From the diaries by Erick.
If you go out and do a Google search on "true story of thanksgiving" you will be inundated with articles of how the pilgrims made war and spread disease to the Indians. Well, that is true to history, but it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving. It occured in the years following the great gathering and we shouldn't let it tarnish the glory of God's bountiful blessing and peace among two different peoples that was celebrated that day (or three days as it were).
In my opinion the best True Story of Thanksgiving is the one Rush Limbaugh wrote in "See, I Told You So!" and reads annually on the day before the holiday (that's today for those of you in Rio Linda). And this year I think the lessons learned need to be stressed, as in some ways we are repeating the errors.
The original contract the Pilgrims had entered into with their merchant-sponsors in London called for everything they produced to go into a common store, and each member of the community was entitled to one common share.
The pilgrims came to the new world to found an idealistic socialist utopia. But as with all socialism the ignorance of human nature and the lack of incentive to work harder than your neighbor led to misery.
Bradford wrote. 'For this community [so far as it was] was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort. For young men that were most able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men's wives and children without any recompense...that was thought injustice.'
So Bradford let loose capitalism and let each man keep the fruits of his own labors to do as he pleases.
In no time, the Pilgrims found they had more food than they could eat themselves.... So they set up trading posts and exchanged goods with the Indians. The profits allowed them to pay off their debts to the merchants in London.
Capitalism works and it works because it sets free people to do God's work with the talents that He has given them, and the fair and proper value of his work is determined by the sacred meeting of the man's desire to do the work and another man's desire to pay for it.
Happy Thanksgiving and God bless.
Transcript of Rush's reading: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1742553/posts