Morning Vid: Alabama Candidate Compares Health Care to Slavery

Rick Barber gathers his armies yet again

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A few weeks ago, Alabama businessman and GOP congressional candidate Rick Barber made his YouTube debut with the campaign-ad-turned-historical-drama "Gather Your Armies." With the endorsements of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin secured, Barber turns to the Great Emancipator for a seal of approval

RICK BARBER: Hey Abe, if someone's forced to work for months to pay taxes so a total stranger can get a free meal, medical procedure, or a bailout, what's that called?


BARBER: What's it called when one man is forced to work for another?


The montage of images--including one of Auschwitz--that follows may be poignant, but nothing compares to the bonus rendition of the fourth verse of the Star Spangled Banner by Lewis Schaeffer that closes the ad (beginning at 1:03).

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