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King calls for revolution, says he’s losing sleep over socialist health care
Americans should launch a “Velvet Revolution”-style uprising against the federal government in order to put a stop to creeping socialism and defeat health care reform, U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, said Tuesday.
King was a featured speaker at several “Kill the Bill” rallies in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning that were designed to stop health care reform legislation. In an interview with the liberal site Huffington Post, King said there are a lot of similarities between current-day America and Czechoslovakia under communism.
Speaking to the Huffington Post shortly after his speech, King declared that a peaceful uprising, a la the successful overthrowing of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia on the streets of Prague in 1989 “would be fine with me.”
“Fill this city up, fill this city, jam this place full so that they can’t get in, they can’t get out and they will have to capitulate to the will of the American people,” he said.
“So this is just like Prague under communist rule?” the Huffington Post asked.
“Oh yeah, it is very, very close,” King replied. “It is the nationalization of our liberty and the federal government taking our liberty over. So there are a lot of similarities there.”
In an interview with Dave Weigel from The Washington Independent, King expressed concern that Democrats may have the votes to pass health care reform in the House.
“[Rep.] Bart Stupak [D-Mich] says he has 12 ‘no’ votes,” said U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, who spoke at the rally organized by multiple Tea Party groups. “I can count one — Bart Stupak. I can’t name number two. There’s 11 anonymous people and you can’t count anonymous votes. If you can’t count them, they’re not no votes. I think that’s something that should have been pressed much, much harder.”
Some Republicans expressed confidence that Democrats don’t have the votes, but King was much more nervous.
“I’d rather serve in the minority,” King said, “however long they send me back here to do that, that I would live under this socialism that they’re trying to impose upon us. I can’t sleep at night.”
The Washington Independent has a slide show of images from Tuesday’s “Kill the Bill” rally.