Thursday, March 19, 2009
Rep (D-California) Brad Sherman.
Regardless of noble rhetoric, there are always dark undemocratic impulses in the push to expanded state power over economic and social life. In most cases, fear mongering is the preferred tool. Usually it's hidden behind a democratic mask, but occasionally it's ugly, undemocratic face peeks out. During hearings on the bailout, Representative (D-California) Brad Sherman stated:
The only way we can pass this bill is by creating and sustaining a panic atmosphere, that atmosphere is not justified...many of us where told in private conversations that if we voted against this bill that the sky would fall...and a few members were even told that there would be martial law in America if we voted no. That's what I call fear mongering, unjustified, proven wrong, fear mongering. We got a week, we got two weeks to write a good bill. The only way to pass a bad bill keep the panic pressure on..."