“I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.”
Harry S. Truman
This is my second True American Hero who is not an American. I had planned on another individual for this posting today, but Daniel Hannan’s inspirational words to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown resonated today. I had to travel three hours to attend a meeting today (and three hours back) so I was fortunate to hear his words numerous times.
As I listened to the excerpts played on the radio, I was somewhat saddened that America does not seem to have any politicians who speak truth to power like Mr. Hannan. Mr. Hannan is a Member of the European Parliament and had the opportunity to address Mr. Brown this past Tuesday. And address him he did and you need to watch the video.
As of this writing, Mr. Hannan’s speech has nearly one million views on YouTube. Some of my favorite highlights were:
“Every British child is born owing around twenty thousand pounds. Servicing the interest on that debt is going to cost more than educating the child.”
“You’re carrying on willfully worsening our situation wantonly spending what little we have left.”
“You cannot carry on forever squeezing the productive bit of the economy in order to fund an unprecedented engorgement of the unproductive bit. You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt.”
“Soon the voters too will get their chance to say so. They can see what the markets have already seen. That you are the devalued Prime Minister of a devalued government. “
As you watch the speech, imagine one of our elected officials say the same words to either Mr. Bush or Mr. Obama. Using Mr. Hannan’s ship metaphor, President Bush pushed our leaking ship away from shore and President Obama keeps drilling more holes in the hull to “let the water out.”
Take a look at Mr. Hannan’s blog. It is interesting that he has been surprised by his sudden notoriety. It seems like the English media, like American mainstream media shows little interest in conservative viewpoints.
“Breaking the press monopoly is one thing. But the internet has also broken the political monopoly. Ten or even five years ago, when the Minister for Widgets put out a press release, the mere fact of his position guaranteed a measure of coverage. Nowadays, a politician must compel attention by virtue of what he is saying, not his position.
It’s all a bit unsettling for professional journalists and politicians. But it’s good news for libertarians of every stripe. Lefties have always relied on control, as much of information as of physical resources. Such control is no longer technically feasible.”
Mr. Bannan was interviewed on the Sean Hannity radio show this afternoon. In addition to his remarks to the Prime Minister, they discussed nationalized health care. England has socialized medicine and our current Administration is pushing for it in America. Mr. Hannan was emphatic about how big a mistake it would be for America to follow the path to government controlled medicine. I am not sure whether Sean Hannity posts his interviews, but it would be worth taking a listen.
Here here Mr. Hannan.