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House Proceeding 07-27-09 on Jul 27th, 2009 :: 0:47:05 to 1:04:00
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John R. Carter

0:46:56 to 0:47:17( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: >> i thought we had first hour. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for 60 minutes.

John R. Carter

0:47:05 to 1:04:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John R. Carter

John R. Carter

0:47:18 to 0:47:38( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: mr. carter: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise tonight to a continuing of the theme that i have been discussing, but this one has gotten to the point of where i'm very concerned about the seriousness of the offense.

John R. Carter

0:47:39 to 0:47:59( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: we talked about failure of certain members of congress to pay their taxes. failure of members of congress to not disclose the influence peddling going on. we talked about a lot of things that at last week we talked about the rule of law and how many are trying to circumvent

John R. Carter

0:48:00 to 0:48:20( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: the rule of contract. in fact i read today in the "wall street journal" that compensation czar is renegotiate the contracts, i assume that means strong arm the

John R. Carter

0:48:21 to 0:48:42( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: parties, to renegotiate the contracts on certain compensation packages. however offended we may be by compensation packages, there are certain rules of contract that should be honored. that's one of the back bones of our nation's freedom is that we have the right to make a deal and then be bound by it.

John R. Carter

0:48:43 to 0:49:03( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: but that's a different subject. tonight i want to talk about a subject i think if this doesn't concern people back home, if this doesn't concern the members of this body, then i don't really know what will. because the issue we are talking about here is something that is the beginning of tyranny it's something we should all be

John R. Carter

0:49:04 to 0:49:25( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: very concerned about, and that is when a political group starts to step on the rights of others in this nation. you may feel like this is a position that i'm taking that is untenable, but i'm going to tell

John R. Carter

0:49:47 to 0:50:08( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: when that elected representative is communicating with them back in washington, d.c. . but recently, in fact, it started seeing some of this pop up during the -- what they call the cap and trade and we call the cap and tax bill, but it has

John R. Carter

0:50:09 to 0:50:29( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: gone now to where it has become ram pant in this issue of health care. and an organization that is designed to set rules concerning how we spend government money in communicating with our peoe back home is called the franking commission.

John R. Carter

0:50:30 to 0:50:51( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: it's made up of as i understand it, three republicans and three democrats. and both submit communications, say a weekly news letter tha sent back home or the lead-in to a telephone town hall or an e

John R. Carter

0:50:52 to 0:51:13( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: mail back home telling people what's going on this day in congress. and these things have to be submitted if they are being paid for by government money to the franking commission. and the franking commission in a simple way to say it, they don't think you should be using the government's money for politics. but they have never in the

John R. Carter

0:51:14 to 0:51:36( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: history of the republic taken the position that you don't have the right to express your opinion on the policies that are being proposed. or that you must reword the policies to suit the language of someone else. it's almost like, i hate to say it, but political correctness

John R. Carter

0:51:37 to 0:51:58( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: has run amuck. and i want to start off by telling you what happened to me and what has happened to some of my colleagues and i am going to be joined by some of those colleagues. and it's important that you understand that i write to my folks and communicate with my folks back home every day and i

John R. Carter

0:51:59 to 0:52:19( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: use the telephone town hall. and on the telephone town hall, you make a recorded message that leads into the town hall. and part of the recorded message is to tell the people what yo them about forhe next hour so they know what the subject matter is because it far oost the scope and we get to narrow the things we talk about.

John R. Carter

0:52:20 to 0:52:40( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: and so we made up a telephone town hall recording submission to the franking commission and which i proposed to say, the democratic party is offering their government-run health care program in the next two weeks

John R. Carter

0:53:03 to 0:53:25( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: is submitting its public option health care program. in other words, what they're telling me is i have to use the same language that the president of the united states uses in his speech or that nancy pelosi uses when nancy pelosi talks about this, public option, which they have done polls to discover that public option sounds better than

John R. Carter

0:53:47 to 0:54:08( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: government-run health care program. and i would submit that there is no other real way you can describe that if you believe the government's running it because it says the vement's running it. it's not like they are going to contract out subcontract to insurance companies to put together a policy. no.

John R. Carter

0:54:09 to 0:54:29( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: the united states government is going to offer a health care plan for the american public. and it's going to be run by the federal government, the united states government. that's the plan. that's what they're submitting. in their 1,018-page health care

John R. Carter

0:54:30 to 0:54:50( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: plan, which to this point has not been completed or marked up and we haven't seen the final product. if it's gone t have been in congress since january when mr. obama was sworn in, this congress will present it to us between midnight and 2:00 on the morning before we

John R. Carter

0:54:51 to 0:55:12( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: vote on it. but getting back to the seriousness of this situation, i was taken back by what they did to me. it's not just about me. if it was just about me, i wouldn't be standing up here. but i felt like they were telling me what i had to s, i had to use someone else's words

John R. Carter

0:55:13 to 0:55:34( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: to describe something that i wanted to describe. but that wasn't all. my colleague, kevin brady, from texas, and he may be here later on. we were delayed because of weather for a long time and mr.

John R. Carter

0:55:35 to 0:55:56( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: brady said he would get here as hour. my friend kevin brady, prepared this chart. and what this chart is, is mr. brady's interpretation of all of being created by the

John R. Carter

0:55:57 to 0:56:20( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: government-r -- this plan that is put together by the democrats consumers, this little body of folks right here and the health care professionals over there. them. and mr. brady was told that he

John R. Carter

0:56:21 to 0:56:42( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: could not mail this to his constituents. he asked why, and they said it's not true. and he said, well, that's fine. point to me one entity that's not in the bill. one. just one. and i'll pull it down.

John R. Carter

0:56:43 to 0:57:05( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: no one could point to any entity that's not contained in the bill. everything that is here on this chart is contained in the bill. but it was not -- the point of this was, they were trying to curtail mr. brady's freedom to express himself, his freedom of speech in this body.

John R. Carter

0:57:06 to 0:57:29( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: now, if you want to say, well, sure, that's fair, they ought to be able to do that. well, let's look at something here that's kind of interesting. back during the hillarycare debate, another chart was introduced into this congress. it's not as pretty as mr. brady's, because it's not in

John R. Carter

0:57:30 to 0:57:50( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: color. this chart during the hillarycare debate was submitted to the franking commission back in i believe it was 19 -- i don't know the date. maybe it's on here -- anyway

John R. Carter

0:57:51 to 0:58:14( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: during the hillarycare debate, 1994, 1993, back in 1993. dick arm ey of texas. commission and the republicans and democrats approved it as appropriate to communicate to constituents with.

John R. Carter

0:58:15 to 0:58:35( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: so what has changed between the 1990's and the first debate about health care, which was approved by both parties and today, 2009, which was blocked and refused by the democrat

John R. Carter

0:58:36 to 0:58:57( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: members of the franking commission. what has changed is someone is trying to tell us we don't have the right to speak our minds in the united states congress. now, when you get a huge majority like they have in the house and 60-vote majority in the senate, maybe you feel like the mandate is so great that you

John R. Carter

0:58:58 to 0:59:22( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: havethe right to circumvent freedom of speech of the members of congress on the minority side, but you don't. congressman joe barton used the word democratic majority in his news letter. franking commission kicked it out and said he had to use congressional majority. but nancy pelosi's news letter in 2006 when she was in the

John R. Carter

0:59:23 to 0:59:44( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: minority and you find this statement, but too many here and across our nation are paying the price for the ren can congressional majority's special interest agenda. so why was it ok for the now speaker of the house just in 2006 to use republican congressional majority, but it's

John R. Carter

0:59:45 to 1:00:05( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: not ok for mr. barton to use the term democrat majority? he has sent this along with mrs. pelosi's statement back, and is awaiting a response from the franking commission.

John R. Carter

1:00:06 to 1:00:26( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: now what's wrong with that? you wait for a response, then you lose your time to communicate. you try to communicate on issues as they come up. this has to do with cap and trade before it passed the house and he's not allowed to use it. another colleague submitted a

John R. Carter

1:01:09 to 1:01:29( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: pointed out that he quoted veer bait imfrom president obama in a speech that he made at a recent town hall that he made on health ca. quote, when the lady asked about her elderly mother and speci treatment for her elderly mother with heart troubles and receiving a pacemaker, this is a

John R. Carter

1:01:52 to 1:02:15( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: we as a culture and society can start to make better decisions within our own families and for ourselves, at least let ctors know and your mom know, you know, that maybe it isn't going to help. maybe you are better off not having the surgery, but taking painkillers. that was a direct quote from the

John R. Carter

1:02:16 to 1:02:38( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: president at his news conference , which was not allowed to go into mr. calvert's the commission. the following people have had censorship of their language recently. representative herger, representative lamar smith,

John R. Carter

1:02:39 to 1:02:59( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: representative lamborn, bonner, westmoreland, always ston, shuster, gingrey, fleming, boustany, brady, conaway, price, culberson, garrett, kline and lee, all have been in some form or fashion censored in their

John R. Carter

1:03:00 to 1:03:21( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: freedom of speech. now, folks, if they'll take the freedom of speech from members of congress, when will they take it away from the pre? when will they take it away from the people? when will they take it away from you? and your children?

John R. Carter

1:03:22 to 1:03:42( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: and the next generation of americans that we pass this great freedom on to, the right of americans to stand up and speak their mind. and yet this party in control of this house is starting to interfere with the freedom of speech of american citizens who

John R. Carter

1:03:43 to 1:04:02( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: are elected by other american citizens to reprent them on the floor of congress. i have talked a long time, but i'm upset by what's going on. i'm joined by some of my colleagues and let my friend,

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