Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) sounded off on Thursday during the House debate over the Parental Bill of Rights with a patently absurd comment.
It had to be silly to gain recognition because the day was filled with Democrats making pointless observations. Lee asked, “Don’t we want our children to know that slavery is wrong as I fight against slavery today that still exists?” What?
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: "Don't we want our children to know that slavery was wrong as I fight against slavery today that still exists?" pic.twitter.com/S51Qj2lvTE
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 23, 2023
Granted, her comments shared the podium with some classics. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) accused “MAGA Republicans” of not wanting the Holocaust to be taught in schools.
And Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) chimed in that parental rights being “chilled” is as much of a fact as incriminating material being discovered on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
But it was Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee who took the day’s trophy, expressly declaring the present-day existence of slavery. She did not express exactly where this slavery still exists, though she represents the Houston area.
The queen of the reparations movement is adamant that people who never owned slaves pay reparations to people who never were slaves. But now she said, on the House floor, that slavery is still in effect and she is personally engaged in battle with it.
Twitter, as could be expected, had a field day.
Many noted that she was making such a ridiculous statement from the House of Representatives podium, and others wondered how she was elected in the first place.
One expressed amazement that people “pulled the lever for this woman and said ‘that was a good idea.’” Still another asked who exactly is teaching that slavery is okay.
Multiple users who described themselves as from the Houston area apologized to the nation for being the launching point that sent her to Congress. One asked if she would take her fight to China, where slavery is in fact in practice.
The Parental Bill of Rights is an important piece of legislation, and Democrats know this. They would not have to resort to outright falsehoods if they had an argument against the measure that would stand on its own merit.
But they don’t. So they engage in hyperbole and scattershot attacks to distract attention from the very real issues addressed in the bill. It is no wonder that Americans who are paying attention see right through their educational charade.