McCotter referred to President Andrew Jackson and the battle over the Bank of the United States, Fyodor Dosteovsky and "The Brothers Karamazov," and finally, Lenin and the 1917 Russian Revolution.
McCotter's point was that the bailout was an infringement on the freedom of individual Americans and a threat to majority rule in the United States, although his reasoning was somewhat hard to follow. But it sure was quotable.
"In the Bolshevik Revolution, the slogan was 'Peace, land, and bread,'" McCotter said. "Today, you are being to choose between bread and freedom. I suggest the people on Main Street have said they prefer their freedom, and I am with them."