Not exactly what America was founded on……
This upcoming Thanksgiving Day is sure to offer you and your family plenty of opportunities to argue over whether America should be welcoming Syrian refugees.
If you have any liberal relatives or friends coming over for your Thursday feast, they’re going to relish the chance to tell everyone that the Pilgrims were refugees too — and hope that statement decimates all opposing view points.
Many left-wing publications and pundits are doing their utmost to promote this line in order to generate support for America taking in thousands of Syrian refugees.
For example, The Huffington Post ran a blurb with the headline “This Thanksgiving, Remember America’s Pilgrims Were Refugees, Too.” There’s one paragraph explaining how they fled religious persecution and found a warm welcome from the local Indians. Then it sneers off into snark over “how well that turned out” and to bashing Republican presidential candidates.
It’s noteworthy that a group of people HuffPo has previously considered genocidal zealots can now be used as props for left-wing talking points.
If it wasn’t for the Syrian refugee debate, sites like HuffPo, Salon and others would be running their usual “Happy Genocide Day” coverage and dumping vitriol on the poor settlers who forged this nation.
Regardless, comparing seventeenth-century pilgrims to today’s refugees is a laughable idea. However, it is typical for those on the left to highlight early settlers in order to support taking in whatever new kind of migrant there is.
Besides being called refugees, the pilgrims have also been called illegal immigrants. But the “illegal” part gets tagged on from “stealing” the land from the natives… which, if the left wants to believe that, undermines the whole refugee thesis.
But the implication behind the word refugee is that indicates someone fleeing from danger to safety.
With that in mind, here’s five reasons why the Pilgrims were definitely not like today’s refugees.