Ugly: Reid invokes slavery in health care debate

Posted on December 7, 2009

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Sen. Harry Reid took the health care debate to a new low on the Senate floor today as he accused opponents of the current health care plan of being similar to supporters of slavery and the oppression of women:

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.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’ … 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.

So … anybody who filibusters anything is basically a misogynistic racist, right? So what would that make Democrats who didn’t allow votes on Pres. George W. Bush’s judicial nominees? Oh, I forgot, moral equivalency only exists when you oppose agenda items of the Democratic Party. And never mind that Sen. Reid actually gets his history wrong in the ill-advised tirade.

There’s a huge chasm between the struggle for equal rights for blacks and women and passing a version of bill that Sen. Reid likes. For one thing, the Civil Rights Act concerned itself with granting specific rights and wasn’t a 2,000 page monstrosity that created massive bureaucracy, proposed staggering costs and threatened the value of a health care system that affects all Americans.

Good thing President Obama had that rare Sunday closed-door pep talk yesterday, isn’t it? I wonder if he told Reid making the comparison would be a good idea and a valid rhetorical point? I doubt it, but in any case it’s an asinine and moronic analogy.

The hard-core left will positively devour the comments, but anyone with a shred of common sense will see Reid is just uselessly spinning his wheels here. There are plenty of principled reasons to be opposed to the current version of the health care bill, but small-minded demagogues like Reid are forced through the weakness of their own arguments to paint their foes with the same broad brush.

I guess I’d be more upset if I thought Reid stood a chance at getting re-elected. As it stands, he looks like he’ll have plenty of time to spout irrelevancies in retirement.

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