Thanksgiving is the triumph of capitalism over socialism and is inescapably a political holiday. Each Thanksgiving, Rush Limbaugh tells the true story of the holiday as he wrote it in See I Told You So.
The Pilgrims were sponsored by merchants. Under their contract, “everything they produced [had] to go into a common store, and each member of the community was entitled to one common share. All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belonged to the community as well. It didn’t belong to any individuals, and everything they produced, ‘[t]hey were going to distribute it equally.’ Everyone would get the same, and everybody would be the same.”
Limbaugh described the Pilgrim colony as a commune. It operated as a socialist system. “What Bradford and his community found was that the most creative and industrious people had no incentive to work any harder than anyone else,” because no matter what you produced, you got the same as anybody else. If you didn’t produce anything, you still got the same amount that everybody else got.”
Their first year was marked by famine, devastation, and disaster. William Bradford changed the system: each family was given a plot of land to use and manage. Whatever they produced was theirs. The following year, the Pilgrims had more food than they could eat themselves, so they started trading with the Indians. Capitalism.
The first Thanksgiving was to celebrate their bounty. The Pilgrims paid off the debt to their sponsors, word got back about the success of their colony and it grew. George Washington declared Thanksgiving a national holiday and the rest as they say is history.