(… and how fortunate we’re still able to do so…)

It’s that time of year again when we celebrate a folklore event of our history, which may or may not have occurred the way we think it did; but, which has become one which we’ve come to consider as the origin myth of our nation because it fits the exceptional pretentions we have about ourselves.

Besides, it’s a great story about the moral values of perseverance in the face of adversity, faith in the face of hardship, death, and near disaster, and the principle of voluntary association (the Mayflower Compact), all of which epitomizing the ideals which the founders of this republic of ours…some 150 years later…so loftily imbedded in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Of course those ideals have not always been observed as well as they could have or should have been, but then, why quibble over such petty details. At least we’ve spent the 250 years since those times trying to live up to those ideals. Granted, not always very successfully, but at least we’re still here, warts and all…still trying.

Which is more than can be said for so many others in this world, who are still stuck with the rigidities of extreme theocracy, the thuggish dictates of ruthless kleptocrats, and forced to suffer under the yoke of plain old self-appointed bloody-minded power mongers. So we have much to be thankful for, because ours is still a relatively free and open society. One in which we can indulge ourselves to excess about anything we wish…to eat…to consume…or even accrue as debt…in the pursuit of our version of life, liberty, and happiness.

All which is fine, but while we’re enjoying all of that, let us not forget there are some out there who hate us, not because of what we do or don’t do, but simply because of who we are. They hate everything we stand for because it shows how bleak and sterile their own existence is compared to ours.

Well, as our late admiral uncle so perfectly put it in response to their hatred of us because of that: All you turkeys…get stuffed!