First, Rick Barber told you to gather your armies against the oppressive IRS. Now, he wants you to see healthcare reform for what it really is: forcing one man to work for another.
In other words: slavery.
Alabama’s tea partier Congressional candidate, who is still hanging out with George Washington in this ad, brings in another important man: Abraham Lincoln. Because if anyone knows about slavery, it’s Abe:
“Hey Abe, if someone’s forced to work for months and pay taxes so that a total stranger can get a free meal, a medical procedure or a bailout…what’s that called?”
Cue the images of concentration camps and slaves, ending with the gates to Auschwitz that read, “Arbeit Macht Frei.” Moral of the story: “We are becoming slaves to our government.”
Yet Barber confirms with George Washington that the whiskey tax was okay–because it was an excise tax to alleviate military debt. As Mother Jones says, the overall idea seems to be that “taxes are good when they finance military revolutions, but bad when they pay for social ones.”
Just over a minute into the ad, you ask yourself why the video is almost 3 minutes long yet Barber seems to have finished speaking. The ad segues into the fourth stanza of the Star-Spangled Banner. And there’s even a little shout-out to Glenn Beck and Fox News toward the end.
Take a look:
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