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Trump Promises Not to Change the Name of Thanksgiving

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at a Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority 2019 Conference Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

Donald Trump told a rally in Sunrise, Florida, that he wouldn’t allow the radical left to change the name of “Thanksgiving.”

There has been a growing movement in the country to change the Thanksgiving Day holiday to “Indigenous People’s Day.” Listening to leftists bloviate about how Native Americans have nothing to be thankful for and white people should be ashamed of themselves has become as much a Thanksgiving tradition as football games.

Trump put his weight fully behind tradition.

Fox News:

“As we gather together for Thanksgiving, you know, some people want to change the name Thanksgiving,” Trump began Tuesday night. “They don’t want to use the term Thanksgiving. And that was true also with Christmas. But now everybody’s using Christmas again. Remember this?”

The wars on Thanksgiving and Christmas are silly. Simply because a bunch of leftist nitwits want to call Thanksgiving something else doesn’t mean a damn thing. The hypocrites almost certainly get as much enjoyment out of eating turkey with family and friends as the rest of us.

As for Christmas, how many of those leftists refuse to take a couple of days off at Christmas time? Do leftists professors demand their students attend class on Thanksgiving? I thought not.

Trump may not have single-handedly brought back “Christmas” as a holiday. But the pushback by ordinary people has been real.

While campaigning before the 2016 election, Trump vowed he was “a good Christian,” and therefore, would ensure people could “say ‘Merry Christmas’ again” in stores and public places instead of being obliged to opt for the more secular greeting “Happy Holidays,” according to The Hill.

“But now we’re going to have to do a little work on Thanksgiving,” Trump continued at the Florida rally. “People have different ideas. Why it shouldn’t be called Thanksgiving. But everybody in this room, I know, loves the name Thanksgiving. And we’re not changing.”

There are 365 days of the year. If the left wants an “Indigenous People’s Day,” they can have it. But the fourth Thursday in November is reserved every year for Americans to pause and give thanks. And no amount of wailing, moaning, scolding, and lecturing will ever change that.

Maybe it’s the idea of “giving thanks” that upsets the left?

Joe Kotkin:

Most Americans, according to a Templeton Foundation survey, feel they receive little gratitude at home or the office. The feeling of gratitude appears to drop with age. Today’s millennials are the least grateful. This is not surprising given the new generations’ low levels of interest in the very things we are likely to feel grateful for, such as family, religion or America itself.

Older people, who often have overcome hard times, are more grateful. They witnessed the triumph of liberal democracy over communism. Many of them, like me, were raised by parents who came from poverty, and instilled the notion that, for all our problems, living here, at this time, in this country, is a manifest blessing not to demeaned or ignored. . . .

Thanksgiving has long been part of the American story, a critical part of its identity. To be sure the sanitized versions of the first Thanksgiving almost 300 years ago were often cartoonish and ignored the suffering meted out by New England’s settlers to both Native Americans and religious dissenters. Yet it remained an uplifting part of our national story, based on the notion that all Americans had common cause to celebrate their life in this amazing country.

This loss of faith is particularly marked among the young. Nearly 40 percent of young Americans, for example, think the country lacks “a history to be proud of,” less than half the average for boomers. One-third of young Americans, according to one recent survey, have a favorable view of communism and most seem ready to jettison the market system essential to America’s evolution.

The left has done its job well.