I’m calling on every GOP officeholder and candidate to include the abolition of slavery and human trafficking as a top priority in their policies. The Republican Party was founded in part to fight slavery and we need to re-establish abolition of slavery as an imperative for this Nation and the world. The recent ACORN videos illustrate that slavery is not dead – it could even be thriving in a taxpayer-funded brothel in your city. There is no denying that what four former ACORN employees did was to abet human trafficking and child sex slavery – and that they would have arranged tax dollars to buy the house for the brothel.
There are millions of slaves in the world today – many of them child sex slaves and forced prostitutes – and people like those at ACORN turn a blind eye to this abhorrent institution. The FBI says:
We’re working to stop human trafficking—not only because of the personal and psychological toll it takes on society, but also because it facilitates the illegal movement of immigrants across borders and provides a ready source of income for organized crime groups and even terrorists.
I have seen one recent candidate address this issue in his campaign: George Barry, who ran in the GOP Congressional primary last time. I was surprised at the time that he brought it up, but I’m proud that he did and his call to end human trafficking should resound with all of us.
The FBI says that 27 States have laws against human trafficking, and I know that Alabama has laws against unlawful imprisonment and promoting prostitution, but I don’t know that we have a law against human trafficking. We’ve had these types of brothels shut down in Albertville (with at least one closed down thanks to a tip from someone in the Hispanic community – proof that decency knows no bounds).
Abraham Lincoln, in a speech at Quincy Illinois, said:
We have in this nation this element of domestic slavery. It is a matter of absolute certainty that it is a disturbing element. It is the opinion of all the great men who have expressed an opinion upon it, that it is a dangerous element… The Republican party think it wrong — we think it a moral, a social and a political wrong. We think it is a wrong not confining itself merely to the persons or the States where it exists, but that it is a wrong in its tendency, to say the least, that extends itself to the existence of the whole nation.
In light of the videos showing ACORN employees abetting human trafficking and child sex slavery, this part is prescient:
I will say now that there is a sentiment in the country contrary to me — a sentiment which holds that slavery is not wrong, and therefore it goes for policy that does not propose dealing with it as a wrong. That policy is the Democratic policy, and that sentiment is the Democratic sentiment.
While I don’t believe that most Democrats knowingly approve of slavery or child prostitution, I do think that some of their policies and their non-judgmental attitudes have the unintended effects of encouraging both.
BTW, reading the speeches, I was reminded that audience participation has always been part of public discourse in this country – people shouted out during Lincoln’s speeches just as they do now.