The REAL significance of Thanksgiving

It’s November, there is a chill in the air, the leaves are changing color, and we are beginning to think about the holidays just around the corner. Glenn, too, has been thinking of the holidays and our country’s origin as a covenant nation. Glenn has been preparing his audience to recommit to our national covenant, harking back to the Pilgrims' vision of a nation surrendered before God in preparation for Thanksgiving. This got us thinking about the Pilgrims' historic journey and how important and special Thanksgiving is as a holiday.

What makes Thanksgiving so special

Thanksgiving is unique as it celebrates a larger concept, something everyone, regardless of religion, race, or creed, can relate to and recognize—something uniquely American. There is a reason we, as grade schoolers, are taught about the Mayflower and the first Thanksgiving before we are taught about the first English colonies in the New World, like Roanoke and Jamestown. These original English colonies in North America emerged either for economic gain or in pursuit of royal glory. However, the Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower and the communities they established went beyond mere colonies; they were the architects of America.

Why the Pilgrims came to North America

If not motivated by gold or glory, why did the Pilgrims make the journey across the Atlantic to settle on a strange and hostile coast? It is important to note, that these were NOT adventurers—young men with strength and experience, nothing to lose and everything to gain—but rather established professionals with families, children, jobs, and everything on the line. This was a dangerous trek in which survival was by no means guaranteed. In fact, the Mayflower had a famously deadly first winter; 44 of the 102 original passengers died from a combination of disease and malnutrition.

Again, why leave in the first place? Many of the Pilgrims were Separatists, a religious group originating from England that was inspired by the Protestant Reformation which was raging on the continent. They believed that reforms to the Church brought by King Henry VIII’s divorce from the Catholic Church and the creation of the Church of England were insufficient, and the only way to correct them was to break away and build a new, separate Church (thus Separatists). But the King couldn’t allow that. He couldn’t allow them to live their lives as they saw fit because it would be a direct challenge to his “divine right to rule." So the Separatists were persecuted, driven out of their homes, and fled across the ocean to fend for themselves in a remote and hostile land. The Pilgrims risked all for a chance to lead their lives in the way they believed God wanted for them.

The Pilgrims faced many hardships during the crossing, including a severe storm that nearly shattered the Mayflower and sent it far off course. This meant that where they landed, Massachusetts, was hundreds of miles away from Virginia, where they had intended to land. This created a problem for the Pilgrims: the documents establishing their rights to be there, in Virginia, and the authorities that governed them, were now void. But these courageous men and women who had just braved the Atlantic to escape the King were not about to limp back to England to grovel at the King's feet and renegotiate their charter, nor would they risk making the turn south towards Virginia around Cape Cod with its dangerous winds and shoals.

So on November 11th, 1620, the pilgrims gathered and decided to write their own charter, and in doing so, began a legacy of self-governance that we can follow to the present day. This new charter, which would eventually be known as the Mayflower Compact, had profound meaning for the Pilgrims, who saw it as an important part of their original mission: to create not only a new Church but also a new nation joined by a covenant with God. The Mayflower Compact would continue to be read at the beginning of government meetings for years, despite it being legally superseded only a year after its creation.

The First Thanksgiving

If you think back to grade school, you probably know where this story goes next. In March of 1621, an English-speaking Wamponaog Native American named Samoset made contact with a Pilgrim named Edward Winslow, and before long, the Wampanoag were teaching the Pilgrims how to survive in New England. That autumn, following a successful harvest, the Pilgrims decided to celebrate with a three-day festival of prayer. They invited their new Native American friends, brought out the pumpkin pie (Well, pumpkins at least. The pie would come in later years.), and the First Thanksgiving was born.

But what did these sojourned souls have to be thankful for? They were forced to flee their homes, their ship barely made the crossing, they landed in the wrong place, half their number died before the year was out, and they were reliant on strangers for their survival. It seems like everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong. So why were they so thankful?

They were thankful for their lives and the lives of their surviving friends and family. They were thankful for their relationship with God, which was strengthened not only by their hardships but also by their newfound religious freedom that permitted them to worship God in the way they saw fit. They were thankful for the generosity of strangers, who saw them in their struggles and stretched out a hand (and what are the odds that there was an English speaker among the Native Americans, over 3,000 miles away from England, in an area previously untouched by Europeans? Do you believe in coincidences?) While these things, family, food, and freedom, may seem trivial or basic to many of us here and now, they were everything and more to the Pilgrims. Thanksgiving gives us an opportunity to put ourselves in the shoes of the first Americans, look around at all we have, and be full and content with the grace of God.

“And although it be not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.” —Edward Winslow; (Pilgrim and diplomat) on the First Thanksgiving.

It is OFFICIALLY the Christmas season! This also means we JUST realized how many Christmas gifts we still need to buy for our loved ones and how little time there is to do so. But fear not, Glenn has you covered!

We have compiled a list of Glenn's best books, artwork, and other merch—perfect for gifting this holiday season. So sit back, grab a cup of hot cocoa, turn on the Bing Crosby, and check Christmas shopping off your agenda with the list below.

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For the person who takes things for granted:

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POLL: Should Universities allow pro-Hamas protests?

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Just one day after Hamas’s surprise attack on Israel, which left over 1,400 people Israelis dead, 34 different student groups from Harvard University wrote a joint statement pinning the blame of Hamas' terrorist attack on Israel. In the following days after publishing this callous statement, these students staged a walkout and rallied in support of the Palestinians. As Glenn has discussed, this is not an isolated event, and campuses across the country have hosted similar rallies where antisemitic jargon like "we don't want no Jew state" and "globalize the intifada" is freely spewed.

Should Universities allow pro-Hamas protests?

While the Universities have not officially backed any of these rallies or student groups that organized them, they haven't stopped them either, which raises the question: should they? On one hand, these are American students in American Universities, who are protected by the First Amendment. On the other hand, history tells us how dangerous antisemitism is if left unchecked; and what of the rights of Jewish students to be safe on the campuses they pay to attend? Let us know what you think in the poll below:

Should Universities allow pro-Hamas protests? 

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POLL: What do YOU think Israel should do about Gaza?

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Should Israel take over Gaza after defeating Hamas? This contentious historical question has resurfaced amid Israel's retaliatory airstrikes in Gaza following Hamas' terror attacks, which resulted in the greatest death of Jews since the Holocaust. Biden and the global elites have warned Israel against occupation of the Palestinian territory. When asked on 60 Minutes if he would support the Israeli occupation of Gaza, Biden said, “I think it would be a big mistake.” Today Glenn responded to Biden’s answer: “I don't think it's a mistake to occupy."

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Funding IRAN?! Here are the TOP 5 reasons Joe Biden should be IMPEACHED

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On September 12th, the House announced an official impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden with allegations of abuse of power, obstruction, and corruption. Naturally, the media quickly jumped to the President’s aid claiming that “there is no evidence to support these claims” and that the whole affair is a witch hunt.

If you’ve been listening to Glenn, you know that this is simply not the case. Biden has been committing impeachment-worthy deeds before he even stepped foot into the Oval Office—there’s no shortage of evidence to justify this inquiry. Here are 5 scathing reasons why Biden should be impeached:

He was responsible for the Afghanistan withdrawal disaster.

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The Biden administration began with the US's disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. Under his watch, Biden left thousands of US citizens and allies stranded in the Taliban's hostile regime. Countless Afghan allies have been murdered by the Taliban due to the Biden administration's negligence.

He was involved with Hunter Biden's illicit foreign business dealings.

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There is clear evidence that Joe Biden was more than aware of his son Hunter's foreign business dealings. From suspicious money laundering through the Biden family's accounts to Joe's involvement with important business meetings within Hunter's company, there is mounting evidence to warrant an impeachment inquiry.

He lied about his involvement with Hunter's business dealings.

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Not only did Biden involve himself with his son's less-than-legal foreign business ventures, but he lied to the American people about it too, claiming he had NO KNOWLEDGE of what was going on.

He failed to protect the Southern border, and actively made it worse.

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Biden singlehandedly turned the Southern border into the worst illegal immigration crisis in US history. He reversed many policies set in place by the Trump administration, resulting in 2.3 million illegal immigrants flooding into the US under his watch, a historic high.


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Biden reversed the Trump-era policy that halted all funds going into Iran. The Wall Street Journal revealed the smoking-gun evidence proving that Iran trained AND funded Hamas before its gruesome terror attacks against Israel. Moreover, shortly before the attacks, the Biden administration unfroze $6 BILLION dollars of Iran's assets as a part of a prisoner swap. On top of this, Biden resumed $200 million worth of "humanitarian aid" to Gaza that Trump had ended—because the money was being used to buy weapons for Hamas.