RUSH: Betty in Lubbock, Texas, you’re next on Open Line Friday. Great to have you. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you, Mr. Limbaugh. First I wanted to say we’ve been fans of yours since you were on TV and we loved your ties. I’ve given your books to grandchildren, and they are excited that you’re going to be doing more, so —
RUSH: Well, thank you.
CALLER: — before I get to my point, you’ve been talking about the nationalization of the police forces, and I would like to read you a quote from a campaign speech in 2008 by Obama.
RUSH: Go ahead.
CALLER: Okay. Quote: “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded as the US military,” end quote.
RUSH: I remember that statement.
CALLER: Good. Good. That’s where this is going.
RUSH: You know, I remember that like it was yesterday. You’re exactly right. He was talking about — and I remember the reaction to it. “What’s he talking about, a domestic military police force?”
CALLER: Yes. And now we hear that from Al Sharpton.
RUSH: And now we hear Sharpton: “There’s a need for a national takeover of policing in this country.”
RUSH: Well, I don’t have any doubt that they’ve wanted to do that. They’re doing it with all these new guidelines that they are mandating on local police departments. You know, they’re doing all that. You know, this has been the frustrating thing for me hosting this program for six years. This isn’t theoretical anymore. This isn’t, “If we’re not careful, folks, in the next five years X, Y, Z is gonna happen.” It’s happening now. All of this stuff is actually happening, and there isn’t any push-back anywhere against any of it. That’s a common, common refrain. And the more of it that goes on, the longer, harder it’s gonna be to roll it back at some point.
RUSH: Ellen in Roanoke, Virginia. Thank you for waiting, and welcome to the program. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thanks for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet. Any time.
CALLER: Thank you. I wanted to start out by saying I so appreciate your voice that you speak up for this nation. So thank you.
RUSH: Well, you’re welcome.
CALLER: My point that I was calling about today is, back in March — I believe on March 16th is when I read this — it was announced that a pilot program was happening in six US cities to put the police departments under federal control, and the cities are all liberal cities. I mean, totally liberal. You’ve got Fort Worth, Texas; Gary, Indiana; Stockton, California; Birmingham, Alabama; Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh. You couple that with the takeover of the cities after these riots, and I really do believe that federalization of our police department is happening.
RUSH: You do?
CALLER: Yes, sir, I do.
RUSH: Well, Obama basically called for it.
RUSH: He calls for it.
CALLER: Yes. And he’s implementing it right now.
RUSH: Well, look, there’s no question about it. If you look at the… You know, I don’t have this in front of me. I hate to say things without the backup here. Even though you can totally trust me. I don’t make things up out of whole cloth here. But my buddy Andy McCarthy has written extensively, he’s a former member of the US attorney’s office in the Southern District of Manhattan. He knows what’s going on in these places, and he knows how the Department of Justice interacts with localities.
But, you know, it’s not all personal experience. There are literal things happening, federal guidelines from the Holder Justice Department, say, to the Ferguson Police Department after… In fact, remember, Holder himself said it. After the grand jury in Ferguson, the findings were made public, and everything everybody thought that was wrong about that case was blown to smithereens. There was no “hands up, don’t shoot.” There was no surrender. There was no nothing.
Everything that the news media and the left had said about this thing was not true, and the DOJ report said it. I remember reading with you portions of the DOJ report, which were just decimating to the Gentle Giant. I mean, the Gentle Giant and all the witnesses were just destroyed in the DOJ report. Now, I remember one passage way, way down in the summary report toward the end of it. (paraphrased) “Despite all of this, we have found intense latent racism throughout the Ferguson Police Department.”
Now, after releasing the analysis, this was the DOJ. Remember, they went in there and they were gonna make sure we got the truth. They weren’t gonna rely on the locals, couldn’t trust ’em. They weren’t going to rely on the local prosecutors and the grand jury, ’cause Holder had gone in there early on and promised the people of Ferguson no matter what they were gonna get to the bottom of it.
Well, when they got to the bottom of it, they found out there was nothing to get to. There was no innocence on the part of the Gentle Giant. So they had to release the details, and they were devastating, as I say. And despite that, they had to come away with something. So they concluded — their investigation found — that while no civil rights of any kind of the Gentle Giant’s were violated. Nevertheless, Eric Holder’s DOJ report said that the Ferguson Police Department was just ravaged with racism.
It was the most incongruous thing, folks.
We had this long report exonerating everybody: Exonerating the cop, exonerating the police department, not exonerating the Gentle Giant. It was just slam dunk, total defeats for Federal Reserve on the Gentle Giant’s side. Despite that, the DOJ found rampant, toxic racism all throughout the Ferguson Police Department. Which, the report said, meant that the Department of Justice was immediately going to issue new guidelines and procedures for the Ferguson Police Department to follow.
Even though we just had a report that said they didn’t do anything wrong!
A separate investigation found all this racism. That has happened in 10 or 15 other cities where there have been not riots, but there have been crimes where people in the African-American community thought that racism was behind them. So this is how it’s happening. The DOJ is going in and conducting these investigations. They’re finding racism here and racism there and demanding “changes,” and the changes that are being demanded are basically handcuffing local police departments with new federal guidelines if they want the money. So it’s already underway.