RUSH: Here's the New York Times story. Carl Hulse: "For Boehner, Rampage Imposes Its Own Agenda -- Speaker John A. Boehner expected to spend his first celebratory weeks as the new leader of the House showcasing his party's differences with the Democrats. But the shooting rampage in Arizona upended those plans. Now Mr. Boehner is being called on to play a far less partisan role, leading Republicans and Democrats alike through a difficult period. How he performs will not only be crucial in shaping his national image, but also could frame his relations with his own party and with the Democratic minority." So here is the New York Times -- a despicable bunch -- trying to use this terrible tragedy to threaten John Boehner and the rest of the congressional Republicans into going back on their promises and to defy the clearly expressed will of the American people last November. So once again the media, Democrat accomplices, all seeking to gain political advantage over this shooting. It's everywhere you look on the left, this attempt to politicize and advance their agenda. As far as the Times is concerned, a subtle brand of psychological terrorism. What they and the rest of our one-party media want is a neutered Republican House of Representatives. And who knows? They might get it.
The title for the Times Web page of this story is this: "Tucson Shooting Upends Speaker Boehner's Plans." What their assertion should read is, "Let's hope that the Tucson shooting upends Speaker Boehner's plans. Rampage must impose different agenda on Boehner." That's what they're hoping for. And the shooting rampage in Arizona has got to upend Boehner's plans, and we at the New York Times are hell-bent on seeing to it that that happens. "Aware that a crisis can play out politically in unforeseen ways, House officials say decisions are being made day to day, and depend on factors like the medical condition of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the other shooting victims, and on the national mood."
Now, if that's true, it's preposterous. I mean as tragic as the shootings are, they should have absolutely no bearing upon the issues facing Congress in the upcoming weeks, such as getting spending under control, such as repealing Obamacare? What does the shooting have to do with that? It doesn't. It hasn't one iota to do with it unless you are part of the Obama regime hoping to use this to intimidate Republicans into just abandoning their agenda because we at the New York Times and elsewhere in the media are gonna say that your agenda is divisive and your agenda helped lead to the climate, and your supporters and your media helped create the climate that led to this shooting. And so, Speaker Boehner, if you know what's good for you, and if you know what's good for your supportive media, if you know what's good for the country, you'll abandon your agenda. That's how they take an unfortunate tragedy like this, while claiming to be heartbroken for the victims, they, behind closed doors are eagerly rubbing their hands together, strategerizing how they can use this incident to advance their political agenda and do great harm to their political opponents.
Commentators right and left -- make that left and far left, actually -- are telling us that toning down the political rhetoric will improve our national body politic. Let's take that premise. If liberals really want to improve the political debate, I have some suggestions on rhetoric that can be toned down. I would first ask the media and President Obama and the Democrat Party, to tone down all this class envy rhetoric. I'd stop with all the lies about the evil rich getting richer on the backs of the poor and about the rich who pay most of the taxes in this country not paying their fair share. If I were the far left, I would stop all this talk that is pitting one economic group of people against another. I'd get rid of it. It is creating a climate of distrust and anger and resentment. I would also ask the left and the Democrats to tone down the anti-business rhetoric. Try to acknowledge for once we have the best environmental track record in the history of the world, that we have the highest living standard thanks to American innovators.
All of this talk about Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Plastic, Big Retail as being the enemies of the American people, stop it. What are you gonna do, require Target to change their brand name? How many Target stores are there with their logo and icon all over the store and their printed materials? You gonna take after them next? And along the same lines, those of you on the left, I would tone down all the anti-capitalist rhetoric. Acknowledge that free enterprise has brought more prosperity to the world than any other economic system. Tone down all the anti-doctor rhetoric. The president of the United States accuses American doctors of doing unnecessary surgeries for personal profit in the midst of the health care debate. And again, all the rhetoric against Big Pharma, Big Food, Big Oil, Big Plastic, Big Retail, big everything, Big Profit. It is the left that has an enemies list, and it is every high profile success story having to do with capitalism in America.
I would also say, those of you in the civil rights industry, how about toning down your rhetoric? What is it that gives you license to call everybody who disagrees with you on anything, from affirmative action to illegal immigration, racists? In fact, those of you on the left, you've gotta stop something else. Every time somebody disagrees with you, you call it hate speech. You gotta stop that. You're creating a climate here that is unstable. You're creating frustration and anger. Notice how the left gets a pass on all this, every time this entire topic comes up. The left, harmless little angels out there just trying to make sure all the bad guys don't get away with it. What about Reverend Wright's rhetoric? Obama said he could no more disown Reverend Wright for what he said than he could disown his own white grandmother. There's some pure hate in Obama's church that he heard for 20 years.
And then after you leftists start toning down your rhetoric, start toning down your policies that rob Americans of their freedom and their prosperity, if you do all of that, if you leftists take my advice, the political climate in this country will improve beyond measure, the happiness quotient will improve beyond measure, economic prosperity will once again become the order of the day. Happiness will spread far and wide throughout the country. But then that doesn't help advance your agenda, does it? You need chaos. You need people feeling displaced and aimless. You need people feeling worried about the future so you can set yourselves up as the saviors and the solution. Yeah, it's pretty offensive. Pretty offensive to listen to the architects of all that's wrong with this country blame people who have literally nothing to do with anything they're being accused of doing.
RUSH: If you doubt (and I know you don't, but if anybody does doubt) that the Democrats are trying to use this tragedy to stop the Republicans, here is a story from Talking Points Memo DC. It's one of their favorite blogs. "Rep. Bob Brady (D-PA) doesn't just think things like putting bull's-eyes on your political opponents is in poor taste. He thinks it should be illegal. In the wake of the Arizona shooting spree, he's introducing legislation to extend..." This is all irrelevant. It is literally irrelevant! None of these political advertisements, whoever ran them, with bull's-eyes or targets, crosshairs, had anything to do with this. In fact, there is no evidence that such ads had anything to do with any act of violence.
The real questions now are about Sheriff Dupnik it is being learned. The Arizona newspaper, Arizona Republic, has made it clear here that the Sheriff's Department and the community college in Pima County know a lot more about the shooter than they are willing to release. They know a lot more. They have a file on the guy that they're not willing to release. The real focus of this story ought to be how utter lies have been told by the political left in order advance a political agenda, not these ads or websites that this guy never saw. Look, it's ridiculous anyway even if he had seen them. If every allegation they're making had any basis in fact, these shootings would be occurring every day, and they would have been occurring for a long time.
Now, back to Bob Brady (Democrat, Pennsylvania). "In the wake of the Arizona shooting spree, he's introducing legislation to extend protections given to the President of the United States to members of Congress and others. ... Brady isn't the only member proposing new legislation, or specific changes to the discourse, after Saturday's events. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) is backing a return to the fairness doctrine -- a minority view among Democrats -- and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) is calling on Republicans to change the name of the 'Repealing the Job Killing Health Care Law Act.'" (laughing)
That's what the Republicans have named the health care repeal: Repealing the Job Killing Health Care Law Act," and Chellie Pingree of Maine is calling on Republicans to change the name, take "job killing" out of it. (laughing) It's just over-the-top, reactionary insanity from these people. I look at this and at this Sarah Palin business. Sarah Palin has found a way now to make herself part of the story, to put herself at the top of the story. That's in ABC News' The Note. By the way, Bob Beckel, who's a commentator on Fox, I saw him claim the other night that he's the guy who invented using bull's-eyes on congressional districts.
Now, these are the same people, by the way, who are totally in favor of letting people burn the American flag. They're totally in favor of this. Somehow, though, that's not going to incite any behavior that these people would condemn.