Rep. Steve King Declares Sunday Vote "Sanctimonious"

March 19, 2010 12:06 pm ET — Melinda Warner

Rep. Steve King's argument against health care reform took a new direction on Thursday when he and Glenn Beck spoke about how troubling they find the possibility of a Sunday vote.

BECK: "Congressman, welcome, welcome, to the uh, the program." 

KING: "Thanks for that introduction, Glenn, I appreciate it." 

BECK: "Well, anytime I can make a congressman uncomfortable, I'm here to do it for ya." 

KING: "Well, it worked." 

BECK: "Uh, so uh, you are actually calling for a rally in um, uh Washington, DC on Saturday at noon, is that right?" 

KING: "I am, 12 o'clock on Saturday on the Capital grounds, it looks like its going to be on the West side of the Capitol. That's to be finalized probably tomorrow. We need tens of thousands of Americans to come here to defend our liberty and say to the people that are walking in and out of the Capitol, 'Vote NO on the bill, don't steal my liberty, let me manage my own health care. You have no constitutional right to do this.'" 

BECK: "Ok, I'm gonna be real honest with ya, Congressman. I agree with you. I think it, I mean I think if you had people surrounding the Capitol, I think it would be unbelievable. I think everybody inside would be like, 'Oh, dear God.' I mean I, I think it would really, it'd be hard for them to, to uh, vote because the people are there. That's why they're not going home this weekend. Right? Am I right? That's why you guys aren't going home?" 

KING: "That's...that's exactly why. Uh, they have announced that's there's going to be some votes laid on Sunday, and that, that they think that this 72 hour clock that's ticking brings us towards a Sunday when they would be voting on the Sabbath during Lent, uh, to socialize our health care in America for every single American, legal and illegal, and take away our liberty, and do it on Sunday. I think it's the most sanctimonious thing that I have ever seen...." 

BECK: "Why, why? Why would you say..." 

KING: "...Uh, uh, to steal liberty on Sunday." 

BECK: "Wait a minute. Why would you say it would be arrogant or sanctimonious to create a 'right' on the Sabbath? I mean it is, it is, I mean, to these guys, Samuel Adams, that is a slap in the face of God. That is, uh, absolutely unbelievable. But appropriate." 

KING: "Well, well. And Glenn, what I...Well, I think what they get wrong, so wrong is, is, the other side, the left, the liberals, the progressives that you've articulated so well, they believe their rights are something that are conferred by government. They have argued for a long time that there's a right to health care and there's a right to a health insurance policy that each one of us belongs to our very own. And I argue rights come from God. Government grants you your rights and government can take 'em away and you have no recourse. You have to submit to government." 

BECK: "Yes! Congressman, hold on just a second. Congressman King, we'll be back in just a second." 

BECK: "We're back in New York with a, um, with an audience tonight, and uh, we've got a few shows coming up that I ask you to DVR and uh, share with some friends. We're back with, uh, Iowa Congressman Steve King, who I, uh, just talked to for the first time today. And you brought up a couple of really good points. If you wouldn't mind just hitting them, Congressman. Um let's start with, let's start with 'Roe versus Wade', I find this fascinating."  

KING: "Well, in 1973 when the Supreme Court ruled, uh, that, that legalized abortion, even elective abortion, in 'Roe vs Wade' and 'Doe vs Bolton,' since that time most every liberal has argued that the federal government has no business telling a woman what she can or can't do with her body. Now, here we are in 2010 after two generations of that argument, the very same people that have made the argument are now arguing the federal government has every right to tell everyone in America what they can or can't do with their body. It's 180 degrees from a two generation argument." 

BECK: "It's amazing. It's amazing. 'Cause you know why? Because they're not, they're not rooted in values and principles. They're rooted in values and principles that they never expose. And so they're always shape shifting. It's, it's an insidious, it's an insidious game..." 

KING: "It is." 

BECK: "...So, this is going to pass, but this is a historic bill, why? If, if it passes." 

KING: "Well, if it passes, and it's historic in another way, and I believe it is unique and, and, and that is that, first of all, it's the Senate version of the bill that has to move. Today the Senate version could not pass the Senate. Scott Brown's been elected. It can't pass the House because they have to use the deemed it passed slaughter language to make that work, so for the first time in the history of America, a bill that doesn't have the support of the Senate and can't pass the House could still go to the President's desk and become the law of the land. That, I believe, is unprecedented Glenn." 

BECK: "I have to tell ya, I hope people show up on Saturday at noon there at the Capitol and uh, and plan on just staying there. I mean, ya know, camp out if you have to. Um, let me ask you this..." 

KING: "Fill this Capitol up..." 

BECK: "I have, I have only 30 seconds. Is there any sense of trepidation at all from people who are thinking about voting for this? Are they worried at all that this might just tear this country apart? Taking over health care, 1/6 of the economy and education?" 

KING: "I think they're worried about themselves and their political career and I think some of 'em are just committing political suicide and they know it. Others are doing a calculation that they can explain this away by November. I don't think they thought about the American people losing their liberty..." 

BECK: "They never will. No, they never will. No...they have no idea..." 

KING: "...and it's time to reset the American clock, is what needs to happen here in the elections in November, but we can beat this, Glenn, we can beat it." 

BECK: "Thank you very much, Congressman..."

King's absurd and desperate tactic of trying to create a problem because of the day of the week the vote is being held is a new low. 

By holding the vote on Sunday - which, by the way, is occurring not because it is a Sunday but because that is how the timeline falls - the House is going to cast a vote that will help millions of Americans.  Is there a better day than Sunday to do this?

Millions of Americans are being held captive by the will of the insurance industry...what better day than Sunday to release them?

Luke 13:14-16 - "And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?"

It's time for the Republicans and conservatives who consider themselves faithful to remember that, as statesmen with the power to effect great change, they have a duty to strive for the best quality of life for their fellow Americans.

Matthew 25:40 - "I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!"