What the Pilgrims Could Teach Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“The fall of 1623 marked the end of Plymouth’s debilitating food shortages. For the last two planting seasons, the Pilgrims had grown crops communally – the approach first used at Jamestown and other English settlements. But as the disastrous harvest of the previous fall had shown, something drastic needed to be done to increase annual yield.

In April, Bradford (the colony’s governor, William Bradford) had decided that each household should be assigned its own plot to cultivate with the understanding that each family kept whatever it grew. The change in attitude was stunning. Families were now willing to work much harder than they ever had worked before….

The Pilgrims had stumbled on the power of capitalism. Although the fortunes of the colony still teetered precariously in the years ahead, the inhabitants never again starved.”

From “Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War,” by Nathaniel Philbrick (2006)

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EDITOR’S NOTE – I have friends who were born and raised in communist countries in Eastern Europe and they say the same things.

One thing they all say is that there is very little difference between the communist rule they lived under and what they see being pushed by the socialist Democrats here in America and they say don’t let it happen here or we will lose everything.

One couple, he’s a world-renowned scientist, said that in his home country, the government tried to dictate all aspects of your life. You were not free to speak out against the government or you would disappear from your home and life, often never to be seen or heard from again.

The government had their hands in every form of business and the only people to  profit from business were those in the government, friends of the government or those involved in the black market. The common person was pretty much told where they would work, how many hours they would work and how much little money they would get for their labors.

Medical care was provided by the government, but getting it was something else. If you had connections with someone in the government, then you could get medical care. Otherwise, medical care was sparse and heavily regulated.

It wasn’t uncommon to find shelves in grocery stores empty, often the shelves for bread and other staple items. When the stores did have what you wanted, the prices were considerably higher than the eager wages they were paid, limiting what and how much food they could buy.

In colleges and universities, the professors were also under scrutiny to make sure they didn’t teach anything contrary to what the government wanted them to teach.

My esteemed and learned friend is the one that told me that socialism and communism are the modern forms of slavery. You may get paid, but in virtually all aspects of life, you are slave to the government. They own you. They control you. And they can make you go away in the blink of an eye.

This is what Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders and many other socialist Democrats, including Hillary Clinton have been trying to push America towards.

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Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website, DonFeder.com.

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