this coming Thanksgiving holiday, I would be eternally grateful if our
government-run education camps would teach the next generation of Americans the
true story of Plymouth Rock rather than the romanticized fairy tale version.
years ago I read for the first time Matthew Givens’ column titled, “Thanksgiving:
America’s Lesson on Why Socialism Doesn’t Work.”And I’ve been reading it to my homeschooled
kids every Thanksgiving ever since.
the colonists first landed” at Plymouth Rock in 1620, Givens wrote, “they
signed something called the Mayflower Compact.Most of us have heard this document praised as an early social contract
helping different people live together.What most of us never learned was that it was also an experiment in
experiment that went horribly wrong, big time.
Mayflower Compact required that all the colonists donate all the benefits
derived from their work – farming, fishing, clothing, etc. – into the “common
stock” and only take out what they actually needed.You know: From each according to ability; to
each according to need.
as the story was told by then-Gov. William Bradford, the young men of the
colony became unhappy campers about being forced to “spend their time and
strength to work for other men’s wives and children.”And since the non-producers got the same
amount of goodies from the common stock as producers, the producers simply
such, “the amount of food produced was never adequate.”Thus the inadequate harvests of 1621 and 1622
did, in fact, lead to famine, malnutrition and starvation among the
Pilgrims.But it wasn’t the Indians
teaching them how to farm that ultimately rescued the colonists from their
did?Old-fashioned American capitalism!
1623,” Givens explains, “Bradford ‘gave each household a parcel of land and
told them they could keep what they produced, or trade it away as they saw fit.”The result?“By 1624, the colony was producing so much food that it began exporting
Givens concludes, “far from being the simple and uninspiring story of a group
of people learning how to farm, is actually a celebration of what has made
America itself great.It is the story of
people working together by working for themselves first, and in so doing,
improving the standard of living for everyone.”
as you sit around the Thanksgiving table this year with family and friends
munching on turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie, pause to reflect on the
true meaning of this quintessential American holiday just as we should pause to
reflect on the true meaning of Christmas each year; that socialism is bad, even
when slick-talking community organizers from Chicago try to peddle it as “fairness.”
suspect that Jon Ralston, Nevada’s
#2 liberal blogger, is carrying water for a number of major corporate
interests, as well as various political consultants and kingmakers – not the
least of which is advertising colossus R&R Partners.Ralston has enjoyed quite the cozy relationship
with R&R’s principal, Pete “Sandoval’s
Brain” Ernaut, for many, many years.
are Jon’s political opinions and attacks bought and paid for by shadowy figures
with a political agenda or ax to grind?We suspect in many cases they are, but don’t really know. Because his financial supporters are
hidden.There’s no transparency or
disclosure so that voters can assess whether Jon is just carrying somebody
else’s water for a price.
when Jon attacks a political candidate, does he disclose if the candidate’s
opponent happens to be one of his paid newsletter subscribers?No.Yet this guy has the chutzpah to demand greater transparency for
everyone else?What a…
I promised not to use that term any longer.But you know.
personally, I think it would be an outrageous affront to the First Amendment
for the government to force Jon to disclose his financial supporters, and yet
that’s exactly what Jon is promoting when it comes to non-profit organizations
that educate voters about the records of various elected officials and
it’s not that Jon’s undermining our electoral process by hiding his financial
supporters; it’s that he is, once again and as usual, a major league hypocrite.And a…
congressional candidate Erin Bilbray-Kohn is promoting an online
petition on her campaign website which urges people to “tell (Congressman) Joe
Heck to sign onto Comprehensive Immigration Reform.”Problem is…he already has.