I mean sure, they were exposed to rape, lashings, deplorable living conditions, disease, insufficient food, and 18 hour days, but at least they had a mommy and a daddy.
Rick Santorum also signed the pledge, and he at least had the smarts to say that he was glad the reference was removed in response to universal outrage on the verbage. Michele Bachmann's campaign? Not so much. They countered the controversy with yet another nonsensical slavery reference:
"Bachmann spokeswoman Alice Stewart, who confirmed the Minnesota congresswoman signed the pledge, said Sunday 'In no uncertain terms, Congresswoman Bachmann believe[s] that slavery was horrible and economic enslavement is also horrible.'"
Um, if there were a situation in modern America today that remotely approached slavery, I think that more people than whackjob Michele Bachmann would be pointing it out. We fought the bloodiest war in American history over slavery, and the continued use of that terminology is so freaking offensive I would put it up there with Holocaust references. Bitch, STFU.