Celebrating (Not Just Commemorating) Jamestown

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I was at the
big Jamestown 400th Anniversary Commemoration Sunday night, with
an excellent and amazingly cohesive 400-musician orchestra (400
years, get it?) and 1,607-person choir (Jamestown was founded in
1607, get it?). The politically correct Powers That Be decided to
call this a commemoration rather than a celebration, because it
might seem we were “celebrating” the killing of Indians. I guess
it’s okay to commemorate the killing of Indians, as long
as that’s coupled with endless apologies, but not to celebrate
the event. The implication is that the killing of Indians was the
only significant thing that happened in Jamestown.

At least speakers
like Sandra Day O’Connor did remark, earlier, that Jamestown was
significant for the importation of Common Law and the Rule of Law
to America, though she said this in a way that implied that we still
live under the Common Law and the Rule of Law, which, of course,
we don’t, and haven’t since at least the reign of America’s first
fascist president, FDR.

Still, there
is a reason to both commemorate and celebrate the
founding of Jamestown, and Thomas J. DiLorenzo gave us that reason
in his article in LewRockwell.com three years ago, "Giving
Thanks for Private Property
." He relayed how the Jamestown
settlers nearly starved themselves to extinction under socialism,
but then survived and prospered after the institution of private

One of the
other nice things about making a big to-do over Jamestown is that
it reminds everyone that Virginia was in existence years before
those first Yankees hit the shores of New England and went through
the same process of saving themselves through private property after
socialism failed. When the Yankees celebrate in 2020, we Southerners
can yawn and say, “Been there, done that.”

And then there
are the French. The City of Quebec had a tourist booth at Jamestown
this weekend where they passed out pamphlets inviting people to
come visit next year and help them “celebrate” (note: not “commemorate”)
the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City (what, were
no Indians injured in the making of Quebec?). They will also be
celebrating “the history of the first European settlers in North
America.” The clear implication is that England is not part of Europe
— well, you know, it’s just a savage island to the west of Europe.

Switching hats
from Southerner to Texan, I have to chuckle because I know that
the Spaniards were on today's American soil before the English or
the French. And, of course, the first European Thanksgiving celebrated
on present-day American soil took place in what we now call El Paso.

But wait. The
Vikings were most certainly in North America before the Spanish.
And before we get into a fight over which country can claim the
Vikings, we must note the increasingly convincing evidence that
the Chinese were here long before the arrival of any Europeans.

A few years
ago I attended a day-long conference sponsored by the Library of
Congress concerning the thesis of Gavin Menzies in his book, 1421:
The Year China Discovered America
. When his book was first
published, the historians union (you know, those with a Ph.D. after
their name) ridiculed Menzies, who was only a retired British naval
officer and therefore an “amateur” historian, the implication being
that he was a modern-day Parson Weems.

Well, here
we were gathered in the Library of Congress conference room, filled
to capacity, and the theses being examined had gone far beyond Menzies.
We were treated to lectures about:

  • How the
    alphabet of the coastal Indians in eastern Canada included numerous
    characters that were virtually identical to characters in the
    Chinese alphabet.
  • The discovery
    of a city in the mountains of Nova Scotia that supposedly shows
    archaeological evidence of Chinese habitation.
  • How the
    Indians of the Pacific Northwest, when they came into contact
    with European explorers, told about previous visits by Chinese
    and Japanese (and they knew the difference).
  • And, most
    far-out of all, about a DNA study looking into the similarities
    of Chinese and Native American DNA.

I can see where
all of this is going. In a few years not only will everything we
buy in Wal-Mart be “made IN China,” but it will be established that
America itself was “made BY China.” Please don’t tell Lou Dobbs.

27, 2007

Franke [send him mail]
was one of the founders of the conservative movement in the 1950s
and 1960s, when Democrats and liberals were the ones who believed
in big government, fiscal recklessness, and an imperial presidency.

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