Deval Patrick on Beck rally: “It’s a free country. I wish it weren’t.”

posted at 5:52 pm on September 1, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

And you thought that a libtalker declaring a public space too sacred for God would be the dumbest quote from the Left on the Restoring Honor rally hosted by Glenn Beck.  Michael Graham from Boston’s WTKK posts a clip of Governor Deval Patrick responding to a question about the rally by noting first that it’s a free country — and then that he’s not terribly happy about that, either:

The clip actually goes on for much longer as Graham and his producer have a blast with it.  Graham calls it a Kinsleyan gaffe, noting that if anyone asked Patrick if he liked that the US was a free country, he’d almost certainly say “Yes!”  But do Patrick’s policy choices and that of his party actually stand for freedom — or something else?   Be sure to follow the link back to Graham’s clip and listen to him make a larger political point about the Democratic agenda.


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Narutoboy….you had been missing much of the last few weeks. Did the rest of the slugs kick you out from the family rock?

CWforFreedom on September 1, 2010 at 7:54 PM

I looked up the Liberation theology stuff earlier today and this seems pretty much in line with that. It isn’t so much funny as terrifying! We must get the communists out of power! Our future depends on it.

petunia on September 1, 2010 at 7:56 PM

I pray to God you’re right, but there is this dude named Tim Cahill that is running interference as a third candidate. Our own version of Ross Pee-row.

The freakin’ State House janitor would do a better job than this buffoon has done the last four years (with deep and sincere apologies to the freakin’ State House janitor).

turfmann on September 1, 2010 at 6:49 PM

I hate deval, but he probably gets reelected. It just came out that Cahill hadn’t paid a bunch of income tax for his campaign, and he’s not overly popular anyway. Baker unfortunately doesn’t seem like a Scott Brown type who can win in a general election, though I hope he does.

HeroesforGhosts on September 1, 2010 at 7:59 PM

The veil drops and the tyrant is revealed.

Sadly, Tiny Timmy Cahill won’t do the honorable thing and get out and back Charlie Baker against this thug, but that would require integrity, honor and a whole host of qualities that Mass. Dems just don’t posses.

Guess Timmy feels the same as Cadillac…

SuperCool on September 1, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Yet one more reason to kick Deval Patrick out.

BKennedy on September 1, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Scratch a leftist, find a fascist.

chimney sweep on September 1, 2010 at 8:46 PM

The Associated Press did a little artful editing for the governor in their story about this…

http://news.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20100901gov_patrick_wishes_beck_rally_was_not_at_king_site/srvc=home&position=recent

CP on September 1, 2010 at 9:25 PM

He means “free” in the sense that we should be paying more taxes…unless you’re a criminal immigrant in which case free is OK in every plausible use of the word.

Alden Pyle on September 1, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Patrick was one of the most oppressive bureaucrats of the Clinton administration, attacking business owners all over the country through his position at the EEOC. He is among the worst of the bad.

Jaibones on September 1, 2010 at 9:49 PM

The one unquestionable benefit of the Obama presidency is that it has led liberals to finally – finally – begin just speaking what they view as the plain truth.

And that is a very good thing.

Because when conservatism and liberalism are honestly put side by side, when liberals and conservatives truly and openly share their core beliefs … liberalism never, ever stands a chance.

Professor Blather on September 1, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Graham calls it a Kinsleyan gaffe, noting that if anyone asked Patrick if he liked that the US was a free country, he’d almost certainly say “Yes!” But do Patrick’s policy choices and that of his party actually stand for freedom — or something else? Be sure to follow the link back to Graham’s clip and listen to him make a larger political point about the Democratic agenda.

If a liberal talks long enough, eventually the truth of what he or she really believes will come out!

I am so ashamed of the governing powers of this state…. and disgusted with those who put them in power!

ToddonCapeCod on September 1, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Cahill will be the downfall of Baker. This state is still a liberal bastion but has elected many RINOS such as Romney. Patrick will prevail with the help of all the Democrats out of Greater Boston. If they go big for Patrick, it becomes extremely difficult for Baker or Cahill to win.

Big Nicholas on September 1, 2010 at 10:44 PM

No. He says he wishes it weren’t a free country, because he believes his inconvenient opponents shouldn’t be free to oppose his beliefs and policies. I think he inadvertently admitted what he actually believes in his heart, that he and his cohorts should be allowed to dictate whatever they’ve decided is good for the people, irrespective of what the people think. He is an authoritarian, if not a totalitarian, and should be deposed for the anti-American he is.

RebeccaH on September 2, 2010 at 12:28 AM

How do you listen to the whole thing again ? That link seems to lead only to an archive of podcasts. No mention of which is the relevant one.

MetaThought on September 2, 2010 at 12:53 AM

It’s a free country, but Patrick wishes it weren’t? I hope his challenger plays that clip over and over and over and over.

disa on September 2, 2010 at 7:23 AM

Why so surprised? Copperheads have always been in favor of slavery.

SDN on September 2, 2010 at 7:48 AM

So Deval’s wishin’ for the shackles??? It’s unbelievable and believable at the same time.

ErinF on September 2, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Deval seems a perfect fit for Massachusetts. He anti-American and believes the electorate are only tools to be used because they are too stupid to run their own lives. Add the fact he his intellectually bankrupt and has the morals of a two-dollar hooker and he fits the Kennedy-Kerry mold completely.

volsense on September 2, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Because we are a neighboring state, Patrick inevitably appears on our news broadcasts from time to time. Have often heard him make what I think are stupid remarks delivered in a solemn manner that only makes them appear dumber. This is a prime example.

jeanie on September 2, 2010 at 8:51 AM

I can’t find anything at the link that is related to this clip.

Jaynie59 on September 2, 2010 at 8:52 AM

That should be in as many GOP ads this year. Tie them all together, and brand them for what they are, just a bunch of authoritarian thugs.

thekingtut on September 2, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Pronoun ambiguity strikes again.

RightOFLeft on September 2, 2010 at 9:11 AM

I don’t see what all the hub bub is about. Massachusetts deserves a Governor like Deval Patrick. Also, his statement about living in a free country is wrong. The people of Massachusetts work for both the state and federal government. Their “take home” pay is what their masters allow them to keep.

olesparkie on September 2, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Hey Deval, hate to tell you this, but if the USA wasn’t free, you and ol’ Barry would be wearing straw hats and carrying hoes (or should I say rakes).

Mr. Grump on September 2, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Patrick’s statement is in sync with the one Lucy made to Charlie Brown:

“You can have your own opinion so long as you agree with ME.”

The dangerous thing is that Patrick is not a drawing in a cartoon. He is governor of one of the United States of America, This statement reveals a tyrant in the making.

Eichendorff on September 2, 2010 at 9:49 AM

The Associated Press did a little artful editing for the governor in their story about this…

http://news.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20100901gov_patrick_wishes_beck_rally_was_not_at_king_site/srvc=home&position=recent

CP on September 1, 2010 at 9:25 PM

Yet the Democrat says, “It’s a free country,” and, “You got to respect that freedom.”

I repeat. Yes, I do lump every last one of these J-School retards in with the JournoListers. This is a profession rotten to the core.

MNHawk on September 2, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Baker unfortunately doesn’t seem like a Scott Brown type who can win in a general election, though I hope he does.

I’m completely underwhelmed by his campaign. Hopefully he can turn it up a notch because right now, I don’t think many people here in MA even know who he is.

emz35 on September 2, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Can anyone say too often how creepy liberal Democrats are? They are greedy thugs and should ALL be tossed out of office…. forever….

chai on September 2, 2010 at 10:35 AM

emz35 on September 2, 2010 at 10:07 AM

You are spot on. He has no fire..at all. I am still gonna vote for him but he is a mASSachusetts Republican. I hardly have enthusiasm for him.

Gob on September 2, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Another totalitarian reveals his true colors.

zoyclem on September 2, 2010 at 12:21 PM

I think I’ve said this before but Patrick of Spongebob would be a better Governor Patrick than the guy that’s currently the governor of the commonwealth.

Dave_d on September 2, 2010 at 12:27 PM

A liberal infiltrator’s take on the Restore Honour rally…

“I’m not often afraid of dummies. Even “tens of thousands” of them. But the energy here is more alarming than any health-care town-hall hysteria I’ve witnessed, and there’s a much larger draw than at the NRA rally I covered here four months ago.”

“For the record, Beck’s supporters aren’t all white. There are more black people here to cheer Beck than the left would like to think — and far less than Tea Partiers cite in defending themselves against charges of racism.”

“I’m especially amazed by how docile these so-called independent activists are; from what I can tell, they left their signs at home because Beck told them to..”

Gob on September 2, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Just like that idiot John Dingell, “So we can control the people”.

The truth always outs. Always.

Grace_is_sufficient on September 2, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Also, I heard this guy Dave Marsh on Sirius last weekend. It was the most frightening hour of my life. He was angry, bitter, and raging about the Beck rally. Said Beck is “just like the people who killed MLK Jr–he talks and thinks just like them”.

Marsh went on and on about supporting the NYC Mosque, but screamed against the Beck rally. When anyone called to disagree with him, he called them horrible names, told them to F off and hung up on them.

His complete disconnect was almost laughable, if it weren’t so vitriolic.

Beck has made the Left deranged…I believe they’re all coming unglued, including Patrick.

Grace_is_sufficient on September 2, 2010 at 5:51 PM

A Massachusetts friend swears that Governor Patrick is, “a literal turd”. I assume he meant to say a “figurative turd” and yet he was an English major. Is there anyone from Massachusetts following Hot Air that can weigh in on this definitively?

Thank you.

Mason on September 2, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Know your enemy. And if you are paranoid, that`s okay these days. There are some bad people out there and most of them are libs dems and progressives.

Sherman1864 on September 2, 2010 at 8:53 PM

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