Reid Uses Slavery Analogy to Describe Healthcare Debate
by TexasGOPVote on December 10, 2009 at 7:20 PM
Republicans opposed to government-run healthcare reform are now being likened to those who defended slavery in the 19th century! Seriously?!
Reid on Monday said Republicans were displaying the same mindset as those who defended slavery.
“If you think you’ve heard these same excuses before, you’re right,” Reid said. “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.’ ”
Does Senator Reid need a history lesson? Wasn't Abraham Lincoln, the man who worked to abolish slavery, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and promoted the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, a Republican? What about Martin Luther King Jr., the man who lead the African-American civil rights movement? Did Senator Reid forget that he was also a Republican? And hasn't the Democratic Party been notoriously referred to as the party of the four S's: slavery, secession, segregation, and socialism? Does Reid really think he can pull the "race card" on Republicans?
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele stated that if Senate Majority Leader Reid does not apologize for his comments, Democrats should strip him of his Senate leadership position. However, Senate Democrats are defending him and say there will be no talk of an apology. Reid himself even came to his own defense saying,
...That's what's happening here. It's very clear. That's the point I made — no more, no less. Anyone who willingly distorts my comments is only proving my point.