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RUSH: Dave, Fort Wayne, Indiana. You’re next, and welcome. Great to have you here.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thank you for taking my call. It took 7,312 dials and one new battery, but I got through.

RUSH: I’m glad you did. Thank you very much.

CALLER: (chuckles) Yes. I actually wanted to mention a couple things. But you hit the nail on the head, I think, yesterday when you mentioned the Democrats, the authoritarians, as a legitimate hate group. But your analogy also was radical Islam. I just thought that was so accurate of an interpretation of how they think and where they go. I think they’ll go to the point of beheading (chuckling), the way they play their games. It’s amazed me since the Bush administration. The Republicans seem like they’ve never learned. This is bare knuckle, and they always leave their gloves on, and it’s just amazing they do that.

RUSH: Well, you know, that’s the thing. The point that I was making yesterday, if you didn’t hear it — and you heard Dave here say that my comparison to Islam and the Democrats is right on — you probably need me to explain that to you. It was Sharia Islam that I was comparing the Democrats to. It’s all rooted in the fact that the Democrat Party… The left. Forget Democrat Party. The left, the leftists, communist, socialists, whatever. The Democrats are just a faction of it, and they no longer respect the authority of the Constitution.

The only authority that they respect is their power, and therefore there is no such thing as bipartisanship with them. And this is the mistake that I hear Republicans continuing to make even now on campaign trails. You will hear… Like Thom Tillis, senator from North Carolina, Republican, to this day campaigns on the notion that we need to be able to reach across the aisle and to reach compromise, and show that we can govern together. And that’s not who they are. They don’t want compromise! They don’t respect us. We are not legitimate.

We are enemies.

We are as big an enemy as any other enemy they have.

Their objective is total rule over the United States, not sharing power one election to the next. They do not respect the authority of elections. You ever wonder why they…? I’ve had people say, “Rush, why don’t they realize they’ve lost? I mean, they didn’t win. The Republicans did.” That’s a great question to use as an illustration. They don’t accept that they lost. They’re never gonna behave as though they lost, because they don’t respect the authority of the Constitution. The Constitution is what every elected official swears an oath to. The reason for that is the Constitution is the glue.

Have you ever…? Folks, think of it this way. We have this massively unique, greatest country ever. However you wish to categorize it — in economic wealth, in standard of living, in military power, in superpower status in the world — there isn’t a country that has ever been like we are. There isn’t a country that’s ever even been close! There isn’t a country now that is close. We are the first country in the history of the world to enshrine in our founding the principle that people of the country are free by virtue of their creation, and their rights come from God, not from other men or governments.

And we are the first and the only country founded and created, enshrined with the values that it is the people who run this country. And elections are the mechanism by which we choose the people who will lead it. And what holds this together? All it is is a piece of paper. It’s a series, however many pieces of paper the Constitution is. That’s it. Throughout our nearly 250 years, we have had a majority of our population accept and agree and obey the notion that the Constitution is the defining authority of our country, that it is the glue that holds us together as a culture, as a society.

It’s rather stunning to me that it’s lasted this long, because the only way it can work is if a majority of the people in this country — including the people elected — honor it. What is the penalty for not honoring it? Well, we’re seeing right now there isn’t one. In the Civil War, if you didn’t honor it, Abe Lincoln came after you and wiped the floor with you until you agreed to stop the secession and rejoin the Union. What penalty is there today for spitting on it, for ignoring it? There isn’t any! I don’t quite know how to express this.

It’s amazing to me that we do not require a national military or police force to keep people in line. It has been nothing but the sworn fealty to that document, the cherished belief in that cherished document of how great it is. Well, where we are right now the Democrat Party, the American left is demonstrating it doesn’t believe any such thing. It doesn’t want to have to respect the authority of that document, and it’s in the process of demonstrating that they don’t. Elections don’t mean diddly-squat to them. Public opinion doesn’t mean diddly-squat to them.

The only thing that matters to them is their authority. Anybody challenging their authority? There’s no negotiation. There’s no debate. There’s no attempt to persuade. All there is is an effort to destroy anybody who rejects their authority. When their leader happens to win the election, there is total respect for that leader’s authority. When they don’t win the election, the only thing they’re devoted to is destroying the leader with whom they disagree. There’s no effort to work together. There’s no compromise. There’s no bipartisanship.

All of that is a giant myth. My analogy was there’s something else like that on the planet today, and it’s called Sharia Islam. If you don’t accept the principle of Sharia Islam, you know what can happen to you, and there’s no compromise. In this analogy the GOP, you and me? We’re the infidels, and the Democrats are the Sharia Islam believers. They’re not interested in what we think, just like Sharia Islam doesn’t care what you think of various aspects of Sharia. If you don’t respect it, you are gonna be dealt with one way or the other.

But your ideas and your heart and your mind don’t matter one hell of a bit, and that’s where we are. And you see it every day here in the way the Democrat Party and the media and the left is conducting itself. What is their number one objective today? To get rid of the people who won the election, because they do not respect or even acknowledge… It’s not even a matter of respect. They don’t even acknowledge the authority that the Constitution vests in the winners of elections. Now, I know politics has always been a battle for power, but this is my point.

For all of the years of this great country, whatever opposing political factions we’ve had, at the end of the day there has been an acknowledgment that there’s something greater than either of our movements, and it’s the Constitution. There’s no giant gun enforcing it. There’s no giant military making people obey it. Some might say that what we are in the midst of is a movement committing treason against this Constitution. What is the way treason is dealt with in the Constitution? Well, whatever it is is not being used against the left. And, folks, when you stop and think about it (I’ve tried to express it as cleanly as I can), it’s inarguable.

There’s no bipartisanship.

There’s no understanding.

There’s no compromise.

It’s simply a lack of respect and acknowledgment of the authority that the Constitution vests in the way our politics is handled in this country.

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