Date: November 22nd 2013

Conservative Resources by J.P. Travis at

America’s first experiment with communism

[J.P.'s Moment of Common Sense. Originally dated November 22, 2012. Shortened here for radio.]

There are misconceptions about the first Thanksgiving, traceable to our misguided educational system which every year becomes more allergic to any notion that doesn’t make America look bad. Send your kid off to school and it’s guaranteed he’ll come home full of baloney about Pilgrims exploiting poor ignorant natives, the “thanks” in the word "Thanksgiving" being directed at the natives who kept them from starving, and Pilgrims being an intolerant group of religious bigots.

In fact, the Plymouth Colony's Puritans were the most tolerant of Christians—after all, the whole purpose of the settlement was religious freedom—their thankfulness at that first autumn feast was directed at God, and they were friends, allies, and co-citizens with Native Americans for many years...

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