Gail Spurlock, the State Ed Board Candidate Who Thinks Pilgrims Were Commies, Didn't Graduate from College

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You know Gail Spurlock for finally revealing to the world that the Pilgrims were not only a persecuted religious minority who established a beachhead of European settlement in North America but were, more importantly, communists. It's why they died. This wouldn't have been terribly newsworthy were Spurlock not running for the local seat on the State Board of Education.

Given her unique interpretation of history, unencumbered as it is by establishment orthodoxy and, um, facts, it may not surprise you to learn that Spurlock doesn't have a college degree, a fact that's been floated in recent days by Geraldine "Tincy" Miller, Spurlock's opponent in tomorrow's Republican primary.

"My comment was if we expect a public school teacher to have a college degree, I would think a candidate for the State Board of Education should have at least a college degree," Miller told Quorum Report on Friday. "We're dealing with policy. We're dealing with curriculum. We're dealing with votes that require a higher level of knowledge and experience."

Spurlock's campaign manager Carole Haynes shot back, calling the charges "a campaign slur" being raised because Miller "literally can find 'no other dirt on Gail,'" QR reports.

Call me a tool of the establishment but You don't have a college degree, and yet are seeking a seat on a board that sets education policy for millions of kids, seems less like an act of desperation than a helpful reminder to voters that Spurlock has no business on the SBOE.

Miller had the restraint to not even mention that Spurlock home schooled her kids. And that she's batshit crazy.

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rufuslevin
rufuslevin

MOST PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS WITH TEACHING CERTIFICATES SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN GIVEN A COLLEGE DEGREE EITHER.....SO A DEGREE IS BASICALLY WORTHLESS COMPARED WITH INTELLIGENCE AND RATIONAL SMARTS.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

May be she was home schooled for her undergraduate education.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

heck...we have a President who might not even have a birth certificate OR any degrees for all we can prove....my  thought is NO degree on the part of a smart human beats ANYONE wandering the earth pretending to be adult while being called "Tincy"

nyexpat
nyexpat

Are these ladies the only choice we have on the ballot? (seriously. I don't know so don't bash me for it. ;-) )

I did hear a Tincy radio spot and she sounded scary, too.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

So what explains the problems faced by the good capitalists at Jamestown?

1dailyreader
1dailyreader

Dang!  was she trying to match her teeth to her  red suit?

jharris214
jharris214

Oppressive summer heat coupled with oppressive religious zealotry and ignorance.  Sometimes I swear if it wasn't for my job, I'd high tail it out of this state.  For all the state's pros, there is a segment of the population just deadset on it being a backwater. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

So, to the TP twits, anyone who pulls together in a common effort is a Communist.  I guess NFL teams are all Communists, then.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

not defending her here, but I know people who did graduate college that have no business being near our education system

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Yea and Jesus was a commie too; glad both of my kids are no longer part of our declining educational system

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

You do realize Tincy is a nutjob too, right? Neither one of them deserves to be within a mile of a public school with their own personal warped versions of science and society.

EricNicholsonLibtard
EricNicholsonLibtard

I'm Eric Nicholson and I'm a total libtard!  Communists never existed, yuk yuk yuk, 100 million people weren't killed by Communists in the last century, ha ha ha, people who think Communists exist are just dummy rednecks, tee hee hee.

HerbBlurb
HerbBlurb

The Pilgrims did set up a communal society for a short duration but it is not why they died according to BRADFORD'S HISTORY OF THE PLYMOUTH SETTLEMENT.

http://www.archive.org/stream/bradfordshistply00brad/bradfordshistply00brad_djvu.txt

 

"The failure of this experiment of communal service, which was tried for several years, and by good and honest men, proves the emptiness of the theory of Plato and other ancients, applauded by some of later times, — that the taking away of private property, and the possession of it in community by a commonwealth, would make a state happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God. For in this instance, community of property (so far as it went) was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment which would have been to the general benefit and comfort. . . . If (it was thought) all were to share alike, and all were to do alike, then all were on an equality throughout, and one was as good as another; and so, if it did not actually abolish those very relations which God himself has set among men, it did at least greatly diminish the mutual respect that is so important should be preserved amongst them. Let none argue that this is due to human failing rather than to this communistic plan of life in itself. I answer, seeing that all men have this failing in them, that God in His wisdom saw that another plan of life was fitter for them."

 

 

NyTimes states that the tea party is misleading in related claims because of nuanced arguments:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/weekinreview/21zernike.html?pagewanted=all

 

But the fact is that the pilgrims were communists for a short period of time according to Bradfords writings.

jerikjonsson
jerikjonsson

Remember that South Park episode with the election pitting Giant Douche against Turd Sandwich?

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

More evidence of why the rest of the world thinks we have lost our damned minds down here in Texas. That she is even on the ballot is astounding. That she might win is depressing. 

robbysalz
robbysalz

Not qualified not qualified not qualified not qualified not qualified not qualified.

Lorlee
Lorlee

The unfortunate reality is that when you hold an election SOMEONE will win.  In this unfortunate circumstance, one must choose who they believe is the lesser of evils.  So if you don't vote, one of them will still win. 

Daniel
Daniel

Communists did not, in fact, exist in the early 17th century.

icowrich
icowrich

 @EricNicholsonLibtard I think the problem is that these particular "communists" couldn't possibly have read their Karl Marx, because he hadn't been BORN, yet. 

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Is your point to provide an example of failed Texas public education.

RTGolden
RTGolden

 @HerbBlurb As has been pointed out, Communism, as an ideology, hadn't been formed at the time of the Pilgrims.  Their communal approach seems to have it's roots in similar Post Reformation movements in Europe, collectively called Anabaptists.  The Mennonites, Amish and Hutterites were all Anabaptist movements.  Their embrace of communal property and a simplistic, religiously pious lifestyle are also seen in the Pilgrim settlement. That the Pilgrims were seemingly okay with taking up arms in defense of home and family may be simply a pragmatic solution to a problem unique in their New World environment versus the 'civilized' European society they came from.  It wouldn't be the first time religious conviction took a back seat to practicality, nor will it be the last.

 

In an case, the pilgrim settlement could not have been a "Communist" settlement, even though it was, for a time, communal in nature.

icowrich
icowrich

 @HerbBlurb They couldn't be communists, because communism hadn't been ideologically formed, yet.  I think what you (and that author) are trying to say is that they shared things.  This is quite practical in small numbers, which is why Catholic monks, Quakers, the Amish, and Jewish kibbutzes do it.  Once their numbers got too big, they had to abandon it.  At any rate, none of this was in accordance with the tenets of communism...not even close.  There was no violent overthrow of the bourgeoisie, no materialistic philosophy, no labor theory of value.  If sharing things is communism, than every family in America is communist.

HerbBlurb
HerbBlurb

 @icowrich  @HerbBlurb If sharing things is communism, than every family in America is communist.

 

Their forced collective of produced goods is not shared by by your "every family in America", not even close, as you put it.

 

"For in this instance, community of property (so far as it went) was  found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment which would have been to the general benefit and comfort. For the young men who were most able and fit for service objected to being forced to spend their time and strength in working for other men's wives and children, without any recompense. The strong man or the resourceful man had no more share of food, clothes, etc., than the weak man who was not able to do a quarter the other could. This w^as thought injustice. The aged and graver men, who were ranked and equalized in labour, food, clothes, etc., with the humbler and younger ones, thought it some indignity and disrespect to them. As for men's wives who were obliged to do service for other men, such as cooking, washing their clothes, etc., they considered it a kind of slavery, and many husbands would not brook it."

icowrich
icowrich

 @HerbBlurb That's precisely why it ended.  At any rate, these were local communities who were using their freedoms to live how they liked.  If you don't want to live by the rules of that community, you go to another one.  That's not communism, which demands national (really, global) compliance, in order to stop the bleeding of its resources.  It also requires a labor theory of value, godless materialism, and, you know, killing all the rich people.

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