Jim-NC wrote:And not overly commercialized yet either.
Rest assured, Jim: as soon as corporate America figures out how to effectively exploit the holiday in the name of greed, we'll have Thanksgiving t-shirts, Thanksgiving cups at Burger King ("collect all seven!"), telemarketers calling you at dinner time to invite you to take advantage of a money-saving Thanksgiving offer ("Only available for a limited time! Act TODAY!! ...Sorry, limit 12 per customer..."), Thanksgiving toys, Thanksgiving movies, Thanksgiving bumper stickers, Thanksgiving junk mail, Thanksgiving commercials, and on and on and on and on.
Boy, I just can't wait.
GraniteStater wrote:Some were afraid that we would pay a heavy price eventually for not extending liberty to all. Unfortunately, they were right. The American genius for compromise, for living with each other amidst disagreements, failed in 1861.
Every drop of blood raised by the lash of a master was paid for with one due to a sword. Yes, we failed; then we got up and righted a profound wrong.
And then we became one nation again, a nation that eventually could hardly understand that we had killed each other by the tens of thousands and sunk billions into waste and destruction.
But we righted the wrong. We died to make men free. We cleansed our sin, so that we truly could become, as Lincoln said, "the last best hope of mankind."
GraniteStater wrote:* burp *
We died to make men free. We cleansed our sin, so that we truly could become, as Lincoln said, "the last best hope of mankind."
ERISS wrote:Lol. You're drunk again. But you may be true as politics gift people with beautiful and dread bullshit stories to make them kill each other.
Most Black men believed the story too.
But think about: Many slaves still prefered to fight for their known south masters instead of having to find northern ones, maybe worst, to survive. And after the war they actually had to find one...
Prison (mostly Blacks in..), waged labor, or compelled to being hobo is the US definition of freedom. And I only speak about internal politics..
Sieben wrote:Spoken like a true abolitionist. Has it ever occurred to you that the whole bloody conflict could have been avoided if only cooler heads had prevailed? That the nation(s) need not have rushed to war, driven by the Southern fire-eating chivalry and the Northern radicals? That Buchanan, in the waning days of his presidency, could have defused the looming crisis by simply withdrawing Federal troops from Ft. Sumter and Pickens? Perhaps, given a bit more time, our "American genius for compromise" could have achieved just that.
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