A query: Shouldn’t Republicans hate Thanksgiving? After all, the myth says the Pilgrims desperately needed the safety net the local Indians provided with their maize and turkey and green bean casseroles. Without that handout from the ruling party in the neighborhood (“government,” we might call it) they’d all have gone hungry. Kinda like food stamps now, and Republicans don’t like those at all.

That story is in the Howard Zinn tradition of truthtelling about history. This one is a little less strident.


  1. A very interesting (and as far as I know, accurate) description of the early Puritans. If you ever wonder whence came all the disapproving tight-asses we are so abundantly provided with, just take a look at the Puritans…

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