Slavery, Women’s Suffrage, Civil Rights & Politics Don’t Mix. Since When?

I watched when Senator Reid first made his comments on how health care opponents, in particular the GOP, had offered only ways to derail health care reform.  In addition, their goal, which they have repeated throughout this debate, is to ensure President Obama fails.  When I heard his remarks, I thought to myself, “he’s right.” When I heard all of the “outrage,” especially from Michael Steele, I was appalled.  But then I considered the source, Michael Steele.  So let’s listen to Senator Reid once again.

Senator Reid’s remarks are being labeled by some as being inflammatory, saying further that slavery, suffrage and politics do not mix.  Since when?  The only thing missing is this misguided statement is greed/money/ control.

What I find abhorrent is the fact that we will go on and on, with relish, about the misguided actions of a sports star, but will “hush up” anyone who speaks truthfully about stains in our history that, like most history, keeps repeating itself.

We have an industry that is a monopoly, that puts its profit margin above all else and will stop at nothing to ensure the margins continue to rise.  Look at Aetna who recently filed a $4.9 billion dollar correction for FY2008 to its report on how much of they actually spent on patient care.   How do you make an $4.9 billion dollar error?  And let us not forget that Aetna has announced it’s seven year itch plan wherein the company will raise premiums out of reach of its highest risk customers (customers who need coverage the most), enabling the company to dump 650,000 customers and lay off 650 employees in order to increase its profit margins.  Immediately following their announcement, UnitedHealthcare and Wellpoint announced similar plans.

Now, delve into the history of some of the oldest insurance companies, and guess who they insured on those long journeys from various coastal points in Africa?  I can easily draw the same analogies with the women’s suffrage and the civil rights movement.

Anyone who seriously thinks that slavery, women’s suffrage and the civil rights movements do not mix with politics needs to take a fast course in history.  RNC Chair Michael Steele needs to take a breath.  His comments on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning were completely off the mark and have no place in any arena, news show, political or otherwise.  Senator Reid need not and should not apologize for his comments; they were right on the money.

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  2. Anonymous

    And those “some” were primarily Democrats.
    “nay-sayers” eh? You mean like Bush Derangement Syndrome?:)

  3. You missed it once again — as you have done repeatedly. Senator Reid spoke of this Congress and spoke of Congresses in the past as “some in the Senate.” Furthermore, there is no such thing as a “liberal” education in the true sense of education. We all know the history of the party and we all know the history of the “nay sayers” to change.

  4. indyfromaz

    Maybe he does need to be reminded. Maybe his “liberal education” never taught him the real facts.

    Does Harry Reid really forget that the Republican Party’s First real candidate for president after it surpassed and supplanted the Whigs, was Abraham Lincoln???

    Founded in Ripon, Wisconsin, in 1854 by anti-slavery expansion activists and modernizers, the Republican Party quickly surpassed the Whig Party as the principal opposition to the Democratic Party. It first came to power in 1860 with the election of Abraham Lincoln, a former Whig, to the presidency and presided over the American Civil War and Reconstruction.

    When the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which would end segregation nationwide, came to Congress for a vote, a number of Senators did, in fact, threaten to filibuster the bill as Harry Reid stated. What Harry Reid did not mention is that 80% of those Senators that threatened to filibuster the Civil Rights Act were Democrats. In fact, 31% of Democrats in Congress voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. That means about 1/3 of the Democrat Party refused to end segregation nationwide.

    People like Sen Robert Byrd, who is still there!

    How did the Republican Members of Congress vote concerning the Civil Rights Act of 1964? A total of 82% of the Republicans in Congress voted to end segregation nationwide. In other words, segregation ended when a larger percentage of Republicans voted in favor of civil rights.

    But as I have shown repeatedly, facts that liberals don’t like or don’t push their agenda don’t matter to them.

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