In 2020, Thanksgiving has been all but canceled due to Covid-19.
Multiple states such as Illinois, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, California, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and New York have basically canceled Thanksgiving because of the threat of Covid-19. In each of these states, the governor has either limited or banned family gatherings for the Thanksgiving season.
This is a direct violation of our freedom in America. Thanksgiving is one of the most unique and meaningful American holidays. It is a time for families to gather together and be thankful for the privilege of being American.
On October 29, the governor of California, Gavin Newsome, said, “We have not put out Thanksgiving guidelines.” There is a link at the bottom this article where Tom Tapp discusses this in the Deadline.
However, Governor Newsome directs that no more than three families (or ten people) may congregate, and he states outdoor gatherings are preferable. These are clearly guidelines in restricting how families celebrate Thanksgiving.
Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address states, “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from earth.”
These guidelines could be the government trying to control the people, instead of the government letting citizens make their own choices in regards to their own safety.
Meanwhile, the state of Texas has guidelines to keep families safe, but there is no enforcement of the guidelines, merely suggestions. In this regard, Texas is allowing citizens to make the choice to be safe while still giving them the freedom to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday as they wish.
Could it be that we are slowly losing our liberties? With the way things are going, if they can take Thanksgiving away, what could be next?