Conservative media figures have attacked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) remarks linking slavery to Republican opposition to health care reform legislation, but have routinely attacked progressives and the Obama administration for creating “slavery” and enslaving the public.
Conservatives express outrage over Reid remarks
Fox's Bolling: “Were you shocked as I was when I heard him?” On the December 7 edition of Fox News' Your World, guest host Eric Bolling -- who also frequently guest hosts for Glenn Beck -- asked Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (TX): "[W]ere you shocked as I was when I heard him compare -- if you were against health care, you may actually be in favor of slavery?" Bolling later asked if Reid's comments were an indication of “desperation” about health care reform.
FoxNews.com: Reid “took his GOP-blasting rhetoric to a new level Monday.” In a December 7 article, FoxNews.com wrote that 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.”
Limbaugh: “This is outrageous.” On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh said that Reid's remarks were “outrageous, because Harry Reid knows the Republican Party was born in the fight against slavery.” Limbaugh added that Reid's remarks are an indication of what Democrats have “been reduced to.”
Malkin: Reid “playing the race card.” In a December 7 post, Michelle Malkin wrote that Reid was playing the race card in his remarks, adding: “I'm sure Nevadans appreciate being likened to slavemasters, too.”
Conservatives frequently accuse Obama administration, progressives of creating “slavery”
- Beck: Progressive policies create “slavery”; “slavery to government, welfare, affirmative action, regulation, control”
- After ranting about how “illegal immigration is modern-day slavery,” Beck compares himself to Ben Franklin
- Beck: “You know what this president is doing right now? He is addicting this country to heroin -- the heroin that is government slavery.”
- Limbaugh: Democratic Party “obsessed with your death,” “party of abortion and euthanasia, slavery and not liberty”