Saturday, 16 July 2011

Loony right trumpet the benefits of slavery

I just had to do a post on this. I have been wondering how long it would be before someone from the right in the USA started to bang on about the benefits of slavery. Well why not? Since the financial collapse caused by neoliberal 'economic' policies, which started in 2007, the capitalist class have been trying to make ordinary people pay the bill through a succession of bailouts. Look what has happened to workers in the USA. In places like Wisconsin workers pay, pensions and bargaining rights have come under attack. How long would it be before workers were expected to work for nothing? Why hang around? Why not just bring back slavery? It would be so much simpler, after all.

In the past few years, the loony rightists of the Tea Party have plumbed new depths for extreme 'free' market bullshit. So it comes as no surprise that Michelle Bachmann, their current darling, should have signed up to a pledge which said that children in the USA who were born to black slaves were better cared for than the modern day offspring of black Americans. Huh? The opening statement of the pledge actually read:

"Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA's first African-American President"

This is the kind of racist extremist ignorance and prejudice that the lunatics of the Tea Party embody. Pledging in itself is just the kind of saddo activity which right-wing Americans love to indulge in. Of course, Bachmann has distanced herself from the statement, claiming she didn't read it, despite the fact she signed it - and, doh! - it was on the front page. The problem here is that Bachmann wants to be president of the USA. Ordinarily, we would look on people like Michelle Bachmann as a bunch of relatively harmless backwoods knuckle-draggers, but we should be more wary, because if let loose, the Michelle Bachmanns of this world pose a genuine threat to any decent society. As far as we know, unlike other female Tea Party nine day wonders,  she's not a witch, though being a witch would obviously be an improvement on being what she is.

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