Mark Levin on Sunday night aired an interview that could be one of the most important TV segments you’ll see this year. Critical might be a good way to put it.
Levin spoke with Stanley Kurtz, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, for a dedicated hour-long special tonight. The subject, the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule” (AFFH), may sound boring, but baby it ain’t. It’s scary.
The AFFH was something added by former President Barack Obama to the 1968 Fair Housing Act, his own addition that could “radically undercut the political and economic Independence of America’s suburbs.”
“Let’s start at the beginning, What is it that the federal government did to ensure that the civil rights and equality would exist in housing all across the country?” Levin asked Kurtz to start.
“Well Mark, the federal government during the Civil Rights era passed the Fair Housing Act of 1968, and rightly it prevents discrimination in housing so if people come to buy a home or to rent an apartment, they should be treated in the same way regardless of race, regardless of ethnicity, if they’re immigrants, regardless of national origin. That is the law. And it should be the law, and HUD under both Democrat and Republican administrations enforces that law,” Kurtz explained.
“So this seems morally correct under every circumstance. Seems like something that’s been in place a very long time, seems be working pretty well, but then Obama becomes President of the United States, and what does Obama do with that 1968 statute?”
And that’s where the scary part comes in. The answer. It’s that Democrats hate the suburbs as both a concept and a locale. They hate the suburbs as a demographic and an economic area.
“The Obama administration, riding on some language in the original Fair Housing Act that did not have all the meanings he gave to it, created a really massive rule called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing,” said Kurtz.
Obama created a “transformative” rule, he said, comparing it to Obamacare, “in that it’s a massive rule that does a great many things.”
“The bottom line is that AFFH… would radically undercut the political and economic independence of America’s suburbs,” he explained. Basically, by putting control of nearly every small town, local, municipal, and state powers and responsibilities under the power of federal control. That includes things like schools, police, housing and more.
It gets worse from there, if y’all can believe that. Listen now.
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And that’s just the first twelve minutes of the show. Watch the whole thing wherever you can. Fox News, online, however you find it.
At the end of the hour, Levin quoted Alexis de Tocqueville on the subject of American democracy and freedom, and its basis in decentralization of government and the power and importance of local, representative control over the functions of government that affect our lives.
If we lose that, we truly do lose everything. And it’s a genuine possibility. Right now.