Brought to you courtesy of everyone’s favorite dueche-bag: Keith Olbermann.
First, Read Michael Medved’s Column:
(I have included the intro paragraph and then the headings of each point made in the article below)
SIX INCONVENIENT TRUTHS ABOUT THE U.S. AND SLAVERY
Sept 26th 2007
Honest Appraisal Shows Basis for Pride as Well as Guilt
Those who want to discredit the United States and to deny our role as history’s most powerful and pre-eminent force for freedom, goodness and human dignity invariably focus on America’s bloody past as a slave-holding nation. Along with the displacement and mistreatment of Native Americans, the enslavement of literally millions of Africans counts as one of our two founding crimes-and an obvious rebuttal to any claims that this Republic truly represents “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” According to America-bashers at home and abroad, open-minded students of our history ought to feel more guilt than pride, and strive for “reparations” or other restitution to overcome the nation’s uniquely cruel, racist and rapacious legacy.
Unfortunately, the current mania for exaggerating America’s culpability for the horrors of slavery bears no more connection to reality than the old, discredited tendency to deny that the U.S. bore any blame at all. No, it’s not true that the “peculiar institution” featured kind-hearted, paternalistic masters and happy, dancing field-hands, any more than it’s true that America displayed unparalleled barbarity or enjoyed disproportionate benefit from kidnapping and exploiting innocent Africans.
An honest and balanced understanding of the position of slavery in the American experience requires a serious attempt to place the institution in historical context and to clear-away some of the common myths and distortions.
Here are the 6 Points that Medved makes. He expands a great deal on each item so please go read the full article.
- SLAVERY WAS AN ANCIENT AND UNIVERSAL INSTITUTION, NOT A DISTINCTIVELY AMERICAN INNOVATION.
- SLAVERY EXISTED ONLY BRIEFLY, AND IN LIMITED LOCALES, IN THE HISTORY OF THE REPUBLIC – INVOLVING ONLY A TINY PERCENTAGE OF THE ANCESTORS OF TODAY’S AMERICANS.
- THOUGH BRUTAL, SLAVERY WASN’T GENOCIDAL: LIVE SLAVES WERE VALUABLE BUT DEAD CAPTIVES BROUGHT NO PROFIT.
- IT’S NOT TRUE THAT THE U.S. BECAME A WEALTHY NATION THROUGH THE ABUSE OF SLAVE LABOR: THE MOST PROSPEROUS STATES IN THE COUNTRY WERE THOSE THAT FIRST FREED THEIR SLAVES.
- WHILE AMERICA DESERVES NO UNIQUE BLAME FOR THE EXISTENCE OF SLAVERY, THE UNITED STATES MERITS SPECIAL CREDIT FOR ITS RAPID ABOLITION.
- THERE IS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT TODAY’S AFRICAN-AMERICANS WOULD BE BETTER OFF IF THEIR ANCESTORS HAD REMAINED BEHIND IN AFRICA.
The other day Olbermann claimed that, based on his column, Mr Medved was a defender of slavery. This is purely and entirely a lie. If you have actually read the column, you can clearly see that it takes the issue on from a historic perspective. The point of Medved’s column is that America did not invent Slavery – it invented abolition. Nowhere in the piece could I find one word that “defends slavery.” The article merely points out some facts about this country and our history concerning slavery.
But then again – what did you expect from Keith? The point of Olbermann’s show is only to slam conservatives. Truth, to Olbermann, is a mere annoyance as it often gets in the way of his shows goals. In fact, Olbermann’s show could not exist if he were forced to actually tell the truth.
Here is Medved’s excellent rebuttal and challenge below:
Would Keith ever dare come on Medved’s show to debate? Of course not. The reason is because he is a coward (and mark this: I do not use this term lightly!) and he knows that he was un-truthful in his portrayal of Micheal’s article. Also, note that Olbermann’s show has no counter opinion whatsoever. Medved, however, devotes entire shows regularly to what he calls Disagreement Day – where the only callers allowed on the show are there to argue against and challenge Micheal’s perspectives.
So you decide:
Who’s opinion should you trust?
Why is Olbermann’s show allowed on MSNBC?