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Moron Matthews Takes Pro-Slavery Side in Constitutional Argument Trying to Prove Michele Bachmann’s “Ignorance”

Posted on January 28 2011 3:00 pm
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.

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Wednesday night, Chris screamed over guest Jonathan Capeheart of the Washington Post, who while he takes the view of history that the Founders were largely racist and the 3/5 Compromise is evidence, tried in vain to moderate Matthews’s ravings, and Dallas Tea Party coordinator Phillip Dennis who had the even tougher job of trying to educate Matthews on the Founders.

MATTHEWS:  Well, let‘s take a look at what she said in Iowa to that—to that tax-cutting group here.  (INAUDIBLE) off the cuff.  I don‘t know where it came from.  Here‘s (ph) about history.  I think she doesn‘t understand where the Republican Party came from, which was founded to stop the expansion of slavery into the territories.  She acted as if, last night this past weekend there wasn‘t any slavery to get rid of.  It had already been gotten rid of.  We didn‘t need a Lincoln, didn‘t need a Civil War, didn‘t need 600,000 people dead.  I don‘t get her history.  Let‘s listen to her in her own words.


REP. MICHELE BACHMANN ®, MINNESOTA:  We know there was slavery that was still tolerated when the nation began.  We know that was an evil and it was a scourge and a blot and a stain upon our history.  But we also know the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.  And I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our forebears, who worked tirelessly, men like John Quincy Adams who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.


MATTHEWS:  Phillip Dennis, what do you make of that view of history?  I don‘t know what to make of it, because we all grew up to grade school history.  We know that slavery continued right through until we had the Civil War and we had the Emancipation Proclamation.

And we went through all the hell to get to the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, which our country was torn in half by.  She said it was all solved well before that.  We didn‘t need a Republican Party.

I don‘t get it.  I call her a balloon head for a reason.  She has absolutely no grasp or knowledge of American history.  And I mean it.  She‘s proving it.

Of course, Bachman said no such thing.  But Chris is purposely ignoring the difference between “Founders” and “forebears,” and Bachmann’s only point is that there were people before Lincoln who were against slavery and did everything in their power to oppose it, undermine it, and set processes in place they thought would eventually end it.

Matthews pointed to slavery as America’s “original sin.”  Fair enough, but there was nowhere in the world where slavery did not exist in 1787.  And the Consitutional Convention in Philadelphia was one of the few places on the globe where its morality was being debated at all.

Gee Chris, doesn’t the fact that there had to be a “compromise” inherently mean there were two sides to the debate?  If the pro-slavery side had an unassailable majority, slaves would have counted as a full person for the purposes of the congressional apportionment.  That would have given slaveholders more power in the Congress, as there would have been more districts in slave holding areas.

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