Calling people communists must be the in thing now. Rep. Allen West stated there are 80 of them in Congress. Gail Spurlock, a candidate for the Texas State Board of Education, has made history a primary focus of her campaign. She knows her history too, especially the parts that she makes up.
In an interview, Spurlock called the Pilgrims “communists.” She said that when they landed in America they made communism mandatory. Spurlock goes onto claim that resulted in half of them dying. Later, they adopted the free market and everyone thrived, except for the Native Americans which she neglects to mention.
This is a huge slice of baloney. The Pilgrims did work closely together, but that was because of their dire conditions. They were on a new continent and landed right before winter. Half of them dying had nothing to do with their economic structure. They hardly had time to set up shelters before winter fell upon them. Communist or capitalist means nothing when there is no food.
This woman wants to be one of those in charge of the Texas school system. Education is not her goal. This kind of “history” is best described as indoctrination. If she massacres history this way, one can only think what she will do with science.
The Pilgrims didn’t flee England because of economic reasons. It was because of religious persecution. Communism wasn’t even a developed political theory in the 1600s. They couldn’t make mandatory what did not exist.