Charlie Rangel is one of those gifts that just keeps on giving. Â While attending a political rally for Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York on Thursday, he had a few things to say about Republicans, or The Grand Old Party. Â (Too bad none of them are true.)
Rangel compared some members of the GOP to confederates from the Civil War era. But at the Thursday evening event, he added that they “believe that slavery isn’t over.”
A little history refresher for Mr. Rangel – slavery was repealed by the 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Â At the time, Abraham Lincoln, one of the early members of the Republican Party, Â was the Union president. Â The vote in Congress to send the amendment to the states was numbered along party lines and the Republicans won. Â Not only do Republicans believe that slavery is over, they ended it.
“Everything we believe in â€”Â everything we believe inÂ â€”Â they hate. They don’t disagree â€”Â they hate! They think if you didn’t come from Europe 30 years ago, you didn’t even make it.”
Came from Europe 30 years ago…some of my European ancestors came to this side of the pond in the 17th century – that’s over 300 years ago. Â Some came to escape the Irish potato famine in the 1840’s. Â One came to farm in the 1870s. Â Another group were imported skilled labor brought here by industry in the early 1900s. Â That’s a lot longer ago than 30 years. Â Plus, my family were once Democrats to the core. Â We are now voting about 50-50. Â What many of my relatives believe in, Democrats denigrate. Â They believe the party left them.
Â “Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over and they and think they won the Civil War!” Rangel shouted.
Well, Charlie, hate to be the one to break this to you, but, uh, Republicans were in control in Congress when the Union won the Civil War, so in effect, they did win it.
“Everything we’re doing is God’s work: education, healthcare, affordable housing, [protecting against] discrimination, paying people the minimum wage.”
For a very long time, God’s work in these matters was left to the Church. Â Healthcare in particular, and teaching people not to discriminate. Â God’s work is really the Church’s business – and quite frankly, the Church is much better at it. Â Christians within the context of the Church are charged to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, harbor the harborless, clothe the naked, visit the sick, bury the dead and instruct the ignorant among other tasks that grant succor. Â The government system advocated by Rangel seeks to make government all things to all people, and that just doesn’t work.
Sometimes, one has to wonder why the Democratic Party allows some members to speak in public. Â Mr. Rangel is a particularly bad example of what can come out of mouths that make the people sound as idiotic as they are.