Sarah Palin compared the federal debt to slavery. Al Sharpton took immediate offense:

“Our federal debt is like slavery? Slavery was horrific, vile, a vile practice that was explicitly based on race. So it’s hard to avoid sounding racist when you make comparisons like that. This kind of talk has no place in our political debate. But Palin doesn’t seem to care. She only cares about throwing red meat to the right wing.”

There are many types of slavery: drugs, food, sex, prostitution, alcohol, etc. Governments can enslave people. The people in North Korea are slaves to the State. Communism is slavery. The Communists in Germany had to build a wall to keep people from escaping to freedom. The people were wards of the State. There are political slaves in the United States who vote for politicians who keep them enslaved through dependency programs. They are slaves who think they are free.

Debt is a form of slavery since it inhibits a person’s freedom. Palin said:

“Our free stuff today is being paid for by taking money from our children and borrowing from China. When that money comes due – and this isn’t racist – but it’ll be like slavery when that note is due. We are going to beholden to the foreign master. . . We’re not wards of the State but free men and women who can live good and productive lives without D.C.s appointed best and brightest telling us what to do.”

Sharpton is an ordained minister. This means he should be familiar with the Bible: “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave” (Prov. 22:7). The apostle Paul wrote, “Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law” (Rom. 13:8).  Indentured servitude is often the result of debt. “It was permissible to purchase men and women who voluntarily sold themselves into indentured service, but not to sell them (Exodus 21:2, Leviticus 25:39, 42, 45, Deuteronomy 15:12). Taking men and women and enslaving them against their will, or selling them into slavery, was expressly forbidden on pain of death (Exodus 21:16, Deuteronomy 24:7).” If biblical law had been followed, America never would have gotten involved in the immoral slave trade.
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