L. Neil Smith’s THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE: Thanksgiving To Whom?

By L. Neil Smith

Thanksgiving, a holiday, it seems to me, that is always being celebrated on account of the wrong people and for the wrong reasons. The national day of thanks was decreed by the maniacal mass-murderer Abraham Lincoln, who was more than willing to see 620,000 individuals killed in order to preserve what had become an involuntary political association. In essence, he kidnapped half the country.

The first Thanksgiving, we know, thanks largely to Rush Limbaugh, but in my case, thanks to Robert LeFevre in 1972, was a celebration of the end of a disastrous experiment with socialism. The Plymouth Colony gave up its idiotic communitarianism in favor of private enterprise, and they profited accordingly. If human beings really had an I.Q. larger than their shoe size, that would have prevented the rise of Marxism.

But nooooo.

Proper thanks was due to the colony’s governor, William Bradford, who figured out the economics, converting the colony, ending American socialism.

When I was a kid, my father was an officer in Strategic Air Command, and often worked sixteen hours a day, keeping us all safe, he sincerely believed, from Soviet aggression. An ex-prisoner of war, he’d seen the Russian military at work. He was a World War II experienced bombardier-navigator who flew up over the North Pole a couple of times a week in a miserable, cramped, frigid jet-powered atomic bomber. When that day in November came around, I knew who to thank.



My dad may have been mistaken about who was defending whom from what, but he was the most decent human being he knew how to be, the most decent human being I ever knew. He somehow found time to raise me as decent as he could possibly make me, and he was a Scoutmaster, besides. I made my Eagle primarily because I didn’t want to disappoint him.

Some other Thanksgiving I might (and will) write about my mom. I have much to thank her for. Or I might write about my invincible wife, who has helped me recover from my recent illness — or dragged me back from the edge of death more than once — and gave me my daughter. But right now, I’m enjoying thinking about my dad, Air Force Major Lester Neil Smith II, war hero, husband, and father, the real hero of my life.


L. Neil Smith

L. Neil Smith

Celebrated and award-winning author of over 30 books and countless shorter pieces, L. Neil Smith is available, at professional rates, to write articles and speeches for you or your organization, providing that our principles are compatible. Contact him at [email protected].


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