We are all Puritans now!

I really despise those who trash those who founded our great nation (the U.S.). The following article is good reading. It briefly presents a refresher on the story of the Pilgrims settling in America, and notes that the upcoming election will be an opportune time to emphasize the National Question - that is, whether we have the right and ability to retain national sovereignty. The author writes:
"This promises to be a monumental election. Of course, people say that every election, but this year it’s really true because we have a unique opportunity to discuss where the country is headed in the context of how it all began.
It, therefore, seems fitting that we should acknowledge the heroic contributions of the Mayflower Pilgrims during this election as their posterity have become so openly despised in the very land they settled."
A portion of mankind may be said to constitute a nationality if they are united among themselves by common sympathies which do not exist between them and any others—which make them co-operate with each otheer more willingly than with other people, desire to be under the same government, and desire that it should be government by themselves, or a portion of themselves, exclusively. This feeling of nationality may have been generated by various causes. Sometimes it is the effect of identity of race and descent. Community of language and community of religion greatly contribute to it. Geographical limits are one of its causes. But the strongest of all is identity of political antecedents; the possession of a national history, and consequent community of recollections; collective pride and humiliation, pleasure and regret, connected with the same incidents in the past.


Settling in an undeveloped land and building a civilization is not comparable to moving to a post-industrial nation and signing up for welfare