November 22nd, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

[NOTE: This is a repeat of a previous post]

I wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Here’s some corny American pictorial propaganda in honor of the occasion, one of my favorite holidays:

This painting was not originally created for the Thanksgiving holiday. It was part of Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” series of 1941. Inspired by a post-Pearl Harbor speech of FDR’s about the war effort and why we were fighting, and designed to help sell war bonds, this particular one illustrated “Freedom from Want.”

So on this Thanksgiving Day I’ll reiterate the sentiment: may we all have freedom—of religion, of speech, from want, from fear.

17 Responses to “Happy Thanksgiving”

  1. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    [This is a repeat of a previous comment.]
    Happy Thanksgiving All!

  2. M of Hollywood Says:

    Nice. And thank you, neo-neo. Listening to Dennis Miller last night (he is delayed until PM out here) one caller said, “Hey Dennis you seem depressed and don’t even want to talk about politics any more because the U.S. broke last week and all that, but, hey, can you promise us you will stay with us? I mean you’re not going to leave when your contract is up are you? We need you.” Dennis, who seems to be in a rather fragile state that makes him snap a little now, though still bouyed by his intelligent humor, brushed her off a bit saying, “Hey, Jill, I’ll do my best to stand by you, however I do that.” It was ominous. We need the Neo-neos, the Dennis Millers, the Greg Gutfelds, and the Bill Whittles. We need to find the appropriate modicum of hope, to fuel our faith, to aritculate our strategy and lay out tactics like spoons on a Thanksgiving Day buffet table.
    Bless you and all you do – and bless all the brokenhearted and mending souls out there as well as those who do not yet even know they, too, can get on the mend.

  3. M of Hollywood Says:

    aritulate LOL. did I sufficiently aritulate my thoughts and my thanks! LOL.
    I want to mend and not to hate. sometimes I think the “other side” just wants to LOVE the United States, too, and, with this guy, they feel they can, particularly if they do not pay too much attention. that seems to be a mending thought, maybe an ‘opening,’ a step onto which we can tiptoe to try to find a footing in reason rather than in emotion.

  4. carl in atlanta Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. Wish I wasn’t at work today but then again, it’s better to be overwhelmed with work than to be sitting for days or weeks waiting for the phone to ring. I’ve known both so deep down I’m thankful that I’ve had to come in to the office today…

  5. NeoConScum Says:

    God Bless You, N-Neocon, and all whom you love. Happy, Healthy, Joyful Thanksgiving and thank you for your many labors on this site.

    M of Hollywood…I’m a Dennis regular, too. He was as ‘flattened’ as I by Nov.6th and doesn’t mind letting the blood show.

  6. SteveH Says:

    Ready to eat myself silly then take a nap. Thats what i love about this day.

    Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  7. CV Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Neo! Thanks for your blog and the community you have built here.

    Wishing you a holiday filled with candy corn.

  8. RandomThoughts Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Neo, and to all who visit your blog!

  9. Artfldgr Says:

    Thanksgiving Celebrates Our ‘Original Sin,’ ‘Views Virtually Identical To Nazis,’ Journalism Prof Preaches

  10. Artfldgr Says:

    Happy thanksgiving all!!!!

  11. Curtis Says:

    Still, the power of Life, the power of Love, the power of Wisdom controls the affairs of men. M of Hollywood, there are two sides above men, and within men they both are incorporated and thus contained and expressed. We have the Universe in us. Thanksgiving is the Holiday in which we assert their abode is not everlasting, and above all that such decision was made by the Eternal, the Creator, the Voice against nothingness.

  12. Mitsu Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Neo, and to every American.

  13. NancyB Says:

    I love that Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving picture but have to laugh at the depiction of the older woman carrying that (what, 18 pound, 20 pound?) turkey to the table. The china platter would have added to the weight. When my mother roasted a bird that big, my father did the carrying.

  14. blert Says:

    To equate the trite to the horror of the Shoah shows just how lost for expression such a clown is.

    At the time of the original Thanksgiving all then there were religious refugees — chowing down with the locals.

    Big meals before the hard winter arrived were universal in the Neolithic. This goes double for the New World. French monks writing the oldest accounts tell of feasts that would go on for days if a bear had been caught.

    If only the Pilgrams and natives had known how to boil lobster. They’d have stuffed themselves silly.

  15. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    There’s a difference between nostalgic and corny.

    It is nostalgic but it’s only ‘corny’ if you believe that, in that time, a loving, psychologically healthy family was such a rarity that to depict it as an ideal is disingenuous.

    Growing up in the 50’s & 60’s I remember plenty of holidays like that and knew plenty of friend’s families who shared that experience.

    Even today there are families where that is the norm.

    If Mom & Dad love each other and raise their children with love and ‘guiding discipline’ that is generally the outcome. Especially when society supports that ideal.

    It’s ‘gentlemen’ like this who out of personal bile seek to portray Rockwell’s nostalgic remembrance as phony propaganda.

  16. NeoConScum Says:

    THANK YOU, Geoffrey Britain! Me, too. God, how I value and honor that world to which you accurately refer. Thank you, my great, strong, honorable, consistent, loving, guiding parents. The older this ’44 kid gets, the more profoundly I appreciate you.

    And, Dad, I always appreciate and understand the 462nd Hellbirds Group motto on the noses of every B-29 in your outfit: WITH MALICE TOWARD SOME.


  17. Barry Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving. I just saw the four posters on display at the Sacramento Crocker Museum. If the Rockwell exposition comes to your town (don’t know if it’s moving around) you should definitely go see it.

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