Let’s start out with three amazing quotes by one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson:
“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.”
“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.”
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
Why those three quotes? Well, if you go onto the Breitbart TV website today, you’ll find a fascinating video of an always colorful character: Representative Peter Stark of California. If you watch the video or read my transcript below, you’ll probably figure out quite quickly that he’s a Democrat.
Now don’t get me wrong… a non-conservative Republican might very well espouse the same opinion that he just did. The difference is that he shows absolutely no shame about it and obviously doesn’t care much about his constituent’s opinion.
If it had been a Republican up there on stage at a town hall meeting, he or she would have made much more of a show of placating the little people because most Republicans in office are groomed to cower like whipped mongrels anytime they’re questioned.
There are, of course, exceptions to that rule. But I’ve found that too many elected souls who carry the uppercase R by their title rarely remain brave for more than a day. After they make their stand and they inevitably get bad press, they usually backtrack just as fast as they possibly can.
“Well, I didn’t really mean that…”
“Let me clarify…”
“What I really meant to say was…”
But I digress far away from the main point of this particular blog.
Besides the fact that Mr. Stark obviously has no real concept of what the Constitution actually says – especially the first and original 10 amendments, which largely limit federal power – he admits something that is absolutely terrifying… and something that anybody who has been paying even a smidgen of attention to national politics should know anyway.
Read on or watch on to find out what that is, couched in a single sentence.
(Note: I transcribed everything as faithfully as I could, though I might have missed an “um” or two here or there.)
Woman: K, Mr. Stark. I heard you say this morning that healthcare is now a right, um, rather than a privilege because of legislation that passed earlier this year. But such a right is actually beyond the power of the federal government to confer. And this is because –
Woman: Wait, let me finish – because this is because it necessarily infringes on the inalienable rights of other people. And the reason I say this is because someone um in order to get healthcare services, those services have to be rendered by somebody else using their time, their energy, their knowledge and their labor. And this means that if any of us want healthcare and we have a right to it, then we can only have um than we necessarily have a right to compel others to give us to provide those services or to pay for them for us. And my question… I have a two-part question… and the first one is how can legislation such as this be constitutional when it seems to be to be in direct conflict with the thirteenth amendment, which abolished slavery. That’s the first thing. And the second thing is if this legislation is constitutional, what limitations are there on the federal government’s ability to tell us how to run our private lives.
Representative Pete Stark: I think that there are very few constitutional limits that would prevent the federal government from rules that could affect your private life. Now the basis for that would be how does that affect other people.
Woman: Sir, the Constitution specifically enumerates certain powers to the federal government and leaves the other – all other authority to the states – So the constitution – or the people. So the Constitution the constitution is very limited in what it can do sir. And it specifically prohibits slavery. And when you tell somebody you have a right to get a service from another, that’s essentially saying you get to make that person do something for you. And sir, that is a form of slavery. So my question is how can this law be constitutional. But more importantly than that, if they can do this, what can’t they?
Applause and murmuring/incoherent dialogue
Woman: Is your answer that they can do anything?
Rep. Stark: The – the federal government, um yes, can do most anything in this country.
Booing. Incoherent dialogue
Woman: You, sir, and people that think like you are destroying this nation.
Rep. Stark: Well, I’m sure glad that you’re here to save it. That’s very comforting.
Forget his snarkiness, which is admittedly, exceedingly childish for a man who looks a lot older than the 17 years his disrespectful attitude conveys. And put aside the featured woman’s spirited defense as well for a moment, though we should all strive to be just as vocal and educated as she is on such subjects.
Instead, really think about his admission that in his book – and that of the Obama administration and most other liberals – “the federal government… can do most anything in this country.”
This is the attitude that we have to deal with today: the insufferable, condescending greed of what Rush Limbaugh calls “the ruling class.” And this is the attitude that we’re going to have to deal with for the rest of our lives if we don’t stand up and say “Enough!”
Because if they truly can “do most anything” than the freedom they haven’t already ruled away from us is in serious jeopardy.
While I don’t think that we Americans living today – even those of us who have a decent 50 or 60 years left to go – have to worry about waking up one morning and discovering that the U.S. has turned into its own form of China or, worse yet, Iran, what about our children? What about our grandchildren? What about future generations?
It’s time to take note of what they really think of us.
It’s time to get scared.
And it’s time to do something about it.
End of story… or it’ll be the end of ours as a free nation.