Monday, August 2, 2010

A Simple Question, A Simple Answer

This is a truly amazing video. At a town hall meeting, a woman asks Rep. Pete Starks (D) a simple question. If health care is a "right", it means someone else must provide it, which means the federal government must compel someone either to provide the service or to pay for it. However, she asks, wouldn't this violate the 13th amendment prohibition on slavery? And, if the government can compel such a service, what can't it do? Listen to lifelong statist and pragmatist extraordinaire Pete Stark's, uh, answer.

4 comments:

Benpercent said...

At the end where a commenter states that he's the type of person that's destroying this nation he almost looks like he's nodding in agreement.

Doug Reich said...

LOL. I saw that too.

I think he is just bewildered that someone could accuse him of that. He is so unprincipled he can not make the connection. In his mind, he is doing Good leftist socialist central planning work. It goes back to previous posts I have written where I have tried to explain this. This video is a good dramatization. They literally can not understand these charges against them, because they can not think in principle. In his mind, this woman is just part of "the anti-reform mob" that shouts them down with "noise". He can't process it.

Anonymous said...

Doug,

I think Pete Stark is quite principled in authoratarianism. To Stark's credit, at least he was being truthful, and he is fairly correct in saying that they can do pretty much whatever they want up in D.C. In all honesty I'd rather have more Pete Starks in Washington than the current mass of statist liars. It's better that we at least know exactly what totalitarian direction we're heading in rather than be lied into oblivion.

Doug Reich said...

It's sad that we've come to a point where we discuss what "type" of statist dictator is preferable-the smarmy liar or the straight up strong man...