For the Democrat-Socialists’ “reparations” dumbshow.
There are actually things Congress could be doing, you know.
Things which are of more value than putting on demagogic expositions like allowing Sheila Jackson-Lee, the utterly moronic Democrat congresswoman from the slums of Houston, to stage a hearing on the urgent necessity of paying reparations to the black community for slavery.
This wasn’t a hearing to discuss a true reparations plan, mind you. No, what Wednesday’s circus involved was a hearing to talk about creating a commission — surely a blue-ribbon outfit that will be! — to create a study of whether reparations would be practical.
Well, I dunno. We’re all probably better off having these dolts diddling themselves with non-starter nonsense like this, rather than spending their time on way more damaging pet projects. But now we come to the really good part:
Not everyone on the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, which put on this ghastliness, was enthused about She-Jack’s exposition. The ranking Republican on the committee, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana), who was a noted constitutional scholar and a highly successful attorney in constitutional cases, thought he’d offer a critique of exactly how well an idea like the one being discussed would pass muster on its immediate court challenge…
But Johnson’s critique wasn’t the most colorful. That one came from former NFL defensive back Burgess Owens, a Fox News contributor and frequent critic of the Left on racial and economic issues who took to the witness stand with a rhetorical flamethrower in tow.
“I used to be a Democrat until I did my history and found out the misery that that party brought to my race,” he said. “Let’s point to the party that was part of slavery, KKK, Jim Crow, that has killed over 40 percent of our black babies, 20 million of them.”
He wasn’t done.
“Let’s pay restitution,” he agreed. “How about the Democratic Party pay for all the misery brought to my race and those, after we learn our history, who decide to stay there, they should pay also. They’re complicit. And every white American, Republican or Democrat, that feels guilty because of their white skin, you should need to pony up also — that way we can get past this reparation and recognize that this country has given us greatness,” Owens said.
Ahh, but that’s just it: we’ll NEVER get past “reparations,” no matter what—because this isn’t about fixing anything, and most certainly not about righting any unredressed wrongs. What the Democrat-Socialists are really up to here is the same thing they’re always up to: trying to punish America and Americans, on any pretext they can gin up. That’s their sole agenda; it lurks behind absolutely everything they propose, and they will never, ever stop pursuing it. In fact, at this point I doubt they could even if they wanted to.
As abominable as slavery inarguably was, I’ve often said that every descendant of slaves here in America now should be thanking God that their ancestors were brought here way back when; the horror endured by their forebears was the down-payment on the life of relative ease and prosperity enjoyed by future generations, a priceless gift that spared their descendants the true horror of life in some primordial African shithole. And then there’s this:
Two things should be said about this issue, which is a waste of America’s time and yet another stain on the escutcheon of the Democrat Party to even bring it up in 2019. First, America didn’t create slavery, we inherited it from every other society on earth — the Europeans, the Africans, the Turks, and the Arabs, most specifically. We spent 600,000 lives in shedding that inheritance.
And second, the reason we inherited slavery from all of those other societies is that before the advent of the Industrial Revolution, which may have started in Europe but was perfected in this country, slavery or something like it was a sad economic necessity in all human societies. That’s not to minimize the moral degeneracy of the institution, which by the way is still alive and well in places like Libya and Somalia — something nobody at Wednesday’s ridiculous hearing seemed interested in discussing. It is to say that the prosperity and technological innovation brought on by free-market capitalism is what made slavery obsolete.
And the same political party which promoted slavery and racial oppression in America throughout its existence has spent the last 30 years trashing the capitalism which ended it.
Yep. Ironic, ain’t it?