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Caleb Rowden: Todd Akin Knows More History than Most History Professors

Caleb Rowden, call your office. Why would you leave a photo like this on your official campaign Facebook page? Also, can we talk briefly about Rowden's comment that Todd Akin "has to know more about US history than most history professors." Really?

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So does Rowden, a Christian musician running as a republican in House District 44, also believe that the Pilgrims came to America to flee "unbiblical" socialism like Akin?

AKIN: It might be helpful to think back and say, there’s more to Thanksgiving than the Pilgrims. They were a group of people who were willing to change the system, to think of different ideas. They came here and separated civil and church governments. They came here and created the model of a written constitution, the idea that the government should be the servant of the people. […] They came here with the idea that after trying socialism that it wasn’t going to work. They realized that it was unbiblical, that it was a form of theft, so they pitched socialism out. They learned that in the early 1620’s. 

ThinkProgress breaks down the actual history of the Pilgrims coming to America:

Of course, the Pilgrims did not come to America to flee socialism and embrace capitalism “in the early 1620′s.” Socialism as an idea didn’t really even come into popularization until the 18th century and socialist political parties did not start to gain power and influence policies until more than a century after that. And it is difficult to see how socialism is unbiblical, given that the concept did not exist at the time of the writing of the Bible. The real reason the Pilgrims came to the New World was to flee religious persecution. Thanksgiving is based around remembrance of the tale of how, in 1621, Native Americans helped the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony survive harsh conditions by sharing their food with them. In other words, Thanksgiving is a parable about how people should take care of eachother and not just look out for themselves. 

It doesn't hurt to ask what else Caleb Rowden and Todd Akin might have in common. If Caleb Rowden is looking to ride Todd Akin's coat tails on November 6, I hope he hasn't quit his day job.



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