Stearns Gives “I Have a Dream” Speech

It started out like your typical U.N. rant.

Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) was on the House floor, introducing his measure that would withhold 75% of U.S. dues to the United Nations — more than the 50% that Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL) recommends. Then things got weird (and yes, he said this with a straight face):

I would also say that I had a dream last night. And I had this dream that was of Mr. Hyde, the distinguished chairman of the judiciary committee [ed.- Hyde is the chair of the international relations committee], and in this dream, he was puzzling what to do, as he does in his great wisdom.

As he sat in his chair in this dream, it was a magnificent chair. There were clouds and the harps were all around him, and he was deliberating very carefully whether to do 50 percent or 75 percent. And he finally decided, after much deliberation, to do 50 percent.


But I could tell in this dream that in his heart of hearts, he wanted to have 75 percent. So this dream I had of him convinced me that I should come down to the House floor and offer 75 percent as a humble way to extend his feelings that were in my dream.

With that I want to withhold the balance of my time…