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Hudson: The Party of Slavery Is Now the Party of Reparations for Slavery

The Democratic Party is the party of slavery. Thanks to the Democrats’ cartoonish clown car of presidential candidates, the party of slavery is now the party of reparations for slavery.

This stampede of opportunistic dilettantes — conducting self-promotion campaigns posing as presidential bids — have all endorsed Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s (D-TX) resolution, H.R. 40, calling for a commission to “study and develop reparation proposals for African-Americans” and a national apology from the government “for the perpetration of gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity on African slaves and their descendants.”

Rep. Lee is not an idiot. Perhaps a quarter century in Washington has convinced her that you are. Why spend millions to fund a Congressional commission to study what we already know to be true? The Democratic Party is the party of slavery.

But don’t take my word for it.

There is no doubt that the Democratic Party is the party of the Confederacy, historically, that the Democratic Party’s flag is the Confederate flag,” former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) told author Angela McGlown. “It was our party’s flag. That Jefferson Davis was a Democrat; that Stonewall Jackson strongly identified with the Democratic Party; that secessionists in the South saw themselves as Democrats and were Democrats; that so much of the Democratic Party’s history, since it is our nation’s oldest political party, has its roots in slavery.”

Rep. Lee said her party is “building the political will” to jumpstart the reparations commission. But Democrats never possessed more political will than they did a decade ago. During Barack Obama’s first two years in office, Democrats held majorities in the House and a filibuster proof majority in the Senate. Democrats could have easily passed any bill they wanted and no reparations bill ever made its way to Obama’s desk.

The Texas Congresswoman says her new bill “is not symbolic.” Of course it is. The reparations bill is a symbol, a political bludgeon meant to beat decent people over the head with, to assure racial healing can never happen in America. Democrats know and count on the fact that a relationship cannot be repaired without forgiveness, without the injured party agreeing to move on. Democrats choose to pick at this scab, even 150 years after America’s first Republican president led the abolishment of slavery. Democrats don’t want racial healing. What Democrats want is to use reparations as one more wedge issue to continue to castigate America as an unrelentingly racist country, where non-whites must live in a state of constant fear that the bigotry bogeyman is lurking around every corner.

So goes the logic on the political left: Yes white America is racist because they don’t want to pay for the sins of their great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents, for something they had nothing to do with, for something no black person born this century suffers from.


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