RUSH: Let's face it. Way too many of us... In fact, let me amend that: Way too many of you, 'cause I don't do this anymore.
Way too many of you care way, way, way too much about what other people think. And you know what's bad about that? Aside from just it being bad. In order to care what other people think, you have to subordinate yourself to 'em. You're automatically saying those people are smarter or they're better or they're hipper or whatever. But they're certainly smarter, better, or more hip than you are, otherwise you wouldn't care what they think. And that's one of the aspects of that whole thing that's always bothered me. Now, we're raised this way, by the way. It's called "being polite" and "being humble" and not being braggadocios. I got over that a long time ago. A lot of people, they're prisoners to what other people think. In fact, a lot of people lead their lives based on what they think others think and based on what they want others to think. Rather than how they think about themselves.
So everybody running around, "Oh, man, all these people, 'The Republicans are nuts,' and I'm a Republican. Oh, they think I'm a nut, I'm a kook. They think I'm an abortion freak. They think I'm a contraception freak.'" Who are they? Why are they any better than you are? "They vote, Mr. Limbaugh, that's why. We're not concerned about them being better than we are, we're concerned because they vote and their misinformed on this." Well, okay. If they're misinformed then tell 'em.
Now, I've got some stories about this, which is why I led into it that way. First up from the Huffing and Puffington Post: "Newt Gingrich Calls Obama An 'Extremist' Who Supported 'Infanticide' At GOP Debate." Do you realize -- I have looked at this -- do you realize how many Democrats do not know this about Obama? Do you realize how many people in the media do not know this about Obama? It's not that the media knew about it and didn't report it. They didn't know. They didn't know that as a state Senator Obama sponsored a bill, and he did more than sponsor it. This is the one time he invested every bit of his power as a state legislator to allow doctors to finish the job if they botch the abortion and the baby is born live. Obama sponsored and promoted that legislation. That's why Newt called it infanticide.
I'm watching the reaction to this and I'm stunned. Either they're lying through their teeth when they say they didn't know anything about it... A guy in The Politico, what's his name, Alexander Burns, he was so clueless about it, he thought Newt was talking about partial-birth abortion. He wrote a piece making fun of Newt for not knowing what he was talking about. And then a couple of conservative commenter's to the guy's blog at The Politico corrected him, and he ran one of these update corrections on his blog, "A couple of conservative readers suggested I might be wrong in razzing Gingrich on this, as his point referred to this legislation specifically." The guy links to a NationalReview.com story. "Rather than late-term abortion in general, Obama may or may not have been asked about that during the race."
It doesn't matter, the truth, it still CYA for these guys or COA. Cover Obama's rear end. Because what Newt's claim was, "Okay, you're gonna sit there and you're gonna ask us all night about contraception and I don't remember the elite media asking Barack Obama about his support for infanticide." And so now rather than deal with did Obama actually do that, they're out trying to find if Obama was ever asked about it, to try to prove Newt wrong on his point that Obama wasn't asked about it. But in terms of looking into the details and doing a story on Obama supporting infanticide, ain't no way that's gonna happen. (interruption) How can they not know? Well, yeah, okay. They listen to me, but they think I make things up.
They think I lie. And I'll tell you something, Snerdley, if Media Matters doesn't tell 'em what I say, they don't know what I say. I'm talking about anybody, MSNBC, ABC News, CBS News, NBC, they don't listen to me. That's where you're wrong. They read Media Matters. That's where they find out what supposedly happened on this program. And if Media Matters doesn't tell 'em that I spent a lot of time talking about Obama and infanticide they'll never know it and they'll never know it on their own because, as we have well documented, they live in a bubble. They're not curious. They're hacks. They have an agenda. They are part of a movement and their daily existence is to move it forward, to advance the cause.
Here the Huffing and Puffington Post: "The Republican presidential candidates Wednesday night, during a GOP debate in Arizona, took shots at President Barack Obama for his pro-choice history. Newt Gingrich deflected a question about Obama's recent decision mandating that employers' insurance plans cover contraception by pointing out that Obama voted in favor of a law that protected abortion providers during --" See? Protected abortion providers, that's how it's reported, protecting abortion providers. Either a Planned Parenthood doctor or a hospital doctor who botches the abortion is allowed to finish the job after the baby's born alive. That's the legislation. That's infanticide.
You've got a live, breathing baby that was supposed to have been aborted. The abortionist botches it, the Illinois law that Obama sponsored and promoted allows the doctor to kill the baby to finish the job. And they refer to that as protecting abortion providers. And they say, "You didn't once during the '08 campaign ask why Obama voted in favor of legalizing infanticide." If we're gonna debate about who is the extremist on this issue, it's President Obama who as a state senator voted to protect doctors who kill babies. And that's all the story says. How can there be no comment after this. It's as if infanticide is no more controversial than voting on a highway bill. Honestly. It's no controversial. Oh, Obama, okay, nothing to see here. Well, let's focus on whether or not Obama was actually asked about it.
So they start doing fact checks on that and that becomes the focus of the story and that's where this Alexander Burns guy at Politico: "Surprise! Newt Gingrich is attacking the press. Coming out of the debate’s first break, CNN moderator John King read off a question: What are the candidates’ views on contraception? As the audience booed, Gingrich assumed a familiar role -- talking over Mitt Romney and winding up for a denunciation of the mainstream press." And he goes on to describe Gingrich as being critical of Obama for late term or partial-birth abortion, and he has to be corrected by a couple of his readers.
Now, a companion story here. This is from Fox News: "Seven US states filed a lawsuit Thursday to block the federal government's requirement that religious organizations offer health insurance coverage that includes free access to contraception for women. The attorney generals of Texas, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Carolina jointly filed the lawsuit in a Nebraska US District Court."
This is along the lines of that North Carolina story where the federal agent is investigating the school lunch boxes of fourth graders and determining that the parents had not packed a healthy lunch and took it away from the little four-year-old and made her eat Chicken McNuggets. And of course the real point of that story was a federal agent telling a four-year-old that her mommy wasn't properly caring for her. That we at the government are doing it.
So you may think that this contraception stuff, you may shudder and cower in fear, get all nervous, "Oh, gosh, can we stop talking about that? What about the economy?" In the meantime we're losing our religious liberty over this. Obama is acting as a dictator on this. And at least seven states now have stood up and said, "To heck with this." The issue isn't going away. And I'll tell you something else. The Democrats, they are gonna rue the day that they ever conceived this trick because it is going to backfire on 'em.
RUSH: I want to go back, audio sound bite. We had this, we played this during the campaign of 2008. This happened April 2002. It's in the Illinois state Senate. It's 17 seconds of Obama describing infanticide.
OBAMA APRIL 2002: And that essentially adding an additional doctor who then has to be called in an emergency situation to come in and make these assessments is really designed simply to burden the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion.
RUSH: What he's talking about here is the "burden of decision" means the woman's decision is to abort. So, they do the procedure. Something goes wrong -- imagine that -- and the baby's born alive. The legislation brings in another doctor to finish the job so as not to burden the woman with an unwanted child and to take the original doctor off the hook and not have him undergoing a guilt trip. And that's what the legislation was, and that's what Newt Gingrich was talking about. And he was saying, "How come nobody talked about that? You want to talk about extremism? Nobody asked Obama that in 2008." So the media immediately starts doing a fact-check to find out if, indeed, Obama was asked about it, and they said, "Well, of course he was! He was asked about partial-birth abortion all the time."
This is NOT partial-birth abortion.
This is botched abortion.