“I believe we have more to fear from the potential of that bill passing than we do from any terrorist right now in any country.”
-Rep. Virginia Foxx (R), NC
Those are two quotes from North Carolina Congresswoman Virginia Foxx. They were delivered early Monday and spoken in regards to the Democrat government run health management and insurance plan (See video below). I am going to tell you right off the bat that I agree with the first quote offered here by the Congresswoman. I believe that Congress has the ability to quickly and quietly take our freedoms away without any announcement, with no call to arms, or bombs or bullets. They can simply take away more and more of our earnings and more and more of rights. In many instances, they are doing that. There are just a whole lot of people who do not realize it or are unwilling to acknowledge it.
I will also tell you that I do not support the liberal health management and insurance bill that was drawn up, behind closed, by an exclusive group of liberal leaders. I do believe the bill takes away some of our freedoms, enforces a transfer of wealth through government programs and the taxes to pay for them, and in the end, it still leaves nearly 25 million people uninsured and does not improve the quality of healthcare in any way, shape or form. In truth, it actually jeopardizes the level of care we receive, while raising costs and creating a shortage of health care givers and providers.
So I agree with Representative Foxx and practically all other Republicans elected to Congresson, that point .
However I do not agree with the second quote by Virginia Foxx which appears here. Not only do I disagree with it, I believe she needs to apologize for it. It was an offensive and inappropriate comparison that goes beyond acceptable political discourse.
It is totally unacceptable to state “I believe we have more to fear from the potential of that bill passing than we do from any terrorist right now in any country.”
Although I find the liberal ideology detrimental to the long term health of our nation’s economy and our personal economic conditions, I will not allow anyone to compare taxes to Osama bin Laden, or government insurance to Timothy McVeigh. The fact that Rep. Foxx attached the recklessness of the liberal plan for government run health care and insurance with a word that conjures up thoughts of 9/11 and tries to compare the two is offensive. It is offensive to the memories of the lives lost to terrorism and their loved ones. It is offensive to those who put their lives on the line to defend us against acts of terrorism. And it denigrates any politician who has an ounce of integrity and participates in the political process.
Passionate people will always draw attention to a cause or problem that they believe is crucial to our survival one way or the other. There will always be exagerated descriptions or claims, but those who are sincere do not cry wolf and make it so that when there is a very real need to ring the alarm bells, people will be desensitized to its urgency.
It would seem like today’s Congress is a kindergarten classroom where a game of tit for tat is being played and little boys and little girls are screaming “well Bobby did it first” or “Sally did it to me”.
After Democrat Alan Grayson had his staff use the congressional printing officer to prepare a poster that read “Republicans want you to die quickly”, it almost seems that Republican Congresswoman Virginia Foxx is trying to act in kind and claiming that Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Obama are drafting a terrorist program. Not only is that ridiculous, it irresponsible.
To not denounce the inappropriate rhetoric of Rep. Foxx would also be irresponsible. If I and fellow Republicans do not make it clear that we do not appreciate or want to tolerate hyperbolic rhetoric that goes beyond attention grabbing and becomes offensive, than we are creating an environment where there are is no longer any professionalism in Congress and where there is no longer the assurance of civility. If we do not denounce Foxx’s remarks, the next time an Alan Grayson liberal type steps up to the podium and claims that Republicans want to kill gay people or, as a journalist recently did, claim that Republicans want to kill the President, than we will have no leg to stand on when we expect those remarks to be retracted, corrected and apologized for.
Representative Foxx tried to explain her outrageous remark explaining that she meant the health care bill is more dangerous to the country’s freedoms than terrorists are. Although I will say that the Democrat’s rush to socialism of late, certainly is slowly, taking freedoms away. However Rep. Foxx is not a fool, or at least the people of North Carolina don’t think she is. So she should be well aware of the sensitivities that surround terrorism in a post-9/11 America that is fighting terrorism globally and in the midst of a war because of terrorism. So I do not buy Congresswoman Foxx’s explanation.
She is entitled to her opinion as House Minority Leader John Boehner suggested, but she is not entitled to add to the inappropriate level of discourse that exists in D.C. without going unchecked. That is why Minority Leader Boehner must declare Foxx’s remarks inappropriate and she must retract them and acknowledge her unacceptable comparison.
Congresswoman Foxx cried wolf and responsible Republicans must put a stop to such conduct.