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Hawaii Statehood and the RFK Myth

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RUSH:  Iowa City, Iowa, this is Betty, and welcome to the EIB Network.  Hello.

CALLER:  Hi.  Rush, Republicans have gotta learn from our own history.  The only way Hawaii was admitted as a state, and it happened when I was in high school --

RUSH:  Right.

CALLER:  -- was in a deal that Alaska had to be admitted at the same time, because I don't know what the debate was in Congress.  I know what was said around my school.  "Well, yeah, because Hawaii's Democrat, and Alaska's always gonna be Republican."

RUSH:  So who told you that that's why they had to go at the same time?

CALLER:  Oh, I just heard teachers talking.  I went to a very -- you know, this is a long time ago.

RUSH:  Okay, but you were gonna relate that to something at present.

CALLER:  Well, at the present, why would Republicans go for admitting people who, as a group, are voting 70% against them?  I mean, the Republicans and the Democrats --

RUSH:  That is the question of the day.  That is the question of the day, and the answer befuddles me.

CALLER:  But, you know, I don't know.  The Democrat Party has changed since I was in high school, and I guess the Republican Party has also.  Because I was raised in a very traditional Democrat family.  I worked for Bobby Kennedy, and I ended up voting for Ronald Reagan and have been a Republican ever since. 

RUSH:  Now, wait a second.  Now, wait, you keep opening doors that I have to go through here.

CALLER:  Well, I didn't mean to.  I'm really, really concerned about immigration.

RUSH:  I know, I know, but you just equated Bobby Kennedy with Reagan.

CALLER:  Oh, no.

RUSH:  Or at least you indicated they're not that far apart. You were once a Bobby Kennedyite, and then you ended up with Reagan.  And I'm telling you, there wasn't all that much commonality.

CALLER:  It's probably how --

RUSH:  Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah --

CALLER:  -- it was perceived in the heartland.

RUSH:  Don't doubt me.  I understand the Bobby Kennedy thing.  Let me tell you something, a little story.  I was in High School, this would be 1968 when Bobby Kennedy was Senator.  I'm 17-years-old and Bobby Kennedy came to our town, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, for a rally. He was just driving through town, and a good friend of mine -- not gonna mention his name -- his family had a convertible, one of the only convertibles in town.  That family was asked if Bobby Kennedy could use their car for the rally because it had a convertible.  And they of course said yes.  All they cared about, Bobby Kennedy.  It was a pure cult.  Bobby Kennedy was a precursor to Obama, in many ways. 

Bobby Kennedy, by the time he ran, he's coming off his brother having been assassinated and he was an empty canvas, people could make of him whatever they wanted.  This is the guy that wiretapped Martin Luther King.  This was the guy... what are you smirking at me for, Snerdley?  Snerdley's in there, "Bobby Kennedy was perceived to be a genuine --" what do you mean genuine? You mean nice?  That's my point.  He was a real guy. He was the Kennedy that really cared about people.  That's part of the mythology.  I'm telling you.  I know I was only 17, but I'll never forget that campaign.  I remember listening to people telling me about Bobby Kennedy and it didn't matter what he believed.  It didn't matter.  Just like it didn't matter with what Obama believed.  People didn't care.  They didn't even want to know.  They just loved Bobby Kennedy.  But look, I know this is not the main point you called about here. And Betty, I'm not yelling at you, please, you gotta understand.  You understand that, right?

CALLER:  Oh, yeah.

RUSH:  I'm not yelling at you.

CALLER:  Oh, no, absolutely.

RUSH:  Okay, you're not crying or anything, are you?

CALLER:  Oh, no.

RUSH:  Okay, okay.

CALLER:  No.  Two of my brothers were in Vietnam --

RUSH:  Your original point was about Hawaii. Here's the interesting thing about Hawaii.  They had a movement not long ago where they, in effect, can secede.  They want to set up their own distinct unique culture and their senator, Senator Akaka, one of my all-time favorite senator names. I love the Senate roll call when they get to his name, "Senator Akaka..."  He set it up.  I forget the details.  I got golf buddies in Hawaii, this was going on three or four years ago, we were out there playing golf in the June Jones tournament. June Jones, the coach of the University of Hawaii at the time, now at SMU. And this was all going on, and the native Hawaiians that I was playing with, said, "Gosh, we can't believe it. These are the people that asked to join this country and now they're trying to distance themselves and separate."  It was a big deal, the point.  So just an added little item to your notion that Hawaii, they did ask to become a part of the country. Now, I did not know that somebody said, "Well, you better let Alaska in to balance out all the Democrats in Hawaii."

CALLER:  Well, the thing is, I don't know what was going on.  I wasn't reading newspapers or listening to the radio. I was just in high school.  I just know what --

RUSH:  That's no excuse.  I was listening to the radio and reading and TV when I was in high school. What were you doing, baking?

CALLER:  (laughing)  I was studying.

RUSH:  I'm just kidding.  I'm not yelling at you, you understand that?

CALLER:  No.

RUSH:  You were studying, home ec.  Going to dances? (laughing)

CALLER:  My mother was determined I was gonna go to college.

RUSH:  He-he-he-he-he.

CALLER:  I only had one.

RUSH:  Did you?

CALLER:  Huh?

RUSH:  Did you go to college?

CALLER:  Yeah.  Yeah.

RUSH:  Good!  Terrific.  I didn't.

CALLER:  Yeah.  Well --

RUSH:  I also didn't support Bobby Kennedy.

CALLER:  You what?

RUSH:  I didn't support Bobby Kennedy.

CALLER:  Yeah, you're right, it was sort of like coming out of a cult to the years after that, yeah.  Especially --

RUSH:  That family wouldn't even clean the interior of the car where he sat.

CALLER:  That's as close as you got to him?

RUSH:  Well, I didn't go to the rally.

CALLER:  Oh.  Yeah, it's --

RUSH:  It was at the Town Plaza, the Town Plaza Shopping Center. That's actually the name of it.  There was a Woolworth's and an auto parts store and they called it a shopping center.

CALLER:  Right.  Right.

RUSH:  And a bank.  Anyway, I appreciate the call.  Betty, I hate to do this.  Yeah, what was the point, Betty, why did you call?

CALLER:  I called because I don't understand why the Republican Party was smart enough to make sure that Alaska came in at the same time as Hawaii did?  Why they were that smart then and they don't have a clue now.

RUSH:  It is the $64,000 question.  I'm like you.  I do not understand it.  The math is the math, and the polling data is the polling data.

CALLER:  Right.

RUSH:  And there is literally no evidence to suggest that upon being granted citizenship anywhere near a majority of the Hispanics who are currently illegal aliens would vote Republican.  There's no evidence whatsoever.

CALLER:  Not just talking about the illegals.  You're talking about two generations after them will vote Democrat.

RUSH:  Oh, of course.  Of course.  It's like the Cuban exile community.  The adults, the at-present adults and the adults of the past number of years were just rock solid Republicans.  The people who escaped Castro in '59, '60, '61, 60, went to Miami, rock solid Republican.  Their kids voted Obama. The majority of their kids voted Obama, so her point here is, folks, it's not just the whatever number of illegals that we're talking about now that would be granted amnesty, 12 million is the popular number, but I'll bet that it's higher.  They're gonna have kids, and that number's gonna multiply and what is it that the Republicans see there that none of us do, other than a chance? 

But if they're looking at it, okay, there's a whole brand-new universe, chance to approach 'em with our ideas and our beliefs. Well, okay, why don't you do that with existing citizens first and perfect the technique.  I don't know.  Betty, I have no idea what we talked about other than Bobby Kennedy, but I'm glad you called.  I appreciate it, and he did wiretap Martin Luther King, and he did all kinds of stuff.  The Kennedys never got called on any of that stuff.  He was attorney general, and he was a no nonsense -- I mean, civil rights, civil liberties? It's a joke. 

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