ship Mayflower), and established a town. The colonists – known to us as pilgrims – “A pilgrim is a person who goes on a long journey often with a religious or moral purpose, and especially to a foreign land.”    – see http://www.plimoth.org/learn/just-kids/homework-help/who-were-pilgrims  – experienced – despite their piety – a difficult first year, and only about half of them survived.  They were aided in practical matters  – such as obtaining sufficient food – not by supernatural intervention, but rather by the local aborigines (who did not have a help desk in India)!   The colonists made a mutual protection treaty with these Native Peoples, and invited them to a feast in 1621 to celebrate their first harvest – and this feast is the basis of our national holiday.  (Based on the way the descendants and successors of the Pilgrims reciprocated the kindness extended by our Native People, eventually driving them off of their lands and into refugee camps known as ‘reservations’, it is unlikely that Native Americans share the same warm, fuzzy feelings about this day…)

(N.B.: It is of interest to note that at that time when the pilgrims were struggling for survival, to the South – in present day Virginia, – a colony had been established which by 1619 already had an elected legislature, which brings to question the value of “I have relatives who came over on the Mayflower“.   American humorist Will Rogers – who had some Native American Ancestry – once responded to a lady who most pompously and arrogantly stated: “My ancestors came over on the Mayflower” with: “My ancestors were there to greet them!”)

Enjoy the holiday, endure the insipid deportment of some in attendance, keep in mind the need for Church State Separation, share with those less fortunate, and reflect on our national guilt.

Democrats closing ranks…

Let’s make Will Rogers wrong!

From YAHOO NEWS: “http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20090315/pl_politico/20008

“A broad coalition of left-leaning groups is quietly closing ranks into a new coalition, “Unity ’09,” aimed at helping President Barack Obamapush his agenda through Congress.”

“The online-based MoveOn.org is a central player in the nascent organization, but other groups involved in planning Unity ’09 span a broad spectrum of interests, from the American Civil Liberties Union to the National Council of La Raza to Planned Parenthood, as well as labor unions and environmental groups.

The group is still in its early stages, and its organizers have adopted a secretive posture: Several of the people involved did not respond to emails over the last two days, even though one of them, former MoveOn executive director Eli Pariser, has programmed his MoveOn email account to assure correspondents that he is using the account for messages “including Unity ’09 work.”

“But Unity ’09 is setting a broader, and longer-term agenda, aiming to exert grassroots pressure on lawmakers in their home states over the next several years on the entire spectrum of political issues.

“When progressive activists are working in concert and the right is forming a circular firing squad, you know it’s a new day,” said consultant Paul Begala, who said he’s not involved in the new organization.

Unity ’09 is, informally, the field organizing compliment to another new organization, Progressive Media , which launched a month ago to coordinate the liberal groups’ messages and their attacks on Republicans and on critics of Obama’s policies. That group’s 8:45 a.m. daily conference call has helped bring such unlikely groups as the League of Conservation Voters into an effort to cast Rush Limbaugh as the leader of theRepublican Party, and has coordinated attacks on two leading critics of Obama’s health care plans.

But while Progressive Media is an in-house project of two existing organizations, the Center for American Progress and Media Matters, Unity ’09 requires more commitment from its members in the form of a $25,000 contribution to the group’s future organizing campaigns, a source said.”

It gets even better: “The new organization is likely to stir fears among conservatives already feeling organizationally outgunned and flatly alarmed by the new progressive infrastructure.

“This, ladies and gentlemen is, a threat to America,” Fox News‘s Bill O’Reilly said, responding Saturday night to POLITICO’s report on the birth of Progressive Media and its morning conference call. “The Obama administration would be wise to avoid this crew. If the new administration gets involved in this, it would be like the Nixon dirty tricks squad.”

N.B.: Will Rogers used to quip:  ” I don’t belong to an organized political party – I’m a Democrat”.