Mr. Speaker, in the deep, dark dungeons of this Capitol, thegovernment trolls are writing bills behind closed doors. Their aim hasalways been to take away our liberty one step at a time. It's whatbureaucrats do. They look for ways to grow and take over more of ourlives to justify their existence. So these elite government trollsthink they know better how to run our lives than we do, and they keeptheir bills in secret so we, the people, won't know what's in themuntil it's too late, until the legislation is forced upon an unwilling,misinformed people.
It has been decades since freedom and liberty faced a fullfrontal assault from a single piece of legislation, a bill that is sodamaging in scope that by its passage, American freedom and Americanhealth will be sacrificed on the altar of more government control. Ofcourse I'm talking about the universal government takeover of healthcare. This is the most important piece of legislation in modernhistory, and we were promised--we were promised that we in this House,we would have transparency. We would see what is taking place.
The administration promised us that transparency. In fact,the administration invited interested parties in health care to theWhite House to discuss health care. Of course, for some reason I wasn'ton that invitation list because I'm always willing to discuss myposition and the position of the people I represent. We were promisedthat cameras would film the transparency, cameras like C-SPAN, cameraslike the ones here in the House of Representatives, down the hallway inthe U.S. Senate so the American people can see what takes place. Ibelieve in cameras so that the American public can see what happens inour Republic.
When I was a judge back in Texas, I was one of the firstjudges to allow cameras into the courtroom so the American people couldsee what took place in a criminal trial. I've offered legislation tohave cameras in the United States Supreme Court, in their hearings, sothe most important, most powerful Court in the United States and in theworld, the people can see what takes place over there. Of course, thatlegislation hasn't gone anywhere.
And C-SPAN, what do they do? Well, they're not a newsorganization in the sense that they have commentators. They just filmwhat takes place, and the American public decides. C-SPAN wants to filmwhat is taking place somewhere in the dungeons of this Capitol wherethe trolls are writing yet another health care bill.
You know, Mr. Speaker, health care is more than about justgovernment control of health care. It's about government control of ourlives. It's more about government raising taxes, more governmentspending, more borrowing from the Chinese and from the Japanese andmore oppression. A government takeover of health care is unhealthy, andit's not going to make the American health better. It's going to makethe individual health of the American people actually worse, given thatthe government control over health and health care is not compatiblewith liberty.
Mr. Speaker, if we love the competence of FEMA and theefficiency of the post office and the compassion of the IRS, we'regoing to love nationalized health care. Allowing our rulers toconstruct these bills in secret is exactly how they will bring aboutthese liberty-killing laws.
Patrick Henry, one of my heroes, said, "The liberties of apeople never were, nor ever will be secure when the transactions oftheir rulers may be concealed from them." Let me repeat that: "Theliberties of a people never were, nor ever will be secure when thetransactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." And that'sexactly what's taking place in this third health care bill that issupposedly being written by Members of the Senate and Members of theHouse somewhere in this Capitol.
When rulers plot against the people in secret, it makes ithard for the people to fight back because they really don't know what'sgoing on. But, Mr. Speaker, the people are fighting back. They arefighting back with ballots and not bullets. That was proven yesterdayin Massachusetts. The way things are running in Washington, D.C., these days, the proof is purposely hidden from the people. Andthe question is why. Why can't the people see through C-SPAN what istaking place behind closed doors? Because it's giving power togovernment and not to the people. And that's why we're not beingallowed to see what's taking place.
It's about changing the phrase "We the People" to "We theSubjects." And that's why We, the People, aren't allowed to see what'staking place behind these closed doors in secret. So much fortransparency. Spending, taxing, regulating and borrowing, that's what'staking place. There is nothing more these days that the taxocrats won'ttry to tax or regulate.
Ronald Reagan once said, "Freedom is never more than onegeneration away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children inthe bloodstream ..... It must be fought for, protected and handed onfor them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset yearstelling our children and our children's children what it was like oncein the United States where men were free."
Legislation, Mr. Speaker, especially the most important inrecent years, health care, should be done openly, openly so we can seewhat's taking place. So I say, open up the steel gates, quit hiding thefacts from the citizens. Mr. President, open the gates of transparencyand openness. And, Mr. President, tear down these walls of secrecy.
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