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Maxine Waters says she would ‘be happy’ to support reparations for slavery

Yes, you read that right.

In a speech in Alabama in March, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) dangled the prospect of slavery reparations in front of a crowded room of supporters in an unconcealed attempt to galvanize the black vote so that the Democratic Party can return to power in Washington.

Embracing a pipe dream

The visionless, mud-slinging Democratic Party agenda failed to enliven supporters in 2016, and Waters has since turned to a radical pipe dream to motivate her constituents. Vote for Democrats, and you could receive a check in the mail from the U.S. government for your support, Waters deceptively suggested during a stump speech in Selma, AL, the epicenter of the 1960s civil rights movement.

Fortunately, a camera was present to capture the whole sordid affair. The recently resurfaced video begins with a representative from The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) imploring Waters to support the reparations movement, citing lawsuits against European nations and referencing upcoming reparations conferences in Africa. 

Noting that Waters has a “relationship with millennials as ‘Auntie Maxine’ that no other congressperson has,” the activist speaker asked if Waters would become “an active co-sponsor” of H.R. 40a bill that would establish a Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans.

“I’d be happy to do that. That’s no problem,” Waters answered. Take a look for yourself:

“Mad Max”

N’COBRA needs an advocate in Washington to reintroduce H.R. 40 after the group’s former sponsor was disgraced and forced to retire from Congress. The N’COBRA representative told Waters: “Now that Congressman [John] Conyers [D-MI] is no longer there, we need someone to stand up and push this legislation forward.”

Conyers, once the longest-serving Democrat in the House, resigned in December 2017 at the age of 88 amid sexual harassment accusations. From 1989 to 2017, the Detroit-based legislator attempted to reintroduce H.R. 40 to his colleagues in the House to no avail.

But most Americans struggle with the concept of reparations. The idea that people who have committed no crime should bear the guilt for injustices from as long ago as 1609 by making payments to the descendants of victims is a ludicrous proposal.

In fact, a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted just after Waters’ Selma speech found that 70 percent of Americans are downright opposed to the notion of reparations — but not Waters. Addressing the crowd of pro-reparations supporters, she explained:

In order to get where we need to go on this issue and other issues, we really got to understand that 2018 is important in taking back the House and taking back the Senate. And of course, we’ve got to get the White House back.

Marketplace politics

Waters reaffirmed the idea that if reparations were ever going to get off the ground, black Americans would need to vote Democrat, saying: If we want to get to the point where we can get reparations, we’ve got to have the power to do that, number one, by having a supportive president would be wonderful, but taking back the House would be absolutely wonderful.”

Waters concluded her speech by identifying herself as a “progressive” and a “liberal,” while excoriating President Donald Trump for his “bully mentality.” Unaware of the diplomatic breakthrough Trump would experience just a few months later with North Korea, Waters said that Americans need someone in the White House who “understands diplomacy and understands what we need to do to have peace in this world.”

On June 12, Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his denuclearization work on the Korean Peninsula.

A liberal tradition

Waters continues to take her constituents for a ride, promising the impossible and even now offering an economic incentive for people to vote for her. Instead, she should have assured her base that reparations are a delusional fantasy — and that Americans will never tolerate this immoral and unjust scheme.

But Waters is really just continuing the age-old Democratic tradition of transforming America’s electoral system into a transactional process by promising entitlements in exchange for votes. Reparations are the latest, most outrageous goods up for sale in the Democratic Party’s marketplace of lies, and Rep. Maxine Waters is just another greedy merchant in a trading center where, unfortunately, all sales are final.