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RUSH: There is one solution. “Remedy,” maybe is not the word. We have one choice, and that’s win elections. Every one of them, folks. That’s what we face now. And the first one is this November. With what happened today and the precedent set today that the government can tax anything… I don’t want to scare you by speculating what that could end up meaning in terms of everybody’s day-to-day lives. What if Social Security goes bankrupt, and then what if Congress wants to say that your 401(k) is now part of Social Security in order to bail it out? Just take it. Do you realize there’s not much to stop something like that from happening until this is repealed?

And even then the precedent is still there until the court, another court down the road, would reverse this one. Which is not impossible. But it’s going to take elections. Because as my buddy Mark Levin wrote recently in a book: We now live in a post-constitutional country. With Obama we got post-racial, we got post-partisan, and now we’re post-constitutional. The Constitution does not determine things that happen in this country anymore. It’s not a limiting factor any longer. The big government types have always seen it as an obstacle, and in two decisions this week we have been shown, architecturally, the way around it.

This will require election after election after election.

Victory after victory after victory.


RUSH: I was trying to say, when dealing with all the rumors and speculation, there’s no point in playing the game to try to find out, “Okay, is there something positive here? Is there something we can grasp onto and say, ‘Well, there’s maybe some hope’?”

There isn’t any!

The only hope is the November election.

There’s no way to get this decision redone. We can’t send this decision back. The court is not gonna retake. They’re long gone. They’re outta there. I can’t think of a Founding Father or any state that would have supported a Constitution of the sort that the chief justice just set out in this ruling! There wasn’t even an income tax in the original Constitution. It required the 16th Amendment. So don’t… I know there’s a temptation to try to explain the inexplicable, to try to find a silver lining to grasp and hold onto and so forth.

And if that makes you feel better, go ahead, but it doesn’t matter. The ruling is the ruling, and it stands. And so now it’s game on. This thing has to be repealed. It has to be repealed by the elected representatives of the people. And that can only happen if the election results are massively in our favor in November. That’s the next task. And I’m confident that what happened in 2010 is gonna happen with greater intensity and in larger numbers in 2012 than happened in 2010. I’m talking about the midterm elections: The Tea Party and everybody mobilizing.

The Constitution was written to limit government power.

This ruling expands government power like no one has ever imagined.

This ruling expands government power like nobody’s ever asked for it before!

Obama didn’t even ask for this. He didn’t ask for this kind of massive tax increase. He asked for the Commerce Clause to be able to force people to buy insurance — and then what that would open in terms of future doors. It’s an appalling decision, and there’s nothing in it that (sigh) you can grasp onto and try to find some positives. Unless you want to. It’s not gonna mean anything. My point is, no Founding Father would envision a constitution written this way.

Nobody envisioned a constitution or a government with this kind of power.


RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, we are not, as a people, as free as we were at 10:15 this morning. We didn’t lose a war. No foreign enemy is taking away our liberties. Our own government did this. We’re not nearly as free as we were five hours ago.

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