Celebrating the Spring Holidays

Thanksgiving: A Reminder of What it Means to be American

Thanksgiving: A Reminder of What it Means to be American


In case all of you in America missed the turkeys
running down the street for dear life, tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Without even a close second, Thanksgiving
is my favorite holiday of the year. I find focusing on the 3 F’s: Family, friends
and food, usually brings out the best in just about everyone. Between the triptophan from the Turkey, your
booze of choice and football in the background, all of us, at least in my experience, are
just a little better on this day we’ve set aside to give thanks for all the goodness
in our lives. Thanksgiving is the ultimate reminder of what
it means to be American. While most of us have the usual staples of
turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauces around the table, we also bring in
traditions from our own cultures, ethnicities and nationalities. This blending of flavors, languages and customs
from all over the world is what makes Thanksgiving uniquely American, no offense to Canadian
Thanksgiving. The melting pot we’ve created here has given
more freedom to more people from more walks of life than any other country in the history
of the world. Today people still yearn to come to America
to take part in our freedom and pretty much nobody wants to leave no matter how often
celebrities say they will. This doesn’t mean we are perfect, or anywhere
close to it, but it does mean that our tradition of freedom, rooted in the pursuit of life,
liberty and happiness is a pretty good starting point for how to build a truly liberal and
tolerant society. While politics will undoubtedly be discussed
around the Thanksgiving table this year, I’m going to do my best to try to veer the conversation
always to what brings us together, rather than what rips us apart. Maybe your uncle is pro-life and you’re pro-choice. Maybe your sister voted for Hillary, but you
voted for Trump. Maybe you want low taxes, and your dad wants
to redistribute wealth. Whatever those differences are, they are actually
the very reason that this country is so great. We all get to have our own opinion and fight
for what we believe. But beyond just the ability to be tolerant
of people who are different from us, it’s more important that we can still learn from,
live with, and even love people who think differently from us. I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow,
filled with the those three F’s I mentioned earlier — friends, family and food, and maybe
even one more F if you get lucky. Either way, let’s give thanks tomorrow for
all the goodness we have, but often forget to even acknowledge. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your loved
ones…


Reader Comments

  1. The fourth F is obviously Friday as in Black Friday. Getting lucky is finding a great deal. Cmon guys Rubin is PG now.

  2. Judging people based on the content of their character is fair game. Political oppinions are part of the content of ones character.

  3. Who'd have thunk it.

    A Jew defending (((the melting pot)))

    Jesus, can the people who watch your lukewarm 'Cuckservative' show wake up already?

  4. So some Italians, Jews, Japanese, Hispanic, ChinoVietnamese, Brit, Armenian, and Irish/German sit to eat a meal…not a #joke, my #FamilyDinner on #holidays..
    Beautiful statement of #Thanksgiving!
    #HappyThanksgiving!!

  5. The American Thanksgiving mentality is far better than the Canadian version. Jews and other non-Christians in Canada do not celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada. The feast is reserved for Christian anglophones. The USA version is more inclusive.

  6. Thank you and a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and to your audience. Here’s to all the people and blessings we have for which to be thankful.

  7. Happy Thanksgiving America! You have much to be grateful for, especially your descent from the previously most free and pleasant land on God's good earth, which tradition you have honoured to your credit. We on these blessed isles came up with this stuff before you were even born. This is the time of year for family.

  8. Thanksgiving: a day to remember the holocaust of the men, women and children of the Americas slaughtered by the people of Europe.

  9. "-and one more F if you get lucky."
    "…Freedom?" Obvious faux-gullibility.
    Slowly realizes that this outcome is even less likely.
    Achieves genuine remorse over the state of liberty in society.

  10. Thanksgiving was about being humble before God and giving thanks and prayer for your success and for the goodness of God. This is straight from George Washington when he made it a national holiday.

    Kids don’t even learn what thanksgiving and the true story of the pilgrims was. They had a surplus of food and began trading with the native Americans. And they had a surplus after ending a socialist type society and moving to a enterprise capitalist type society.

    As far as coming together with progressives, marxists and seditionists/traitors, no thanks. I give thanks my family isn’t that dense.

  11. it means fcking up everyone else on earth. insidiously . whether its with the media, entertainment, the sickening consumist culture, among tons of other things.

  12. One day a year "to be reminded what it is to be American"? If you can only manage it once a year, it's really not "what is is to be American".

  13. Funny how all these non-indigenous Americans bloviate about how we're all living on "stolen land" yet have no intentions of leaving and never will.

  14. 💨😲 deep breath in ok… Europeans that came here couldn't grow or hunt for food and during the winter resorted to cannibalism. Around this time of the year native americans would be celebrating their fall harvest from a good growing season. That's when the Europeans started storming their villages killing them to take there food and laying claim to their land and hunting grounds so to celebrate Thanksgivings "Thanks takings" is to celebrate these atrocities period 😩💨 deep breath out

  15. When reflecting on what it means to be American, it is not the past. It is not mistakes made in the name of America. It is not nationalism. It is devotion to an idea. The idea that we all have the right to speak our mind freely, to shape our own lives, and pursue happiness, no matter how hard we have to fight to get it. And if there are injustices, we can fight that because we have a natural right as living things to live decent lives.

  16. On June 20, 1676, the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts, held a meeting to determine how best to express thanks for the good fortune that had seen their community securely established. By unamimous vote they instructed Edward Rawson, the clerk, to proclaim June 29 as a day of thanksgiving, our first. That proclamation is reproduced here in the same language and spelling as the original.

    "The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present Warr with the Heathen Natives of this land, written and brought to pass bitter things against his own Covenant people in this wilderness, yet so that we evidently discern that in the midst of his judgements he hath remembered mercy, having remembered his Footstool in the day of his sore displeasure against us for our sins, with many singular Intimations of his Fatherly Compassion, and regard; reserving many of our Towns from Desolation Threatened, and attempted by the Enemy, and giving us especially of late with many of our Confederates many signal Advantages against them, without such Disadvantage to ourselves as formerly we have been sensible of, if it be the Lord's mercy that we are not consumed, It certainly bespeaks our positive Thankfulness, when our Enemies are in any measure disappointed or destroyed; and fearing the Lord should take notice under so many Intimations of his returning mercy, we should be found an Insensible people, as not standing before Him with Thanksgiving, as well as lading him with our Complaints in the time of pressing Afflictions:

    The Council has thought meet to appoint and set apart the 29th day of this instant June, as a day of Solemn Thanksgiving and praise to God for such his Goodness and Favour, many Particulars of which mercy might be Instanced, but we doubt not those who are sensible of God's Afflictions, have been as diligent to espy him returning to us; and that the Lord may behold us as a People offering Praise and thereby glorifying Him; the Council doth commend it to the Respective Ministers, Elders and people of this Jurisdiction; Solemnly and seriously to keep the same Beseeching that being perswaded by the mercies of God we may all, even this whole people offer up our bodies and soulds as a living and acceptable Service unto God by Jesus Christ."

  17. LMAO!! I was totally thinking of that last F and you totally went there! You da shiz, sir. A happy day to you!

  18. turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, etc. That's thanksgiving. Not sure what Dave is talking about with the other stuff. There are many traditions and holidays we welcome in the US. Thanksgiving is the one celebrated by Americans (going back to the founders) with the European heritage foods listed above. It's not immoral for us to own what's ours and celebrate it in our own country.

  19. It's one thing to celebrate Halloween and Christmas, as we all know that some of its customs are not only fictional but harmless entertainment. However, a holiday based on a lie that the natives and pilgrims got along and not slaughtered r? Nah man I'm good. Look up " National Day of Mourning", I'll even help with some links:

    http://www.occupy.com/sites/default/files/medialibrary/national-day-of-mourning_0.jpg
    https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/culture/social-issues/6-thanksgiving-myths-share-them-with-someone-you-know/
    https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2014/11/26/national-day-of-mourning-reflects-on-thanksgivings-horrific-bloody-history
    http://www.uaine.org/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Day_of_Mourning_(United_States_protest)
    https://www.metro.us/news/the-big-stories/native-americans-voice-past-and-current-struggles-national-day-mourning

  20. God bless you, and happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. It's my favorite holiday too, and even with just me and the dogs, I feel happy and grateful. 🤸‍♀️🐶🐕😁

  21. There's nothing more American than a gay Jew telling you what Thanksgiving means all in a 4minute video with a non skippable 30second advert on a platform owned and censored by Jews.

  22. I look forward to ignoring parts 1, 2 and 3 of your next interview and then waiting several days for your hangover to wear off before you post the actual interview

  23. Thanksgiving is, first and foremost, a reminder that being an American means being an immigrant who pushed out and killed the original population. It is one of the most hypocritical holidays I know of.

  24. Love your stuff, Rubin. We are all one. I walk the middle path, like the Buddha. I don't choose sides. Not an easy road.

  25. Where we Americans back then? We don’t have to get along Dave, we have to get it right. I don’t care how it makes you feel, it shouldn’t matter.

  26. The very first Thanksgiving celebration in North America took place in 1578 in Canada. It is a Canadian celebration more so than an American one……… no offense.

  27. Instead of making a bullshit video about a non issue….why not make a video about something that actually matters and will lead to a loss of free speech: NET NEUTRALITY

    Oh wait, you can't do that cause than you will lose money from your right wing audience…..and money means more to rubin than principle

    So don't talk about how trump, Ajit pay, and corporations are actively colluding to destroy freedom of information and speech…..
    just continue to blame college kids…yeah they are the real problem

  28. Why do americans constantly harp on about freedom? 98 countries in the world are free societies. America is ONE of them and not even the most free by any stretch of the imagination (NSA surveillance state, anyone?). You wanna impress me, america? Try introducing universal healthcare like every other industrialized nation on earth. America lags behind much of the western world in all of the most important metrics except for gross domestic product.

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