Speaking at a conservative summit in Denver late last week, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said she believed America was turning into "a nation of slaves" because of Barack Obama, Democrats and the new health care law.
"We are determined to live free or not at all. And we are resolved that posterity shall never reproach us with having brought slaves into the world," Bachmann said quoting Founding Father John Jay.
Then Bachmann added her own take:
"We will talk a little bit about what has transpired in the last 18 months and would we count what has transpired into turning our country into a nation of slaves," she said.
The Republican congresswoman told 600 conservative voters that electing "constitutional conservatives" was the only way to escape the "tyranny" by Democrats over the past 18 months. She again lashed out against the health reform law:
Bachmann claimed the national health care reform package was implemented, in part, under the auspices of Rahm Emanuel's brother Ezekiel, whom Bachmann, appropriating the claims of Betsy McCaughey, said supported the rationing of medical care to only those who were useful to the federal treasury. Bachmann, extending that claim to the administration, said , "It is about being useful not to you, not to others, but to the United States Treasury. How useful are you to the United States Treasury? These people are serious. It makes [Jack] Kevorkian look like Mary Poppins."
She ended her speech by quoting C.S. Lewis: "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of it victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under a robber baron than under omnipotent moral busybodies..."
"I think this describes so well where we are right now," Bachmann said.