Rand Paul Filibuster Aftermath: Rush Limbaugh on “establishment” Sentors
Rush Limbaugh had unkind things to say contrasting John McCain, Lindsey Graham, some elder statesman level Senators that were attending to a different sort of business while the Rand Paul Filibuster was occuring.
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I lovingly steal transcripts after the jump.
RUSH: Okay, folks, what we have here is a fascinating object
lesson. What we have here is a golden opportunity. What is happening
in the aftermath of the Rand Paul filibuster is very useful. This is
extremely eye opening. The filibuster itself was eye opening and has
its own educational aspects. But what’s happening in the aftermath is
almost as intriguing to me. The way I would put it is, the
establishment decided to go out to dinner last night. Obama took McCain
and Lindsey Graham and some others, went out to dinner.
the way, Obama’s motorcade — I want you to keep this in mind when you
realize that they shut down White House tours. All of these children,
who for years have been saying, “Mommy, mommy, I want to go see where
the president lives. I want to go see the White House, mommy. Can I see
the White House during spring break?” Kids these days get everything
they want, so mom said, “Sure,” and they set it up, called their local
congressman, set it up, and when it was their turn to go the White House
tours are shut down because of the sequester. Seven people who work in
the White House tour department or tour office, laid off, furloughed.
These White House tours are like a lot of museum tours. You walk in,
you get a pair of headphones, a CD or some audio source, and you walk
around and you’re told in your headphones what you’re looking at. There
are people to shepherd you and make sure you don’t walk in on, oh, like
the president and a girl in a restroom. They keep you in the right
place. They’re basically self-guided tours. Anyway, these things have
been shut down. The president goes out to dinner last night. The
establishment, the parents, went out to dinner. Obama, McCain, Lindsey
Grahamnesty, went out to dinner.
Obama, a 20-vehicle motorcade to go to a restaurant for dinner. A
20-vehicle motorcade to go to a restaurant while the White House tours
are shut down because of the sequester. Anyway, that’s just a side
point. The establishment goes out, when they got back home they found
all the furniture out on the front porch. The kids had gone crazy. The
kids had thrown a giant party while the establishment was out doing
whatever they were doing. While the old guard of the Republican Party
was out playing footsie with the president, the new kids in town were
talking to the American people about liberty.
The new kids in down captivated the nation talking to them about
freedom. The new kids in town were, for the first time in I don’t know
how long, actually taking it to Barack Obama and showing how easily it’s
done and showing that you live the next day and demonstrating you have
tons and tons of support the next day. Not only that, you have tons and
tons of support while you’re doing it. Rand Paul starts his
filibuster. He just wanted Obama to acknowledge in a letter that Obama
will not kill Americans sitting in a cafe minding their own business
with a drone. And the regime wouldn’t respond.
Now, Eric Holder did, and we had the sound bites for you. Finally,
after four or five tries from Ted Cruz, Holder finally admitted that
such a thing would be unconstitutional. Now, at that point Rand Paul
coulda quit the filibuster. But there was something larger going on.
As the filibuster went on, Ted Cruz showed up, pointed out it’s the
177th anniversary of the Alamo. Marco Rubio showed up. Senator Turban,
some Democrats that wanted to get in on this. Dingy Harry showed up,
tried to shut it down. Meanwhile, meanwhile, the Republican
establishment is out playing footsie with Obama at a restaurant.
Senator McCain just went to the floor of the Senate and blasted
Senator Paul saying the filibuster was not helpful. Senator McCain, and
I tell you, this illustrates the contrast between the new stars of the
Republican Party and yesterday’s mashed potatoes. McCain said that
Paul’s filibuster (imitating McCain), “Let me tell you what’s wrong with
it, Limbaugh. It’s gonna give ammo to those who think the rules of the
Senate have been abused.” Senator McCain, there’s not a person in the
world who cares about the rules of the Senate right now. And if the
rules of the Senate were abused last night for the American people to
hear the truth, then so be it.
The rules of the Senate? People are gonna think the rules of the
Senate were abused? What are we all members of the ruling class here?
No siree bobkins, folks, you and I, we are part of the country class. I
said part. I popped the P. I’m a highly trained broadcast
specialist. I know when you say “part” you pop that P. We are part of
the country class. You talk about being out of touch. The
low-information voters who need to be our targets are gonna be concerned
about the rules of the Senate? They don’t even think there are any. I
would bet you that more people watched Rand Paul’s filibuster last
night than watched any of the Senate’s televised proceedings in years.
And more importantly, a lot of people may have actually been inspired by
what Rand Paul did.
And, you know what? He didn’t need the media. As long as he stayed
on his feet he had the floor. And he could turn it over, he could yield
to whoever he wanted. But as long as he stayed on his feet and as long
as he stayed on the Senate floor, no computers are allowed in there, no
phones are allowed in there, he could not sit down. So he’s eating
candy bars and water for sustenance. And the questions, if you notice,
the people that were helping Rand Paul along, sometimes the questions
would go ten minutes just to give him a break, all by design. But he
had access to the American people. News spread like wildfire. It’s the
headline on Drudge.
I’m sitting at home. See, I know what’s going on, so I’m not
watching it. I know what it’s all about. I don’t have to watch it.
I’m old enough, I know enough that I know what’s happening without
watching it. But I got people sending me e-mail last night: “What the
hell is this all about?” Who had no idea it was happening, but then
they did, then they heard about it. So I had a stock e-mail reply
prepared, and I just hit command-V for pasting it, sent it back whenever
somebody wanted to know what was going on. And what was going on was,
for the first time this president being challenged on something he wants
to do that is unconstitutional. And it’s not the first time that he’s
trying to do something unconstitutional.
There wasn’t any shouting and there wasn’t any yelling and there
wasn’t any name-calling and there wasn’t any of this. If you went to
Twitter, which is dominated by the left, the interesting thing about
this, a lot of libs on Twitter, libs, if you get them in a sterile
environment, you know, they are obsessed with people dying. That’s why
they worry about global warming. It’s why they worry about whether or
not you eat oat bran or not. They’re obsessed with people dying. Well,
being hit by a drone while you’re in a cafe, smoking the weed, drinking
some Starbucks, that ain’t cool. And even libs can relate to that. So
even the libs on Twitter were very alarmed when they heard what could
be possible someday in this country if it’s not stopped.
By the way, it’s another opportunity. You know, we conservatives,
what are we really all about? When you boil us down, what are we all
about? Freedom, liberty. And yet we are judged by many on the left to
be people that want to put other people in prison and so forth. The
reason for that, of course, is that we also concern ourselves with
morality. We love freedom and liberty, but we have guardrails.
The left doesn’t. That’s why they look at us as jailers. Well, they
do. I mean, they win the White House and they run around singing songs,
“We have overcome!” It’s like they’ve just been let out of jail. It’s
like the Civil War ended every time they win an election. So there were a
lot of things going on in this filibuster last night, and a lot of
lessons. A big lesson (and this is something for the old guard to learn)
is the Constitution of the United States was being defended and
protected last night.
The freedom and liberty of the people of the United States was being
defended against potential assault by the president of the United
States, and the people of this country rallied like crazy. They did not
get mad at Rand Paul. They loved him. They did not call Rand Paul a
racist. They loved him. They did not call him an extremist. They loved
him. There are all of these fears that the old guard ruling class has
and the Republican consultancy class has: “Don’t attack Obama! Don’t
criticize Obama! You’re gonna anger the independents, women and such.”
None of that happened. We didn’t need Sawyer there or Dan Rather or
some media people there. We didn’t need a moderator for this thing. We
didn’t need Martha Raddatz there asking questions for any of it. We just
had a guy speaking from the heart with some of his friends that showed
up, while across town Obama used a 20-car motorcade to go out and get
dinner. By the way, I got a note about that. Somebody wants me to make a
big deal out of the fact that he paid for it out of his own pocket.
He doesn’t have any money in his pocket that isn’t ours first. What
is…? Well, I take it back. He did pawn a couple of books off on
people. But I doubt that he’s spending that money. He’s spending the
money we pay him.
RUSH: We’re gonna have Rand Paul on the program the top of the next
hour. I’m gonna ask him about this. He is being criticized by Republican
establishment types. Get this criticism. Are you ready for this one?
“He knows nobody’s gonna ever launch a drone on Americans. He wasn’t
trying to stop Brennan. This guy’s actually trying to stop drones. He’s
just like his dad! He’s just trying to get the US military shut out from
using drones, period, especially on Muslims.”
So that criticism of Rand Paul is out there. (interruption) I know
it’s absurd, but it’s out there from Republican establishment types. So,
anyway, after McCain went to the floor of the Senate and said that
Paul’s concerns were totally unfounded and (impression), “He did a
disservice, a disservice to a lot of Americans to make — make them fear
they’re in danger from their government. They’re not! They’re not!”
McCain said, quote, “American citizens have nothing to fear from their
You know, I’m thinking Obama’s kicking himself for not inviting
McCain to dinner earlier. This McCain guy could come in really handy for
Obama. I think Obama figured this out last night. McCain went to the
floor of the Senate to actually say that Rand Paul’s concerns were
unfounded. This is what we’re up against. This is the Republican
reaction to Rand Paul. Violated Senate rules! Wrong impression! The
American people aren’t threatened! It’s just not right. It’s getting
people all concerned over nothing.
Senator Graham also was on Fox News this morning, and this was what he said…
GRAHAM: The drone program he has utilized overseas, I think, has made
us safer. This idea that we’re gonna use a drone to attack an American
citizen in a cafe in America is ridiculous.
RUSH: So it’s the rules of the Senate versus the rule of law and due
process, and what wins with the old guard establishment? The rules of
the Senate. Now, let’s not forget here, Senator McCain loudly and
constantly condemned the use of enhanced interrogation on terrorists,
too. I guess he has no problem with the president using a drone. He
doesn’t think it’s gonna happen. So, anyway, now Obama wants to have
Paul Ryan over for lunch since this thing worked out so well last night
with the old guard that he wants to spread it around.
I hope it was worth it.
RUSH: Now, I’ll tell you what’s happening here, folks, among many
other things. McCain and some of these old guard guys are jealous. The
Senate… Remember, politics is showbiz for the ugly. It is showbiz. It
is about getting on television. It’s about getting rave reviews in the
media. It is every bit about photo-ops and all that stuff as Hollywood
people are as focused on it. Well, right now, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz and
Marco Rubio have captivated everybody, and these old guard guys —
these old bulls — are getting jealous. It’s a little bit more
complicated than that, but I think that’s fundamentally one of the
things happening here.
RUSH: We are being governed by an ever shrinking minority, and until
these young bucks in the Republican Senate showed up, there was nobody
willing to oppose them.
I don’t know about you. I can’t tell you the number of people last
night who said to me, I had a bunch of e-mails, just this week I’ve been
talking to callers who’ve called here and their hands are thrown up in
frustration, “What can we do?” I said, “We’re beyond the point of words
now. It’s gonna require an event that nobody knows is coming. An event
is going to happen to wake people up, change their minds or do
something else.” I was not talking about a cataclysmic event. I was
talking about a political event. I wasn’t talking about a hurricane or
some sort of climate disaster or an airplane accident. I was referring
to a major political event that illustrates something that turns
everything upside down.
This filibuster last night did. It was such an event.
I don’t know what kind of legs it’s gonna have. I don’t know, in and
of itself, it’s not gonna be enough. But this Washington Post poll is
just another bit of evidence that tells me — doesn’t tell me; it
proves, we’re being governed by a minority. The majority of thinking in
this country opposes Barack Obama. It’s just they don’t know it. It
is really profound to me. This is not even close. Sixty-one to 33%
support a 5% across-the-board budget cut except for defense in a
Washington Post/ABC poll. Not 51-49, not 50-50. 61-33. It isn’t even
There is not majority opinion for growing the government the way it
is growing. There is not majority opinion for slashing defense. But
the guy who’s doing all that is escaping any tie to it. He’s escaping
any association with it. The Limbaugh Theorem again. And so the
Washington Post — I’m surprised they didn’t just spike the story. If
they hadn’t run it, nobody woulda known other than their pollsters, that
they had these results. They don’t report the numbers. You have to
find the numbers I gave you, the 61-33, in their chart. In their story
about their own poll is an attempt to undermine their own poll.
They point out that a Pew poll, a competing poll, in February found
that there was no majority support for spending cuts. So they try to
undercut their own poll with a previous month’s poll. They were so
unhappy with the results of their own. It’s amazing. So if you want to
take heart in anything, take heart in the fact that a sizeable majority
of the American people oppose what’s happening here.
You have Rand Paul joined by Ted Cruz and Rubio last night, taking on
this administration over the Constitution, over personal freedom, over
liberty, and it invigorated people. That’s what the old guard in the
Republican Party doesn’t understand. It’s what the establishment
doesn’t understand. Obama and his policies were on display last night
for 12 hours, they were under assault, and everybody who did it is alive
today. And everybody who was involved in it is a hero today.
Nothing bad happened to them. They didn’t lose their fundraising.
Nobody’s calling ’em racist. All the things the Republican
establishment’s afraid of. Basically what happened was the country
class showed up, had 12 hours in the Senate to speak last night, while
the ruling class was out having dinner with Obama.
This is Andrew in Minneapolis. Andrew, I’m glad you called. Great to have you on the program. Hello.
CALLER: Hi. How you doing?
RUSH: Very well, sir. Thank you.
CALLER: Great. My name is Andrew. I’m from Brainerd, Minnesota,
but I live in Minneapolis now, and boy, between last night and this
morning, things have changed for me and a lot of my friends. A lot of
friends that I have that are homosexual, very, very liberal, the pot
smoking libertarian folks, they haven’t believed a word I’ve said up
’til now about Andrew Breitbart and listening to Rush Limbaugh. And my
own political awakening and then my support of Romney. Overnight,
literal overnight, e-mails, tweets, texts, Facebook messages from three
or four of these people that are incredibly curious, shout-outs over
Facebook saying, “Boy, you actually have a conservative guy who’s
willing to stand up to the old republic and Lindsey Graham and John
McCain and do something that we all believe in.” And I think they’re
starting to see that they believe in some of the same things I do —
RUSH: Wait. Your liberal buddies had that to say?
CALLER: They did. Well, they think they’re liberal, but I don’t think they ever take the time to really investigate —
RUSH: Okay. I get it.
RUSH: But these are your libertarian gay guys and they don’t like
McCain and that bunch and that’s who they associate with the Republican
Party, so Rand Paul and the young guys show up and they have a change of
heart? Is that what you heard?
CALLER: Yeah, and they have a new curiosity for what the Tea Party
represents and, you know, they want to see Occupy Unmasked with me,
which I’ve been trying to have them watch for ages.
RUSH: Well, now, see, Andrew, this is great. I thank you. This is,
in a way, what I was talking about when I was telling callers this
week, it’s going to take an event, that we’re beyond words now. Fifty
years of words to people. It’s gonna take an event where there are
illustrations of what we’ve been talking about, and last night was such
an event. Again now, I don’t know how long its effects will be, how
long its legs are, but it can’t be denied that it happened.
A brief time-out. Don’t go away focusing. Thanks again, Andrew.
RUSH: This is the Florida Keys and Marion. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hi.
CALLER: (severely garbled) Hey, Rush. Hi. How are you?
RUSH: I’m… You sound like you’re underwater on your cell phone connection, but I’m doing fine.
CALLER: That’s good. That’s good. Sorry about that. I’m driving down
the Turnpike and my dog just put the window down. (giggling)
RUSH: Your dog just put the window down?
CALLER: Yes, she did.
RUSH: That’s interesting.
CALLER: She got up on the door handle, and all of a sudden the window
went down. That’s what that noise was. I’m sorry about that. (giggling)
RUSH: Oh, oh. Okay, cool. You’re good.
CALLER: All right.
RUSH: You sound good now. You sound okay now.
CALLER: Great, great show today. I just can’t tell you how great it
makes me feel. This is one of the best days of my whole life, and I
appreciate you taking my call. I just want you to know that as lifelong
Republicans, both my husband and myself, we just reregistered, and we
just changed our party affiliation to independents, and we’re just so
frustrated with the Republicans. I’m really proud of Senator Paul
and I’m so thrilled that somebody has finally taken some positive
steps. You know, intellectually everything he has done is just spot on.
RUSH: Look, it’s what has been missing, and it may still be. Only
time is gonna tell. A number of people think that what happened last
night signals a big shift in energy. Some people think it signifies a
change in momentum, combined with the fact that the sequester is not
working out for Obama the way he intended. I’ve got more detail on that
coming up, but one of the examples of that is Obama’s getting hit by the
media on kids not being able to tour the White House. ABC and some
other networks are not playing that story the way Obama wanted it
played. He’s actually being hit for that.
But let’s take a look here at liberals versus conservatives in one
sense. On the left, they’ve got their guy, Barack Obama. They’ve got
their hero, they’ve got their star, they’ve got the guy that’s their
leader. He’s the guy that motivates ’em, inspires them, what have you.
They’ve got the guy. They’ve got somebody that people can respond to,
can rally around, can focus their energy on, either to promote or defend
if he (or what they believe in) comes under attack. Now, on our side,
there isn’t that.
There isn’t anybody. There is nobody — I mean, nobody. I’m talking
about in electoral politics, there’s nobody yet. Some people are
emerging, but there’s nobody yet that fulfills that role on our side.
There is not the one person that leads the team that everybody has faith
in, confidence in, and wants to defend come hell or high water, and
wants to promote. So everybody’s on their own, and we are absent
leadership. So what we, on our side, are faced with is the internecine
battle going on in the Republican Party as exemplified by this.
Here you have young blood.
You have Rand Paul doing the filibuster, aided and abetted last night
by Senators Cruz and Rubio. Senator Thune showed up and some other
people. On the other side we’ve got the old bulls, the old guard, the
ruling class establishment Republicans who are out having dinner with
Obama. They don’t like what these young bucks did last night. They’re
upsetting the applecart. So that’s what we deal with every day. We deal
with the lack of unity.
On our side, there isn’t even any unity on opposing Obama. There’s
nothing for people to get behind here. There’s not a single person
that’s the object of hero status. I don’t mean hero worship. I mean
somebody in whom we have the confidence to rally around, support, and
defend. There isn’t that. There is this ongoing battle on our side
that’s very frustrating because, for us, the enemy is the president. The
enemy’s the Democrat Party. They are the ones taking our country to
places we don’t want to go.
We’re scared to death what’s happening in this country. They’re destroying it!
People on our side don’t seem to see that — or if they do, they
don’t seem to care. It doesn’t seem to register, and that’s frustrating
as it can be. We are literally watching the traditions, the institutions
that we hold dear under assault with impunity. There’s nothing stopping
it! The people doing this damage are not paying any price whatsoever
for doing it. They have what appears to be a free road, a clear path,
nothing in their way to stop them.
That makes us all feel utterly helpless and frustrated.
So we look around and we want to attach ourselves to anybody that we
have confidence in that is willing to advance the things that we believe
in. Right now that really means standing up to, fighting, and stopping
this. What happened last night with this filibuster is essentially very
simple. One man stood up and took on Barack Obama and his party and his
administration over the Constitution, and that means over freedom and
liberty and the role of government and the effort to keep it small.
Well, “keep it small.” Just keep it out of our lives, and now to
prevent it from randomly unleashing drone attacks on us — and look what
happened. It invigorated people! It fired people up on our side.
Something happened last night they we haven’t seen. They didn’t even see
it in the presidential campaign. They didn’t see it, we didn’t see it
during the eight years of George W. Bush. Our guy was in the White
House, but he was under assault constantly. There was not one day it was
ever defended, and thus we weren’t.
So there hasn’t been the sense among people on our side that the
people on our side even realize the threat that we all understand, that
we all see, that has us all scared to death. Many of us think that we’re
about to storm the beaches at Pointe-Du-Hoc here. This is it. The
Republican House is going to authorize and vote for a continuing
resolution that funds Obamacare. All we heard during the campaign 2012
was, “Nope, we’re gonna do everything we can to defund it. We’re gonna
make sure we do everything we can. We lost the presidency but we’re
still going to fight it.”
We saw the chief justice of the Supreme Court, for some reason, be
intimidated into ruling this law constitutional when everybody knows
that it isn’t — and there doesn’t seem to be any justice in all this.
There doesn’t seem to be any fairness. The other side talks about
fairness and equality and balance, and there’s none. Some people on our
side ask, “What have we done to be punished this way? What in the world
have we done that we deserve our country being taken from us?” and the
answer is nothing!
It’s just that there’s nobody that we see that has any courage to
stand up to the people who are doing the damage. Even when we have the
White House, there’s no standing up to the people assaulting the
country. Even when we’re campaigning, the candidate doesn’t stand up.
Now, I know the president’s race frightens a lot of people away from
criticizing him. (No two ways about that. It’s just the way it is.) But
Rand Paul did it last night, and nobody’s calling him a racist today.
Nobody’s calling him an extremist, and nobody’s calling him names — and
he doesn’t care anyway.
But he stood up for freedom. Last night people finally had somebody
to rally around. Somebody finally spoke up and reflected what you all
think and what you all fear. And somebody, in addition to speaking up,
was actually trying to put the brakes on the direction this country’s
being taken. So, yeah, it made perfect sense for people to rally behind
it and rally to it. And then today after that we get the old guard,
the ruling class, Republican establishment types belittling what
happened last night. Casting it aside. It’s insignificant. Violated
the rules of the Senate. Bad image. Silly to say that the president
wants to launch drone strikes on America. Why do we even have to answer
that question. That’s so absurd, it’s silly. Why, it was embarrassing
what they’re saying. Yet everywhere you look — and the most recent, I
mentioned it mere moments ago, Washington Post/ABC poll, by 61 to 33%,
the American people support across-the-board budget cuts. Not tiny
little sequesters, but a 5% across-the-board budget cut, 61-33 supported
by the American people. And, in the same poll, they don’t want the
defense budget cut. So another thing we know is that taking the
universe of the entire population, we know we’re in the majority. And
then it just rubs us even further raw to learn that we’re being governed
by a minority that got elected because our side didn’t even have the
proper campaign to energize Republican voters to show up. So angry were
four million Republicans that they said, “There’s no difference.
Doesn’t matter. Doesn’t matter whether I vote.” Six of one, half dozen
of the other. That was what they thought.
So here’s where we are. This is where the Republican establishment
had better pay attention. It’s the laws of supply and demand. I had a
great interview yesterday with Angelo Codevilla coming up in an upcoming issue of the Limbaugh Letter.
He equated this to supply and demand. Basically his point was, if the
existing parties do not offer, if there isn’t a supply of what we as the
public want, we’re gonna go somewhere where there is, i.e., third
party. He says it’s possible. He knows it’s not the best way, but he
says the law of supply and demand might create it, if the Republican
Party remains unresponsive.
If the Republican Party participates full bore in the full
authorization of Obamacare — 61% of the American people oppose
Obamacare — if the Republican Party goes along with it, why would
anybody vote for them? In other words, his point is, where’s the
party? Where are the people in the party that are willing to reflect,
stand up and represent the majority thinking in the party? At some
point somebody like that is going to surface. It’s either gonna be a
new party or the Republican Party is going to be overtaken. At some
point this is going to have to happen.
You cannot have this many millions of Americans continually ignored
and unrepresented in a representative democracy without a price to pay
So Rand Paul does his filibuster, and people flock to it. Even
Democrats flocked to it, all over Twitter, which is normally owned, run,
and operated by the Democrats. All over Twitter last night, Rand Paul
had people saying, “Well, wait a minute, I understand this.” I mean,
the left, this should be a natural for them. This is the kind of stuff,
this is why Code Pink exists, for example, among other things.
The administration ought to be just taking it on the chin over this.
And they may be. Time will tell. My whole point here is I understand
why people are rallying to Rand Paul and Rubio and Ted Cruz. And that’s
going to continue. And the Republican establishment, as long as they
continue to pretend this is 1990, ’98, 2000, as long as the old rules
which guarantee defeat continue to dominate, then at some point
something’s gotta give.
RUSH: Here is the Republican ruling class. Here is the old guard.
This is Senator McCain on the Senate floor in Washington today talking
about Rand Paul’s filibuster last night.
All I can say is that I don’t think that what happened yesterday is
helpful to the American people. What we saw yesterday, what we saw
yesterday is going to give ammunition to those critics who say that the
rules of the Senate are being abused.
RUSH: What am I missing? How can you be more out of touch? Which
critics is he talking about? You know, I pride myself. I’m well aware
of what’s going on. I don’t know anybody, we talk about the future of
the country, I was out my golf buddies the other day, and not one of
them, nobody’s ever said to me that they’re worried about the rules of
the Senate being abused. I don’t hear that as a concern from anybody.
What happened yesterday is not useful to the American people? You have
to look long and hard to find a disconnect larger than this one.
Here’s Farouk in Raleigh, North Carolina. Welcome to the EIB Network, Farouk. Hello.
CALLER: Good afternoon, sir. What an honor to speak with you.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: I had an observation last night. I’m a proud citizen, an
immigrant, a citizen by choice. And I had an epiphany moment watching
The Ed Show. Don’t ask me why I was watching The Ed Show. I was
basically shuffling channels. But I recognized at that moment that the
threat regarding these drone strikes within our own borders was more
significant in the way it’s being played out in the media. When I
recognized is that there was a panel discussing who the potential
targets, justified or justifiable targets for such drone strikes would
be. And these people that they were showing on their video clips were,
in their words, people clinging to their guns, Americans that are
becoming paramilitaristic in their approach and protecting the
Constitution. I immediately recognized that perhaps it’s not just the
constitutionality of the drone strikes within our own borders, but
deliberate manipulation of what the definition of a terrorist would be
to this administration.
RUSH: Or an enemy combatant. Well, that’s exactly it. So you
watched these clowns on MSNBC say, “Oh, yeah, there’s some valid
targets, gun nuts, right-wing extremists. We have to wipe those people
out.” I didn’t see that. You’re the first person telling me about it,
but for some reason I don’t doubt you. You heard them say that.
Appreciate the call.