Americans 'Suffering From Stockholm Syndrome' As Hostages Of Big Gov't, Senator Says At YAF Freedom Conference

Ron Meyer
By Ron Meyer | April 19, 2012 | 4:29 PM EDT

Last weekend, I had the privilege of interviewing Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain at the Young America’s Foundation (YAF) Freedom Conference in Milwaukee.

The Freedom Conference was the second in a series of nationwide student conferences aimed at energizing young conservatives. Speakers included Herman Cain, Sen. Johnson, and best-selling authors Jonah Goldberg and Jason Mattera.

The speakers examined the virtues of the free enterprise system, contrasting them with the vices of job-killing, destructive policies of the Obama administration, such as its health care law (Obamacare).

In my video interview with Sen. Johnson, he stressed the urgency of addressing our country’s spending and debt problems. “I am impatient because our nation is going bankrupt,” the senator told me.

In his speech to the conference, Sen. Johnson compared Americans to hostages who have become resigned, but need to stand up for themselves and fight back:

“We as a nation, as a people, are suffering from the Stockholm Syndrome. It’s when you’re a hostage, when you’ve been kidnapped, and when your kidnappers show you a little bit of mercy, you’re grateful for it.”

Referring to the threat of Obamacare, the senator said Americans are saying to the Supreme Court, “Please, we’re begging you – please help us maintain just this last little shred of freedom.”

Herman Cain seemed to echo the senator’s theme when I spoke with him. Cain, too, said that complacency and resignation can lead only to ruin because of the “insatiable appetite of Big Government”:

“It’s gotten to the point that the average taxpayer “can not satisfy the insatiable appetite of Big Government.” Like chickens, “they are not going to be happy until they’ve pecked all the flesh off of our bones.”

Here’s my interview with Herman Cain and his speech highlights.

Here are some video highlights from the Sen. Johnson’s speech.

Video of my one-on-one interview with the senator is below.

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