September 28, 2012

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The media is no longer about truth. It's not about informing.

The media is now part of the propaganda machine. They are part of the Democrat Party. They are Democrats with bylines. They're pretending to be objective. They're pretending to be inquisitive and professional. But they're not. They have thrown in with one side. They have thrown in with the Democrat Party. They have thrown in, all-in, with Obama. That's been the nature of the media for a long time now. They can be overcome. Ronaldus Magnus overcame the media -- and, folks, we can, too. My point here is we already know this. You and I know we can overcome the media. This program has done it. Any number of other so-called New Media have overcome it, and we win elections. We don't lose every election. We win more than we lose. It's important. With the free media support Obama gets -- whether it's 60 Minutes, The View, the Today show, MSNBC -- and all that paid propaganda that Obama pays for, it's important that your enthusiasm not be blunted.

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September 7, 2012

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On why the Democrat party opposes photo IDs for voting…

You need a photo ID to cash a check, to buy things. You need a photo ID to get on an airplane. You need a photo ID for practically everything. Democrats do not want minorities to have to have a photo ID. You had to have a photo ID to get near, and then in, the Democrat convention. But they don't want you to have to have one to vote. The only reason for that is so they can cheat. There can be no other reason. Now, they say that a lot of blacks in America are scared to death to go down and get a photo ID, because that means the government's then gonna start spying on 'em. And their experience with the government's not all that healthy, and they don't trust the government. I don't know why. The Democrats run it; they vote for Democrats. I don't know what the problem is.


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August 8, 2012

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On the 2012 Presidential election…

We are in the middle of a political terrorism campaign. This is political terrorism, what's going on. Romney is a felon. Romney is a tax cheat. Romney kills women with cancer. Romney founded Bain Capital with money from right-wing death squads in El Salvador. Romney wants to rob from the middle class and give to the rich. Even though he's the father of five, Romney wants to starve children, he wants to foul the water, poison the air, and he's the head of the E. coli club.

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May 2, 2012

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On Democrat responsibility for our huge budget problems…

The Democrats control both houses of congress for four years starting in 2007. During that time, during those four years – and it’s George W. Bush’s, the last two years of his administration, admittedly – but during that time, 2007, through 2010, no Republican legislation was considered in committee. Legislation is crafted in committee, where the majority is in control. And particularly in the house, where spending bills originate – Ways and Means Committee, and all the other committees – no Republican legislation was considered. Pelosi didn’t even consider Republican legislation. The idea that Republicans have any responsibility, congressionally, for the spending that occurred in this country starting in 2007 is simply not possible. Pelosi didn’t permit it. Pelosi and Steny Hoyer and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, they ran the house back then, they didn’t permit it. Even now, the Democrats still control the Senate, and the White House. So from 2007 to 2010 the Democrats had the House and the Senate, then they got the White House, and for two years, they had the White House, the House and the Senate, after two years of total control of Congress. So the Democrats had total control of Congress for four years. Two of those years they also had the White House. Those two years are the first two years of Obama. That’s when all of this deficit spending started. That’s healthcare, the stimulus – that’s when Obama’s spending took root.


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April 25, 2012

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On the Federal Government suing the State of Arizona over Arizona’s immigration law…

Folks, I know it sounds … well sort of incomprehensible, but I’m telling you that the Democrat party is looking at as many illegals as possible turning into voters. That’s why they don’t want photo ID at the polling place. It is the number-one reason why. There is no other reason. “Because it’s racist” or “Because it’s big-brotherish.” That’s not the reason. They want to be able to have people who aren’t legally registered to vote, vote. If you have to have a photo ID, then you’re shut out. If you’re illegal.


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February 20, 2012

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On social conservatives…

Social conservatism has led to victory in presidential elections. It’s the dirty little secret that Democrats know and the media know, and it’s why the social conservatives … are so despised. They’re also despised on principle. But they’re also despised because there’re so many of them. And they’re thought to be hick, hayseed idiots, who believe every syllable in the bible and how stupid can that be in their minds. And they vote Republican, and they’re anti-abortion – every ingredient necessary for a liberal Democrat to hate somebody the social conservatives have.

January 18, 2012

talk-radio

On the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Italy…

The cruise ship captain? What a great politician this guy would make. “No, no-no-no! I wasn’t running away! I tripped! I fell in that lifeboat!” Bring this guy over here, legalize him and run him for office as a Democrat.

January 9, 2012

rush-limbaugh-politics

On the media’s refusal to cover a potentially embarrassing Halloween party in the White House…

The press doesn’t want to get Obama in trouble… It is safe to say – it’s very accurate to say – that, domestically, in this country, conservatives – conservative Republicans – are the biggest enemy the Democrats have. Bigger than al Qaeda, bigger than the Taliban, bigger than Iran, bigger than any foreign enemy. The Democrat party, the Regime, the media, looks at their domestic political opposition as the biggest enemy they have, the biggest threat. And in a way, it kind of makes sense. We are the only thing standing in the way of their absolute power. They don’t look at the Iranians as trying to stop them. They don’t look at the Taliban as trying to stop ‘em. They look at us as trying to stop them. And they are part of the Obama agenda advancement team.

December 21, 2011

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On the need for Republicans to get serious about saving the country from economic ruin at the hands of Obama and the Democrats…

If you believe that our beloved country is collapsing due to government – why continue with these games? Why continue with such things as two-month expansions of the debt limit? Continuing resolution after continuing resolution instead of a budget. A two-month extension of a so-called payroll tax cut. These are games. This is style over substance. If we are to stop this, if we are to reverse this, if we are to get anywhere, we need to start now, make our case. We need to begin to reverse course. We can’t be so timid and scared and gutless that we jump every time Obama says “Jump!”

December 16, 2011

rush-radio

On Democrat party class warfare tactics…

Out of the blue, the White House, and the Democrats, gave up on their millionaires surtax. Did you notice that? Did you notice that one year ago, they gave up on it too. Almost at the same time… I think, that when it comes right down to it, they’re never actually going to go to the mat demanding a tax increase on the rich in this economy. But I think they’re going to try and get as much mileage out of talking about one, and demanding one, and ripping into the rich, and exploiting class envy, just for the sake of reelection, just like Obama is putting his reelection first over the Keystone Pipeline. I think they think they can get just as much mileage out of the verbiage, blaming the rich, demanding a tax increase on them, without actually doing it.

December 12, 2011

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On the creeping, incremental growth of the state, how it benefits the Democrat party, and how difficult it is for conservatives to oppose it…

What are we trying to do? We’re trying to defend against this profligate spending, but we’re not on offense. We’re just trying to stop it. We’re like at The Alamo. We’re just trying to stop it. We’re constantly on defense. Everywhere. ‘cause we don’t use government the way they do. They’re constantly on offense. Constantly making a move, constantly trying to make it bigger. We’re just saying “Stop! Stop, dammit, stop!” We’re not even trying to advance anything… So this is how it works you see. If you feed them – if you feed the children, three square meals a day, during the school year, how can you expect them to feed themselves in the summer? So you start out with breakfast for the kids that can’t afford that… and then of course it expanded, and we learned – now it includes dinner! … Okay and then school ends. And of course how can we expect them to feed themselves in the summer, when they haven’t had to for nine months. So, this is how it works. They demand to be fed during the summer. Or their acolytes demand that they be fed, during the summer. Because after all, we’ve conditioned them to not feeding themselves. Plus their parents don’t have to take responsibility of feeding them. And their parents don’t have to take the responsibility of paying, not directly… Wanton little waifs and serfs, dependent on the state. Pure and simple.

November 28, 2011

politics

On a New York Times article which outlines the Obama Administration’s new reelection campaign strategy…

The Democrat party… is going after the entitlement class, the welfare-dependent class, and the elite, in academia, art, human resource management, lawyers, library and social workers and so forth – what a coalition! The backbone of America! And that’s who they’re going after. They are ceding it! … The New York Times is admitting that the Democrat party, the Obama coalition is saying, “If you work, we don’t want you… If you work, we know you don’t want us. If you work, you’re the targets. If you work, you are the people we are gunning for. If you work, we are coming after you to make sure the other elements of our constituency are able to eat.” That’s what the Obama coalition is saying.

November 18, 2011

rush-limbaugh

On the Republican presidential nomination process…

Despite what anybody tells you, we do not know who the nominee will be. But we do know what he or she should be saying… in order to secure the nomination. And that is, Barack Obama is the problem, not fellow Republicans. The problem is Barack Obama. The problem is the Democrat party. The problem is the American left. America’s greatness is not behind us. America’s greatness is there, it’s on the horizon. Our nominee must say “We will be great again,” and the first step in the process is getting rid of Barack Obama and the Democrat party. And moving them out of the way. Whichever of these people seeking the nomination makes that case – the most consistently and the most believably, and the most sincerely; not as a phony sales-type presentation, but genuinely means it – that’s who’s gonna get this nomination, in the end. And it is still up for grabs.

November 16, 2011

rush-radio

On the winding down of the Occupy Wall Street movement…

Now that these kids from Occupy-Whatever have gotten used to urinating and defecating in the streets, when they go back home are their parents gonna have to house-break ‘em all over again? Teach ‘em how to use the potties, the bathrooms. If you are a parent of a “returning hero” from Occupy Wall Street you might want to put some newspaper down at strategic points inside the house. Particularly the bedrooms where your brave hero sons and daughters are returning home, after this valiant, valiant effort to overturn whatever it was they wanted overturned. But I am, folks at the end of the day here I’m still a little sorry to see them all go… Every photo from the Occupy protests looks like a campaign ad for conservatism… And this is why they had to be cleared out of there. This is why they had to go. I am convinced the mayors got phone calls from Washington, from Axelrod, from somebody, “Look, let’s shut this down because it’s not working any more.” The media gave it it’s best shot. The media tried to tell everybody “This is just like the Tea Party.” But it wasn’t working because the murders, the gunfire, the sexually-transmitted disease, the filth. The abject filth. Third-world type little city-states. In all these cities. Was a direct television ad for conservatism. These people. At Occupy whatever. They are the perfect representatives of the Democrat party.

October 14, 2011

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On the Occupy Wall Street protestors and their ignorant responses to a reporter’s probing questions about how best to solve the country’s economic problems…

This is who the Democrats created. These people are the result of Democrat party policy, liberalism – this is what you get. Blatant, smug, arrogant stupidity. It really is a shame. It’s a human waste. These peoples’ lives have lost all their potential, because they have been inoculated with the notion that government is the answer, and that being an American means, you want it, you’ll get it. And this lunatic fringe is the Democrat base. Why do you think the Democrats are embracing them? … This is the Democrat base, folks. This is who it is. This is who Pelosi’s talking to every day. This is who Dingy Harry’s talking to every day. This is who Obama’s talking to every day.

August 29, 2011

rush-limbaugh

On establishment Republican calls to conservatives to tone down their rhetoric…

It really frosts me, the idea… that conservatives, speaking openly and honestly about conservatism is somehow gonna cause independents to run away, and to where? A party populated by the meanest, most extreme bunch of people in American politics today. We’re told the independents want bipartisanship. We’re told the independents want people to get along. And so here comes a conservative who’s not combative, he’s just being honest…(“The independents don’t like that, you’re gonna send them right back to the Democrats…”) There’s no meaner political group of people in America today than today’s Democrats. There’s no more combative group of people in American politics today than America’s Democrats. There’s no more extreme group of people in American politics today than the Democrat party. Where is it written that these independents are gonna flock to that? They’re not flocking to that. They’re flocking away from it.

August 12, 2011

political-talk

On calls in the media for Republicans to compromise on tax cuts in the debt crisis.


This idea of compromise – why is it always pitched at the Republicans? … Tax increases, [entitlements]… why don’t we ever see the Democrats approached by the media and have it demanded that they compromise? By agreeing to some tax cuts. Why does that never happen? Why is the onus always on the Republicans to do this?

August 10, 2011

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On Wisconsin voters turning back Democrat attempts to recall newly-elected Republican senators…

By turning back the Democrats’ attempt to recall – and I tell you, those were heroic Republican state senators that voted against all the union activity in Wisconsin, you know ending the collective bargaining and making them pay a little bit toward their own retirement and so forth, that was big stuff when that happened, it was gutsy, it was courageous, not only the Republican Governor but these Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature. And by turning back the Democrat attempt to recall – there were six Republican senators that they were trying for recall, four of ‘em were victorious, four Republicans won, so that they maintained control of the Senate in Wisconsin. It means that the people of Wisconsin have fended off what amounted to a government union takeover. The unions were trying via the recall election to take over the state of Wisconsin. The people of Wisconsin rejected it. The Democrats and the unions and their allies in the media, which is to say the media, tried everything. They pulled out all the stops, what was it, thirty five? Thirty five million dollars, they had all their goons running around, and they still lost. All of which should be very inspiring for the rest of us. If the taxpayers of Wisconsin can win against all those odds… you know Wisconsin is only recently a red state. And that’s why this was important.



August 8, 2011

rush-limbaugh-politics

On Standard & Poor’s downgrade of America’s bond rating.


So Democrats, let me ask you, are you happy now? You finally got your hope and change. I said that I hoped he would fail. And this is exactly what I meant. But, from your perspective, from Obama’s perspective, he hasn’t failed. He’s succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. And now look where we are. How many of you saw the movie, Planet of the Apes? … Remember how that movie ended? Colonel George Taylor on a beach, Statue of Liberty halfway buried, New York City doesn’t exist. Charlton Heston as Colonel George Taylor – “You did it. You finally did it. Damn you all to hell, you did it!” That’s how I feel today. That’s how I felt all weekend long. Damn it to hell, they did it. Obamageddon. That’s what we have witnesses since Friday. Obamageddon. Barackalypse Now. The only silver lining I can find is that as far as 2012 goes, Obama’s a debt man walking. Anybody want to tell me he’s not landslidable now?

July 25, 2011

limbaugh-radio

On the latest version of the Boehner plan...

Boehner’s plan, basically is 1.1, 1.2 trillion dollars in cuts. No defense cuts. No new revenue, no tax increases. In exchange for raising the debt ceiling a trillion dollars. Each member of congress – well, two members of each leadership, will get to name three members to a congressional blue-ribbon panel to actually make the cuts. So it’d be a 12-member commission, six appointed by Democrats, six appointed by Republicans. They would report back, and, debt ceiling runs out in April, here we are all over again. Obama, if this thing survives, this is what will be set up for him to sign. No guarantee on that yet but that’s the only thing that’s on the table right now.

July 13, 2011

talk

On the differing Republican and Democrat approaches to the budget crisis.

Eight hundred six days, ladies and gentlemen, since Senate Democrats – and they run the place – have passed a budget. There are 365 days in a year. So well over two years since the Democrats – who run the place – have passed a budget. The law requires them to pass a budget every year. Eight hundred six days and counting. And this, by the way, is the strategy. There’s no question. They devised, two years ago, a strategy: "We’re not going to present a budget"... now this was part of the 2010 re-election strategy: "Don’t put a budget out there, because we don’t want voters to have any specifics about what we intend." So they didn’t. Now the strategy remains implemented, so that they don’t have to tie themselves to any of their own numbers specifically. So while they have no numbers, they have no budget – Obama hasn’t presented one either. The Republicans do. The Republicans are acting like the adults. The Republicans are presenting plans. Say what you want about some of them, but the Republicans have ideas with numbers designed to seriously address the problem and fix it. Start down the road and fixing it. The Democrats as a strategy do not. For the sole purpose, of doing nothing but assaulting the Republicans for the numbers they present.

July 11, 2011

talk-radio

On the importance of House Speaker Boehner holding firm in debt-limit negotiations with Obama.

If Boehner holds firm, it’ll be Obama and his re-election team that gets choked up and starts crying, not Boehner. If he holds firm. Right now John Boehner is more than just the Speaker of the House and a negotiator in the debt ceiling deal. Right now, as far as Obama’s concerned, John Boehner is the life-line to Obama’s political future. Oh yeah. If Obama can get Boehner to cave – you look at it that way... and Obama’s out there saying, “If they don’t budge, there’s no deal." Fine! If there’s no deal, then we start cutting. The law of the land right now is the current debt ceiling. That’s the law of the land. If we don’t do anything and write a new law, guess who’s gonna be in violation of it if they don’t abide by it? Obama and the Democrats, not us. Right now, Obama looks at Boehner and sees his route to re-election. By getting Boehner to cave. That’s a lot of pressure to be under. For Boehner. But that’s the way Obama has set this up.

March 18, 2011

talk

On what's at stake in the Wisconsin confrontation between Governor Walker and the public-sector unions.


The Left does not stop with the law. The Left doesn't care. They will do whatever, they will get these teachers, these people they want us to think of as the kind of people seen in a Norman Rockwell painting, and they'll bring the little students up to the capitol building and say "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Scott Walker's gotta go." ... So the Left is showing us once again who they are, and what is it they're trying to preserve? ... they are trying to preserve the union money-laundering operation. That is what's going on here. Never forget that that's what the public sector unions are. They are money-laundering operations. They are doing their best – they're pulling out all the stops, to make sure – 'cause all those union dues, it's all about union dues, which end up as campaign donations to the Democrat party. In Wisconsin, in Washington, where have you. That's what's at stake. Secondarily – make no mistake, it's a close second... – that is, the freeloaders don't want to give up the gravy-train.

June 29, 2011

rush-limbaugh

On the political necessity of removing President Obama and the Democrats from power.

We must replace Barack Obama with a conservative Republican President. We must have as many conservative Republicans in congress, House and Senate, as we can. The way you increase jobs and growth and opportunity and wealth is through capitalism. We’ve just been through 29 months of Socialism. It’s miserable. It’s depressing. It’s stifling. It destroys the national mood. We need to contain the government. As long as Obama’s in the Oval Office – or on the golf course, or in some diner eating greasy hamburgers, or in charge of the Executive Branch – as long as his party controls any part of Congress – this nation can not recover. We do not have a chance... this country does not have a chance. With Barack Obama remaining in the Oval Office.

June 27, 2011

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On the rules of engagement for Republican presidential candidates.

Let’s just stipulate that all Republicans who are running are gonna be asked “Why do you hate Obama’s guts? Why do you think the President is such a dreadful, horrible, America-hating slob?" They may not phrase it exactly that way, but that’s the tone, and every Republican candidate will have to reveal a certain amount of graciousness by saying “I think the President’s a lovely person, delightful father, good husband, I’m sure he loves America too – but here’s why I think every idea in his head is wrong, and here’s why I think we can’t take another four years of him..." ... on you go, down to what you really need to say for your campaign. And I want every Republican candidate to be. That. Gracious. Being ungracious? That’s a liberal thing. Bush is Hitler? That’s a leftist thing. Okay? I want to be gracious. I want to be civil. And then I want to wholeheartedly, and aggressively, go after an agenda that is flat-out dangerous to America. I don’t for one minute think that those are mutually exclusive.

April 4, 2011

politics

On Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan's new budget blueprint.


I talked to Congressman Paul Ryan on the phone this morning. He is going to announce a major budget blueprint, a ten-year budget blueprint tomorrow, and folks, it's wonderful... substantively it is superb. Politically, it's brilliant. They are going to throw so many balls in the air at the Democrats that the Democrats are not gonna know which ones to focus on and try to defeat. First, it's a tough budget – you've probably heard four trillion dollars in cuts, over ten years. It might end up being more than that. It is a growth-oriented budget, it doesn't feature a lot of tax increases... basically it's going to freeze spending levels at 2008 levels... it's exactly what the election of last November was all about.

April 7, 2011

political-talk

On the Obama Administration's refusal to fund the military during the ongoing budget disputes between Republicans and Democrats.


The Office of Management and Budget – which is the regime – is calling a bill to fund the military a distraction. The OMB, and the White House both, have called the bill a distraction. A bill to fully pay the military through September 30th of this year. That is a distraction. That is who we are dealing with. That's who we're up against here. And all of this is about $30 billion. That's the difference in what the Republicans want in cuts, and what the Democrats want in cuts. For the next week. Let's say we miraculously come to some compromise on this – we're gonna be here in ten days doing this all over again because these CRs go for a week or ten days.

April 13, 2011

political-talk

On the tremendous opportunity Republicans have to contrast themselves favorably with Democrats.


Never in my lifetime has there been a greater opportunity to contrast who we are and what we stand for with our opponents and we don't really have to even say anything. Just point to what they're doing. People's lives – millions of people's lives – are being seriously hurt, in some cases destroyed, by this Administration, and by this Administration's policies. As the elections in November proved we don't really even have to say anything. It's that all we have to do is point out what we're for. If you're afraid to criticize Obama because he's black and you're afraid of being called a racist... fine. Just tell us who you are. And what you stand for. And it'll carry the day.

April 20, 2011

rush-radio

On leadership.


Democrats have played a major role in creating this mess. They turn over the heavy lifting to the Republicans. Paul Ryan does the heavy lifting. Comes up with a budget plan to save the country. And then what does Obama do? What does Obama do? He attacks them for doing it. He attacks them for how they're doing it. That is real leadership folks. Real leadership on the part of our President, who now will not speak to adults. Create the problem. Act like he is going to provide leadership to fix it. Offer no fix whatsoever. The Republicans offer a fix. The Ryan budget. What does Obama do? Attacks Ryan personally, and the Republicans in general for doing it. That's real leadership.

May 6, 2011

political-talk

On media coverage of the unemployment rate.


The unemployment rate's up to 9%, and they're celebrating. They're talking about some of the strongest job growth – 244,000 new jobs, 62,000 of them from Micky D's. Sixty two thousand from McDonald's. Now remember, in the past, those jobs have been impugned by the Democrats and the left, as meaningless, futureless, hamburger-flipper jobs, without health care... if we'd had our news media of today, back in the days of Herbert Hoover, we would've never had a depression. Because it would've never been reported as a depression.

May 23, 2011

political-talk

On the supposedly weak field of Republican contenders for the Presidential nomination.


The rest of the field is said to be weak... that's starting to offend me too, as though the Democrat field in 2008 – Hilary and Obama and John Edwards – was the epitome of a great field?

June 1, 2011


mark-steyn

Mark Steyn is guest-hosting for Rush today.


On the vote in Congress against raising the debt ceiling, in which prominent liberals joined Republicans and voted no.


We're winning this argument. We've won it with the Republican party – there were no defections on this issue. Republicans understand that raising the debt ceiling unconditionally is a disaster... Now obviously Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz – they don't care about the debt ceiling one way or another... but they understand that for the moment it's politically problematic for them to be seen to be approving more out-of-control spending.

June 22, 2011

politics

On Democrat party plans to accuse Republicans of intentionally inflicting economic harm on the country to improve their electoral chances in 2012.


Obama and the Democrats: You own this, kids! You have done this. Your fingerprints are all over it. The unemployment. The home foreclosures. The stock market. The coming inflation. The massive deficits. The subprime mortgage business. The fact that peoples' homes are underwater. You did this, there is no question you did it, and you are going to pay a huge political price for it in November of 2012. You can try and blame this on the Republicans all you want. In the process you are indicting yourselves…