Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Hey, who's calling who a plantation owner!?

As the faux right(wing)eous indignation (mixed with spittle) flies from the lips of Republicans and their proxies over Sen Hillary Clinton's remarks….
Speaking during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, Clinton also offered an apology to a group of Hurricane Katrina survivors "on behalf of a government that left you behind, that turned its back on you." Her remarks were met with thunderous applause by a mostly black audience at the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem.

The House "has been run like a plantation, and you know what I'm talking about," said Clinton, D-N.Y. "It has been run in a way so that nobody with a contrary view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument, to be heard."

….I would just like to remind the spittle-flingers that Townhall columnist Star Parker continues to make a lucrative right-wing
career comparing everything to plantations.

This is an excerpt from my post "Star Parker -- human autogenerator of bogus slavery comparisons for all occasions (inquire within)." Here, Parker plantationizes Social Security.
Whereas Bush is selling his reform under the theme of an "ownership society," I would call the Democratic alternative the "plantation society." The "plantation society" is characterized by a wealthy class of owners who want to limit the choices, opportunities and freedom of working-class Americans.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, worth $16.3 million, is an appropriate spokesperson for the plantation caucus.
When America's political class debated emancipating slaves, an issue that dampened enthusiasm for the idea was the thought that these slaves could simply walk off the plantation and integrate into the nation and live as free people.
Do you think you can take some more? Okay then.
The owner/masters of today's Democratic plantation reject all attempts to roll back government and give working Americans more choice and freedom.
[W]elfare-state liberals have educated a whole generation of blacks that they can't take care of themselves. Skills in areas such as money management may be in deficit today. But they are in deficit because they weren't learned, and they weren't learned because of hanging on the government plantation. When do we let these folks off this plantation so they can finally start learning the essential skills for improving their lives?
And now for the final call to action.
[E]litist Democratic liberals . . . preside over a government plantation over which they do not want to relinquish control. It's time to let the slaves free. Transforming taxes into ownership is an important way to do it.
For more hilarious master/slave/plantation analogies, just check out Starkers' archives at Townhall.com.

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