Kaepernick Gives Anti-American Rant on Thanksgiving
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Instead of sharing what he was thankful for on Thanksgiving day, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took the opportunity to rant about what he was unthankful for, specifically how the "US government" had "stolen" more than "a billion" acres from indigenous people.
"The US government has stolen over 1.5 billion acres of land from Indigenous people. Thank you to my Indigenous family, I’m with you today and always,” Kaepernick said in a Tweet on Thanksgiving day.
“It’s been 50 years since the occupation,” Kaepernick said at a ceremony in San Francisco, “And that struggle has continued for that 50 years.”
Before that 50 years, it will continue from this point. It’s our responsibility to honor our ancestors and honor our elders by carrying on that struggle. Don’t let their sacrifices be in vain. That’s why it’s important for all of us to be here today, to show that we’re together, that we’re unified, that we have that solidarity. And I hope to spend many more of these with you.
While Kaepernick complained about Thanksgiving, people like Senator Rand Paul set the record straight about the holiday. The Senator reminded the American people that Thanksgiving “only happened when the pilgrims rejected socialism.”
“Happy Thanksgiving! Take this day to be thankful for friends and family and don’t forget the first Thanksgiving only happened when the pilgrims rejected socialism,” Paul tweeted with an attached article, “Why the Pilgrims Abandoned Common Ownership for Private Property”:
The article highlights how communal life of the Plymouth Colony ultimately failed. Plymouth Colony’s first governor, William Bradford, documented the situation:
For the young men that were able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children, without recompense. The strong, or men of parts, had no more division of food, clothes, etc. then he that was weak and not able to do a quarter the other could; this was thought injustice. The aged and graver men to be ranked and equalized in labor, and food, clothes, etc. with the meaner and younger sort, thought it some indignant and disrespect unto them. And for men’s wives to be commanded to do service for other men, as dressing their meat, washing their clothes, etc. they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could husbands brook it.
Bradford ended up changing the way of life with a more capitalistic society which had “very good success”:
And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number for that end . . .This had a very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field and took their little ones with them to set corn, which before would allege weakness, and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression.
By this time harvest was come, and instead of famine, now God gave them plenty, and the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many, for which they blessed God. And the effect of their planting was well seen, for all had, one way or other, pretty well to bring the year about, and some of the abler sort and more industrious had to spare, and sell to others, so as any general want or famine hath not been amongst them since to this day.
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