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Basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry: So Many Things in Gov’t Today Are an Insult to My Intelligence

By Craig Millward | June 3, 2019 | 11:52am EDT
Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, TV host, author and American lawyer Mark Levin (left) and former professional basketball player and Hall of Famer Rick Barry (right) (Screenshots)

Speaking on Mark Levin’s Fox News Show “Life, Liberty and Levin” on Sunday Night, former NBA player and Basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry said, “so many things that go on in our government today are an insult to my intelligence.”

“In fact, so many things that go on in our government today are an insult to my intelligence,” said Rick Barry to Mark Levin. “I mean, seriously. How do you justify a country that’s so far in debt to borrow more money and give it away to countries that don't like you. And most of the money, probably, is going into the hands of the leaders of the country and not getting to the people to try to help them out.”

Basketball legend Rick Barry began his professional basketball career with the NBA’s San Francisco Warriors in 1965. Barry then moved on to the American Basketball Association, playing for the Oakland Oaks, Washington Caps, and New York Nets before returning to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, and then retiring in 1980. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.

Below is a transcript of part of the conversation between Mark Levin and Rick Barry:

Mark Levin: "But isn't the purpose of the press, whether it's sports or actually, even more importantly, the future of the country, to provide the audience, the fans, the American people with information so the American people can make decisions on their own? Sort of what you're talking about politics, party politics and so forth. And isn't it the case that the media, it leans heavily Democrat and liberal today? I mean, you really have to be blind not to see it, right?"

Rick Barry: “I would think so. In fact, so many things that go on in our government today are an insult to my intelligence. I mean, seriously. How do you justify a country that’s so far in debt to borrow more money and give it away to countries that don't like you? And most of the money, probably, is going into the hands of the leaders of the country and not getting to the people to try to help them out. 

“And then we spend billions of dollars on people who aren’t even supposed to be in this country. And I know, we were founded on immigrants, I mean, but the people came over here and did it the proper way. And they took pride in being a part of America.

“And now we’re spending billions of dollars, and the way— And I'm a big supporter of the military. I live in Colorado, Springs and have lived there for 35 years – I’m not there in the winter now – but Fort Carson, a lot of good military friends. The way we treat our military or the people who have helped to make this country what it is today is reprehensible. That we have these guys living out in the streets, what’s happening at the VAs. Why don’t we take this money that we’re borrowing and giving away and the money, the billions that we’re spending on all of these immigrants and help our own people out first?”

Levin: “And why aren't we?”

Barry: “I don't know. That's the part that really bothers me. It really does bother me that they can sit around and supposedly be doing their job, representing us, but then vote on things and pass things for their benefit and not go ahead and ask us, ‘Is it okay if we do this?’ They just do it on their own.

“The same way with term limits. We have no term limits now. I mean, career politics, I mean, that’s what’s happened. It used to be what? They came in, they served, they went back to their job. Now we have career politicians.  And I just think that there’s something wrong with that system, but it's put in place by the people who are there without asking our permission when it’s supposed to be about what we the people want because they’re supposedly representing us. But yet, they don’t ask us.”

Levin: “And your immigration point. What about securing the border? And building a wall, doing those sorts of things?”

Barry “Seriously, this is— What do these people— Do they think we’re stupid? I guess they do. Because look at all the videos of all of these people – and I’m not going to start mentioning names, and we know who we are talking about – who are all in support of the wall. All of these people who are now against it. Why? Because it’s Donald Trump trying to get the wall built, but when it was other people and other presidents trying to get the wall, they were all for it. How conveniently they forgot the fact that they were for it, but now all of the sudden they’re not for it. What changed? What changed?”

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