The real story of Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims tried “it takes a village” socialism and almost starved. At first, they required everyone in the community to work for the community and all the proceeds were kept in the community stores.

It was immediately apparent that this plan had a fatal (no pun) flaw. There was a large contingent that refused to work as they received the same ration whether they worked or not. Those freeloaders nearly cost everyone their lives.

Only when Governor Bradford stopped the practice of community stores did things improve.

From Bradford’s diary: “We began to think how we might raise as much corn as we could and obtain a better crop than we had done, that we might not still languish in misery. At length, after much debate of things, I gave way that we should set corn every man for his own particular [private] use, and in that regard trust to themselves . . .”

This new policy of allowing each to “plant for his own particular use” produced such a harvest that fall that Governor Bradford was able to write:

“By this time harvest was come, and instead of famine, now God gave them plenty, and the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many, for which they blessed God. And the effect of their particular [private] planting was well seen, for all had, one way and other, pretty well to bring the year about, and some of the abler sort and more industrious had to spare, and sell to others, so as any general want or famine has not been among them since to this day.”

From the depths of despair came the horn of plenty and a holiday we celebrate at the end of November, Thanksgiving. All because the Pilgrim leaders saw the light and cast an impossible system (socialism) aside and allowed capitalism to work its magic.

Please take time while you are giving thanks for all the blessings this great country (and the free market system) has bestowed upon us to retell this story to your family and friends, especially those public school children among you who certainly have been indoctrinated with some fallacious story that it was the Indians (native Americans) and not capitalism that brought bounty to the colony.

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