Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum sign pledge that says black children better off born into slavery

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Michele Bachmann and Rick “Man on Dog”Santorum are the only two presidential candidates to have signed “The Marriage Vow – A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family”... so far. This is a pro-forced-birth, anti-marriage equality, hell-no-to-divorce, porn? nevah!, anti-Sharia, anti-you-name-it contract, brought to you by Bob Vander Plaats, Iowa social conservative extraordinaire. Here's an excerpt:

Humane protection of women and the innocent fruit of conjugal intimacy - our next generation of American children - from human trafficking, sexual slavery, seduction into promiscuity, and all forms of pornography and prostitution, infanticide, abortion and other types of coercion or stolen innocence.

There are so many pledges for conservatives to sign, it's a wonder they don't all own stock in BIC. Then again, maybe they do. But this one has a clause in it that is particularly offensive:

Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was 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.

So being a black child in 1860 was a good thing? Really? Go figure. I guess Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann aren't the only ones who need history lessons.

And I also guess that Bachmann and Santorum believe that slavery is preferable to being raised by a gay couple or single parents.

Think Progress:

Owners had no obligation to respect them or even keep married couples together on the same plantation. Most importantly, as Baratunde Thurston points out, children born into slavery were the property of their master.

Shackles and rape: Fun for the whole family! And here I thought Michele always seemed so wholesome and family valuesy.

This is what conservatives think sells politically. Wake up, America.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ODSIAGC55PNMR6HUVTUMTR7SQY chris o

    not all republicans are racist but all racists are republican

  • Ken Gage

    Don't paint the Republican party as racists because of the ignorant actions of some of our candidates.
    I am a Republican, live in an area with lots of other Republicans and we're not racists.  Things like this
    with Bachman and Santorum hurt the party and are embarrassing but don't paint the whole party
    as racist.  There's enough of that from Democrats, who make the charge whenever they feel it is
    politically expedient to do so.  You say you're a Republican.  Are you a racist?  So there you go.
    Don't be embarrassed into saying something ridiculous as you did.

  • Ken Gage

    I doubt Bachman and Santorum believe it was better to be a slave with 2 parents than a black with one
    parent.  It was a dumb thing to have been put in there and signing it, as they did, was even dumber.  As a Republican, I will never vote for Bachman if she's nominated.  We now have a Democrat in the White House
    who is a smart man, but politically naieve and way over his head as President.  Bachman is a dope and she keeps proving it over and over with her ridiculous comments. Is this the best this country can do?  God help the U.S.A. if it is.  Oh, I won't vote for Santorum either.

  • http://twitter.com/Tonystarke777 Ricardo Quest

     I think before they run for president they need to read documents before they sign!

  • http://twitter.com/jayinatlanta J. Ian Irby

    I heard about this over the weekend, and it would have been laugh-out-loud funny if it weren't so absolutely nauseating.  Slave babies were "more likely to be raised by...mother and father" than current African-American children? You mean, in many cases, raised by a black mother and her white owner, making the child also owned by the white master? 

    Also, the candidates were obviously not thinking about this provision of the pledge: "extended “second chance” or “cooling-off” period" prior to divorce.  What about spouses who are being beaten or raped? Whose children are in danger? Or whose significant other is a rabid cheater?

    As this article points out, the candidates also expressed an objection to "all forms of pornography."

    But finally, the pledge insists that the candidates MUST display a "steadfast embrace of a federal Marriage Amendment."  Why are these goons so quick to want to change the Constitution to preserve inequality, as in the case of this proposed amendment, and in the case of wanting to revise the Fourteenth Amendment to prevent birthright citizenship?

    I'm seeing more insanity in the current Republican party than I would ever have believed. Let's just hope Rick Perry of Texas doesn't run, because then we'll have a secessionist running for President of the United States.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KE5J6TIIEOJGPR7ERVVPI5URXI Teri

    I'm about to quit the Republican Party because of this right here.  They are such racists.  Why didn't they post how many kids will grow up with single parents, of ALL races??  Why single out the African-American president?  He's 1/2 white, too!!  What happened to the white side of him?  I bet if Obama was  a Republican, they'd say, "White President"  They are such hypocrites and bigots.    

    Am I the only Republican upset about this whole letter???

  • http://twitter.com/castaway5555 Tom Eggebeen

    They are Christian Reconstructionists full of hatred for any and all who stand in their way. Their's is a violent vision for America, with a sick relationship to America's slave-history and misogyny. Truly scary!