Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid likened opposition to the democrat’s government run health care plan to those who opposed ending slavery. Now Harry Reid and the GOP spar over his slavery comments with the GOP demanding he apologize.
Harry Reid is no stranger to controversy and carrying Obama’s water, but occasionally, his comments cross the line over to antagonistic. Actually, it might be more than occasionally. Such is the case with comments he made on the Senate floor on Monday.
“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,” Reid said Monday. “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.’”
He continued: “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.
“When this body was on the verge of guaranteeing equal civil rights to everyone regardless of the color of their skin, some senators resorted to the same filibuster threats that we hear today.”
Needless to say, his attempt to insert emotion driven racial politics into a debate over a bill that would fundamentally change the lives of all Americans has not gone over well with many people. When GOP Chairman Michael Steele heard of the comments, he responded with disgust at Reid’s attempts to use the ‘race card’ because he wasn’t getting his way and insisted that Reid needs to apologize for his comments. Now there are increasing calls for Reid to apologize. Reid fired back that his comments were distorted. However, they are quoted accurately. Apparently he buys into the tactic that the best defense is an offense. That and put the abusive comments out there and then claim they are being misquoted, taken out of context and people are over-reacting to them. That’s and old and sometimes affective technique.
Of course, the ‘progressive’ left is clamoring about claiming that the people who are upset with Reid are the one’s making a big deal out of nothing. They are using the same old tactics that Reid is using, blame the victim. Protest loudly that your words have been misconstrued. Act incensed and astonished at your opponents stupidity at not understanding your meaning. As usual, they are claiming their opponents are using the tactics they themselves use. In psychological circles, that’s call ‘projection’.
Here’s what some others are saying about the Harry Reid, GOP showdown.
HotAir – Harry Reid–a Man for No Season
Big Government – Health-Care Harry Reid Does History; History Loses (a good history lesson on who really was and who really wasn’t on the right side of history in the instances that Reid mentions)
LaShawn Barber – Harry Reid Forgets Democrats’ History (Another history lesson – well worth the read).
Scared Monkeys – Democrat Harry Reid Plays the Race Card and Compares Opponents to Obamacare to Those that Opposed Slavery
Gateway Pundit – Harry Reid Says Republicans Are Pro-Slavery For Not Supporting His Crappy Health Care Plan
Right Wing News – Poor, Poor Harry Reid
Now go educate yourself before you buy into the revisionist history being poured out of the democratic party. They think the American people are sheep and have contempt for us. They think we will buy their version of history regardless of the truth. Educate yourself. Don’t fall victim to the games these people play.
BTW, while you’re reading, check out Greta Perry’s latest video. She’s sexy, smart and has a lot to say.
Here’s a video of GOP Chairman Michael Steele responding to Harry Reid’s comments about opposition to Obama’s health care plan to being like those who opposed ending slavery. Steele was not amused.
Harry Reid, GOP Spar Over Slavery Comments – Video