Rewriting US history, GOP Rep claims Pilgrims fled European socialism. HEADDESK.

Akin, according to a speech given on the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, instead believes it started much earlier. He claimed that the first group of settlers to set sail for the new world were fleeing an “unbiblical” socialism that had gripped their homeland.

OK, this may not be the period about which I exhibit the greatest historical knowledge, but I’m fairly sure that the pilgrims (and other puritans) were *less* capitalist than the political systems they were trying to get away from.

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