John Dingell-berry: ObamaCare Protestors Like KKK
Usually I don’t expect a stream of stupid this steady in one day, especially before 9AM.
Well, the last time I had to confront something like this was when I voted for the civil rights bill and my opponent voted against it. At that time, we had a lot of Ku Klux Klan folks and white supremacists and folks in white sheets and other things running around causing trouble.
Considering that this guy was probably at the Constitutional Convention, I’m surprised he didn’t feel it necessary to cite an earlier example.
Oh, and, a history lesson for the kids out there:
Republicans passed a second civil rights act (the Civil Rights Act of 1875) to grant equal access to public facilities and other housing accommodations regardless of race.
In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic party, the planter class, and all those who desired restoration of white supremacy. Its purposes were political, but political in the broadest sense, for it sought to affect power relations, both public and private, throughout Southern society. It aimed to reverse the interlocking changes sweeping over the South during Reconstruction: to destroy the Republican party’s infrastructure, undermine the Reconstruction state, reestablish control of the black labor force, and restore racial subordination in every aspect of Southern life.
The KKK killed and wounded more than 200 black Republicans, hunting and chasing them through the woods. Thirteen captives were taken from jail and shot; a half-buried pile of 25 bodies was found in the woods. The KKK made people vote Democratic and gave them certificates of the fact.
Those convenient little facts seem lost on Dingell.
And for a breakdown on how this is a comment in a whole string of similar comments from Congress in just the past week, check out Ed Morrissey’s analysis at Hot Air.