Thankless Regulations an Affront to Pilgrims

Diane Katz /

After 66 days of turbulent sailing across the Atlantic, the Pilgrims were understandably eager to touch land at Plymouth Rock. But before allowing themselves to alight, they gathered to sign the “Mayflower Compact,” by which they pledged to “combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation…and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, offices from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony.”

It was a defining moment for self-government, one for which all Americans owe thanks.

However, the same cannot be said for the multitude of laws, ordinances, and acts that has issued forth from government in more recent years. All too many fall short of “meet and convenience” for the general good. Even cherished Thanksgiving traditions are now regulated by the Bureau of Land Management, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission. To wit:

Government has also cooked up regulations for most every item on the dinner table:

It’s impossible to imagine that the colonists ever envisioned that their fledgling democracy would mutate into a suffocating administrative state. At great personal sacrifice, they defied subjugation in pursuit of liberty. The ultimate gratitude we can offer is to follow their example.