Michele Bachmann on slavery: We are all Kunta Kinte now

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Michele Bachmann watched Roots and is now an expert on the slave experience.
Michele Bachmann's campaign is trying to back away from signing a pledge claiming African Americans were better off during slavery than under the Obama presidency.

But in issuing the quasi-apology, the Bachmann campaign remained unable to relinquish the main underlying point: that black people are better off as free citizens than they were during slavery.

In fact, Bachmann spokesman Alice Stewart purposely drew yet another allusion to slavery on Sunday by describing life under Obama as a form of "economic slavery."

"In no uncertain terms, Congresswoman Bachmann believe[s] that slavery was horrible and economic enslavement is also horrible."

One of the main ways in which Bachmann claims we are being economically enslaved by Obama is through his enactment of a national healthcare system. During a 2009 speech, Bachmann famously referred to Obama's healthcare plan as slavery through taxation.

"This is slavery...It's nothing more than slavery," Bachmann intoned.

Now compare that to the healthcare plan that was available to actual slaves:

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The whip marks testify to the cruelty of the lash.

Oh, and in case you are wondering about Alice Stewart, who has apparently appointed herself the Bachmann spokesman on the African American experience, this is how white she is:

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Alice Stewart obviously understands what it is like to be black and is more than qualified to speak about the experience of African Americans during slavery.
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Tlsnyder42
Tlsnyder42

You libs have to stop mis-representing conservatives and distrorting history. By the way, your Mr. Obama's support of abortion kills a higher percentage of black people than any othewr race. The real racists in America are the people leading the Democrartic Party!!!

Born2bewild1962
Born2bewild1962

The greatest irony of history is how the Democratic Party started with Jim Crow and segregation in the south after the managed to overturn the Reconstruction. Before that blacks representing districts in the southern states actually served in Congress.

In the wonderful and glorious Progressive Era the so called Progressives formulated a racist eugenics philosophy that would have made Hitler proud. Pandering to the populist sentiments of working class whites the Ku Klux Klan enjoyed increasing membership in northern cities.

Through much of the 20th Century the democrats opposed every major civil rights reform. When FDR decided to include blacks in the New Deal he got a lot of resistance from his own party. President Johnson had to reach across the isle for support to pass the Civil Rights Act. It was after the creation of the Great Society welfare state that democrats realized the gold mine of opportunity to be had in pandering to blacks and threw Archie Bunker under the bus.

If there come a time when the Left gets the absolute power and control of society they have always craved, they will throw blacks, other minorties and the poor under the bus again. When they no longer need their votes to stay in power, the dependent class will have served its purpose and the welfare state will become the total state.

Then we will all be like the poor fellow with the whip welts- or worse.

Guest
Guest

Fox poisoned brain.

Leonardo Falconi
Leonardo Falconi

I read Mrs. Bachmann studied politic science at the Winona State University. What did she learn there?

Dawnita Ramsey
Dawnita Ramsey

During slavery children where sold from their mother and father so no families raising children unless they where the "Masser" kids also Slaves couldn't legally be married. So no we weren't better off... This country stole a bunch of generations of ppl from a country (the strongest, smartest, and young) just to enslaves that race then treat them like second class citizen after slavery was over which I believe is the worst part. Then you want us to assimilate no thank you from a  Black American.  

Moron Up Past Midnight
Moron Up Past Midnight

The pledge said black families were better off during slavery IN SOME WAYS, that is, a greater proportion of children were raised by both their mother and father.  But, the asshole who wrote this blog would rather stoke racial resentment than provide context.

Dawnita Ramsey
Dawnita Ramsey

During slavery children where sold from their parents so what the fuck you talking about

Nightbliss
Nightbliss

In case you missed it in your history books and in the stories that came down by word of mouth families were sold off and shipped all over the place during slavery. The Slave owners had no interest in the black family... they were no more thought of as that old mutt that got left and your kids drug home to feed. The difference is if they ran away, if they were caught they were beaten, even maimed to prevent them from doing it again. If someone thinks that is being better off than let them live that life and I'll stay put.

Alleycatgirl
Alleycatgirl

How could anyone in their right mind try and defend this statement? It's wrong! Wrong! Wrong! And there's no way to try and sugar coat it. Clearly you don't know your black history and why would you it's not something that's taught in school. Let me enlighten you a little. There was no such thing as a two parent household in slave days. The fathers were sold off like cattle to work. The mothers if not working in the fields, being raped, or beaten, were in the "Big House" raising someone else's children. How dare you try to make Michelle Bachmann's clearly hateful and racist statement seem light.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I'm with you 100%.   The media and black people are so sensitive about slavery for some reason.   I'd say if anyone would know about how bad slavery used to be it would be Michele Bachmann.   Why is it so offensive to use slavery as a way to illustrate the first black President sucks?    It's like when I point out to Jews how much better they had it in concentration camps in some ways because at least families got to spend so much time together.   I wish the lamestream media would grow a brain and realize there is nothing weird or racist about a politician constantly talking about slavery and how much better things were when it was legal.   Sigh, I miss the good old days.   

your so stupid
your so stupid

Most of the current problems in this economy were created by the republican party... Ronald Regan with his Reaganomics... The first George Bush... that's 12 years of mess that still hasn't been corrected. then there was another 8 years with a total idiot at the helm  so that's a grand total of 20 years of read my lips, no new taxes..etc etc etc... Before you open your mouth you need to read up on the truth of this country. How soon we forget that the greatest debt this country has ever had came from the Idiot Bush in office trying to finish what his Father started. How many lives were lost from a draft dodger ( I know he went into the reserves...lol ) like George Bush. A man that ran every business he was at the helm of into the ground, but you blame this mess on The current President. Become better educated in the facts before you engage you free speech. You seem to be another George Bush...and idiot. 

Blowme
Blowme

@your so stupid... "your" so stupid? Irony.

Andycalif1970
Andycalif1970

Woah, you are a different kind of racist moron. lol.  What you said is so offensive and wrong, but of course you wouldn't know it cause I'm sure that's the way you were brought up.  So, it's ok.. it's not your fault. I do feel sorry for your kids if you have any.  If you have a daughter, I wouldn't be surprised if she, out of rebellion, would only do black dudes to teach you a lesson.  LOL...    

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

Michele Bachmann is right for once: we are all slaves now. We don't have the freedom to marry whomever we like. Our jackbooted federal and state governments prohibit us from using certain plants that grow in nature. Workers have only one right left, the right to be fired. All wealth accrues to the plantation owners at the top and the check always goes to the "slaves" at the bottom.

But as bad as things are now, only an idiot would compare the plight of Americans with antebellum slaves. Unless you're a hitchhiker who's been abducted by a serial murderer/sex fiend who has you locked up in a secret dungeon, no American has ever had to deal with the horrors routinely dealt with by 19th century slaves. Our prisoners are treated better than field hands were.

The most extreme example was in Jamaica where sugar cane plantation slaves had a maximum life span of ten years. If you visited a plantation in 1815 and returned in 1825, every single field worker from 1815 would be dead when you returned, literally worked to death. And still I read, year after year after year, so-called conservatives defending the institution of slavery as "not being that bad." It was that bad, and worse.

Stoptheinsane
Stoptheinsane

You make an stark contradiction in your commentary. 

On one hand you state that Michele Bachmann is right, then in the next paragraph you state that she is wrong for comparing the plight of Americans with antebellum slaves.

Michele Bachmann is trying to gain votes.  She is trying to get a job. She will say and do anything to do so.  You need to recognize this fact.  Taking her hype seriously is a waste of energy.   It appears to me that Michele Bachmann is highly desperate for votes.

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