Daniel Hannan Speech to European Parliament
Who among us doesn't love to watch C-SPAN's coverage of "Prime Minister's Questions" for the shoe stomping, jeering, and "here, here's!" as someone gives an impassioned speech directly to the Prime Minister or his fill-in for the evening. That kind of dialogue just doesn't happen here in the states. Positions are given from the safety of press conferences, or on the floor of a mostly empty House chambers.
I would love to forgo the gentle "my friend from the other side of the isle" BS in favor of politicians, for once, saying what they mean and perhaps even meaning what they say. Frankly, bipartisanship leads to both boredom and bad policy decisions. Politicians need to get mad every once in awhile and vent. They need to remember why they were elected in the first place...to represent their constituents, not simply to join the ranks of the power structure and make friends during the back room dealings. The issues need to be laid out on the table in simple and relevant terminology.
That said, it was with great joy that I watched the now viral video of British MEP Daniel Hannan give a speech right to the face of Prime Minister Gordon Brown. It's a speech that any Republican, Conservative Democrat, or common sense American could give directly to the face of Barack Obama, if only such a thing were ever allowed.
Here is the video:
Indeed, I would say the same thing to President Obama. The new debt he is saddling this country with is simply unsustainable. His oft recited complaint that "Bush left him with over a trillion dollar deficit" falls on my deaf ears as pure hypocrisy. He is right to complain, but the answer then shouldn't be "...so I'll just spend more than him and all will be better".
Obama needs to listen to what this impassioned Brit has to say.
Books by Daniel Hannan can be found HERE
Daniel Hannan's personal blog is HERE .