Wednesday, December 09, 2009
By Beau Friedlander
Harry Reid likened opposition to health care reform to opposition to the emancipation. Republicans are calling foul and touting their historic role in freeing the slaves.
Harry Reid got things rolling on the Senate floor:
You think you've heard these same excuses before? You're right. In this country there were those who dug in their heels and said, 'Slow down, it's too early. Let's wait. Things aren't bad enough' — about slavery.
Michael Steele shot back that Reid was "far out of bounds with his absurd and offensive comments."
Reid has now compared his quest to pass the Obama-Pelosi government takeover of health care to the effort to end slavery.... To suggest that passing this horrible bill is anything akin to ridding our country of slavery is terribly offensive and calls into question Mr. Reid's suitability to lead.
Sure the Republicans freed the slaves and created the 13th and 14th amendments. They were branded "radical Republicans." No debate there. But there is quite a history of the GOP and its maniac messengers using the history of slavery to underline various forms of wingnuttery.
Ron Paul called taxes slavery:
The income tax is one of the most egregious encroachments on our liberties today. It is a form of involuntary servitude, which was supposed to have been outlawed by the 13th Amendment.
Mike Huckabee likened abortion to slavery earlier this year:
"What are we saying to the generation coming after us when we tell them that it is perfectly OK for one person to own another human being?" Huckabee said. "I thought we dealt with that 150 years ago when the issue of slavery was finally settled in this country, and we decided that it no longer was a political issue, it wasn't an issue of geography, it was an issue of morality. That it was either right or it was immoral that one person could own another human being and have full control even to the point of life and death over that other human being."
Pushing the envelope to the nth degree, Glenn Beck compared the economic stimulus plan to slavery. Seriously, watch the video. Beck also claims that progressives share a lot in common with slave owners:
"We call them progressives now, but back in Samuel Adams’ day, they used to call them tyrants,” said Beck. “A little later, I think they were also called slave owners."
Will Harry Reid stick to his guns? It was a courageous thing to say.