State Board of Education Candidate: Pilgrims Were Communists, And That's Why They Died

Allow us to introduce Gail Spurlock, a Republican from Richardson seeking her party's nom for the State Board of Education seat. She has some interesting things to say about history in this interview with the North Texas Council, a group "concerned with the direction our country is taking with regards to fiscal responsibility and the lack of constitutionality of our government laws." For example, the war raging in the BOE isn't one of culture. It's about "restoring history." Spurlock is shocked, just shocked, about everything she didn't learn in grade-school U.S. history, like how all the pilgrims were total commies. No, really, before Lenin, there were those damned Quakers. But communism was their downfall, and "as a result of that half the people died in the first year." Then they opened the Bible and embraced the free market.

H/T Texas Freedom Network

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Ken
Ken

The pilgrims were Separatists, not Quakers. Quakers came later. They mostly settled in Pennsylvania.

Kbcsmith16
Kbcsmith16

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Vote for Pam Little, running for State Board of Education, District 12The only candidate who lives in Collin County

Tjhattorney
Tjhattorney

George Clayton needs to be re elected!

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Huh. Here I was thinking their primary concerns were feeding themselves, staying warm, and hoping they don't get attacked by Native Americans or animals.

If they had communistic tendencies it was to collectively not die.

Were the ancient Greeks evil liberals too? She may not wanna dig into their religious and sexual views...

tcualum
tcualum

Her parents should be fined $25 since she can't comprehend what she reads.

billmarvel
billmarvel

Since when did the Right earn an exclusive claim on American history? How is it that only they get to define patriotism, wave the American flag around as though it were theirs and only theirs? 

pak152
pak152

the NYT spin on the Pilgrim in an attempt to debunk ithttp://www.nytimes.com/2010/11...

Human Events take on the above"Like an in-law preaching politics from a stuffing-and-turkey lectern, The New York Times crashes Thanksgiving dinner charging conservatives with mythologizing Turkey Day. Kate Zernike’s “The Pilgrims Were…Socialists?” ridicules a “Tea Party view of the holiday,” in which “the first settlers were actually early socialists,” “realized the error of their collectivist ways and embraced capitalism.”  "http://www.humanevents.com/art...

von Mises Institute's take on it" in 1623 Bradford abolished socialism. He gave each household aparcel of land and told them they could keep what they produced, or trade it away as they saw fit.In other words, he replaced socialism with a free market, and that was the end of famines."http://mises.org/daily/336

and close with Free republichttp://www.freerepublic.com/fo...

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

I wonder how she feels about Richard Nixon?  Nixon was a Quaker.

billmarvel
billmarvel

Some good Christian Republican needs to refer this poor benighted woman to Acts of the Apostles, where the communal (i.e., communist) life of the first Christians is described in detail.

RTGolden
RTGolden

No sense in wasting the effort.  She has obviously been thoroughly enlightened with the truth as told by Jesus himself (through the sacred translation of Joel Osteen or some other such Prosperity Doctrinaire). Some of these people are so insulated from truth, humanity, and community it makes one wonder if the Rapture hasn't already happened and this is just a shell containing all the bad parts they left behind.

Sa
Sa

Wow, this is scary.  I think she actually believes what she's saying.

I wonder if she realizes that the dollar didn't exist in 1642?  Therefore, there couldn't have been a "fine of $25.00" for failing to teach your child to read. 

Diana Powe
Diana Powe

Apparently they weren't very good communists given that they recognized private property from the beginning. For example, from the Laws of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England:

"That all sales exchanges [gifts] morgages leases or other [Conveyances] of howses [and] [lands] the sale to be acknowledged before the [Governor] or any one of the Assistants [and] [committed] to publick Record and the fees to be payd."

and 

"That euery mans marke of his Cattle be brought to the towne booke where he liues [and] that no man giue the same, but shall alter any other bought by him [and] put his owne upon them."

and

"That no man make sale or sell out of the Colonys any kind of [boards] [plancks] or Timber that hath been growing in any the swamps that are reserved for publick use wthout leaue, but shall onely so doe of such as arise out of his owne [proper] [grownds]."

SOURCE: http://www.histarch.uiuc.edu/p...

billmarvel
billmarvel

Further evidence that history is much too important to leave to mere historians and other scholars.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

She complains elsewhere in her interview that America suffers from "expertitis," a problem she defines as being overly reliant on people who claim expertise in their chosen fields.

billmarvel
billmarvel

So right. Knowledge and actual experience are vastly overrated.Just because somebody has been to some fancy-shmancy medical school, say, and practiced thoracic surgery for years doesn't make them more qualified to go digging around inside your rib cage than, say, a self-employed IT consultant. Do you want somebody who's spent an entire career poring through colonial newspapers and documents and diaries and such telling you what the colonists said and did, or do you want it straight from a suburban political aspirant?I think the answers are pretty obvious.

RTGolden
RTGolden

She sounds like Sarah Palin on quaaludes.  Other than that, my only response is

Really?...... wow.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Also... what's this thing about the Pilgrims fining each other $25 ("which was worth a lot more back in those days") for failing to teach their children to read?!?

At the risk of stating the obvious, the dollar hadn't been created yet.  The Pilgrims used wampum, for the most part, instead.

Also, I can't find any mention anywhere in her lengthy bio about any formal education she has received.  What level of education does she possess?

Here's another quote from another part of the interview: "60 Members of Congress are socialists."

Sa
Sa

Oops...you beat me on the dollar gaffe.  Your point.

Admonkey
Admonkey

Mrs. Spurlock's never been to college, is not a teacher, has never worked for a public school system, has never written a lesson plan, taught a class or graded a paper.In other words, she's totally qualified to be a member of the SBOE.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

She's qualified to be a local school board trustee as well.

Teachers, of course, are not allowed to be on the school board.

That's like not allowing doctors to be on the AMA board.

And we wonder at the results.

guest
guest

And will get voted in, because this is all part of the Republican plan to kill public education...

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

You don't have to be a Republican to see that public education actually isn't working well.

Except for taking and blowing a bunch of people's hard-earned money.  That's being done really well.

T. Erickson
T. Erickson

Until straight-ticket voting is outlawed, this is what we'll continue to get. And see in office.

John Neely Bryan
John Neely Bryan

So when John Wayne referred to someone as "pilgrim" he was really calling them "comrade"?

LKSorg54
LKSorg54

I wish I could "like" this a million times.

Ket354
Ket354

 They probably misinterpretted Acts 4:34-37 as being instructional instead of an awful omen.

Paul
Paul

It is a shame that some glimmer of intelligence isn't required for public office in Texas.

And a whole lotta folks wonder why we let our legislators meet for only 150 days in odd numbered years.

Gotta love Texas, where politics is a contact sport ...

Guy
Guy

The Pilgrims were Puritans, not Quakers. Quakers weren't around until the 1650's

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Ha, ha, ha, like you think actual FACTS make any difference to her?

Albert
Albert

And they're still rising around in those buggies.

Guy
Guy

That's the Amish. Come on people.

Albert
Albert

Probably think of tragedy of the commons, but mixed it up with the Pilgrims.

You can only get away with that sort of gaffe if you're in much higher office.

Edward
Edward

And the Republican voters will FLOCK to this woman. Republicans in Texas have repeatedly said with their votes that the truth (and any semblance of sanity) isn't particularly important when it comes to SBOE. They love to vote in people who don't even believe in the importance of public education. Shameful.

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