26 February 2010

"I know slavery sucked and everything, but..."

...let's just keep things in perspective:
REP. TRENT FRANK (R-AZ): In this country, we had slavery for God knows how long. And now we look back on it and we say “How brave were they? What was the matter with them? You know, I can’t believe, you know, four million slaves. This is incredible.” And we’re right, we’re right. We should look back on that with criticism. It is a crushing mark on America’s soul. And yet today, half of all black children are aborted. Half of all black children are aborted. Far more of the African-American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by policies of slavery. And I think, What does it take to get us to wake up?
I'm taking suggestions on how people like the distinguished gentleman from Arizona manage to tie their shoes in the morning.

Let's recap, shall we? The "policy" that a given medical procedure is simply available is more damaging to a group of people than the "policy" that dictated they are to be kidnapped, torn from their families, sold into forced labor, beaten, raped, and killed.

How staggeringly blinkered does one's perspective have to be to even think--much less say out loud, in the presence of others, and on camera--that such a notion is reasonable?

Oh well, I'm sure the clerks at The Office of Tasteless Comparisons are glad to have something break up the monotony of the the relentless torrent of "[fill-in-the-blank] is just like Nazi Germany," that we've been subjected to for the past year or so...

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