Reid Compares Opponents of Health Care Reform to Supporters of Slavery

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    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took his GOP-blasting rhetoric to a new level Monday, comparing Republicans who oppose health care reform to lawmakers who clung to the institution of slavery more than a century ago.

    The Nevada Democrat, in a sweeping set of accusations on the Senate floor, also compared health care foes to those who opposed women's suffrage and the civil rights movement -- even though it was Sen. Strom Thurmond, then a Democrat, who unsuccessfully tried to filibuster the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and it was Republicans who led the charge against slavery.

    Senate Republicans on Monday called Reid's comments "offensive" and "unbelievable."

    But Reid argued that Republicans are using the same stalling tactics employed in the pre-Civil War era.

    "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."

    That seemed to be a reference to Thurmond's famous 1957 filibuster -- the late senator switched parties several years later.

    Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Reid's remarks were over the top.







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    Reid is a nazi asshole! and that's putting it mildly.
     
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    The irony is to much, UHC well bring about slavery and it was the dems who blocked rights movment.
     
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    As the desperation in the democrat caucus kicks into high gear.....
     
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    This looks a sign of desperation to me. These statements indicate a lack of real leadership abilities.
     
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    If it's good for the goose, it's good for the gander.
     
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    We knew it was coming. Now we can move on to burying this piece of crap. Reid or UHC take your pick or have a two for.
     
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    President Lincoln was a Republican and freed the slaves, a little know historical fact that I imagine many libs don't know as they are historically challenged.:lol:
     
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    They need to burn and bury this pig, go back to the drawing board and start over with real health care reform such as tort reform, opening up competition, making insurance portable and dealing with pre-exisitng condiitons and health savings plans.

    Anyone for a bonfire???
     
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    It's a melt down of the democratic party right before your eyes. The congressional black caucus, 43 members, have threatened to vote with the GOP if Obama does not address the high unemployment rate of blacks. 35% now.
     
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    keep speaking reid.....2010 will usher in change alright.... :clap2:
     

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