RUSH: It's all an exploitation of a very tragic and sad event. In this case, it's Sandy Hook. It could be a hurricane, but Sandy Hook, this is the starting point for this, and it's simply the excuse for the left to do everything they can to implement more and more of their nirvana or utopian agenda, like health care was, Obamacare was.
And I want to remind you, I want to tell you one more time what's driving all this. I mean this, again, from the bottom of my heart. You got Biden and Obama up there today. It could be John Kerry one day, Harry Reid the next, or Nancy Pelosi. But whatever, the Democrats, they're all up talking about things we must do to make our country safer, our children. We must do this to protect people from the rich, whatever, it's all rooted in the exact opposite of the way they want you to think of it. They want you to think of them as loving you, understanding you, protecting you, relating to you, on your side. You're the little guy and they're looking out for you.
The truth of the matter is that these elitist leftists who want to control every aspect or as much of life as they can do so precisely because they have no faith in you. You look at a guy like Ronald Reagan, or look at any conservative. I'll use myself. When I look out across the country I make an assumption that we are populated by a country where the majority of the people are decent and good and trustworthy. We can count on them, they're reliable, and when they're needed, they'll show up. We look at the people of this country optimistically. We look at our future optimistically. We look and see a country of people who can take care of themselves and who want to, who are self-reliant, who want to be self-reliant, maybe in some cases even rugged individualists. We don't see anything wrong with that.
The one thing we don't do is look out across this country and see a majority of people that we look at with contempt. We do not think the majority of people in this country are predisposed to evil or bad behavior or rotten behavior. We don't look at the majority of these people having to be controlled. We don't look out over the country and see a bunch of incompetence and ineptitude. We don't look and see a country filled with people who don't know what's best for them. We do not see a population that is incapable of doing the right thing. Quite the opposite.
The left however, people like the president and other Democrats look out over the country and they don't trust the inherent goodness of people. Quite the opposite. Why would they have all this legislation to control as much behavior as possible? They don't trust you to do the right thing. They don't think you're very smart. They don't think you're capable of becoming very smart. They don't think you're capable of becoming very educated. They don't think that you're wise enough to make the correct decisions that they think you should make in raising your kids, in taking care of yourself, running your own life. They have to do it for you. And they approach you in this effort by making you think that they have great compassion for you and love and caring and that they only want the best for you.
I would simply ask you to look at every group of people who accepts that behavior, every group of people who vote for them, take a look how their lives are. The people who have turned their lives over to the Democrat Party or to liberalism, people who have bought the notion that the government will take better care of them than they will take care of themselves, look at how they live. They're not happy for one thing. They're not in control of their own lives. They don't have any self-confidence. They don't have self-love or self-respect.
When we look over the country, when we see people in trouble, we see people who have turned their lives over to Democrats, who have become dependent on government, who have thrown themselves away, essentially, and it breaks our heart. It crushes us, and we want to reach out and fix it. We want to reach out, teach people that they're better than they think they are. That they can do more than they think. That they can be more than they think they can be. That they are far more competent and far more capable than they think they are, than they've been told. We reach out, we want people to know we have faith in them, we do see the goodness in them, we do see the decency in them, and we want all of that to surface.
We don't look out over this country and see every aspect of it we want to control. We're not into controlling anybody. We like freedom. We believe in free will. We think that you are the best steward of yourself and your self-interests, not some faceless, distant capital that claims to care about you more than you do or than we do, that claims to have your best interests at heart. Because I'm telling you, the truth is, when they look out over this country, they look at people with a contempt and an arrogance and a condescension that says, "Those people can't get through the day without me. Those people can't get their kids to school and keep them safe without me writing laws about other people and their guns." You don't know and don't have what it takes to take care of yourself. They have to do it for you. And they want to do it. They want to control your life. They want that power over you.
We conservatives don't. We want the greatest country we can have. We want the greatest, best place to live in this world. We want a place where people can be whoever and whatever they want. We want to get as many obstacles out of people's way as possible, not put obstacles in your way. And that's what's happening. Everything that happened today did that: 23 executive actions, a big summary of all this new gun legislation.
Why? Because you don't have the sense to protect yourself. You don't have the sense to protect your kids. "Now, we're not gonna let you protect your kids the way the president protects his because his kids are more important than yours, and you'd better understand that right off the bat. But we still are gonna look out for you because you simply can't." That's what all this means.
Practically every piece of legislation that comes from the Democrat Party is rooted in your inability to run your own life, and that comes from their looking at you and seeing incompetence and inability. You have no wisdom. You don't know how to make the proper judgments in life. The way to understand this is to understand that they don't love you. You are to be used to advance their power.
You're an experiment to prove that they know better than you do how to live your life, 'cause you don't have what it takes. There's no other reason to want to enact all of these controls on people's lives. There's no other reason to want to take this kind of freedom away from people. That reason is simply power for themselves, rooted in their sincere belief that you don't have what it takes to get through life without all kinds of problems being caused that you don't know how to fix.
RUSH: No sooner do I finish that very smart monologue that I did all on my own mere moments ago than we get this story from the Weekly Standard. Janet Napolitano, Big Sis, the head of the Department of Homeland Security, released a statement today after the Obama-Biden appearance at the White House on guns saying that she is "proud to support" the regime's efforts to "combat gun violence in our country," and she wants to "expand and prioritize" coordination on gun control efforts.
Now, I'm not surprised. Don't misunderstand. I just think the timing is a godsend. "Control" is exactly what this is. They're trying to change the name "gun control" to "stopping gun violence." Control is what this is about. Guns and every other aspect of your life that they think they can get away with, they want to control. They're trying to bite off a huge chunk of your life today that they want to control.
Napolitano simply said, "Hey, we'll work with you, bud, and do everything we can here to expand our coordination in control efforts! We'll help in everything you want to do to control people this country, to make sure they don't do bad stuff, which is their natural inclination." The left does not believe in the inherent decency and goodness of people. It's the exact opposite.
Here is Les, San Diego. Glad you called, sir. Welcome to the program.
RUSH: Les, are you are you there?
CALLER: Yeah, sure am.
CALLER: Excuse me?
RUSH: Les, we're on.
RUSH: You're up.
CALLER: Oh, great. Hey. I appreciate it. Thank you for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: I appreciate that. I just have a couple things to say about the gun issue, primarily that along with the statistics of how many guns and gun deaths there are in this country compared to other countries of the world, I have to come to the conclusion that if you are for guns or not, or if you're against the gun laws that are being written now, you are responsible for all these deaths. Everybody... Anybody who's against --
RUSH: Les, you know what I think happened? I don't think you were ready to go on the air, Les. I think we caught you in the middle of something. Is your secretary in the room with you?
CALLER: I just had to get my thoughts straight.
RUSH: I know we caught you in the middle of something. I didn't mean to interrupt. What you're saying is what they're trying to do is position anybody who opposes them in the expansion of all these laws as responsible for things like what happened at Sandy Hook.
CALLER: I believe that is the truth.
RUSH: And they're trying to guilt trip everybody.
CALLER: I'm saying that myself. That's my assumption, that if you are not for banning assault weapons, you are responsible for the deaths.
RUSH: Oh, that's you saying that.
CALLER: Oh, that is me. Yes.
RUSH: Oh, that's what you think.
CALLER: That is what I know.
RUSH: So we pulled the trigger?
CALLER: Yeah. In essence, yes.
CALLER: Yeah, correct.
RUSH: Les, I'm gonna let you get back to what you were doing. Obviously you need to get back to that, Les. Obviously it's far more productive doing what you were doing. I appreciate the call.
RUSH: If we're going to have universal background checks on virtually everybody who buys a gun, you think maybe it's time to require a background check on anybody wanting to be president?
I would submit to you that we still have not had a background check on Barack Obama. We're soon to be starting the second term of Obama's regime, year number five, without a background check. By that I mean the media has never vetted Obama. Low-information voters have no idea who he is. A majority of people who vote don't really know anything about Barack Obama. Background checks, anybody? I also want to quote Big Sis to you.
Big Sis today says (paraphrased), "Hey, whatever you need, Mr. Obama, you want coordination on controlling people and their guns and stuff, I'm right in there! Whatever we can do to expand your control, we're gonna be there to help. We want to expand. We want to work with you. We want to help you coordinate." But Big Sis, Napolitano back in 2002 said the following: "The right to bear arms is enumerated in the Constitution, is therefore fundamental to the liberty interests of all Americans.
"I believe elected officials have a duty to ensure that these interests are not abridged. My position on the Second Amendment is simple: Existing laws related to firearms and their possession are a sufficient framework by which to ensure the safety of all Arizonans. Rather than focusing on new legislation, we must first be vigilant in our enforcement of the laws that are already on the books." Now, she was running for governor when she said that.
When she was running for governor, the Second Amendment was fine. We had plenty of laws. We didn't need any more infringements on freedom. All we had to do is enforce what's already on the books. She coulda said the same thing about immigration, but somehow when governors leave the states and move on to the regime, all that doesn't matter. I only mention this for the hypocrisy of it and to suggest that she probably didn't mean what she said in 2002.
Either that, or she's undergone a huge shift.