GOP Lawmaker Says America Was Better Off During Slavery
The conservative yearning for the days of the Confederacy has no end.
Speaking on a conference call for the ’40 Days to Save America” plan, Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert decided to inject slavery into the conversation:
We strayed away at different times, Andrew Jackson’s time was not a great time, at different times slavery was a blot on our existence, but the trouble is we have never as an entire nation overall been so far away from God’s teaching and so openly rebelling, even from the top, against God’s teachings in the Bible.”
Gohmert believes that America is morally worse off today than during slavery. Although some white conservatives sincerely believe that, it is doubtful that slaves, who were sold, beaten, and ripped away from their families, would have agreed.
Before you write this off as an isolated incident, remember that in 2011, Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann signed “The Marriage Vow”, which suggested that black families were better off during slavery.
“Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President,” read the pledge.
The Iowa group which circulated the pledge eventually deleted the offending passage and apologized.
And just two weeks ago, Arkansas lawmaker Jon Hubbard defended slavery in his book, “Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative”, calling it a “blessing in disguise” for blacks.
More and more it seems that conservatives desire to convince everyone that slavery was not that bad, and blacks should just shut up and be more appreciative. They’re rewriting history at a furious speed to cover up what can’t be hidden – the utter immorality of taking away the freedom of another human being.
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