Politicians regularly get themselves in trouble for succumbing to Godwin’s Law and comparing their opponents to the Nazis, but Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) took a slightly different tact on Monday, likening himself and those who want to defund Obamacare to Revolutionary War heroes.
Appearing on Mark Levin’s radio show, Lee discussed his effort to defund the landmark health care law, even if it means shutting down the government. Unlike his partner, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who insists that a majority of Americans support defunding Obamacare, Lee conceded Monday that most Americans don’t back their efforts. However, he drew a parallel with our founding fathers, noting that “the Revolutionary War was fought and won with the support from a minority within a minority of Americans.” “This is one of those moments,” he concluded:
LEVIN: We fight incrementally, we fight where we can and when we can. We use what we can to advance the cause. And then the next day hopefully we get further and further. We build a momentum. You understand this.
LEE: Right, exactly. I would remind your listeners out there that the Revolutionary War was fought and won with the support from a minority within a minority of Americans. There are lots of fights we have fought as Americans where we were the underdogs, where not everyone was on board. But a select few knew that it was worth fighting. And eventually they persuaded others to go along and eventually they won. This is one of those moments, Mark.
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Later in the interview, Lee warned that if President Obama invoked the Constitutional Option to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a national default in the event that Congress doesn’t act, he would become a “despot” running a “banana republic.”
Lee isn’t the only one giving into temptation and imagining parallels between his quest to defund Obamacare and other long-shot victors of yore. Last week, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), another Tea Party-style Republican in Congress, compared the anti-Obamacare effort to the Civil Rights movement, invoking such landmark figures as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.