The true story of the first Thanksgiving is a far cry from that progressive fairy tale that liberals love to tout every year.
For starters the Pilgrims were not looking for a religious, multicultural melting pot. As it said in the Mayflower Compact, the Pilgrims came to the New World to expand “the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith.”
And it was not all Native Americans, but a Christian named Squanto, a Native American who was captured, sold into slavery, converted to Christianity, and eventually sent back to America by an Englishman who had come to admire him, that taught the Pilgrims how to hunt and fish.
With Squanto’s help the Pilgrims survived and they did give thanks on that first Thanksgiving, to God, for sending them Squanto.
The Pilgrims injured their own cause as they had decided that the best way to advance their settlement and make everyone happy was to create a commune where everyone got the same share no matter how hard they worked.
“The adventurers & planters doe agree, that every person that goeth being aged 16. years & upward…shall continue their joynt stock & partnership togeather, ye space of 7 years…during which time, all profits & benifits that are gott by trade, traffick, trucking, working, fishing, or any other means of any person or persons, remaine still in ye comone stock untill ye division,” Pilgrim Governor William Bradford wrote.
But in 1621 and 1622 the Pilgrims were dying off from disease and starvation.
Young and strong men lamented doing all of the work to feed other men’s families as they got the same for their efforts as those who did next to nothing to help.
“Young men that were most able and fit for labor and service” did not want to “spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children.” And “the strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes, than he that was weak,” Bradford wrote.
It was after the poor harvest of 1622 that “they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop.”
In 1623 the Pilgrims scrapped the idea of socialism in favor of free market capitalism.
Noticing that it was socialism that was killing his people, it was decided that each family was given land on which to farm and were allowed to keep what they made and sell whatever they did not need or want.
And that decision saved their lives.
As has been the case throughout history, capitalism was proved to be better than socialism and communism.
The Pilgrims grew so many crops in that year that they were able to export corn for profit.
“The failure of that experiment of communal service, which was tried for several years, and by good and honest men, proves the emptiness of the theory of Plato and other ancients, applauded by some of later times, – that the taking away of private property, and the possession of it in community, by a commonwealth, would make a state happy and flourishing; as it they were wiser than God,” Bradford wrote. “For in this instance, community of property was found to breed much confusion and discontent; and retard much employment which would have been to the general benefit.”
Bradford thanked God for the capitalism that saved their lives.
“It made all hands very industrious, so that much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could devise, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better satisfaction,” he wrote.
“The women now went willing into the field, and took their little ones with them to plant corn, while before they would allege weakness and inability, and to have compelled them would have been thought great tyranny and oppression,” he added.
The first Thanksgiving proved that socialism is a failure and that capitalism works.
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