Socialism and the pilgrims

a blog by
Ruth McClung
November 25, 2009

Almost four hundred years ago, a group of people seeking religious freedom came to America. After crossing the Atlantic Ocean in 1620, they settled in what is today Massachusetts. The first winter took almost half their population. If an Indian brave from the Abnaki tribe hadn't arrived and taught the pilgrims how to farm, probably none would have survived the next winter. That fall the pilgrims wanted to thank God for the abundance He had supplied them through the Native Americans, so the first Thanksgiving was celebrated.

When they first arrived, the pilgrims decided that a socialist form of government, in which there was no private property, would make the colony flourish. By 1623, the pilgrims realized that communal property did not work. They switched to private ownership of farms. William Bradford, the governor at the time, wrote:

This had very good success, for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content.

Even though socialism has been tried over the centuries and has failed, our government now is determined to relive that counter-productive history.

This year has been a difficult year for America. Though we have not lost half of our population, many of us have lost jobs, homes, investments, savings and retirement funds. Legislation that will radically change our country for the worse is being pushed (against the will of the people) though the halls of Congress. We are involved in a war our government can't seem to make decisions about. Some of us have lost loved ones - thinking of the families and friends of our brave soldiers at Ft Hood.

Like back in the 1620s, the future may seem bleak and uncertain, but take heart, if we will unite for the common good, stand firm on conservative values and put our hope in God - our country will be as great as it has ever been.

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! May God bless you all and may God continue to bless America!




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