The Great Thanksgiving Hoax

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  1. Bps1691

    Bps1691 Monkey++

    As I was pondering the rapidly approaching January 20, 2009 coronation of the “chosen one” and the unbridling of ultra-liberal congressional powers, I ran across the following that had been posted by CaptainJack on another Blog.

    <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com[​IMG]from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" philosophy of the "chosen one" and his congressional cronies:</B>

    The Great Thanksgiving Hoax

    By Richard J. Maybury

    Each year at this time school children all over <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com[​IMG]<st1:place w:st="on">America</st1:place></st1:country-region>
    are taught the official Thanksgiving story, and
    newspapers, radio, TV, and magazines devote vast amounts
    of time and space to it. It is all very colorful and

    It is also very deceiving. This official story is nothing
    like what really happened. It is a fairy tale, a
    whitewashed and sanitized collection of half-truths which
    divert attention away from Thanksgiving's real meaning.

    The official story has the pilgrims boarding the
    Mayflower, coming to <st1:country-region w:st="on">America</st1:country-region> and establishing the
    <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Plymouth</st1:place></st1:City> colony in the winter of 1620-21. This first
    winter is hard, and half the colonists die. But the
    survivors are hard working and tenacious, and they learn
    new farming techniques from the Indians. The harvest of
    1621 is bountiful. The Pilgrims hold a celebration, and
    give thanks to God. They are grateful for the wonderful
    new abundant land He has given them.

    The official story then has the Pilgrims living more or
    less happily ever after, each year repeating the first
    Thanksgiving. Other early colonies also have hard times
    at first, but they soon prosper and adopt the annual
    tradition of giving thanks for this prosperous new land
    called <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">America</st1:country-region></st1:place>.

    The problem with this official story is that the harvest
    of 1621 was not bountiful, nor were the colonists
    hardworking or tenacious. 1621 was a famine year and many
    of the colonists were lazy thieves.

    In his 'History of Plymouth Plantation,' the governor of
    the colony, William Bradford, reported that the colonists
    went hungry for years, because they refused to work in
    the fields. They preferred instead to steal food. He says
    the colony was riddled with "corruption," and
    with "confusion and discontent." The crops were
    small because "much was stolen both by night and day,
    before it became scarce eatable."

    In the harvest feasts of 1621 and 1622, "all had
    their hungry bellies filled," but only briefly. The
    prevailing condition during those years was not the
    abundance the official story claims, it was famine and
    death. The first "Thanksgiving" was not so much a
    celebration as it was the last meal of condemned men.

    But in subsequent years something changes. The harvest of
    1623 was different. Suddenly, "instead of famine now
    God gave them plenty," <st1:place w:st="on">Bradford</st1:place> wrote, "and the
    face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the
    hearts of many, for which they blessed God."
    Thereafter, he wrote, "any general want or famine
    hath not been amongst them since to this day." In
    fact, in 1624, so much food was produced that the
    colonists were able to begin exporting corn.

    What happened?

    After the poor harvest of 1622, writes <st1:place w:st="on">Bradford</st1:place>,
    "they began to think how they might raise as much
    corn as they could, and obtain a better crop." They
    began to question their form of economic organization.

    This had required that "all profits & benefits that
    are got by trade, working, fishing, or any other
    means" were to be placed in the common stock of the
    colony, and that, "all such persons as are of this
    colony, are to have their meat, drink, apparel, and all
    provisions out of the common stock." A person was to
    put into the common stock all he could, and take out only
    what he needed.

    This "from each according to his ability, to each
    according to his need" was an early form of
    socialism, and it is why the Pilgrims were starving.
    <st1:place w:st="on">Bradford</st1:place> writes that "young men that are most able
    and fit for labor and service" complained about being
    forced to "spend their time and strength to work for
    other men's wives and children." Also, "the
    strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of
    victuals and clothes, than he that was weak." So the
    young and strong refused to work and the total amount of
    food produced was never adequate.

    To rectify this situation, in 1623 <st1:place w:st="on">Bradford</st1:place> abolished
    socialism. He gave each household a parcel of land and
    told them they could keep what they produced, or trade it
    away as they saw fit. In other words, he replaced
    socialism with a free market, and that was the end of

    Many early groups of colonists set up socialist states,
    all with the same terrible results. At <st1:City w:st="on">Jamestown</st1:City>,
    established in 1607, out of every shipload of settlers
    that arrived, less than half would survive their first
    twelve months in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">America</st1:place></st1:country-region>. Most of the work was being done
    by only one-fifth of the men, the other four-fifths
    choosing to be parasites. In the winter of 1609-10,
    called "The Starving Time," the population fell
    from five-hundred to sixty.

    Then the <st1:City w:st="on">Jamestown</st1:City> colony was converted to a free market,
    and the results were every bit as dramatic as those at
    <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Plymouth</st1:place></st1:City>. In 1614, Colony Secretary Ralph Hamor wrote
    that after the switch there was "plenty of food,
    which every man by his own industry may easily and doth
    procure." He said that when the socialist system had
    prevailed, "we reaped not so much corn from the
    labors of thirty men as three men have done for
    themselves now."

    Before these free markets were established, the colonists
    had nothing for which to be thankful. They were in the
    same situation as Ethiopians are today, and for the same
    reasons. But after free markets were established, the
    resulting abundance was so dramatic that the annual
    Thanksgiving celebrations became common throughout the
    colonies, and in 1863, Thanksgiving became a national

    Thus the real reason for Thanksgiving, deleted from the
    official story, is: Socialism does not work; the one and
    only source of abundance is free markets, and we thank
    God we live in a country where we can have them.

    Here we are, standing at the doorstep to another group of fools trying to put in place a system that has failed throughout history. All you have to do is listen to the “chosen one’s” words to see how fundemental this is to him:

    My thanks to CaptainJack for helping me to see the truth in God’s word-

    2 Thessalonians 3:10

    For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

  2. SuperTico

    SuperTico Yawn !

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