In October, conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh — who announced his lung cancer diagnosis in February — told his audience that there was “some progression” of his cancer and that his diagnosis was terminal.
“It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over,” Limbaugh said, according to Fox News.
“We all know that we’re going to die at some point, but when you have a terminal disease diagnosis that has a time frame to it, then that puts a different psychological and even physical awareness to it.”
Thus, 2020 could be the final time he tells what’s best known among Limbaugh listeners as “the true story of Thanksgiving.”
Told every year by the radio host, it picks up after where the history books leave the traditional narrative.
In 1620, the Pilgrims arrived in what’s now Massachusetts from Holland, where they had been living after fleeing England due to religious persecution. They got here too late to grow crops and lived in incredible privation during the winter of 1620-21. They were approached by Native Americans, one of whom (Squanto) knew how to speak English. The Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to grow food, the Pilgrims had a big celebration, and everyone was happy until historical revisionism came along.
The assumption is that, corner turned, the Pilgrims were able to live happily ever after.
That’s not the case, Limbaugh noted. He spelled it out in his first book, “The Way Things Ought to Be,” from which he quoted liberally (pun unintended) as part of his yearly tradition.
“Now, here’s the part that has been omitted. The original contract the Pilgrims entered into in Holland — they had sponsors. They didn’t have the money to do this trip on their own. They had sponsors,” Limbaugh said on his show.
“There were merchant sponsors in London and in Holland. And these merchant sponsors demanded that everything that the Pilgrims produced in the New World would go into a common store, a single bank, if you will. And that each member of the Pilgrim community was entitled to one share.”
This may remind you of philosophies of governance in vogue at the moment.
As Limbaugh noted, “everybody had an equal share of whatever was in that bank. All of the land they cleared, all of the houses they built belonged to that bank, to the community as well. And they were going to distribute it equally, because they were gonna be fair.
“So all of the land that they cleared and all the houses they built belonged to everybody. Belonged to the community. Belonged to the bank, belonged to the common store. Nobody owned anything. They just had an equal share in it. It was a commune.
“The Pilgrims established a commune, essentially. Forerunner of the communes we saw in the ’60s and ’70s out in California. They even had their own organic vegetables, by the way. Yep. The Pilgrims, forerunners of organic vegetables. Of course, what else could there be? No such thing as processed anything back then.”
William Bradford, governor of the colony, realized the disadvantages of the system. He jettisoned the plan and replaced it with individual incentives.