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RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, over the course of the many years I’ve hosted this program, I have been unabashed in defining liberals for you, hoping to persuade as many people to agree with me as I can. You know, not everybody does that. For example, I don’t want to mention any names, but there are many in the conservative commentariat — newspaper columns, website bloggers — and they’re not interested in moving public opinion.

That’s not why they do what they do. They’re not interested in having their work measured in that way, by how many opinions did they change or how much action did they cause. They have a whole different reason for writing or for appearing on TV or what have you. In many cases, if it’s inside-the-Beltway people, they’re doing what they do for everybody else in the Beltway.

They’re trying to show everybody else how smart they are, but when it comes to… Well, I know this because I’ve asked them. When I was new to all this and talking to people, I would I would ask them, “Well, now, okay, so you write opinion columns. Do you track whether or not your column’s influential?”

“No, no! Who’s got time for that? How could you do it anyway? That’s not why I do this.”

“So why are you doing it? I would think if you’re writing an opinion piece you want to be somewhat influential or persuasive.”

“No, no, no! I haven’t got time for that. That’s not the point. I’m doing commentary.”

Well, speaking for myself, I have always sought to be persuasive. I’m very proud of what I believe. It’s why I’m writing these two books for the kids, and a third which will no doubt drop at some point. I’m doing it to be persuasive. I’m doing it to counter what they’re being taught elsewhere. Writing history books for kids — actually, for everybody in the family — there’s a mission there.

There’s a desire to spread the truth.

There’s a desire to counter the current curriculum.

There’s a desire… I mean, I love this country; I want everybody to. I’m very proud of this country.; I wish everybody was. I appreciate being born in this country; I wish everybody did. I, of course, am trying to spread that word. I love sharing my passions. I happen to be very passionate about freedom and market economics and prosperity and abundance and the opportunity for more.

I’m very, very bullish on people being the best they can be. I know that leads to happiness and contentment. I’m very bullish on all these things. I want everybody to know what they’re like. I want everybody to be the best they can be. I want everybody to at least give it a shot. I understand the realities. Not everybody will. But I’ve always believed ’cause it’s happened to me.

People are capable of much more than they know. Everybody needs somebody pushing them. There are very few self-starters out there. There are some, but not very many, particularly expressed as a percentage of the whole population. Everybody needs push. I don’t mean help. I mean, everybody needs somebody telling ’em, “Yes, you can do it!” Everybody needs somebody that believes in ’em.

Everybody needs somebody saying, “You are better than you think you are. You can do more than you think you can. You can be more than you think you can be. You can accomplish more than you think you can.” We all need encouragement! Everybody needs encouragement. Even after you do a good job and you know it’s a good job, you love hearing feedback on it.


We just do. People need this. I want people to think the way I do. I’m very proud of it. I make no apologies for that. So every day, I’m trying to be as persuasive as I can. I’m constantly looking for new ways to be persuasive. I have learned what doesn’t work; I’ve learned some things that do. I’m frustrated that there’s so much rigid opposition based on: It’s just easier to take things than it is to provide them yourself.

It’s easier to let somebody go steal something and give it to you than work for it yourself in some people. That’s the kind of thing I would like to counter. But you boil it all down, the purpose of the books is to encourage young people to love this country and to appreciate it, to have a reverence for it. Because it’s worth it. It’s to help them to understand the really glorious opportunity they have because they were born here. It’s all about the ingredients necessary for this to be a great country.

So, yeah, I am trying to persuade. When I come here each and every day and tell you what I think about liberals, it’s not just to bash them. It’s not just to crack jokes or be funny or say things that nobody else will say. I really want you to think it. I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t believe it. When I say “I hope he fails,” I damn well meant every word of it. And I was prepared and did explain precisely why, and it had nothing to do with America failing. It was not nuanced. It was right there, flat-out in the open.

When I say — it’s very sad that this is the case — there are people in this country who really don’t like it, there are people in this country who hate it, it’s true. And I wish it weren’t. I don’t understand it. I mean, I do understand it. But there’s a part of me that doesn’t. There’s a part of me that thinks that kind of thing ought to be able to be overcome. We ought to be able to somehow reach people who hate this country and tell ’em they’re wrong and turn ’em in a different direction, for their own good and for the country’s own good.

When I tell you that there are people that have a chip on their shoulder about this country, think it’s not deserving of superpower status, the country was founded in immorality, is unjust, it was a stacked deck from the beginning. People believe this stuff. They really, really do. I’m not just trying to be outrageous in my claims so that you’ll remember it. In other words, there’s not a marketing or programming technique here other than just being honest with you. I think Barack Obama is one of these guys.

I think he’s one of these guys that was raised and taught that this country is actually an imperialist, colonialist place that’s run around stealing the resources of other countries, bringing ’em back here and used them to create our wealth. That we really are not prosperous on our own, it couldn’t happen. No country could be this far ahead of any other country without some crime being committed. And he clearly thinks this country needs to be cut down to size, and he clearly does not believe that this country has any moral authority over any other. And the Democrat Party’s just like him. They all believe that this country is not exceptional, that there’s nothing special about it and, in fact, it’s guilty of things: racism and bigotry and sexism and homophobia and all of this stuff, and it’s about time this country is chopped down to size.

Now, when I say these things, I’m trying to be persuasive. I mean it when I say I think one of the cures for what ills us is if more people saw the world ideologically. We don’t need bipartisanship. What we need is super partisanship. We need more people admitting that they are conservative and voting that way and that’s how this country’s gonna be saved. We need more people willing to speak up proudly. Even though being conservative’s mocked, ridiculed, laughed at, made fun of and scorned in the Drive-By Media, it’s worth standing up for. It is the solution. It’s the way the country was founded. And I have no qualms whatsoever in saying so. I am trying to effect as much change in that direction as I can on the radio. I know some people: “Well, you could do more.” I know. I know. But where I am happens to be on the radio.

Now, all of that is a prelude to a little news item here that I found at the great website Breitbart. And it illustrates exactly what I’m talking about, and it illustrates what we’re up against. “La Raza President and CEO Janet Murguia said it sickened her to hear Americans against illegal immigration chanting ‘USA! USA!’ at protests around the country.” And she singled out the people who live in Murrieta, California. “Singling out the Murrieta demonstrators during her keynote address at La Raza’s annual conference in Los Angeles on Monday, Murguia accused them of having ‘cloaked their hatred in patriotism’ by shouting ‘”USA! USA!”‘ again and again.’

“‘It made me angry,’ she said. ‘In fact, I was outraged.’ Murguia demanded that the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants who are currently here receive amnesty and said the road to the White House for Republicans goes through the Latino community and La Raza.”

Well, if it does, we’re never gonna win, because they are never going to support a Republican. Never! “She also said Republicans who want to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program or do not want to pass comprehensive amnesty legislation will not get Hispanic votes. And she repeatedly claimed that protesting illegal immigration was ‘un-American.'”

My point to you is that this stuff that’s going on at the border is all about liberals not liking this country.


RUSH: Now, here’s the point. What’s going on down at the border, this La Raza babe says that when she hears some people showing up shouting “USA, USA,” that what she hears is hatred cloaked in patriotism. And let me just tell her how she’s wrong. This is Janet Murguia, the CEO of La Raza.

Janet, what you’re hearing when you hear people at your speeches shouting, “USA, USA,” you’re hearing love. The people of Murrieta, California, love America. They don’t hate it, and they don’t hate you, and they don’t hate these kids crossing the border. They love America. The truth of the matter is that what’s going on at the border here, the Democrat Party is helping attract people like those who are coming, by criticizing, by blaming. This country is evil. This country’s filled with injustice. This country is filled with racism and sexism, and we must let these people in to prove to the world how we’re not any of those things and so forth.

The fact is that the people behind this, the people who are trying to engineer a permanent underclass of voters for the Democrat Party, they are the people that have a problem with America. These people that are coming in the country that are downtrodden and poor, you know why they’re downtrodden and poor? Because America made ’em that way. That’s what they think. We got too much. They don’t have enough. It’s unfair. We should be forced to give them what we’ve taken from them in the first place. That’s what’s driving all of this.


RUSH: There’s a reason why Obama is not gonna visit the border, and that’s because once you see what’s going on there, you have no choice, you got to shut it down. But if he doesn’t go, if he doesn’t see it, then he won’t shut it down. And he does not want to shut this down. The Democrats do not want to shut this down. The Democrats think we deserve this.

The Democrats think that somehow it’s this country’s fault that these people are living the way they’re living. It’s either our thirst for drugs that’s causing the existence of the drug cartels or it’s the fact that our economic policies have resulted in us getting all the goodies in the world and depriving the rest of the world what was rightfully theirs. It’s the same belief why there are poor people in America, is the rich stole it from ’em, the rich have an unfair share, and they got rich on the backs of the poor. So we gotta raise taxes and give it to the poor to make it even ’cause this country’s so unjust. It’s the same thinking.

There is poverty in Mexico and El Salvador, Ecuador, and Guatemala, because we have taken all the good stuff. We get all the money. We make all the products and we export all the oil and we use all the oil and we’re polluting the planet. We’re destroying the plane, and these people are in dirt-poor poverty, it’s our fault, and they only have a right to improve their lives, and if they happen to do that by coming here, who are we to say no? And that’s what’s driving this. There’s no love driving this. None. The people who love this country are the people like those in Murrieta who show up and tell Janet Murguia “USA, USA.” They are expressing love for their country, not hatred for somebody else.

And another thing: Opposing liberalism does not equal hate. But that’s what they want it to be. You oppose Obama, you hate him. You oppose Biden, you hate him. You oppose La Raza, you must hate Hispanics. If you oppose the Reverend Jackson, you must hate blacks. Screw that, folks. There isn’t any hate that drives any of this. What drives this, what drives this partisan divide is love for this country that we all feel, and the shock and the anger and the fear when we see what’s happening to it.

You want a little bit more evidence here? Try this, from a very, very disturbed, saddened, almost crying Associated Press. “Honduran Families Deported Back to a Bleak Future — Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago. Then the killers came looking for her.”

Why? Well, the story doesn’t tell us why. We’re never told why Elsa Ramirez is being targeted by killers. So we’re left to assume maybe her husband was a drug dealer, which might be why there’s a lot of violence in Honduras. But let me continue with the story.

“Ramirez had seen Facebook messages and heard from relatives that mothers travelling to the United States with children would be allowed to stay if they made it across the border.” So, see, she is targeted for murder, everything’s a disaster where she lives, but there’s this beacon, on Facebook: “Come to America and you can stay. Welcome to America, I’m Barack Obama, I’m taking care of you,” whatever the message. It’s a sign out there. And so they show up.

“She took off for the North with her 8-year-old, Sandra, and 5-year-old Cesar, named for his dead father.” She had seen Facebook messages and heard from relatives that mothers traveling to America with children would be allowed to stay. Where did they get that idea? We’ve never had open borders. We don’t just let anybody in. From 1924 to 1965 we shut down immigration. How many people know that? There was none! We closed the borders so that those who had arrived could assimilate and become American, which they wanted to do, by the way. They learned English. They became accustomed to American holidays. They wanted to become Americans.

That’s not happening with immigration today, at least not universally. We shut it down. And then Ted Kennedy came along, “This is not good. We gotta open it up and I guarantee you we’re gonna control it,” and it was only 20 years later, Simpson-Mazzoli, we had to do amnesty for three million. After no immigration from ’24 to ’65 then we open the border again, and in 20 years we’re out of control, three million undocumented, living in the shadows, you know the drill. Ted Kennedy comes out, “We gotta do amnesty.” Simpson-Mazzoli, Reagan signed it with the promise that we would secure the border, close it, it wouldn’t happen again.

Now we’re up to — well, the public number is 12 million now. The early promises in ’86, securing the border, meant nothing. Just like it meant nothing in ’65 when Ted Kennedy started making the case again. It’s all predictable. So, anyway, back here to Elsa Ramirez and what I think is meant to be the mother of all sob stories.

“Two weeks and many thousands of miles later, a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement flight brought Ramirez back to the badlands of Honduras in Colon province, still fearing her husband’s killers and now lacking a plan for survival. ‘I didn’t want to come back,’ she said. ‘I wanted to give my children a better life and I can’t do that here.’

“Overwhelmed by unaccompanied minors and women with children crossing illegally, US authorities have stepped up deportations back to Central America. Ramirez was one of 58 women and children who returned last week on a US flight to San Pedro Sula, considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world.”

Actually, the number was only 36. There has been no stepping up. There is still only one deportation fight that we’ve heard about. It is not been stepped up. We’re not deporting en masse. It isn’t happening. In fact, the real news is hundreds of thousands of people who have entered the country since January are not showing up for their court dates to report in and further the process. They have somehow found their way to the shadows.

And right here on schedule is AP trying to tug at our heartstrings. This story, they’re trying to influence you. They’re trying to change your mind. They’re trying to be persuasive. They’re trying to ladle guilt upon guilt upon guilt on you so that you’ll finally cave in and say, “Oh, come on, I can’t stand it, we can’t send people back to a war-torn murder area. Let ’em stay.” That’s what they’re trying to effect, and it isn’t that hard because we’re compassionate people, and we do have big hearts.

But that doesn’t mean, because we’re compassionate and have big hearts, that doesn’t mean we have to stand by and commit national suicide in the process. Because if we do there isn’t gonna be anyplace for people in Honduras to flee. America isn’t gonna be any kind of a escape. It’s not gonna be any better than what they’ve got, if this kind of thing were to go for a long time.


RUSH: One quick thing here. “Migrant Children are No-Shows at Dallas Immigration Hearings — The youths were among 20 from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala who were set to appear in federal immigration court Tuesday for initial deportation hearings. But they weren’t there — 18 of the children whose cases were set to be heard didnÂ’t show up Tuesday for court.” Such naughty scamps!

They gave their word they would show up. What happened? They promised. They promised that they were gonna be there and they didn’t show up, and now they’re in the shadows. “It was an absentee rate that federal Immigration Judge Michael Baird said was ‘highly unusual,'” 18 out of 20, “so high that he reset the hearings for August 11 rather than possibly issuing a deportation order,” ’cause that ain’t gonna happen.

We’re not gonna deport them because they’re future Democrats.

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