Rep. Steven Cohen (D-Tenn.) went off the hyperbole diving board on the House floor today, saying the GOP effort to repeal the health reform law is built on a “big lie” strategy. In other words, he said the Republicans are no different than Goebbels and Nazi Germany.Yeesh. The Hitler analogy rarely works, unless you’re talking about the Balkans, Rwanda etc. Anyway, what’s worse. Being called a Nazi or a Commie? I ask because Republicans made a lot of Soviet references in 2009 and 2010 when they were fighting the health care bill. A few samples, all from the Congressional Record:
Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, when I traveled to the old Soviet Union in the 1980s, nobody walked around smiling or joking or laughing. It was all gloom, doom, and despair. Living under government tyranny destroys the human spirit, the mind, the soul, and the body. The monopoly of government kills off the notion of individuality. Bureaucracies have an insensitive cookie-cutter solution for everything. It’s the same with government run health care.
Thomas Jefferson was a visionary. He talked about government-run health care. He said, ‘‘If the government decides what foods people eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.’’
Government-run health care pushes us down the road to ‘‘we the subjects’’ instead of ‘‘we the people.’’ Instead of us controlling government, government controls us. That’s what tyranny is.
Mr. NUNES. Mr. Speaker, this debate is not about the uninsured; it’s about socialized medicine. Today we are turning back the clock. For most of the 20th century, people fled the ghosts of communist dictators, and now you are bringing the ghosts back into this Chamber. With passage of this bill, they will haunt Americans for generations.
Your multitrillion dollar health care bill continues the Soviets’ failed Soviet socialistic experiment. It gives the Federal Government absolute control over health care in America.
My friends, that is what this debate is really about. Today, Democrats in this House will finally lay the cornerstone of their socialist utopia on the backs of the American people.
Say “no” to socialism. Say “no” to totalitarianism. Say “no” to this bill.
Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, many years ago during the mid-eighties, I had the opportunity to travel to what is now the former Soviet Union when it was the Soviet Union. I had that experience based upon the fact that I was a judge in Texas and got to go see what it was like to live under that type of regime.
Of course, in those days, everything was controlled. Everything was controlled by the government. The lives of the people were totally controlled by the government because the government, as they say, knew better. It made all decisions for the people. It made the decision what town they lived in, what apartment they lived in, what job they had, where they worked, and gave them permission or not to even travel from town to town. And, of course, government made also the decision and the control over their health care.
I noticed as I went from clinic to clinic that the lines would be down the street. Four in the afternoon, they shut the door. The people disappeared. The next day they would come back and stand in line again, hoping to get some of that government-controlled, rationed health care.
I also noticed something more important than all of that, that the spirit of those Russian people was broken. They had given up. They had given up on themselves and on their government.
Eventually, of course, they were defeated, as we say, when the wall came down. But they were not really defeated by the United States, by the West. They were defeated by their own government because of their oppression and subjugation to the government and government control of their lives. Yes, in those days, the evil empire, as we called it, was the ultimate example of total government control.
Now, of course, we are not the Soviet Union. I am not saying we are. But today we are engaged in the great debate of at least this century of health care. But it is a bigger issue than health care. The issue is about government control of our lives. Regardless of how you put the bill that is now over 2,000 pages, it changes the philosophy that the government now will control health care in this country, rather than us as citizens.
You know, the idea that government is going to save us all. We are going down that road of government, more government, more government, more government, and more government. You know, government is already the biggest employer in this country. It is the biggest consumer in this country. It is the biggest landowner in this country. It is the biggest spender in this country. It has most of the money. And when it runs out of money, it takes money from the people when they are alive and even when they are dead because of the death tax.
Mr. GOHMERT. Madam Speaker, an extraordinary thing happened here today, right out here down the hill. There were tens of thousands of people that came out on very short notice. They came out, and these were not the super wealthy. These weren’t the Wall Street folks that if you will check, give four to one to Democrats over Republicans. These people didn’t care about party at all. They were concerned about the America that they knew, an America where people were given a chance to succeed and a chance to fail. Because as people far more wise than I am have noted over the years, any government that can take away your chance to fail has taken away your chance to succeed.
So people came out on very short notice. These were working people. You could see these were not people of leisure. These were people who had jobs, but they felt like this was something so critical they had to come, make their voices heard. You see them around offices all over the Capitol Hill area.
It was immensely moving. And the way the people all said the pledge to the flag at the start and honored the prayer as it was said to start the proceedings. And I don’t know that I have ever heard a group sing the National Anthem with such fervor as a group. It was immensely touching because the people were up here to let their voices be heard and to let people know that the government does not need to take over 18 percent of this country’s economy. Haven’t we messed up the car companies enough? Haven’t we messed up the banks and the lenders and
the housing market enough that we’re not satisfied yet until we take over 18 percent of the world’s economy and muck it up as well? Do we really have to meddle and take over that kind of thing?
The role of the government should be as a referee, not as a player. We shouldn’t be out there taking over businesses. You want to speed up the demise of a country, then let the government start becoming the player. Now, the Soviet Union was brutal enough and totalitarian enough. They were able to make a socialist form of government last for 70 years, as a record. Extraordinary. But they were brutal and totalitarian enough, they could force it that far. We won’t last that long, not when we’ve moved the government in charge of everything.
C’mon guys. Can we just stop with the Hitler/Nazi/Stalin/Commie lines? I vote for “soft-hearted, whiny liberals” and “cold-hearted, money-driven conservatives.”Done!