Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanks-Taking


Charles Curtis (1860-1936)

While Thanksgiving is still lingering (in the refrigerator) here is another thought on the subject: Remember the stories of the first Thanksgiving?

The Pilgrims came over on the Mayflower to be able to worship their own way and for a better life for their families. They were some of the first immigrants. They still come today trying to make a better life for their families.

They had a hard time living in the on the edge of wilderness, killing wild game and eating whatever they could scrounge up. They were on the brink of starvation and then the neighboring Indians came to their settlement with food which helped them survive. That was something to be Thankful for.

That was a happy story wasn’t it? It ended on a happy note. Wait! That wasn’t the ending.

In time the white man decided it was OK to take the Indians’ land because, after all, they were heathens and of course Christians deserved more than heathens and savages.

Speaking of Indians, the original care-takers of America, only one has been elected to the executive branch. Charles Curtis (1860 – 1936) was the only Native American descendants, Vice President (1929-1933). Now we are in our 44th Presidential term. I don’t have the number, but I would think there had been close to that number of vice presidents terms. That is saying that about 1/88th of our executive branch, since the beginning were descended from Native American Indians.; in other words one.

And also the same can be said about Afro-Americans. Well, not really. Obama is one half black. So, only 1/176th of the elected Executive Branch has been black.
The rest have been white.

We think our shit don’t stink don’t we?

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