Happy Thanksgiving to you all. We are having a simple dinner: vegetables a la grecque--leeks, mushrooms, cucumbers; fresh turkey with corn bread , apple, onion, sage, and sausage stuffing; Southern green beans with bacon and onion cooked in broth; rice of course to honor South Carolina; and pecan pie. We used to do the whole thing with macaroni pie, fresh baked rolls, sweet potatoes, but then there were tons of leftovers. We'll start with scotch to honor my Fleming and MacFarlane ancestors, and a tip of the hat to friends in Texas with a bottle of Balcones single malt from--mirabile dictu--Waco.. Finally to show respect to those who celebrated the first Thanksgiving in America, (in Jamestown) we are going to curse socialism and toast everyone working to support his family.and thank the Lord for delivering us from the scourge of the Crescent.
Some Americans know that Captain John Smith put an end to the Proprietors' foolish and self-interested experiment in communism, but very few know that he was honored with a coat of arms--three Turks' heads--for his gallantry in fighting the Ottoman Empire. He killed three Turks in single-combat.
My fifteen year old grandson, too smart for his own good, asked today why so many people are condemning Thanksgiving. I explained that human beings are not terribly kind by nature, that most wars of conquest result in the subjugation of conquered peoples and the gradual extinction of their cultures. This is true of the barbarians who conquered Rome, the Germans who conquered Celtic England, and vritually every war in subsaharan Africa and between Native Americans. One thing, however, we can learn from reading colonial history--see Francis Parkman's accounts of the French in Quebec--is that the Indians were taught to give up torturing and eating their captives. As Michael Ironside says in the wonderful junk TV show "V", "I may bring down the neighborhood, but at least I don't eat it."
"V", for those who do not know, was a wonderful piece of trash, first a mini-series and then a season. The premise is that "Visitors" from outer space visit earth, promising to cure cancer and share the blessings of advanced technology. Of course all the right people side with them. Unfortunately, they are reptiles disguised as humans, and their main object is to steal all the water and deport millions of human cattle to field the hungry reptiles. I believe it came out in the early 1980's. I naturally assumed that the Visitors were a metaphor for American Liberals