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  •  Winning at any cost with no regard for values... (4+ / 0-)

    ...humanity, history, truth, or consequences are what you see on those links. There used to be a difference between conservatism and this kind of atavistic nature where the world is divided into the hunter and the hunted, the master or the slave. And actually, astonishingly, that's the ubiquitous frame they choose since it's reasonable to presume they don't care about context and  that words really don't matter.

    •  Winning at any cost with no regard for values (0+ / 0-)

      It's modeled after football - football, the salvation of the nation.

      •  Buh,Buh,Buh, But (1+ / 0-)
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        Football is just like slavery!

        •  College football... (0+ / 0-)

          is just like slavery. NCAA plantations where the "owners" reap millions and millions of dollars off the back breaking (or ACL tearing) labor of a field of young strapping Black men. Television contracts, University merchandise, and sold out stadiums all due to the literal blood, sweat, and tears from strong Black Bucks. Give them peanuts, say it's fair, and tell them they're lucky... just like slavery.

          Don't worry Ripley, me and my team of ultimate badasses are here to protect you...

          by cipher14 on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 09:26:26 AM PST

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  •  Everything is like slavery except slavery (14+ / 0-)

    which wasn't so bad and on it's way out and the Civil War was totally about something else, paraphrasing Jon Stewart.

    Christie: "I'm going to find the real bullies!"

    by Inland on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 07:48:36 AM PST

    •  Indeed, some conservative think it helped blacks! (1+ / 0-)
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      Remember when some conservatives said it was done as a "service" to the blacks for they got to enjoy America rather than be in a dead end in Africa! That it was "not all that bad" since they were "employed, housed and fed"…

      Give it to conservatives, shame is NOT part of their repertoire!

  •  No logic . . . but they're consistent! (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Those who make comparisons like that (1+ / 0-)
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    should be forced to read ALL of THIS , and then justify the comparisons.

    ObamaCare! Sign-up by phone: 1-800-318-2596

    by mwm341 on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 08:12:51 AM PST

  •  53 reasons: the 'bagger Caucus (2+ / 0-)
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    raptavio, Denise Oliver Velez
    Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Chair
    Joe Barton of Texas
    Gus Bilirakis of Florida
    Rob Bishop of Utah
    Diane Black of Tennessee
    Michael C. Burgess of Texas
    Paul Broun of Georgia
    John Carter of Texas
    Bill Cassidy of Louisiana
    Howard Coble of North Carolina
    Mike Coffman of Colorado
    Ander Crenshaw of Florida
    John Culberson of Texas
    Jeff Duncan of South Carolina
    Blake Farenthold of Texas
    Stephen Fincher of Tennessee
    John Fleming of Louisiana
    Trent Franks of Arizona
    Phil Gingrey of Georgia
    Louie Gohmert of Texas
    Vicky Hartzler of Missouri
    Tim Huelskamp of Kansas
    Lynn Jenkins of Kansas
    Steve King of Iowa
    Doug Lamborn of Colorado
    Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri
    Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming
    Kenny Marchant of Texas
    Tom McClintock of California
    David McKinley of West Virginia
    Gary Miller of California
    Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina
    Randy Neugebauer of Texas
    Rich Nugent of Florida
    Steven Palazzo of Mississippi
    Steve Pearce of New Mexico
    Ted Poe of Texas
    Tom Price of Georgia
    Phil Roe of Tennessee
    Dennis A. Ross of Florida
    Ed Royce of California
    Steve Scalise of Louisiana
    Pete Sessions of Texas
    Adrian Smith of Nebraska
    Lamar S. Smith of Texas
    Tim Walberg of Michigan
    Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia
    Joe Wilson of South Carolina

    Mike Lee (Utah)
    Jerry Moran (Kansas)
    Rand Paul (Kentucky)
    Tim Scott (South Carolina)
    Ted Cruz (Texas)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 08:59:01 AM PST

    •  Regular roll call of the confederacy (1+ / 0-)
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      I checked to see if my S. Oregon congressman was listed. Is not but should be, probably as his voting record is equally shameful.

      What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

      by TerryDarc on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 02:29:25 PM PST

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    •  They probably love this picture (0+ / 0-)

      I imagine anyone listed to wannabe a plantation owner.

  •  Not allowing forced vaginal ultrasounds (3+ / 0-)

    that must be just like slavery as well.

    Or making us eat food that's been inspected.

    Or allowing regulations that give us clean air or clean water. That is JUST like slavery.

    And Hitler. Don't forget being just like Hitler.

    Blue is blue and must be that. But yellow is none the worse for it - Edith Sidebottom

    by kenwards on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 09:00:56 AM PST

  •  Clearly, slavery was bad (2+ / 0-)
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    and so every other thing I find to be bad is just like slavery.

    Did you know that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is just like slavery?

    I'm on a mission! Testing the new site rules.

    by blue aardvark on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 11:26:45 AM PST

  •  That photo always disturbs me. (4+ / 0-)

    Not so much for the scars themselves but for the fact that someone, somewhere, felt entitled, nay, justified, in inflicting them.

    "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

    by raptavio on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 02:05:44 PM PST

    •  It's one of those photos (3+ / 0-)
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      that always brings me close to tears for exactly that reason.

      Another one is the Emmett Till photo.

      •  You are human (2+ / 0-)
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        and it is normal, requisite even to feel the pain of something we see. This is one of the most horrific photos ever taken - fascinating that seeing it once, you remember it forever. That a photo was taken is something for which we must be eternally thankful, though. It serves eternal warning for evil that men can do.

        What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

        by TerryDarc on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 02:33:10 PM PST

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  •  Thanks for calling them out on this (9+ / 0-)

    your caption is exactly right "Sorry, conservatives. Only one thing compares: slavery."

    Knowing the horrors experienced by my own family, as well as having researched slavery for more than 20 years  - I am angered each time someone diminishes the reality of what happened by applying the term "slavery" to any programs advanced by Democrats.

    "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition." Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 11:34:17 PM PST

    •  This has got to be one of the shorted diaries ever (1+ / 0-)
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      isn't it? And, without a doubt, one of the most effective.

      What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

      by TerryDarc on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 02:35:10 PM PST

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  •  Dang, the picture says it all. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  You forgot the most important one (1+ / 0-)
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    Libertarianism is something that most people grow out of, not unlike, say, hay fever or asthma. Bob Johnson

    by randallt on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 02:13:35 PM PST

  •  Thanks Susan nt (2+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 02:14:53 PM PST

  •  Thank you for this post, Susan. (3+ / 0-)

    This is a list that shows symptoms of this ugly condition of the GOP.

    They have a systemic, viral insanity that will not go away.  They have tried many things, but it just keeps morphing into something worse.  

  •  20; Being fired from your reality TV show (3+ / 0-)

    For calling people n-----s and f-----s just like Pappy used to.

    "Do you suppose actually SEEING the candidate eat the rat could cost us the election?" - Republican campaign manager

    by Fordmandalay on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 02:17:56 PM PST

  •  Bengazzzzeeeeee! (2+ / 0-)
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    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means

    by shoeguy on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 02:25:55 PM PST

    •  Sorry shoe, didnt see yours. we think alike. (0+ / 0-)

      Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect -- Mark Twain. Ode to Social ME-dia: Sweets and tweets, self indulgently fed. First widens seats, second fattens heads -- Dcrolg

      by dcrolg on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 02:35:01 PM PST

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  •  You forgot: BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI! (0+ / 0-)

    Obviously, it has no comparison to slavery, but that won't stop the GOP/RW/TPers from creating one...

    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect -- Mark Twain. Ode to Social ME-dia: Sweets and tweets, self indulgently fed. First widens seats, second fattens heads -- Dcrolg

    by dcrolg on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 02:34:05 PM PST

  •  Powerful diary. (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm blown away by the shamelessness of these comparisons, particularly from gun rights' activists. The audacity involved in claiming that level of victim-hood in our gun-wild nation just blows me away.

    It's just not that hard to buy/own guns in this country.

  •  religious liberty (1+ / 0-)
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    ...also known as "the separation of church and state."

    That one is exactly like slavery.

  •  Susan, brilliant. it's about time. (2+ / 0-)

    And, one could do another such list of misplaced conservative comparisons to the Holocaust.

  •  Probably "Separation of Church and State" would (2+ / 0-)

    be considered slavery to them as well; funny coming from a group so Gung Ho for most other forms of segregation.

    Oh, and did you know MLK was a Republican? It's true! I heard it on Fox News!

    Maybe we can't stop the flow of PAC money, but sure as hell can poison the well.

    by here4tehbeer on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 03:10:26 PM PST

  •  thank you (1+ / 0-)
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    I wish a reporter would use this picture to get confirmation from a conservative as to exactly what they meant by comparing something to slavery and if in fact they truly believed (show them the picture) that it was just like this.  

  •  On a side note (0+ / 0-)

    I'd like to hear opinions on use of the term "wage slavery." Is it offensive to compare the unequal bargaining power that workers have with capital to slavery? I know the term has roots in Southerners saying that wage labor in the North was worse than slavery in the South. So I'm torn about use of the term.

  •  Obama (0+ / 0-)

    Love watching lefties trying to protect a failed president. Hilarious!!

  •  Fact: conservatives were and are still for slavery (1+ / 0-)
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    Back in the 1800, conservatives were for the type of slavery where people were owned, abused, sold, housed and fed by owners and paid no wage.

    Nowadays, conservatives are for the same type of slavery, except for the "housed and fed" part...

  •  wait a minute.. (0+ / 0-)

    I thought at least warm puppies and furry kitties would at least rate number 2..

  •  Liberalism=slavery (0+ / 0-)

    Exactly!  That's why the word "liberalism" comes from the Latin root meaning bondage.  Wait, what's that? Liberalism comes from the Latin root meaning freedom? Oh, well, never mind:)

  •  Abortion vs Slavery (0+ / 0-)

    I'm firmly pro-choice, but I do make the effort to consider where the other side is coming from.  Comparing abortion to slavery is quite valid... it's the assumption that you own another human being to the point you can destroy that life at will with no consequences.  While I happen to disagree with them about when a life becomes a baby with separate, individual rights, I do see how conservatives would draw a correlation between abortion and slavery since they firmly believe life (and by extension, separate rights) begins at conception.  Ergo, abortion shouldn't be on the Kos list.

    •  except that (0+ / 0-)

      the premise that a separate individual with basic rights beginning at conception is absurd.

      Mitch McConnell's top priority is to deny Obama a third term.

      by ebrann on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 07:56:57 PM PST

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    •  They are not the same (0+ / 0-)

      Slavery was not just about the ability to kill slaves. The very foundation of our country exists "thanks" to slavery. It corrupted this country so completely we are still living with the effects to this day on so many levels. The same can not be said for abortion.

      Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

      by moviemeister76 on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 09:44:47 PM PST

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    •  Oh but it should (1+ / 0-)
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      If a woman cannot control her own body and make health care decisions, with consultation with her physician, then SHE is a slave to those who think that life begins at conception and that no matter what the circumstances she MUST be forced to carry that pregnancy to term.  A fetus is not a thinking, autonomous human being, it is potential life, which cannot be considered of more value than the woman.

    •  One, just because someone believes (0+ / 0-)

      something, doesn't make it true.  I can believe the moon is made of green cheese, but that doesn't mean NASA should take that into consideration when planning the next moon mission.  The idea that a fertilized egg, a blastocyst, or a pre-viable fetus is a separate entity entitled to recognition as a fully formed human being and that it has the same or more rights than the person whose body it inhabits is purely a theological concept, and, the last time I checked, this isn't a theocracy.  

      In any case, slavery involved coercion of viable humans, and the only proposed coercion of a fully formed viable human being in the abortion debate is  the coercion of the woman into being an incubator against her will.  (Nine months versus a lifetime, and, one hopes, with less violence than was used in controlling slaves, but, these are the same people who are cheerleaders for the use of torture.) And that's precisely what conservatives want to happen, not what they are opposing.  Ironic, to say the least.

  •  You don't understand . . . (0+ / 0-)

    To a party steeped in the culture of the plantation, the comparisons are absolutely apt.

    The right and proper state of affairs is that the bosses, who are somebodies, tell the slaves, who are nobodies, what to do, and they obey.

    In every one of the cases above, the government is telling the (self-imagined) bosses what to do and expecting them to obey.

    Therefore, it's asking them to submit to slavery.

    The "freedom" of the Deep South is the freedom to dominate others yet not to be dominated oneself. It applies only, and can only be expected to apply, to the aristocracy -- the owners -- the bosses. It's not meant for anyone else. To submit to the domination of a central government? Why, that makes the boss no better than a slave himself.

    This is how American aristocrats in the 18th century could complain about being "enslaved" by the crown yet own slaves themselves and see no irony in the situation whatsoever.

    They haven't changed.

    "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

    by Geenius at Wrok on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 07:27:49 PM PST

    •  Exactly. (0+ / 0-)

      Which is why those near the bottom of the totem pole fight so hard to keep the system in place.  They can't conceive of a system where there are no bosses - that kind of thinking is incomprehensible - but they certainly understand what it means to be a nobody.

      It's what they'll become, if you take away their right to lord it over the few people they do get to be the boss of.  And you do NOT want to be a nobody.

  •  Hmmm, Guess they think they can call stuff slavery (0+ / 0-)

    because, after all, they are "The Party of Lincoln", and know all about this slavery business. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    "Three things cannot be long hidden: The Sun, The Moon, and The Truth." Buddha

    by Grandson named me Papa on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 07:48:03 PM PST

  •  This is absolutely sordid. (0+ / 0-)
  •  as a Liberal (0+ / 0-)

    they have us all figured out. No more secrets. The liberal agenda has been uncovered. We really, really, really want to make slaves of everyone.
    Might as well pack it in.
    Well I would, but there are still millions without healthcare. Gays are second class citizens in most states and federally. Women in many states don't have the right to do what they feel is right with their own body. We are still an oligarchal empire.
    Sorry conservatives, the quest to enslave you all must continue.
    There is no such right to deny other people their rights. There is no right to say another's right isn't a right.

  •  Clarifications: (1+ / 0-)
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    Only slavery was slavery.

    Only Hitler was Hitler.

    Only Communism is Communism.

    That is all.  Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

  •  Gun Control (0+ / 0-)

    Conservatives may be right in connecting slavery with gun control.  Without guns and whips, it would have been impossible for the few to control the many.  Lack of intelligent gun control, makes for lots and lots of victims, who are compelled to live in fear and can be coerced into doing someone else' bidding which is definitely not the interests of the ones being coerced.  Lack of gun control does bear a striking similarity to slavery in that the one enables the other to exist.

  •  Gandhis' 7 blunders of the world (0+ / 0-)

        Wealth without work.
        Pleasure without conscience.
        Knowledge without character.
        Commerce without morality.
        Science without humanity.
        Worship without sacrifice.
        Politics without principle.

    And this is exactly what has happened to America, those who govern us have sold their souls to the corporate monopolists black money without a whisper of conscience. What we once considered a common and united morality with the goal of a civil society for ALL has not just died.. it's been brutally beat down and assassinated over the last 30 years, culminating in the complete takeover of our Constitutional Rights in the last 13.

    "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever."
    ~ George Orwell

    Finché c'è vita, c'è speranza

    by gininitaly on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 10:09:04 PM PST

  •  I say this with no sarcasm or snarkasm. (0+ / 0-)

    It's really unfortunate the Nazis committed the Holocaust. That's the first thing people think of associated with Nazism. Without it, people would realize just how close current Repub attitudes are to Nazism.

  •  I think they forgot stunningly low wages. (0+ / 0-)
  •  but wait! HYPO-CREEP extends further! (1+ / 0-)
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    this is 100% correct but one thing was left out.....ALL of these things can be grouped together.....UNTIL a RepubliCON needs any of these services, OR until something happens to THEM individually.....THEN their (bitten and chewed up) HAND is extended to take their benefits, IDENTICALLY to everyone they oppose, and for the same HYPOCREEP reasons...directed INWARD!

  •  Nothing on their list compares to slavery. (0+ / 0-)

    Personally, I think they may have provided us with the wrong list.

    This list of 19 things is a synopsis of the kinds of things which evolve out of necessity as a result of the governance of a nation of hundreds of millions of people with a rich and vibrant economy.

    Again, personally, I am insulted that the GOP would say that these things are tantamount to slavery.

    But then, what would you expect from a bunch of moronic introverts who believe we should all live in little huts and cabins and keep loaded guns in our hands at all times to "protect our property" and "stand our ground"?

    They never think or talk about ways for those hundreds of millions of people to coexist peacefully, nor do they ever address ways to improve our standards of living as an integrated society.

    I think their basic  problem is that they do not like other all!

  •  Also (0+ / 0-)

    The State Department
    Voting Rights
    National Parks
    Federal Lands
    Federal Highways
    Historic Monuments (Like Isis)
    Min Wage
    Child Labor Laws

  •  Slavery?! (0+ / 0-)

    TSA are a bunch of damn fascists, but it isn't slavery.  They keep us safe?  I'd rather keep my own ass safe and you can keep yours safe.

    Contraception?  If you don't use it, I can understand how you wouldn't want to pay for other people's contraception.  I don't like the idea of paying for things I don't use but other people do.

    Same with illegals.  I don't want to have to pay for people I don't want here.  

    Gun control is like slavery.  Again, I don't want it to make us safer.  I'll look after my own ass thank you.  Those who trade the smallest of their freedoms for safety deserve neither.

    Climate change?  I'm not convinced Man is responsible.  We may be exacerbating the problem, but I don't know if we are the cause.  Last winter was one of the coldest I've ever been through.  Didn't seem like the globe is warming to me.  Warming in other parts of the world?  Not interested.  Only interested in my part of the world.

    In regard to FEMA, might it be better to give the money to the individual states and let each state worry about itself?  Like I indicated If I live in New Hampshire I'm not overly concerned about California.

    I'm a selfish bastard?  Oh you betcha.  I care about me and my own.  The rest of the world is on it's own.

  •  Add to the list. (0+ / 0-)

    Add having a republican governor to the list.

  •  Irony (0+ / 0-)

    The ironic thing is that they are in constant defense of slavery and that it wasn't all that bad and in some cases even good.  

    "Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me--and I welcome their hatred." Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by djbender on Sat May 02, 2015 at 04:35:00 PM PDT

    •  Examples (0+ / 0-)

      March 2006: Adele Fergusen wrote in the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, that the “pony in the manure pile” of slavery is “that it was the ticket to America for black people,” and that blacks should “consider their presence here as the work of God, who wanted to bring them to this new, raw country and used slavery to achieve it.”
      October 2006:“Reparative Therapy” specialist Gerald Schoenewolf, wrote in an essay published on the website of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), “Africa at the time of slavery was still primarily a jungle … Life there was savage … and those brought to America, and other countries, were in many ways better off.”
      January 2007: Virginia Delegate Frank Hargrove told the Daily Progress of Charlottesville that blacks should “get over” slavery.
      January 2007: Conservative blogger Mark Graber argued that Dred Scott v. Sanford was rightly decided.
      September 2007: Conservative columnist Michael Medved wrote a 6 point defense of slavery, consisting of “six inconvenient truths.”
      March 2008: Pat Buchanan wrote that blacks should be “grateful” for slavery.
      February 2010: Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said that, “Far more of the African American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by the policies of slavery.”
      June 2010: Glenn Beck launched into a bizarre defense and declared that race relations in colonial America were good until the Civil War: “The things that have happened in this country where it really starts to wrong was the lead up to the Civil War, and it became politicized and it was all about slavery, before then we were moving on the right track.”
      September 2011: South Carolina Senate President, Republican Glenn McDonnell came under fire after pictures surface of him at a Republican event,  dressed in a Confederate army uniform, with two African Americans  dressed as slaves. McDonnell, a Civil War re-enactor who has been photographed in Confederate garb before, defended the event and the photos.
      November 2010: Rep. Steve King (R, Iowa) said the USDA’s settlement with black farmers is “slavery reparations” cooked up by a “very, very urban” President Barack Obama.
      January 2011: Glenn Beck defended the “three-fifths clause” of the U.S. constitution on his Fox News show.
      October 2012: Arkansas state Rep. John Hubbard wrote in his self-published book, “Letters To The Editor: Confessions Of A Frustrated Conservative,” that slavery “may have actually been a blessing in disguise” for African-Americans.
      October 2012: Arkansas state Rep. Loy Mauch wrote to a local newspaper asking, “If slavery were so God-awful, why didn’t Jesus or Paul condemn it, why was it in the Constitution and why wasn’t there a war before 1861?”
      March 2013: An audience member, during a panel on minority outreach at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference, asked why Frederick Douglass forgave his former master for, “Feeding him and housing him.”
      June 2013: Virginia candidate for lieutenant governor E. W. Jackson said government programs had done more harm to black families than slavery.
      October 2013: Nevada Republican Assemblyman Jim Wheeler said that he would vote to reinstate slavery, if that’s what his constituents wanted.
      March 2014: Film critic James Bowman complained in the American Spectator that the movie “12 Years A Slave” did not portray any, “kind masters or contented slaves.”

      "Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me--and I welcome their hatred." Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by djbender on Sat May 02, 2015 at 04:38:47 PM PDT

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