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ht/ todak – posted as a comment on the article (Christie Craving Pork) about Christie whinning that the House didn’t vote on the pork-filled bill to give him money because of Hurricane Sandy.

Speech before the House of Representatives by David (Davy) Crockett

One day in the House of Representatives, a bill was taken up appropriating money for the benefit of a widow of a distinguished naval officer. Several beautiful speeches had been made in its support. The Speaker was just about to put the question when Mr. Crockett arose:

“Mr. Speaker — I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased, and as much sympathy for the suffering of the living, if suffering there be, as any man in this house, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for a part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has no power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor knows it. We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money. Some eloquent appeals have been made to us upon the ground that it is a debt due the deceased. Mr. Speaker, the deceased lived long after the close of the war; he was in office to the day of his death, and I have never heard that the government was in arrears to him.

“Every man in this House knows it is not a debt. We cannot, without the grossest corruption, appropriate this money as the payment of a debt. We have not the semblance of authority to appropriate it as a charity. Mr. Speaker, I have said we have the right to give as much money of our own as we please. I am the poorest man on this floor. I cannot vote for this bill, but I will give one week’s pay to the object, and, if every member of Congress will do the same, it will amount to more than the bill asks.

“He took his seat. Nobody replied. The bill was put upon its passage, and, instead of passing unanimously, as was generally supposed, and as, no doubt, it would, but for that speech, it received but few votes, and of course, was lost.

“Later, when asked by a friend why he had opposed the appropriation, Crockett gave this explanation:

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Read the rest here.

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» 14 Comments

  1. joe6pak

    January 4th, 2013

    That was interesting, I am glad you posted it.

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  2. Stranded in Sonoma

    January 4th, 2013

    The problem is that the Constitution has no prohibition against charity or transfers of wealth. It relies solely on the integrity of congress to know right from wrong on constitutional issues.

    And since almost no one from congress today has any integrity, you can see why we’re in the financial distress we find ourselves.

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  3. norman einstein

    January 4th, 2013

    Brilliant. Thanks for posting.
    I hope everybody reads the whole thing.

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  4. IMPEACH Obama

    January 4th, 2013

    Yes, thanks for posting that Claudia. I told my wife of that speech this AM, as I read the great IBD article re Christie’s shameless tantrum.

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  5. Left Coast Dan

    January 4th, 2013

    Great article. Per Wikipedia (that liberal bastion!) the speech was first published in 1884, nearly 50 years after Crockett’s death at the Alamo. Its authenticity is questioned, and speeches such as this were not documented at the time so no way to prove it. Regardless, the points are very well made. I say over and over again how easy it is to add a project to a bill, knowing the cost will be spread across 100 million or so taxpayers. But they always ignore the fact that every project funded at the national level is one that the locals refused to fund because it wasn’t worth the cost to them – until someone else paid for it. When you multiply by projects for all 300 million Americans we are screwed.

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  6. IMPEACH Obama

    January 4th, 2013

    Apparently, Christie became a carrier of the antisocial disease that infests the irresponsible POS-TUS since those two spent time together.

    The feisty Christie now resembles the fiscally responsible Rep Gov of NJ in corpulence only. He didn’t take long to turn to mush, did he.

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  7. persecutor

    January 4th, 2013

    Krispy Kreme is just a micoscopically right of center RINO; always has and always will be.

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  8. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    January 4th, 2013

    Great post! Never read the story behind that speech before.

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  9. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    January 4th, 2013

    Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.

    That speech and others like it cost him the next election, though.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAVN_n0PljQ
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  10. BWSEATTLE

    January 4th, 2013

    That was amazing! Thanks for posting that. ;)

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  11. AbigailAdams

    January 4th, 2013

    It’s too bad that evolution has rid the congressional body of its shame gland.

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  12. Moe Tom

    January 4th, 2013

    Great post Claudia. I never saw that before. I have sent it on encouraging my group of libs, rinos, and whatnots to google the speech. Many of them will not be bothered. Lazy bastids.
    Anyone have a link to the speech?I would really appreciate it. It is a magnificant lesson: Not yours to Give.

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  13. Moe Tom

    January 4th, 2013

    Norman, old buddy? Any chance?

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  14. the aardvark

    January 4th, 2013

    I bought this book for my kids when they were growing up. Davy Crockett, His Own Story was republished by Applewood Books of Bedford, Ma. in 1993. The call number for this book is F436.C95A3 and the ISBN# is 1-55709-218-4 if anyone is interested.

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