AFP -The First Thanksgiving

Thank you for your tireless contributions to the fight for freedom. It’s been a long year and not every battle went the way we hoped, but you stood strong and made a difference. Today I want to share a few reflections about our current situation in relation to the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving.

That first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 at Plymouth Plantation, after the colony began to rebuild from the previous harsh New England winter. Thanks to a strong harvest they had plentiful food to eat and trade with the Indians. However, another winter was coming.

The colonists would have to work hard to stock food for the coming year. Thanksgiving was an opportunity for them to acknowledge the blessings of a good harvest and look hopefully into the future. They couldn’t give up, but they took time to say thanks for the chance to live in this land. Thanks to their tenacity they not only survived the subsequent winters, but grew, flourished, and ultimately established a new nation.  It wasn’t a battle won in a single day, but a long, sustained effort.

Our movement for liberty and limited government is also growing as we defend our heritage of economic freedom and limited government. We are in this effort for the long haul, not the short term, and we havebeen aided this year by some amazing victories in states across the country.   

In Indiana the legislature passed both a Right-to-Work law, giving workers the freedom to work for an employer without joining a union, and a school voucher program, which will provide countless parents with the tools to give their children a better education. Arizona expanded existing school choice measures and New Hampshire passed an education tax credit bill. North Carolina eliminated a $3 billion shortfall and gave the leftovers back to taxpayers.

We’ve had other victories to keep taxes low and push back on federal health care exchanges.  So let us take a moment and be thankful for how far we have come, recognizing that we have much further to go.

Thank you for making a difference.


Tim Phillips
Americans for Prosperity