I don't want to see this country ever go across the bridge. I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return.
— Senator Frank Church (D-Idaho)
When Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick sat in as guest host for KBOI's Nate Shelman on December 22, he responded to three hours of questions on a variety of topics but largely focused on health care reform. His answer, or lack of one, when Chuck insisted, in his grossly misinformed opinion, that people with preexisting medical conditions didn't deserve health care wasn't the only disturbing comment Minnick left unchallenged.
In the third hour of the program, Loretta called in from Boise.
I am one of the millions of people in the groundswell that has risen up, lately, in just horror at what's happening in the Beltway. And so I did hear your comment about the constitutionality of what's going on with health care from a previous caller, but here's my understanding and then I have a challenge for you.
We, Idaho, were kinda put on the map many, many years ago with the Frank Church situation and the disaster, in my opinion, that that caused in our security environment. So I'd like to see Idaho get put back on the map in a positive way.
She went on to state why she believes health care reform legislation is unconstitutional and urged Walt to stand up and challenge its constitutionality.
Walt responded by saying he believes that the legislation is constitutional and that there is plenty of precedent for it, citing Medicare and Medicaid programs as examples, and welcomed her to challenge it in court if she believes otherwise.
What was left hanging there in the air was that reference to former Idaho Democratic Senator Frank Church. The only thing she could have possibly been referring to was the Church Committee, the U.S. Senate committee chaired by Senator Church that in 1975 investigated illegal activity of the CIA, FBI and other agencies uncovered during the Watergate investigations. Widely accepted as necessarily reining in the constitutional abuses of the government and its agencies against American citizens, the Church Committee helped pour disinfecting sunlight on an ugly, dark wound.
You've got to be in a really, really strange place to believe that was anything but positive. Even stranger to believe the Constitution would allow the government to conduct clandestine operations against it's own citizens but prohibit it from providing health care for them.
And what sort of Idaho Democrat would leave unchallenged the implication that Senator Frank Church was anything but positive for Idaho? Must be a whole different animal indeed.