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Slavery is an example of America’s can-do attitude

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It’s been five seconds, so here’s another reminder that Republicans are towering trashfires that have somehow learned to walk and talk. (Thanks to commentatoriat pianomover for the heads up.)

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson referred to slaves as “immigrants” dreaming of a better life in a talk with department employees, according to Monday reports.

“That’s what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunity,” Carson said. “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less.”

What to the Republican is the concept of consent?

He added: “But they, too, had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”

As an aside, if the concept of kidnapping victims as willing workers sounds familiar, it’s because it is popular in Redsville.

I expect the attempts to recast this nation’s history of savagery in defense of profits as the world’s first guest worker program will only pick up steam now that the GOP is back in charge.

They aren’t quite ready to share their belief that slavery itself was O.K., but pushing the idea that slaves from Africa were just another group of immigrants is a step in that direction. It makes America’s history less brutal and bloody, shifts the African-American’s place in that history and gives the impression that with a little effort, African-Americans could be as well incorporated into society as the Irish.

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