Slaves to their talking points

SLAVES TO THEIR TALKING POINTS…. If I never heard another right-wing politician make ridiculous comparisons to slavery again, that’d be just fine. Republicans relying on Hitler/Nazi comparisons is hard enough to take, but when combined with slavery references, it’s all a bit much.

A couple of weeks ago, an unhinged congressional candidate in Alabama compared America’s existing tax structure to “slavery.” Now, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is trying a similar tack.

In a room of 600 conservative voters brought together by former Colorado Senate president John Andrews’ Centennial Institute, along with Liberty on the Rocks and Colorado Christian University, Bachmann brought the crowd to its feet more than once as she called for an end to the progressive agenda she said has taken over Washington.

“‘We are determined to live free or not at all. And we are resolved that posterity shall never reproach us with having brought slaves into the world,'” Bachmann read from founding father John Jay, ending her reading with the statement, “We will talk a little bit about what has transpired in the last 18 months and would we count what has transpired into turning our country into a nation of slaves.”

Even for today’s right, this truly is insane. It’s also more than a little offensive — the United States has a scandalous history with slavery, where human beings were legally declared to be property, and bought and sold accordingly.

If Bachmann and her hysterical allies want to whine incessantly about Democrats cleaning up the mess Republicans dumped on the country, fine. That’s to be expected. But if she and her ilk could avoid the silly victim’s complex and stop comparing themselves to people the nation allowed to be treated as chattel, I’d sure appreciate it.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.