Reid Compares Opponents of Health Care Reform to Supporters of SlaverySlavery.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took his GOP-blasting rhetoric to a new level Monday, comparing Republicans who oppose health care reform to lawmakers who clung to the institution of slavery more than a century ago.
"Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all the Republicans can come up with is, 'slow down, stop everything, let's start over.' If you think you've heard these same excuses before, you're right," Reid said Monday. "When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said 'slow down, it's too early, things aren't bad enough.'"
He continued: "When women spoke up for the right to speak up, they wanted to vote, some insisted they simply, slow down, there will be a better day to do that, today isn't quite right.
"When this body was on the verge of guaranteeing equal civil rights to everyone regardless of the color of their skin, some senators resorted to the same filibuster threats that we hear today." [link]
There will be those who will remind this goofball that forcing American citizens to either purchase health care insurance or go to prison (Reid's plan) is closer to slavery than is the Republican plan to put more competition into the health care delivery system. But then they'd be sinking to his level.
When I heard this bit of nonsense on the radio, my first reaction was:
"Whoa, old man. Before you go off accusing Republicans of being supporters of slavery and, later, segregation, you might want to take a look around the chamber there and notice who it is that wore the Klan robes not that long ago." A hint: It wasn't a Republican.
And make note of which party it was that was created to oppose the institution of slavery in 1854. Hint: It wasn't the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party was, to a man, perfectly fine with a sizeable portion of the American populace being kept in chains.
And understand which party fought to enact the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. And which fought against it. Want a quote from that time? "We will resist to the bitter end any measure or any movement which would have a tendency to bring about social equality and intermingling and amalgamation of the races in our states." That came from one of your fellow Democratic senators.
But then, as I continued down the highway, I quickly realized that this was Harry Reid spouting the nonsense. And there'll be no getting through to that blockhead.
So file this under Another Democrat Moron Shoots Off His Mouth and Embarrasses Himself. Again.