NHDP - O'Brien Refuses to Apologize, Doubles Down on Slavery Comments

Will NHGOP Finally Condemn His Vile Rhetoric?

Concord - After disgraced former Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien compared the Fugitive Slave Act to health reform, the Concord Monitor called O’Brien’s language “despicable” and “nothing short of obscene.”  The Nashua Telegraph called them a "stain on the New Hampshire House," and adding that New  Hampshire Republicans should state if O'Brien's views "represent those of the party."

Yet a week later, O'Brien has refused to apologize for his shameful comments and instead doubled down on them in a op-ed in the Concord Monitor this morning.  Meanwhile there has been silence from Senator Kelly Ayotte, from Republican State Senators Jeb Bradley and Peter Bragdon, and from Republican State Rep Gene Chander - who are letting the former Speaker taint their entire party with his chilling words.

New Hampshire DNC Member Joanne Dowdell asked New Hampshire Republicans to refute his offensive and chilling language.

"Clearly O’Brien sees nothing wrong with his comments as his retorte doubles down and aims to defend the indefensible. After a week of silence it appears the NHGOP doesn't take issue with his outrageous statements either. It is past time for New Hampshire Republicans to take responsibility for their party and to state plainly if they agree with O'Brien's vile comparison of health reform to the Fugitive Slave Act. This is the same repulsive Tea Party rhetoric New Hampshire voters rejected last fall. Silence can be deafening and in the absense of  Kelly Ayotte, Jeb Bradley, Peter Bragdon and Gene Chandler speaking out to reject O'Briens's offensive words, one is left wondering if O'Brien speaks for them.
"Speaker O'Brien should know that I am not embarrassed by the mention of slavery, but I am outraged by his comparison of it to making health coverage more accessible and more affordable for all Americans. The shame his words bring to the entire Republican Party in New Hampshire is a shocking indictment of the state of the NHGOP. It is very telling that in 2013, O'Brien's chilling comments have stood without any refutation or rebuttal from a single Republican for an entire week. It is simply unforgiveable."

The full text of O'Brien's op-ed is below.

My Turn: From the ‘Monitor,’ prejudice, divisiveness, ignorance
Thursday, August 8, 2013 
(Published in the Concord Monitor: Thursday, August 8, 2013)
Re “From O’Brien, a despicable argument” (Monitor editorial, Aug. 5):
It is really no wonder the Concord Monitor, the Nashua Telegraph, and other voices of the Doctrinaire Left are so angry that I brought up the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 during a speech on Obamacare in Concord.
Those on the Left are always embarrassed and compromised by any mention of slavery. Indeed, they should be uncomfortable because the same philosophy that excused slavery underlies their current politics. In fact, those foundational ideals have easily led them to Obamacare’s individual mandate, which, for the first time in American history, orders people to engage in private commerce to support a federal government program.
Pre-Civil War, racist U.S. Sen. John C. Calhoun was a principal apologist for slavery in America. As a recent article by Jarrett Stepman and Inez Feltscher explains, “three of the core ideas Calhoun’s pro-slavery school embraced continue to resonate on the left (and) . . . (e)ach of these principles is echoed in the policy and philosophy of the modern left.”
Those core and continuing principles are, in summary, a rejection, in order to promote such racist policies as slavery, segregation and affirmative action, of the natural rights of men and the concept that all men are equal, and a belief, necessary to economically justify first slavery and now permanent welfare such as Obamacare, that dependency is a positive when contrasted with uncaring capitalism.
The liberals populating the editorial boards of these newspapers ought to spend some time reviewing and understanding history before their editorials again spin forth with the personal attacks that have both come to characterize the Left these days and so polluted our politics.
They can start by reading the article that explains how historically confused they are (www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/08/06/The-Pro-Slavery-Roots-of-the-Modern-Left).
They can continue by answering some specific questions relevant to their free-wheeling attacks on me: What taxes would they have increased in order to spend more money than was available when we cut spending in the 2011-13 state budget? And why, if that budget was so awful, have the spending cuts been continued into the 2013-15 budget in order to again avoid raising taxes?
Prejudice, divisiveness and ignorance all have found homes at the editorial boards of these legacy media newspapers.
We don’t have let them come into our homes.
(Republican state Rep. Bill O’Brien of Mont Vernon is the former speaker of the New Hampshire House.)