"What we are learning is that this is a threat to the First Amendment, freedom of speech," he said. Radel, who just turned 37, then went old school in arguing that the government's power needs to be returned to the people.
"To quote my generation's music, from Public Enemy to Rage Against the Machine, we've got to fight the powers that be. We've got to take the power back."
Later, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) took Radel's cue in a debate about a bill that would give the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) until the end of October to write regulations broadening an exemption to registration requirements for so-called Regulation A securities issued by small companies.
McHenry said the deadline is needed to push the SEC to promulgate the rule, and made his point with a much more modern musical reference, despite being about six months older than Radel.
"As Beyonce once said, 'If you like it, you should've put a ring on it,' " McHenry said. "Likewise, we should put a deadline on it, and that's what this bill is all about."
"So with that, I will not quote Jay-Z," he concluded.