By Rick Oltman, November 28, 2017
Giving thanks for our culture and our civilization should be a daily affair, but at the least, we should use Thanksgiving Day to recognize and appreciate all that we have been given and have built, and protected and preserved.
Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many because it is a time to get together with family that is not about gifts, even if Ironically, one of the biggest consumer events of the year immediately follows Thanksgiving: the four days from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. But even the opportunity to purchase such an abundance of all kinds of gifts is something that we should be thankful for.
Modern Western Civilization has given more to mankind than any other culture. It has freed more people from hunger, poverty, tyranny and disease than anyone else, ever. It’s not perfect, nothing is. But it needs to be appreciated and protected from those who, for a myriad of reasons, want to mutate it, dismantle it, destroy it. And the ignorance that is displayed by those who support mass immigration, open borders, no immigration law enforcement, sanctuary cities, et al is huge, and dangerous.
Mass immigration, both legal and illegal, are threatening Western Civilization directly like never before in world history. It’s an invasion that is every bit as damaging as a military conflict, because a conflict is what it is. A conflict between belief systems and values that are incompatible.
Support for mass immigration could be from those with low self-esteem resulting in resentment of an America that is spectacularly successful, and a desire to weaken America by damaging its culture. Or it could be part of an enemy’s strategy to weaken our country for their geopolitical purposes. It could be a plan of a domestic political movement to destabilize our country to make it easier for them to acquire power. It could be all of these, and more.
Regardless of the agenda or the perpetrators, today’s Americans, more than at any time in the last three decades, need to contact their elected officials and make clear their support for border security and enforcing our immigration laws.
Our legal immigration needs to be managed properly and for the benefit of America and Americans. Illegal immigration needs to be stopped.
Our way of life, our country, our culture and our civilization all need to be appreciated for the benefits we take for granted. We can, and do, share our benefits with others in the world. But we must preserve what we have now or nobody will benefit in the future. And the desire to preserve what we have begins with thankfulness for what we have.
Many of our younger Americans don’t share the same feelings we do for our country. The youngest never had to suffer or struggle or fight to preserve what we have today. It’s not their fault if they were spared the challenges that older Americans faced and overcame. But they need to be educated, because whatever one’s experience in the world, appreciation for what you have is the best way to continue to have it.
Thanksgiving is one of our annual reminders to appreciate our country and our way of life.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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