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British Official: Tea Party Is US at Its Best, Obama Administration, Its Worst

Monday, 04 Oct 2010 10:16 PM

By Dan Weil

The tea party movement represents all that is great about the United States, and the Obama administration reflects many of the nation’s worst attributes, says Daniel Hannan, a British politician who is a member of the European Parliament.

“The tea party, in a way, is the purest expression of what made the U.S. unique,” he tells Newsmax.TV.

“Here is a country born out of a spontaneous popular uprising against a high-spending, remote government. These are the modern sons of liberty, if you like,” says Hannan, author of “The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America.”

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Citizens in other countries have similar concerns, but what’s different in the United States is that the political system allows citizens to make sure that politicians reflect their views, says Hannan, who represents South East England for the Conservative Party.

Editor’s Note: Get Daniel Hannan’s book, “The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America,” from Amazon at a great price — Go Here Now.

He doesn’t hold the Obama administration in high regard. “This administration is on its own [globally] in still pursuing stimulus packages, nationalizations, regulation of private remuneration and so on,” Hannan said.

“You’re sacrificing something very unique when you do that. The U.S. isn’t just a country like any other. It’s the embodiment of an ideal. To the extent you become just like anywhere else – centralized, overregulated, with a powerful and remote government – you’ll make yourself less American.”

That means less prosperous, less democratic, and less free, Hannan says. “That’s everybody’s problem, because a strong and engaged America is in the interest of the free world.”

Hannan voices alarm at what he contends is reckless spending on the part of Congress and the White House.

“Eventually, a country that’s borrowing without producing goes bankrupt,” he explains. “You have to live within your means. You can’t borrow your way out of debt and spend your way out of recession.”

The rest of the world finally has picked up on this, Hannan says. “The U.S. is now the one getting more indebted, drawing more power from states and individuals into the federal center.”

He’s not too pleased with the Federal Reserve, either. “I’m horrified to see the Fed declare that inflation is its objective to get rid of debt,” he says. “To get the administration out of a hole of its own digging, they will further plunder the savings of individuals.”

Hannan is dismayed about the healthcare reform law, too, noting that our system is headed toward Britain’s version of socialized medicine.

“If you look at the empirical data, Britain is almost the last place in the industrialized world where you’d want to have cancer, heart disease or stroke — in terms of waiting times, survival rates and so on,” he says.

“When I see the U.S. going down this line, I want to warn you that you won’t find it easy to turn back. Once the government assumes political responsibility for healthcare, it’s almost impossible for any politician to argue for serious overhaul of the system or anything other than an exponential rise in the budget.”

Editor’s Note: Get Daniel Hannan’s book, “The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America,” from Amazon at a great price — Go Here Now.

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