THE PLANK FEBRUARY 24, 2009
While looking into my piece on the McCainification of the GOP, I came across a speech, "The Steamroller of Socialism," that Republican rising star Paul Broun delivered during the House's stimulus debate. There's a lot to love in this neglected piece of Websterian oratory -- neologisms, metaphors, antithesis -- and one particular section deserves reprinting for your enjoyment:
Mr. BROUN of Georgia. Madam Speaker, I stand here today because Americans face a fork in
the road. One path leads to socialism, and the other path leads to
freedom. This non-stimulus bill is the road to socialism. It will give
us a journey that includes bureaucratic controls, high taxes,
government intervention, Cuba-style medicine, and economic collapse of
This steamroller of socialism is being shoved down our
throats, and it will strangle our economy. This porkulous bill has a
few decent provisions in it, but it's mostly filled with mystery meat.
Rancid meat. Like the millions for plug-in government cars and millions
for mouse restoration that will ruin the entire meal. The captivating
rhetoric about openness and transparency is providing cover for the
rancid meat. ... Liberals need to stop pretending that the American people can't tell
the difference between SPAM and filet mignon.