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Bachmann & Friends’ Message to Congress: Read the Bill! (Updated)

November 7, 2009

donttreadonmeFall will turn to winter soon, but if the White House thinks the summer’s tea party movement is going to cool down with the weather, they’re in for disappointment.

On Thursday, between 20,000 and 45,000 Americans descended upon Capitol Hill (along with talk radio host Dr. Mark Levin and conservative actor Jon Voight) to protest the nationalization of America’s healthcare system, answering a call put out by Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) just a week before.  Bachmann and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) joined Sean Hannity to reflect on the defiant spirit of the American people, as well as ObamaCare’s political prospects.

David Forsmark and Ben Johnson have already demolished the hypocritical attempts to mischaracterize the crowds as fanatics, and on “Hannity,” Bachmann highlighted one of the real reasons the protestors would have gotten under the skin of more than a couple Democrats:

People didn’t just come to hear speakers; they then pivoted, fanned out, went into the Capitol, went into the office buildings, were very polite, went from door to door to door, knocked on the doors.  We handed out, actually pages, actual pages from the bill.  People would take one page, and then they’d carry that page and ask members of Congress, “Can you read this to me and explain it to me so that it makes sense?”

Of course, we already know that, not only does Congress rarely bother to read the laws they pass, but lawmakers often scoff at the very idea that they should know exactly what new regulations they’re imposing on the country. Progressive ideology dictates that the democratic process should only decide which general ideas and broad goals the government is to adopt. The details of how to enact them, on the other hand, are best left to unelected administrative bodies. That’s why the Left insists this overhaul of one-sixth of the economy needs to be done quickly, or why they’re not all that interested in talking about whether or not ObamaCare will cover abortions or illegal immigrants.  Heaven forbid we involve the people in such a complex matter; only our enlightened experts will suffice.  This debacle is but one of many case studies in how progressive governance, as Michelle Malkin recently wrote, means “the death of deliberative democracy.”

It’s too soon to throw up the “Mission Accomplished” banner, but enough just might be enough.  The Republican victories this week have reignited Blue Dog Democrats’ fears over force-feeding liberalism to the American people, who are increasingly wary of ObamaCare.  So fear not the demagoguery, America; they smear you because they fear you.  Keep the heat on our elected officials, and keep on partying like it’s 1773.

UPDATE: It turns out that the videos Fox played during this segment included footage from the September 12 Tea Party, presented as if it was from Bachmann’s rally instead.  Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart first called attention to it, and last night Hannity apologized, calling it an inadvertent mistake.  Leftists, of course, will insist it was deliberate, all the while ignoring deceptive video use from other networks.  But intentional or not, misleading video is misleading video, and Sean Hannity and Fox News deserved to be called out on it.


Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College.  He also blogs at the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

  1. F. Swemson permalink
    November 7, 2009 5:21 pm

    Palin – Bachmann is beginning to sound really good to me right now !

  2. Michael van der Galien permalink
    November 8, 2009 3:50 am

    Although many may agree, I think that it would be too devisive a ticket. What’s more, one women on the ticket is already progress and a challenge to voters. Two may be a bit too much to ask.

    • MartyD permalink
      November 8, 2009 8:17 am

      Since when does excellence, initiative, integrity, self-reliance, and patriotism have limits set by gender? You’ve got to be kidding or self-revealing.

  3. John L Work permalink
    November 8, 2009 5:16 am

    The bill passed the house last night.

    So, what’s left for Bachman to do?

    Now Arlen Specter and the all other RINOs can reach across the aisle and help the Communists, er, I mean the Democrats, pass the Senate half and we’re almost there. The 2006 and 2008 elections were a disaster and we can all thank George W Bush (I voted for him two times) and John McCain (I really voted for his running mate, not for him) for destroying the Republican Party. They were both closet Socialists with an (R) behind their names. Open borders, TARP, big government, spend spend spend, Islam is a great religion of peace, etc.

    And we can thank a mindless failed press corps for not doing its job in finding out who this man Obama really is and from whence he came.

    Next comes amnesty and citizenship for fifty million illegal aliens or so and they will all vote Democrat for the next thousand years. Then we will truly have arrived at the new dark ages. And it’ll all get done before the 2010 election.

    Bachman was correct. Letters (I’ve written lots of them), phone calls (I’ve made lots of them), and now apparently even personal visits during the week from people all over the nation do not phase this president and this Congress – nothing really has phased the leftist movement for a long time, except accomplishing the goal of destruction, collectivization and socialization of what was once a great representative republic.

    At the age of nearly 63, I guess the best I can do now is to pray for my grandson and chidren and to wish for an early death.

    • Jim Kizer permalink
      November 9, 2009 4:51 pm

      I am 75, and still on my feet. I also am a Korean vet that supported the French Foreign Legion in Indo China/Vietnam. When a child in Alaska I trained to fight ther Japanese if they came to Kodiak Island from Attu and Kiska in the Aleutian Islands during WW-2. I have raised 5 children, 4 were adopted, now number 6 is 10 years old. I will quit fighting for this country when I am dead. I hope I have instilled values in the children I raised to continue in the same manner. This is our land, those that do not like it can leave. Those that wish to say we stole it from the native Americans can also stuff it. I am nearly 1/4 native and 3/4 European lineage, and that makes me all American

  4. Michael van der Galien permalink
    November 8, 2009 5:31 am

    At the age of nearly 63, I guess the best I can do now is to pray for my grandson and chidren and to wish for an early death.

    That might be a bit over the top. It’s not the end of the world – yet. 🙂

    • jochang permalink
      November 8, 2009 6:31 am

      Not only is John L. Work’s comment over the top, it is downright defeatist. Take heart, John L. Work.

      I am an immigrant, privileged to be able to come here. I chose America for many reasons, but one outstanding was that during WWII, I met Americans for the first time, their average age about 19. They were brave young men, determined, and dedicated to the cause for which their country had sent them to defend. The spirit they brought to the fight for world freedom inspired, and many died so that we can today still savor the results of their sacrifice. Later they were named The Greatest Generation. And they were. Honor them, and others, by having faith in this nation’s people and the goodness they have shared, worldwide, so generously. Lest we forget.

  5. John Davidson permalink
    November 8, 2009 5:41 am

    When looking for a new leader, might we consider someone with the courage to get mad at these commies.

  6. Rogert permalink
    November 8, 2009 6:29 am

    I have said it before and will say it again…the real danger of the bill is emphasized by the very fact that Congress mandates for us what they EXEMPT themselves from. They will continue to have fantastic coverage for themselves and their families…all at no cost to them, but a back breaking debt for us.

    The gloating group last night “promised” lower costs and better care for America. I can believe that some of them might even believe it. Government is insulated from having to actually pay for anything…they simply add a paragraph – or 30 – and deal with it…not!

    They were forced to include the anti abortion section, but before the ink was dry they were already seeking to remove it…and you know they will. The utter gall of the democrats, and some republicans, never ceases to astound me. But…who am I? I’m just another “astro turf crazy.”

  7. Julie B permalink
    November 8, 2009 11:46 am

    I never thought anything would shake me from my roots as a lifelong Democrat.. Until Now!

    Why are Americans now so unimportant to our lawmakers and whatever happened to the American Dream?

    We have lost our jobs and we have lost hope. Instead we are asked to support 50 million immigrants who are driving down our wages and driving up our social program costs.
    Why are American citizens the ones who no longer matter? I am sick of it and sick of the crime rates going up in our once safe cities.

    I will now vote for any Republican that stands up for and does not penalize us for being AMERICAN CITIZENS,

    • John Davidson permalink
      November 8, 2009 1:15 pm

      Excellant post.

  8. November 8, 2009 12:47 pm

    If you ever wondered how a runaway government would look like todays action by this congress will give you a good idea of what a tyrranical government looks and sounds like. The arrogance and cavalier attitude of this congress shows that they could care the less about the very negative effects that thier piece of legislation will have on this nation. It is incomprehensible that these men and owmn would burden this country further when it has already been wealened by a severs economic downturn brought about by the previous administration and contined and added to by this administration. Arrogance of power knows no boundries nor is it republican or democratic. It stems from the political elitists arrogance and self serving attitudes. Democrats haver, at this juncture, proven themselves to be even more arrogant by ignoring the citizens protests since August! They shall pay a price for their arrogance!

  9. shorething permalink
    November 8, 2009 1:39 pm

    to julie and john dittos

  10. peachey permalink
    November 8, 2009 3:40 pm

    Peters L.,
    There is actually a method to their seeming madness. It is to collapse an entire system of democratic government and replace it with a communist template. All of the members of this new cabinet are already in place. These czars all have the same philosophy and goals of a collapse of this republic and the institution of a communistic state of “imposed equity”.The Cloward and Pivens method has been around for some time and used effectively in collapsing the housing and financial markets of this country as you have seen in a short period of time. Through this collapse, Obama and his administration now control these entities and will use them to control us. 50% of their goals have been achieved. Through the “healthcare” legislation the rest of the control will follow. Be afraid. Be very afraid. When he spoke of a private/civilian police force what did you think that he was referring to? They did anticipate that the American public would oppose the changes once the goals of his change were not compatible with the U.S. Constitution and the fabric of the American life. Things are going to get ugly very fast.

  11. Trenchant Commentator permalink
    November 9, 2009 2:50 am

    Aren’t there “checks and balances” in the American governmental system that mandates some branch or cell within that government to take appropriate action in the event that elected officials (or an administration) pose a threat to the American Constitution/Way of Life?


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