RUSH: Troy, New York. This is Mike. Great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, Rush. Heard you lead off your show today with the Supreme Court, and, you know, I come from the other side, I just want to say that I know you're a smart guy. This is just conservatives that are (unintelligible) Supreme Court decision, an activist Supreme Court argument, anyway, that they like. This Supreme Court's trying to say that one-sixth of the national economy somehow isn't commerce? I mean that's just flat ridiculous, and after years and years and years of conservatives saying that the Supreme Court is activist on the left, this shows you got no principles, because this is clearly activism on the right. At least the argument --
RUSH: Let's cut to the chase here. You're telling me that you want the Supreme Court to decide that the government can tell you that you have to buy health insurance and broccoli?
CALLER: You know what, I want the chance to vote on the legislators that pass that law. If they try to force me to buy broccoli, I know what I'm doing with my vote. I know what's going to happen to that Congress. And I'm fine with that.
RUSH: Well --
CALLER: You know what, we've been through a lot of years with health care problems in this country. There's a reason it's one-sixth of the economy because our system is broken.
RUSH: Your partisanship is blinding you into total willful ignorance. If the Congress makes you eat broccoli, then you'll take care of that at the ballot box. Sorry, that Congress has already spoken. Throw 'em out, you still have to buy broccoli until one of two things happens. Either the court comes along and says they can't make you do it, which they can't, by the way, or another Congress wipes it out. But until either of those two things happen you still have to buy broccoli. Now, a lot of people think this is an academic exercise. Stop and think about this. You have to buy broccoli. You go to the grocery store, you have to buy it. And if you don't you can't get fined. You want that world. You want to live like that. You want to have those requirements. And you want to say that a court can't turn that down because it's politicized or whatever?
You're gonna have to get with the program and understand that it's your life that's being affected, not mine. You guys seem to think that having us lose what we want at the court only hurts us. What you don't understand is, we love you, too. We want the best for you, too. And if we have to save you from yourself, we'll do it along with saving ourselves. We want everybody to be free. We want everybody to have a great opportunity for freedom and economic advancement. We love everybody here. You've got this hatred dripping out of your voice here, and you don't care what happens the country as long as the court disappoints me. Man, what a definition of happiness you've got. Rush Limbaugh being disappointed is how you live your life happy?
I could say you deserve what you're gonna get. But I care too much about you. Like I care too much about everybody else. And I don't want you to have to pay a fine when you don't buy broccoli. And I don't want you to have to buy it in the first place. If you don't like it, I don't want you to have to buy it. I don't want you to have to buy anything because the government, a bunch of people Washington, command you to. They don't have that authority. It's that simple. Nice try, Mike.
RUSH: What are you gonna do out there, folks, when the government tells you you have to buy a gun? If they ever told you that, you libs, what are you gonna do?
RUSH: Another question for you libs out there. The United States Congress passes a law: every home and every apartment building and every business must own and display an American flag from sunup to sundown. If you don't, the IRS will be around to fine you. How's that sit with you? You cool with that? You have to buy an American flag, and then you have to display it sun up to sundown. "Come on, Mr. Limbaugh, you can't take this to the -- everybody knows that it's not what the president wants." How can you be sure?
Once it's established that the commerce clause doesn't exist and they can make us buy anything or pay a fine with as much money as they need, and with the track record we have, we know who these people are, how can you automatically say they would not force you to buy a gun? What if some Republican president in Congress comes along someday and says that you have to display the American flag and you have to own one, just to get even with you, just to make you miserable. If that's the way you want to play the political game, once the door is open, there's no going back at all.