by the Left Coast Rebel
I am in Philadelphia with my wife's family, celebrating a chilly-Philly Thanksgiving. Earlier today the gray skies touched a sub 30 degree rain, churning out nickel-sized snow flakes as we sipped our morning Wawa java (if you don't know what a 'Wawa' is, then you are missing out). "Sleet" has now replaced the snowflake morning phenomenon and we're glad we don't have to drive in it.
Pennsylvania ain't no California!
Yesterday we visited the Liberty Bell and the Franklin Institute. The previous day we ventured out to nearby Valley Forge, Revolutionary War history so thick in the air, it could nearly be cut with a knife.
The Jersey Shore also welcomed us, starting at the gorgeous southernmost Shore point of Cape May, venturing to Avalon and ending at Ocean City. Beautiful country and coastline, the ocean was freezing and so were the temperatures. The Ocean City boardwalk shops - amusement rides, candy stores, gift shops, ice cream parlors - were mostly shuttered for want of summer temps. We caught a beautiful sunset and then were on our way.
I could describe more of my trip but pictures will help to tell the story better. Those will be uploaded soon and shared here.
In closing I point you to an excellent piece by John Stossel, "A Lost Thanksgiving Lesson," in which Stossel points to the failure of collectivism as displayed by the Pilgrims in 1623:
"Long before the failure of modern socialism, the earliest European settlers gave us a dramatic demonstration of the fatal flaws of collectivism. Unfortunately, few Americans today know it.
The Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony organized their farm economy along communal lines. The goal was to share the work and produce equally.
That's why they nearly all starved.
.... What Plymouth suffered under communalism was what economists today call the tragedy of the commons. The problem has been known since ancient Greece. As Aristotle noted, 'That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it.'"
Here's a Fox clip where Stossel explains more: