Thanksgiving: Pilgrims Gave Thanks for God’s Guidance Away from Socialism – God, Scripture and a Capitalist System Saved the Pilgrims

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It is never too late for a little truthful history and the knowledge that Capitalism and Scripture saved the very lives of the Pilgrims. Today’s lesson comes from Rush Limbaugh. Rush first laid out in his book, See I Told You So - Chapter 6 Dead White Guys, or What the History Books Never Told You…the truth about Thanksgiving. In the history below, you’ll see the first socialist society in the U.S., and the negative fruits of that society – which failed completely. If you are torn about President Obama’s Marxist policies, and if you want to believe that everything being shared equally might be a good idea, see how it worked for the new immigrants, a failed policy, just as it remains today.

William Bradford
The True Story of Thanksgiving – The story of the Pilgrims begins in the
early part of the seventeenth century (that’s the 1600s for those of
you in Rio Linda, California). The Church of England under King James I
was persecuting anyone and everyone who did not recognize its absolute
civil and spiritual authority. Those who challenged ecclesiastical
authority and those who believed strongly in freedom of worship were
hunted down, imprisoned, and sometimes executed for their beliefs. A
group of separatists first fled to Holland and established a community.

eleven years, about forty of them agreed to make a perilous journey to
the New World, where they would certainly face hardships, but could
live and worship God according to the dictates of their own
consciences. On August 1, 1620, the Mayflower set sail. It carried a
total of 102 passengers, including forty Pilgrims led by William
Bradford. On the journey, Bradford set up an agreement, a contract,
that established just and equal laws for all members of the new
community, irrespective of their religious beliefs. Where did the
revolutionary ideas expressed in the Mayflower Compact come from? From
the Bible. The Pilgrims were a people completely steeped in the lessons
of the Old and New Testaments. They looked to the ancient Israelites
for their example.

because of the biblical precedents set forth in Scripture, they never
doubted that their experiment would work. But this was no pleasure
cruise, friends. The journey to the New World was a long and arduous
one. And when the Pilgrims landed in New England in November, they
found, according to Bradford’s detailed journal, a cold, barren,
desolate wilderness. There were no friends to greet them, he wrote.
There were no houses to shelter them. There were no inns where they
could refresh themselves. And the sacrifice they had made for freedom
was just beginning. During the first winter, half the Pilgrims –
including Bradford’s own wife – died of either starvation, sickness or
exposure. When spring finally came, Indians taught the settlers how to
plant corn, fish for cod and skin beavers for coats.

improved for the Pilgrims, but they did not yet prosper! This is
important to understand because this is where modern American history
lessons often end. Thanksgiving is actually explained in some textbooks
as a holiday for which the Pilgrims gave thanks to the Indians for
saving their lives, rather than as a devout expression of gratitude
grounded in the tradition of both the Old and New Testaments.

is the part that has been omitted: The original contract the Pilgrims had entered into with their merchant-sponsors in London called for everything they produced to go into a common store, and each member of the community was entitled to one common share. All of the land they
cleared and the houses they built belong to the community as well. They
were going to distribute it equally. All of the land they cleared and
the houses they built belonged to the community as well.

owned anything. They just had a share in it. It was a commune, folks.
It was the forerunner to the communes we saw in the ’60s and ’70s out
in California – and it was complete with organic vegetables, by the
way. Bradford, who had become the new governor of the colony,
recognized that this form of collectivism was as costly and destructive
to the Pilgrims as that first harsh winter, which had taken so many
lives. He decided to take bold action. Bradford assigned a plot of land
to each family to work and manage, thus turning loose the power of the
marketplace. That’s right. Long before Karl Marx was even born, the
Pilgrims had discovered and experimented with what could only be
described as socialism. And what happened? It didn’t work!”

never has worked! “What Bradford and his community found was that the most creative and industrious people had no incentive to work any harder than anyone else, unless they could utilize the power of personal motivation! But while most of the rest of the world has been experimenting with socialism for well over a hundred years – trying to refine it, perfect it, and re-invent it – the Pilgrims decided early on to scrap it permanently.

What Bradford wrote about this social experiment should be in every schoolchild’s history lesson. If it were, we might prevent much needless suffering in the future.
experience that we had in this common course and condition, tried sundry 
years…that by taking away property, and bringing community into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing – as if they were wiser than God,’ Bradford wrote.
this community [so far as it was] was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort. For young men that were most able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense … that was thought injustice.’
Why should you work for other people when you can’t work for yourself? What’s the point? Do you hear what he was saying, ladies and gentlemen? The Pilgrims found that people could not be expected to do their best work without incentive.
So what did Bradford’s community try next? They unharnessed the power
of good old free enterprise by invoking the undergirding capitalistic
principle of private property.

family was assigned its own plot of land to work and permitted to
market its own crops and products. And what was the result?
This had
very good success,’ wrote Bradford, ‘for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.’
Bradford doesn’t sound like much of a Clintonite” I wrote then “does
he? Is it possible that supply-side economics could have existed before
the 1980s? Yes.

Read the story of Joseph and Pharaoh in Genesis 41. Following Joseph’s suggestion (Gen 41:34), Pharaoh reduced the tax on Egyptians to 20% during the ‘seven years of plenty’ and the ‘Earth brought forth in heaps.’ (Gen. 41:47) In no time, the Pilgrims found they had more food than they could eat themselves.
this is where it gets really good, folks
, if you’re laboring under the
misconception that I was, as I was taught in school. So they set up
trading posts and exchanged goods with the Indians. The profits allowed
them to pay off their debts to the merchants in London. And the success
and prosperity of the Plymouth settlement attracted more Europeans and
began what came to be known as the ‘Great Puritan Migration.’” But this
story stops when the Indians taught the newly arrived suffering in
socialism Pilgrims how to plant corn and fish for cod. That’s where the
story stops, and the story basically doesn’t even begin there.
The real story of Thanksgiving is William Bradford giving thanks to God for the guidance and the inspiration to set up a thriving colony. The bounty was shared with the Indians. They did sit down and they had dinner, and I think they had a turkey, but it was not the Indians who saved the day. It was capitalism and Scripture which saved the day.”
I hope you will print this off and pass it on to your children, maybe to their teachers, or pass around your ‘occupied’ city.
UPDATE: Stacy McCain has a link to a free copy of Capitalism and Freedom and says Wal-Mart handles a flash mob of occupiers with a big yawn.
Thanksgiving dinner is at our house today. I have loved ones coming from Kansas City and can hardly wait to see them. Had dinner last night with my brother and sis-in-law from Florida. We will have 20 for dinner with everyone chipping in and bringing their favorite dishes. We have pies galore! Pecan, Pumpkin, Apple, Raisin, and Custard.
Wishing all my friends in cyberspace, my neighborhood and my family who read here a beautiful Thanksgiving Day, filled with abundant blessings and the heart to continue blessing others.
Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook

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