I had the privilege of speaking at the Candidate Debate 2010 last Tuesday night in Colorado Springs. Local liberal “Steve” attended, and the next morning called a local radio talk show to share his insights.
He said my words were “hateful,” “very dangerous,” and “not good for America”… that my speech reminded him of a book where fascism takes over America.
Steve, my “dangerous” words should threaten your vision of America. You can’t stop an avalanche for freedom.
Check out my speech for yourself, full video at the end of this post. But first…
Here, a transcription of Steve’s conversation with the talkshow host Richard Randall (from 3/10/2010). Steve’s words in red:
Host: I left a ticket yesterday just like I said I would for THE steve I said you’re welcome to stop by I think you’re gonna find out that you’re gonna see a lot more of just average Coloradans there at the debate 2010 last night. It was sold out, standing room only, about a hundred people there in the back. Steve did you show up?
Steve: Yeah I was there.
Host: What’d you think?
Steve: At first on the Rush Limbaugh thing as you just said Costa Rica does have socialized medicine, and it’s recently been revealed that Sarah Palin said that she took her family over to Canada to get medical treatment. So… ya’know, it’s good enough for some people, maybe not good enough for most Americans, however.
Host: Well it’s good enough for Canadian premieres to come here for healthcare. I guess we could debate that around and around but what were your impressions ‘cause I am dead serious… to take somebody as liberal and progressive as you, to put you in an event like the one last night, I’m curious as to your observations and your thoughts.
Steve: My initial thought was that Michelle Morin led off the event, and listening to her speech reminded me of Sinclair Lewis’s book “It Can’t Happen Here,” it was written in 1935, and it talked about how fascism takes over America because during her speech she continually uh said that the left was the evil part of America. And that the left hates America, and that only the right loves the constitution or freedom. That is very dangerous for her to say that. Fortunately the rest of the thing was not even close to as hateful as her speech, and all the candidates were fairly moderate, but just listening to her and it was streamed and so hopefully it’s gonna be available where people can podcast it or something. But it was not good for America the type of thing she was saying.
Host: Well I’ll tell you that’s interesting, I mean that’s fascinating to me, because I am listening to her speech and sitting behind her and trying to ya know prepare my questions and get focused and that kind of stuff, and I’m listening to her speech and I’ve never known Michelle to be hateful. I’ve known her to be passionate. I’ve known her to love this country. I’ve known her to be somebody who is extremely passionate about the Constitution and getting this country back on track… I’ll tell you what I’ll do. I’ll see if we can either get a copy of that, we’ll have it streamed and we’ll play it for people and they can find out themselves whether it’s hateful or not, or if not I’ll just have her come in here and give the speech. It’s as simple as that one way or another I’d like people to hear what she has to say. If her point… if what she offended you about that is that, her point is that the problem here are people on the left and that they don’t seem to get this government or understand the Constitution and love this country the way that most of us do.. I guess I’d have to agree with her. I don’t think it’s hateful. I don’t hate you Steve, but I disagree with you on practically everything. And I think you’re wrong on practically everything but that doesn’t mean I hate you.
Steve: Well what she said is that the left does not love the Constitution; the left does not love freedom.
Host: Well they don’t, I mean that’s what I see in Washington. I mean this is where the divide between a lot of this comes from. I can honestly tell you that in my heart I believe that people on the left don’t understand the Constitution, and they don’t really understand how well it protects their rights. And to them it’s kind of this thing that they can run to if they want to, but absent that it’s an obstacle – it gets in the way of things, and it needs to be manipulated, and that’s not what the Constitution is about.
Steve: I sat next to a gentleman and had a long conversation with him, and we pretty much agreed that the problem in America is not the Americans it’s the corporations who are running this country, and who are buying the politicians and the politicians – both democrats and republicans – really don’t care about what’s good for Americans, they care about what’s good for the people who are lining their pockets which are the corporations.
Host: Well then I’ll tell you what. I’ve got great news for you. Steve and your friends and the people that you work with on anything, and that last night should have made you sleep better last night. When you went home last night you should have been saying the power is in the people. It is not in money, it is not in big corporations, it’s not in PACS – it’s in the people who understand how important their vote is, and that’s what you saw last night. I appreciate you taking a couple hours to come down there and give us your thoughts on it, and hopefully you have a better understanding of just who these people are.
Here’s my hateful, dangerous speech in its entirety:
Links to the speech here: