RUSH: Here it is from the Associated Press: "Even without modern-day temptations like fast food or cigarettes, people had clogged arteries some 4,000 years ago, according to the biggest-ever hunt for the condition in mummies. Researchers say that suggests heart disease may be more a natural part of human aging rather than being directly tied to contemporary risk factors like smoking, eating fatty foods and not exercising.
"CT scans of 137 mummies showed evidence of atherosclerosis, or hardened arteries, in one third of those examined, including those from ancient people believed to have healthy lifestyles. ... 'Heart disease has been stalking mankind for over 4,000 years all over the globe,' said Dr. Randall Thompson, a cardiologist at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City and the paper's lead author."
Really? You're kidding! They gotta be making that up. Everybody knows that wasn't such a thing as heart disease until America, America's wealth and its lifestyles -- sedentary, capitalist success -- breeding a bunch of people that don't have to work hard for their food. They just go to the processed corner in the store; go home and eat it. Folks, this is one of these moments where I want to get serious with you for a minute.
It's an object lesson here.
Over the course of my life -- and yours, too -- it seems like every week we are treated to the latest study about that which will kill us. And it's all rooted, if you'll note, in an advanced lifestyle. Now, you go back to the ancient Egyptians. It is theorized that they had a life expectancy of 40 years, which means that they had hardening of the arteries at very young ages compared to those of us today. They had clogged arteries. They had cholesterol. They had all of these things that we have 4,000 years ago.
Now, some people could look at this and laugh it off, or try to make a joke about it. But for some reason I feel compelled to make a big deal out of this because we are all bombarded, we are barraged every day with all of these lifestyle and behavioral things that are going to kill us, and everybody believes them. I know this is where I run the risk of losing people, but I don't know how else to say this.
I know I've got you low-information voters out there. I really want you to understand this. I think it's all part of... It's not even really a conspiracy. Liberals are just who they are, and they have a natural tendency as part of their ideology to control everybody. They tell you what you can and can't have, what you should and shouldn't eat, how much you should and shouldn't eat, how much you should and shouldn't exercise, where you should live, what you should and shouldn't drive.
They use fear and scaremongering to gain your conformity, and they also employ another unique aspect of the trick, and that is to imply that all of these things that are harmful to your health are relatively new, and they are the result of an American lifestyle which is unhealthy and unproductive and can be tied to or blamed on various characteristics or aspects of freedom. You have too much freedom that allows you to eat what's not good for you.
They are there to tell you and they are there to put limits on what you can and can't eat, as in Mayor Doomberg. It's silly, the things that he believes in. It's literally childishly silly. But he's consumed with this belief that nobody in New York knows what's good for them, and it doesn't matter what. It could be soda pop, could be guns, could be food, could be cars, could be the way you smoke. He's gonna control it all.
Under the auspices of making your life better, under the auspices of making you healthier, under the auspices of having you live longer! All of it's always done for your own good. Of course, people eat this stuff up (no pun intended) because everybody wants to live longer. Nobody wants to die, and nobody wants to get sick. It's the same trick that they use with global warming. The earth has been around, you can argue, hundreds of thousands of years, 10,000 years, billions of years.
But isn't it interesting that only now is something abnormal? Only now are things in the world screwed up? Only now! I've often wondered in the global warming debate, for example -- which is now proven to be a hoax. In the manmade global warming debate, I've often wondered, "Who knows what 'normal' is? Who has been alive for all of these hundreds of thousands of years to know what 'normal' is?
"Who is to say, for example, that the earth warming a couple of degrees is catastrophic? Maybe that's natural." Who's to say that anything bad will come from it, by the way. But we are all prisoners to this, folks, and the overarching thing here is a oppressive, never-ending attempt to control your life by commandeering or taking away from you some of your freedom. Now, let me be clear on something. I don't believe that everybody involved in telling you not to eat bacon or whatever is a conspiracist.
I don't believe that there's some mad scientists trying to control your freedom. I think they're true believers. I think they've been roped in by others, and I think they're true believers. I think a considerable number of rank-and-file, everyday, ordinary, average American liberals are just nothing more than dupes themselves, true believers. I don't believe that every liberal is diabolical and is part of some evil conspiracy to deny freedom. But I think the people leading them are.
I think the people motivating them are. The people teaching them, the people instructing them, the people that are trying to bend and shape their minds? Yeah. I think they know exactly what they're doing, and they've created an army of little liberal robots out there running around repeating all this drivel that they learn. But, seriously, what are we to make of this? I think this is a big deal. Now, I believe in liberty. I believe in freedom. I believe in self-reliance. I believe in rugged individualism.
I believe nobody has my best interests at heart more than I do. When I was a kid, my parents did. I wasn't old enough. I wasn't able to be self-reliant. That's part of good parenting and all that. But now? I don't think Barack Obama cares more than I do about what happens to me or Nancy Pelosi or anybody else in Washington. I don't think anybody cares as much as I do about what happens to me, and I don't want to turn my life over to them.
And I don't want to turn my life over to these idiots at the Center for Science in the Public Interest who are telling me not to eat movie popcorn. Screw them! It's none of their business what I like to eat, and there's no law that says it is. They don't know what they're talking about. They're just a bunch of little fanatics. The global warming people are the same way, and what they do is transfer guilt to you. Whatever is wrong, either in your own life or with the country, it's your fault.
It's all of our fault.
We've been living a lifestyle that we either can't afford or it's been unhealthy, so we gotta pay the price now. We have come close to "destroying the planet" i.e., climate change. Now we've gotta pay the price. We can make amends. We can agree to bigger government telling us what we can't do in order to save the planet. We will agree to bigger government and mayors telling us what we can't eat in order to save ourselves, and we will agree to higher taxes, so that people will have the money to tell us what we can't do in order to improve ourselves.
I'll give you a little factoid that many of you may not have known. Herodotus, who wrote in 400 BC, said that only the poorest Egyptians ate pigs. That would be bacon. It was considered to be unclean. The upper classes didn't eat it. The upper classes didn't eat bacon. Only the upper classes have been mummified. So the ancient Egyptians, the higher class who were mummified, were not allowed to eat this rotgut that would clog your arteries ... had clogged arteries. In other words, there's nothing new. Clogged arteries, heart disease, all these things? There nothing you can do. It's just there.
It's part of the human experience.
Genetics has a lot to do with it. Herodotus was a Greek historian who visited Egypt. He wrote a book on Egypt. He knew what he was talking about. And the higher class Egyptians were the ones who were mummified. Therefore, they're the ones we're discovering that had heart disease. They didn't eat pig. Which is where bacon comes from. Bacon is said to be, "Oh, God, it's yuk. That's the stuff, Rush, that they actually suck out of your veins when you go in for open heart surgery," it is said. All that grease and stuff, they didn't eat it. How did their arteries get clogged? Somebody tell me.
I just am a firm believer, and I will be mocked for this, I'm fully aware. I'm a firm believer that wherever you find a liberal, either a blind-as-a-bat true believer robot, or some upper level echelon bending and shaping and forming and controlling these young liberal minds, you're gonna find people who have contempt for individual people who don't think they are able to make the right decisions in their lives and therefore that has to be done for them. You're not smart enough to know what to eat, what not to eat. You're not smart enough to know what to drive, what not to drive. You're not smart enough to know where to live and where not to live. You're not smart enough to do anything on your own. They have to do it. They have to tell you. They have compassion. They care.
Republicans don't care. If you die, Republicans don't care. Liberals want to save you. But, in order for you to be saved you gotta give them all the power over your life that you will, and you've gotta elect bigger government, you gotta pay higher taxes, and you're gonna give 'em the money to do this. I think it's all hideous. I think it's all based on hoaxes. One year it's coffee that's gonna kill you. Nope, guess what? We found that coffee is actually helpful to Parkinson's, or whatever it is. Then one year it was oat bran that was gonna kill you. The next year, no, it's actually good for you. You know the drill. Every month it's some new medical discovery. And the truth is that people have had clogged arteries and they've been getting cholesterol and all that long before all of these American-produced luxuries and food.
My point is just don't listen to 'em. Live your life the way you want to live it. Enjoy what you like. You only get one life, and there's no reason to live it in prison. There's no reason to live a life of constraints placed upon you by other people who really don't care about you and who really can't care about you as much as you care about you. It's not possible.
Now we've got a story, a new drug being developed using the compound found in red wine could help humans live until they're 150. This is resveratrol. Synthetic versions of resveratrol, which is the ingredient found in red wine, research shows that drugs made from resveratrol could prevent cancer and diabetes, could turn this stuff into medicine that you would take topically or orally. No drugs yet developed to target aging skin, but you could never get diabetes, you could never get cancer, you could never die, and it's all there in red wine, 150. Well, why not 175? Why do they choose 150 as the year you're gonna die? But this is exactly what I'm talking about.
I don't know. It's just all absurd. Now, I gotta take a brief time-out. Sit tight. Oh, one other thing. Health related, too. News from Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is considering halting beheadings and moving to firing squads. Officials say that the government's running out of swordsmen to carry out the executions. A joint Saudi committee composed of representatives of the ministries of interior, justice and health, are deliberating the idea of firing squads instead of beheadings because you just can't find good old-fashioned swordsmen anywhere anymore.