RUSH: About Obama and this notion of -- and, by the way, it's not just Obama. There is an entire legal movement that is referring to the Constitution as a charter of negative rights, a charter of negative rights. To them, negative rights are that the government can't do enough. It's negative because the government is limited. Why change the name? Why doesn't Obama say the Bill of Rights is too limiting? We have to open up the Bill of Rights because people don't want the Bill of Rights messed with. But if you call the Constitution a charter of negative rights and you have your buddy Bill Ayers working up a curricula for high schools and colleges where kids are being taught that the Constitution is a charter of negative rights, they're going to make the assumption the Constitution is oppressive, that the Constitution limits them.
So if you go out and you name something or call something a charter of negative rights, then you have permission to introduce positive rights. Isn't positive better than negative? So if you portray the Constitution as a charter of negative rights, then you give yourself permission to change that, "We want positive rights." And the poor, uninformed, ill educated, maleducated students go, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, positive rights, positive rights." What Obama wants to do is an Anti-Bill of Rights. That's what he wants. When he says, there's nothing in there, the state or federal government, what they can do to you, there's nothing in the Constitution what they can do to you. Well, he says what's in there is what they can't do to you, but there's nothing in there about what they can do on your behalf. So to him the Constitution is very limiting. He wants an Anti-Bill of Rights.
The things Obama wants to introduce, he wants to take from individual rights. Killing babies would be an Anti-Bill of Rights idea. The Fairness Doctrine takes away free speech. It is an Anti-Bill of Rights item. Why name something fair that's anti-free speech? You take away an individual's right to bear arms, is Anti-Bill of Rights, but to Obama that's a positive right, a positive right granted to the government. He wants the government to have sole power via the courts or however he can bring about to limit your freedom, whereas the Constitution's purpose is to limit government's freedom. A government entity looking at an individual's private information is Anti-Bill of Rights. A charter of negative rights is demeaning and a deliberate attempt to destroy the Bill of Rights. That's what Obama wants. That's how he plans to get around his redistribution scheme, or plans to implement it, I should say.
RUSH: By the way, Sweetness-Light.com, the blog, has a whole bunch of quotes from the Founding Fathers on the whole concept of anti-socialism that they all believed. We'll link to it at RushLimbaugh.com later this afternoon. Also, don't forget this. You ought to go back and find (we should link to this, too) George Washington's first inaugural in the late 1700s. The number of times God was mentioned by George Washington, our first president, would stun you. It was a thank-you to God for the US Constitution. George Washington's first inaugural was just powerful. You compare any of the Founding Fathers to what you hear from Barack Obama or the Democrat Party platform. Let me give you page nine of the Democrat Party platform.
"The essence of what it means to be a patriot. Not only to declare our love of this nation, but to show it by our deeds, our priorities, and the commitments we keep. If we choose to change, just imagine what we can do. What makes America great has never been its perfection, but the belief it can be made better and the people who love this country change it. This is the country of Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, and Rosa Parks, people who had the audacity to believe that their country could be a better place and the courage to work to make it so." That's page nine of the Democrat Party platform. That's what Barack Obama means by "our better history." We're not fulfilling the promise of our better days. This is what he's talking about. You won't find a single name of a single Founder in the Democrat Party platform.