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ThaGovna
I walk on water, eat bullets, and poop ice cream.
01:56 PM on 07/11/2011
You really can't make this stuff up can you?

Geez...
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JohnBryansFontaine
Liberal Democrat, Citizen Gadfly
01:49 PM on 07/11/2011
GOP Candidates Back Off From Signing Pledge that Praises Slavery
by Nsenga Burton

http://www.theroot.com/buzz/gop-candidates-back-signing-pledge-praises-slavery
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ThreeCrows
"More human than human" is our motto.
01:48 PM on 07/11/2011
"a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father " In truth, blacks were property and put together to do one thing, breed more slaves. This tip of the iceberg pledge revisits the ghosts of the past and it is just as raw as it was then as it is now. They produce a document on marriage and the specter of all that was evil with slavery comes back like blinding flashes of images from the keloid scars of a black man's back from the whipping he endured to the water hoses being turned on protesters during the civil rights movement to the images of Schwerner, Goodman, and Chaney found in a Mississippi earthen dam to Emmett Till's brutalized body in an open casket and on and on. We can never seem to close the door on these past if the likes of Bachmann and Santorum blindly follow these edicts as if the rest of the union will subscribe to this nonsense. It says more as to who their characters are since the seem to not denounce the manifesto as being ugly, divisive and archaic in every sense of human common sense.
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Gary St Lawrence
11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Get Away With It
01:42 PM on 07/11/2011
"Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in
1860 as more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA's first African-American President."

It's interesting to watch the far right extremists try to backpedal and explain how that *DOESN'T* equate to "African-American children were better off as slaves than living under Obama."

Or are they referring to one of America's *OTHER* African-American presidents?
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twigtrigtrack
Aquila non capit muscas
01:34 PM on 07/11/2011
you can always count on a teab to come up with nifty pledges and vows... how about focusing on the economy as they promised to do in 2010? isn't there some sort of pledge against lying somewhere?! perhaps in the bible...
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mom792
01:43 PM on 07/11/2011
The only "pledge"any of these GOTP's should be taking is the one to uphold the Constitution, at their own Inaugration.
Drop the frat-boy-soriority-girl pledges and stand up for America, not your own special interest groups.
Thanks again, Mr Roberts and the Roberts Court, for giving us the ruling on Citizens United. How does it feel to take down a country, America, a Democracy with 230+ years of success?
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Gary St Lawrence
11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Get Away With It
01:32 PM on 07/11/2011
Yep ... keep them brown babies in slavery, insist that being gay is a choice (clearly the choice made by Marcus Bachmann), and make the poor and middle class pay for everything. That's the answer that every Republican is looking for.
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JohnBryansFontaine
Liberal Democrat, Citizen Gadfly
01:25 PM on 07/11/2011
GOP candidates caught in slavery controversy
By: CNN's Holly Yan and Gabriella Schwarz

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/07/11/gop-candidates-caught-in-slavery-controversy/
01:24 PM on 07/11/2011
So the "jumping the broom" was done by slaves because marriage was legal and those slaves they were so cute! they just wanted to defy massahs customs and legalities. Yes siree bob
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Brian Gilmer
Good citizens make good citizens.
02:01 PM on 07/11/2011
He said two-parent household. Likely to avoid a reference to marriage which would have clearly been problematic. Although I think that anyone born in 1860 is more likely to be in a two-parent household then today. That is kind of like saying the people in 1860 were more likely to own a horse then today.
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03:12 PM on 07/11/2011
Either way his statement is false. Children of slaves were sold off fairly early in life...10 years old in some cases...and the reason they were kept around that long had much more to do with having blacks breed more slaves than some love for two-parent households.

Plus, his statement presumes that ANY two-parent household is superior than a single one...which is laughable in today's time...it's pathetic when compared to black SLAVE families from the 19th century and before.

Also, why would he avoid the word marriage? It's a marriage pledge, right? In a "two-parent" household, those two people don't have to be married...so is he advocating marriage or a two-parent household?
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WHTrout
Religion is the Root of All Evil
01:16 PM on 07/11/2011
I will (grudgingly) give Bachmann and Santorum credit for one thing -- they boldly, gleefully embrace their own racism and homophobia, unlike other RepubliThugs who try to wink and grin and lie their way around it.
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SmallTownMarm
01:16 PM on 07/11/2011
Did I mention that big government should keep minorities in their place...which is ironic when one considers that rich, white people are a definite minority in the U.S. If Right Wingers had their way, slavery would return.
01:29 PM on 07/11/2011
you think it went away? why do you suppose they've fought against increasing minimum wages everytime and education reform? Bob Marley's words in Crazy Baldhead comes to mind immediately I hear the slavery denial/romanticising conversation.
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03:13 PM on 07/11/2011
I have to fan you for invoking Marley's "Crazy Baldheads"...it's one of my favorite Marley songs (and that's saying a LOT).

...I'm fighting the urge to type in the lyrics!
Javalation
Laughing in a Daydream
01:16 PM on 07/11/2011
Whoops, did I say that out loud? I did? Then just erase it, that part was supposed to be a secret.
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makemesmile
it makes you wonder
01:15 PM on 07/11/2011
Well, as Whoopi Goldberg said on "The View" this morning, we are NOT going back to slavery or "the way it was", so the people who are thinking about revisiting the days of slavery need to "get over themselves"!! Do white people really believe that any non-white race would allow them to make slavery legal again in America?
01:30 PM on 07/11/2011
yeah, they do...check what's going on in Texas
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TXconfidnz
Schpelling Bea Regect
01:40 PM on 07/11/2011
Are you referring to the private prison boom in Texas?
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BlackWidowPilot
"Fu! Rin! Ka! Zan!"
02:01 PM on 07/11/2011
With all due respect to you and "makesmesmile," watch where you swing that filth-covered brush.

Not all of us agree with that despicable notion of these "pledge-makers" such as Bachmann, and some like yours truly have a mindset closer to that of such as John Brown when it comes to this subject rather than the foul likes of whomever authored this disgusting piece of racist drivel that Bachmann was so eager to sign.

I see Bachmann is now denying she actually read the document in depth before she signed it:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/07/11/bachmann-denies-marriage-pledge-was-about-slavery/

Yes, some of my posse may adhere to that despicable ideology, but IMHO there are many more of us these days who do not, and some of us are not shy about calling out such racist trash talk as this "pledge" that such as Bachmann were so eager to sign.

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MtnGeek
Partisan thinking is an oxymoron
01:39 PM on 07/11/2011
Check out Georgia, where after passing their new immigration laws, they have forced convicts to work the fields for GA farmers.
01:14 PM on 07/11/2011
This is a Christian organization in name only. Real compassion comes in what you do for the people that are suffering and not what you do to them. If you truly want to "save" a nation then show people love and get your hands dirty. Taking a pledge is about the same as holding a protest sign, it may look snappy but it doesn't cause that person to take any real action. Pledges are worthless...
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emlr
"a man of knowledge is free"
01:35 PM on 07/11/2011
Darn Jerry, you're expecting them to act like Jesus.
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JohnBryansFontaine
Liberal Democrat, Citizen Gadfly
01:45 PM on 07/11/2011
They're Christian Nationalists, emphasis on Nationalists. As in extreme Right.
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BlackWidowPilot
"Fu! Rin! Ka! Zan!"
02:04 PM on 07/11/2011
As in *hypocrites* and false prophets. Christ had some very pointed things to say about the hypocrites and false prophets and the "reward" they all had waiting for them...

Leland R. Erickson

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SmallTownMarm
01:13 PM on 07/11/2011
Big government should not make one pay taxes if one is rich, should not control industry's waste disposal practices, should not allow people to gather in public places or negotiate for job rights as a collective, should not listen to the voice of the President of the United States under any circumstances (unless he's Republican), should not grant too much freedom for people who really don't deserve it, and, most importantly, government should pass judgment on and regulate how people live their personal lives, but only if they're poor and government has determined that they are not smart enough to run their own lives. Signed, THE TEA PARTY, RIGHT WING FASCISTS, and other ANTI-DEMOCRACY citizens
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cabrobst
Governments should be afraid of their people.
01:41 PM on 07/11/2011
Republicans should stick their heads into a guillotine.
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jaguare70
01:12 PM on 07/11/2011
Bachmann signed a pledge claiming that slavery was better for kids than single parents. Sounds right that she would not realize that the slave parents were often separated by sale while the founding fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery. GOP the say and sign anything to get nominated party.