On Tuesday March 23rd, Republican Representative of Missouri Todd Akin revised the history of Thanksgiving. He made the following statement:
It might be helpful to think back and say, there’s more to Thanksgiving than the Pilgrims. They were a group of people who were willing to change the system, to think of different ideas. They came here and separated civil and church governments. They came here and created the model of a written constitution, the idea that the government should be the servant of the people. […] They came here with the idea that after trying socialism that it wasn’t going to work. They realized that it was unbiblical, that it was a form of theft, so they pitched socialism out. They learned that in the early 1620’s.
Republican Representative Akin’s statement is simply a lie. The pilgrims came to America to flee religious persecution not to embrace capitalism. Nowhere in the bible is capitalism embraced nor is middle class centric policies rejected.
This type of propaganda and revisionist history is the same tactic used by the oligarchs and plutocrats in third world countries to control the population’s minds that ultimately convinces them to vote for politicians and policies against their own interests. Republican driven supply side economics and lax regulation has incentivized corporations to outsource a large percentage of America’s manufacturing base. This has caused millions of middle class Americans to be unemployed or under employed.
Republican instituted policies that we are still living with are being challenged by the Obama administration to level the playing field. This presents an affront to the corporations, oligarchs, and plutocrats. They are intent on either changing the narrative or creating a new history even attempting to use the bible and/or revisionist history to lie and make their point of view seem plausible as they demonize the policies that would actually help the middle class.
Going forward it is imperative that false information, that lies, that revisionist history be exposed and actively refuted. We fail to do this at our own peril and existence as a real prosperous democracy.
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