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House Proceeding 04-22-09 on Apr 22nd, 2009 :: 2:38:05 to 2:47:35
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John R. Carter

2:37:56 to 2:38:05( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: but i have friends here that have joined me on this shocking thing that's going on in this country. i'm going to startith my good friend, virginia foxx who was

Virginia Foxx

2:38:05 to 2:47:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Virginia Foxx

Virginia Foxx

2:38:06 to 2:38:26( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: here with us last hour, i'm please i'll yield to her what time she may need to consume. ms. foxx: i want to thank the gentleman from texas for his willingness to take this hour d bring attention to this report. i had a chance to skim over this

Virginia Foxx

2:38:27 to 2:38:48( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: report today for the first time and i frankly was appalled when i read it. i thought -- i didn't think i would live to see a time when representatives of this government would be characterizing the good people of this country who love this country, and who serve this

Virginia Foxx

2:38:49 to 2:39:09( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: country so well, as extremists and terrorists. we can't even get the secretary of the department of homeland security to use the word terrorism anymore for real terrorists. what she wants to do, though, is to characterize very, very patriotic americans as

Virginia Foxx

2:39:10 to 2:39:30( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: terrorists and i am -- i'm simply appalled by it. somebody pointed out today to me, the president promised when he was campaigning to transform this country. you know, i don't think people really understood what that meant. he never said he was going to

Virginia Foxx

2:39:31 to 2:39:55( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: improve the country. he said he was going to transform it. and i think that these folks are on their way to doing that. i don't think people are going to like primarily the way they transform it, but you've done a great job, congressman carter, of highlighting this really,

Virginia Foxx

2:39:58 to 2:40:18( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: really scary definition of right-wing extremism. i want to highlight a couple of parts of that definition. i want to talk about the rejecting federal thority in favor of state or local authority. or rejecting government authority entirely.

Virginia Foxx

2:40:19 to 2:40:39( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: you know, i guess that what these people in the department of homeland security mean is that the tenth amendment of the constitution, which i consider an integral part of our system of federalism, is part of the danger that they see in this country.

Virginia Foxx

2:40:40 to 2:41:01( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: i'm going to read the 10th amendment, just so we're all clear on it. the powers not delegated to the united states by the constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively or to the people. and you know, i tell people when i speak to them, particularly

Virginia Foxx

2:41:02 to 2:41:26( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: school groups, the three most important words, outside the bible, in my opinion, are the rds, we, the people. that begins the preamble to the constitution. these folks see the american people as right-wing extremists

Virginia Foxx

2:41:27 to 2:41:49( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: and terrorists. those of us who are members of the constitution caucus who for the last four years have come here on a fairly regular basis and talked about the 10th amendment, bring attention to the overreaching of the federal government, we're those right-wing e so many patriots who served in

Virginia Foxx

2:41:50 to 2:42:10( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: this house and the senate before us, who were -- who felt very strongly about the 10th amendment and did everything they could to hold down the reach of the federal government, they're considered rig-wing extremists. you know, i just cannot understand how we have put in

Virginia Foxx

2:42:11 to 2:42:31( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: power in this country the kind of people who have so little regard for our constitution. you and i and all of us in this body who come here every day to vote areworn to uphold the constitution. many of my no votes are based on the 10th amendment.

Virginia Foxx

2:42:32 to 2:42:53( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority. when i say that on this floor, then theseeople consider me a right-wing extremist. i don't consider myself a right-wing extremist. i consider myself a person who believes in this 10th amendment.

Virginia Foxx

2:42:54 to 2:43:14( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: which by the way we understand from history the constitution probably could not have been ratified, had that amendment not been in there because the founders understood so well what a dangerous country this would become if we gave too much power to the federal government.

Virginia Foxx

2:43:15 to 2:43:36( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: i also fail to see how someone who holds fast to the constitution and the bill of rights should be lumped into a category with homegrown terrorists and vlent racist groups. this is an affront and an insult to the millions of law-abiding and tax paying citizens who long for a return to limited federal

Virginia Foxx

2:43:37 to 2:43:57( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: government and a restoration of limited federal power. the question that must be answered in light of this document is, since when does being a small government conservative make one a right-wing extremist.

Virginia Foxx

2:43:58 to 2:44:19( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: the claims in this report that limited government activists pose a threat are completely unsubstan shated and paint law-abiding citizens with the broad brush strokes of extremism. i have to say, i think most of white house consider ourselves conservatives see this as a real slap in the face.

Virginia Foxx

2:44:20 to 2:44:40( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: because we consir oursels patriots. for this country. i think also offensive, and i want to highlight another part of the definition of right-wing extremists, is those groups and individuals that are dedicated

Virginia Foxx

2:44:41 to 2:45:02( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: to a single issue such as opposition to abortion or immigration. you know, i'm not opposed to immigration. all of us come from people who immigrated to this country. but i am very much opposed to abortion. and that does not make me a right-wing extremist.

Virginia Foxx

2:45:03 to 2:45:23( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: that makes me, i believe, a person who celebrates life. and i believe that it is completely wrong to say that those of us who cherish life and oppose abortion on demand pose a security risk to the united states. ??

Virginia Foxx

2:45:24 to 2:45:45( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: such an assertion not only insults the moral beliefs of countless americans, but threatens their very right to freedom of expression. i've been on this floor many times in the past few months saying that i believe we're going down a slippery slope in this country in terms of how our

Virginia Foxx

2:45:46 to 2:46:06( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: right to freedom of expression may be impinged upon. and i think again this report, which by the way i'm going to post a link to it on my website because i want every american to have the right to read this and to make some judgment for themselves. you know, opposition to abortion

Virginia Foxx

2:46:07 to 2:46:29( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: is a profoundly moral issue to those of us who oppose abortion. the willful taking of innocent human life is not a matter of right-wing extremism. it's a matter of con shention and deep personal conviction. when we -- when we belittle our

Virginia Foxx

2:46:30 to 2:46:50( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: conscience and our keep personal convictions, we've come to, i think a very, very bad place in our country. there's also not a shred of evidence anywhere to back up the claim made here that pro-l americans who hold deeply rooted beliefs in the im abortion are a threat to our

Virginia Foxx

2:46:51 to 2:47:11( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: ho not a shred of evidence. when people read this, they're going to see all kinds of assertions made in here that i do not believe they can back up. i think that, again, those assertions undermine our ability to have freedom of speech and

Virginia Foxx

2:47:12 to 2:47:32( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: are a real threat in the opposite way to our country. again, i want to commend the gentleman from texas for taking on this special order tonight, for highlighting this report, i do hope that millions and millions of americans are going to read this report.

Virginia Foxx

2:47:33 to 2:47:35( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: i believe they will judge for

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