RUSH: Folks, I grew up in a family where people's sexual orientation, preferences, whatever, weren't even discussed. Why can't everybody just put your sexual preferences on Facebook and call it a day? What do we need to stop everything and have a national day of celebration, or mourning (depending on your point of view), or recognition or whatever about this? This tolerance, it only goes one way. So Person X of some national stature announces his sexual orientation as gay, and applause!
It's a great day for America. We're really taking giant leaps ahead. If anybody says, "You know, I'm not big on that," it's, "You bigot! You racist! You extremist. You homophobe." There is no tolerance at all here. Not only do these people have to publicly announce it, but everybody else has to applaud and accept it. It was my point the other day about how it's only us conservatives who are "divisive." You know, I'm one of the most loving, unifying, want-everybody-to-do-well, like-everybody, hope-everybody-has-a-great-life kind of guy you'll ever run into.
But because I'm not a liberal, I'm called "divisive." You notice how liberals are never "divisive"? You know why that is? Because to them liberalism is just status quo, natural. Anything that's not liberal is divisive. So liberals believe this country has been racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobic and now we're making great advances, and if there are people who say, "Eh, fine. If you want to say you're gay, fine, but does it have to be rammed down everybody's throat all the time, everyday?"
This is how they shut people up. But clearly the acceptance only goes one way. So it's not acceptance at all that we're talking about. There are demands that people quote/unquote "accept." And, if you don't, well, you're divisive, or you're a bigot, or you're a homophobe, or whatever. When Jason Collins announced that he was gay yesterday, it was all over ESPN. It was all over the sports blogs. It was all over radio and TV. I had people sending me e-mails.
"Rush, I had to turn off the radio today. All I was hearing is that this NBA guy's gay. Okay, I heard it the first time. I don't need to hear it five hours later. I got it." "Hey, Rush, had to turn off the TV, sorry. I know you have to watch it, but I don't. After hearing it 25 times, I don't need to hear it again that the guy's gay." So people kept tuning it out. All along, I've been under the impression that it was normal to be uncomfortable talking about other people's private lives.
Like I say, I grew up in a family where people's sexual preferences weren't discussed. Sex discussions, this kind of stuff, never made it to the dinner table or during car rides on family vacations. And as far back as Clinton-Lewinsky, we weren't even supposed to care. Back during Clinton and Lewinsky, "Hey! It's his private life. That's his sex life. It's none of your business! Doesn't matter. As long as it doesn't affect his job, shut up! It's none of your business. Nothing to see here. Ken Starr is a sex pervert! All he wants to do is talk about sex.
"All he wants to do is look at a Clinton sex life. Shut up, Starr! Nobody wants to talk about sex." But Jason Collins comes out, announces he's gay, and all we're doing is talking about sex! We're told that Bill's sex life isn't relevant. It's nobody's business. All that mattered was the job at hand. Uhhhh, sorry. Bad turn of phrase. All that mattered was Bill was president. What he did with interns in his private life was his business and not your business and shut the hell up -- and to some extent that was fine, because imagining Bill and his crooked finger and cigars and Monica was a half-step away from a nightmare.
RUSH: Seriously, folks. In the case of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, why not talk about it the same way we talk about these courageous gay professional athletes? In Clinton's case, "It's none of your business. Shut up! Sex is private. It's none of your business, none of Ken Starr's business. He's a pervert! It's not affecting Clinton's job; it's none of your business." Why don't we apply that here? I mean, that was nothing new.
Why don't we celebrate Bill Clinton breaking the sex-with-intern barrier for presidents? I mean, JFK probably did the heavy lifting, but it all came out while Clinton was still in office. Make him a hero, too. If what you do during sex is so defining and determines how great you are, why not put Clinton in the conversation? That private life hysteria with Clinton was all BS. When a person's private life helps the left, it's big news. If it doesn't, shut up.
RUSH: I have a question, maybe an idea. As you know, Tim Tebow, quarterback of the New York Jets, was released. Is it too late for Tim Tebow to come out as gay? If Tim Tebow were to announce that he is gay, wouldn't the NFL be forced to find a team for him to play on? David Stern, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association, is really feeling his oats, because they beat the NFL at something. The NBA is on top, in a manner of speaking.
The NFL could reclaim their perch atop the sports world if somebody famous came out and said they're gay. Why not Tebow? (New Castrati impression) "Mr. Limbaugh, that is absurd! The player has to be gay in order to announce he is!" Well, are you gonna say he isn't if he comes out and says that he is? Is there a test? "Mr. Limbaugh, he cannot possibly be a homosexual! Tim Tebow is too Christian." Oh, really, Mr. New Castrati? He's too Christian to be gay?
"That's right, Mr. Limbaugh. Nobody would ever believe that Tim Tebow is gay." What if he were? I'll bet it still wouldn't be enough. He's so Christian, he's so identified as a Christian, that even being gay couldn't overcome the burden of being a Christian in our culture or our society today. (laughs) Yeah, he's a flaming Christian. And that -- that wouldn't help him, I think, if he were gay. I'm just saying, folks. Jim Geraghty, who does some great work at National Review, has a really fascinating piece about this.
His blog post is called Morning Jolt, and it's a list of all the things that the president doesn't do anything on and yet does make the time to call Jason Collins. "Forget the Rest of the World; President Personally Calls Some Athlete You Never Heard Of Before." I mean, even Clinton got in on this. Clinton released a statement that asked fans and NBA colleagues in the media to support and respect Collins. Clinton said (impression), "Let me tell you something: Jason Collins is a good man.
(imitating) "He wants no more what so many of us seek -- intern, private office, cigar -- and to be able to be who we are, to do our work, to build our families, and contribute to our communities. For so many members of the serial adulterer communities, these simple goals remain elusive." Serial adulterer. It's a joke, folks. But still, Clinton knows him personally. Everybody had to get in on this.
Nobody ever heard of this guy before the other day, and here's Obama calling him. Geraghty's point is, "Hey, remember North Korea? They're detaining a US citizen. Unless the Syrian rebels figured out some way to fake the presence of sarin in the bloodstream of some volunteers, the Syrian regime used chemical weapons and crossed the red line ... and no one can come up with a way to demonstrate the consequences of crossing that line.
"Oh, and the guys we may soon intervene to help, the Syrian rebels, may have just tried to shoot down a Russian airliner." Obama calls Jason Collins. "Remember Boston? 'But US Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) told ABC News yesterday that the FBI is also looking into "persons of interest" in the US possibly linked to the Boston bombings. US Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) said he's spoken with the FBI about the probe into possible trainers the brothers had. "Are they overseas in the Chechen region or are they in the United States?" he said.
"'"In my conversations with the FBI, that's the big question. They've casted a wide net both overseas and in the United States to find out where this person is. But I think the experts all agree that there is someone who did train these two individuals."'" Barack Obama called Jason Collins. "Remember Boston, again? 'State lawmakers have launched an investigation into whether the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings improperly received public benefits.'"
Remember Deval Patrick withheld the welfare records of the Tsarnaev family? Somebody got to 'em. "'Sources who have seen the 500 pages of documents sent to the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight told News Center 5's Janet Wu that the Tsarnaev family -- including the parents of the two bombing suspects, the two suspects themselves, their sisters, the widow of the suspect killed and their child -- received "every conceivable public benefit, available out there."'"
The Tsarnaev family collected over $100,000 in welfare benefits. Bill Clinton called Jason Collins. "Remember the economy? We’re still stuck in the muck. That’s the conclusion to draw from the new report on gross domestic product. The US economy grew at a 2.5% annual rate in the first three months of the year, which was an improvement from the weak 0.4% of the final months of 2012… We're muddling along... National debt [is] $16.7 trillion."
Barack Obama calls Jason Collins.
"Remember Obamacare?" Get this, folks. Daniel Kessler in the Wall Street Journal: "In total, it appears that there will be 30 million to 40 million people damaged in some fashion by [Obamacare] -- more than one in 10 Americans. When that reality becomes clearer, the law is going to start losing its friends in the media, who are inclined to support the president and his initiatives. We'll hear about innocent victims who saw their premiums skyrocket, who were barred from seeing their usual doctor, who had their hours cut or lost their insurance entirely -- all thanks to the faceless bureaucracy administering a federal law."
Obama called Jason Collins. Between decreased hours, premium increases, and those who will lose insurance, "it appears that there will be 30 million to 40 million people damaged in some fashion by the Affordable Care Act -- more than one in 10 Americans." That's more than one in 10 Americans! I think that's low; I think it's gonna be much greater than that. But you're not gonna be able to keep your doctor. Your insurance premium is gonna skyrocket.
Some of you are gonna end up without insurance and pay fines. Your employers are gonna cancel your policies because they can't afford it. You're gonna be directed to an exchange. You'll have to go to the Internet and wade your way through the massive forms to fill out to apply to qualify. There will be a lot of people damaged by this. But Obama called Jason Collins to congratulate him on coming out and being gay. That's such a big deal! It's a ground-breaking pronouncement in the NBA and Jason Collins.
"Hours after Collins disclosed his sexuality in an online article, Obama reached out by phone, expressing his support and telling Collins he was impressed by his courage..." Meanwhile, by the way, we haven't even mentioned the Benghazi stuff. There are actual efforts to suppress the testimony of eyewitnesses to the Benghazi horror. I have the story coming up in the Stack of Stuff. The regime is doing everything it can to restrict the testimony of people who could add to the information treasure trove of Benghazi.
Obama called Jason Collins.
Of course, we have the abortion doctor trial. We have Kermit Gosnell and the absolute, unbelievably reprehensibly sick things going on in his so-called abortion clinic. Obama did go to Planned Parenthood and say, "God bless you," and then he called Jason Collins. But all this other stuff that's going on? It's the Limbaugh Theorem. Obama has nothing to do with it! Obama's fingerprints aren't on any of this stuff. None of these things -- the economy, Obamacare, none of these things -- actually attach to him.
Boston? No, no, no! He's just an innocent bystander like we all are trying to find out what happened. Kevin Spacey has it under control. He went to Boston. He was interviewed by CNN. He's honoring the families. So that's done. Uh, did I mention the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy? There are people who still don't have their homes, don't have electricity, and people who still don't have food.
Now we hear that certain residents are losing their property after their homes were damaged. Eminent domain is being invoked. And Obama called Jason Collins. That's okay, because Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, said (imitating Christie), "Hey, Obama kept every promise, every promise, greatest guy ever." The media just can't contain themselves. Roger Goodell has gotta be jealous. I'm telling you, the commissioner of the NFL must be angry, jealous, I don't know. David Stern of the NBA scooped him. The NFL was all set to have the first gay player. Now, the NFL's gonna have to come out with three or four. To trump the NBA, the NFL is gonna have to have at least two guys announce they're gay on the same day at the same ceremony, and it will be a ceremony. The NBA? Give me a break. You can't let the NBA trump the NFL. Nothing trumps the NFL. Listen here, Diane Sawyer, a montage of news media people talking about Jason Collins.
DIANE SAWYER: Good evening. We begin with an act of personal courage, making history and creating a giant reaction in the iron-clad world of professional sports. One of their own, Jason Collins, a powerhouse player in the NBA, a veteran of the court, today told the world he is gay. A revelation that makes him the first active player to come out, speak up, and take a stand.
SCOTT PELLEY: Jason Collins of the Washington Wizards today became the first active player in one of the big four sports to come out.
RUSH: That was Scott Pelley of CBS News. And that's how serious it was. The Jason Collins announcement that he is gay: Learn it, love it, live it. It was the lead news item, not only on my newscast, and I am the important Scott Pelley, but also Diane Sawyer at ABC. That's all that mattered today. There's nothing else to see here. That's the end of the CBS Evening News. David Stern is doing a victory lap on CBS This Morning. He's the commish of the National Basketball Association.
STERN: I think we're gonna get past everything in a good way and it'll become a nonissue. He's a great member of our family, and, after the immediate media frenzy, it's gonna be, "All right, so what," and it will help the next athlete that wants to do the same thing.
RUSH: (imitating Clinton) "I just want to remind you one more time. I never had sex with that woman, not a single time. And I never, I never asked anybody to lie. Not a single time. Now, I'm here, and I have got to get back to work for the American people. I didn't do diddly-squat." Not supposed to talk about or notice any of that, but that was groundbreaking, too. Presidents bopping interns. Why not celebrate that? One more before we go to the break, Bill Rhoden, also on CBS This Morning, New York Times sports columnist talking about Jason Collins being a free agent, 36 years old, no team, not that good a player by reputation. The co-host Norah O'Donnell, terribly concerned that Jason Collins may never, ever, again work in the NBA, asks Bill Rhoden of the New York Times about that.
RHODEN: Right now I think they're great. Because all of a sudden now it's become a political thing where he may not have been -- had a job, but I think now it's almost like, you know what, some team -- and I think David Stern is going to get involved in this. He’s got to be playing somewhere next year.
RUSH: It's a political thing. Thank you, Mr. Rhoden! Finally they admit the whole thing is political. It isn't about gay. It isn't about sports. It's political. And Bill Rhoden, columnist, New York Times, it doesn't matter he can't play, doesn't matter if he's 85 years old in sports terms, it doesn't matter, because it's political.
RUSH: Here's Dave in Casper, Wyoming, as we start on the phones. Welcome, sir, to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, how you doing today?
RUSH: Very well, sir. Thank you very much.
CALLER: You know, Rush, I don't care if you're gay and you play in the NBA, just make your free throws.
CALLER: I don't care what your sexual preference is. I don't care if you're a gay plumber, just fix my sink.
RUSH: It's political, Dave, and Bill Rhoden of the New York Times gave up the ghost. The whole thing is political. If you're like most everybody else, they're sick and tired of hearing this. They got gay news fatigue. Okay, we got it, just put it up on Facebook and forget it. Why does it have to be rammed down our throats, figuratively speaking? Why in the world does this constantly have to be thrust at us?
CALLER: This drumbeat, gay civil union, gay marriage, gays in the military, gay scout leaders, gays in the NBA. I expect Roger Goodell now to have a gay draft.
RUSH: No, don't have to do that. Just have to have a couple of guys come out to dwarf here what happened in the NBA.
CALLER: He's wringing his hands right now.
RUSH: Well, maybe, maybe, 'cause, I mean, they thought they were gonna be first. 'Cause they've had the linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens promising that somebody was gonna come out. And then somebody said two were gonna come out and nobody has, and then out of the blue, Jason Collins came out. And as Scott Pelley led the CBS News last night: "Jason Collins of the Washington Wizards today became the first active player in one of the big four sports to come out." Well, folks, I'm heterosexual. I'm straight. I like girls. Deal with it.
RUSH: Back to the audio sound bites. Here's a montage. The media was hyperventilating yesterday over the fact that Obama called Jason Collins.
Remember, there are a lot of things going on in this country. North Korea is detaining a US citizen. We are still trying to track down regarding Boston: "Who, when, where, why, and what does it mean for the future?" We have perhaps chemical weapons being used in Syria. We've got the Iranians nuking up. We have a cover-up going on involving the Benghazi consulate murders. We've got a disaster being implemented in the name of Obamacare. We got people actually talking about amnesty for anywhere from 11 to 20 million illegal aliens in this country.
We get zip, zero, nada out of Barack Obama on all those items. But Jason Collins goes to Facebook and says he's gay, and that's when the president gets into gear. That's when Barack Obama picked up the phone.
MARK CRUMPTON: President Obama did call Jason Collins today and offered his support.
WOLF BLITZER: We've just learned that President Obama called Collins to offer his support and congratulations on his courage!
SHEPARD SMITH: The president called Jason Collins to express his support. and said he was impressed by his courage.
BRIAN WILLIAMS: A phone call from the president of the United States...
LZ GRANDERSON: President Obama called Jason Collins and congratulated him.
SCOTT PELLEY: It was a conversation joined almost immediately by President Obama who phoned Collins today to congratulate him.
DAN HARRIS: Late today we learned that President Obama called Collins directly to express his support.
RUSH: Now, let's button this up, okay? I've been talking about this for about an hour. Let me button this up and explain this to you. You probably already know it. It makes a point that I have been emphasizing in recent days. That point is that there really isn't any news anymore. The media is not about news. They don't stand on the street corner, see what's happening there, and then tell those of us who weren't there what happened.
The media today is an extension of the Democrat Party, and it exists to advance the Democrat Party's agenda, the worldwide left agenda, the Obama agenda. That's what its purpose is, and part and parcel of that is defeating us. The left... Bill Rhoden says it's politics. What's the politics? The politics is defeating us, conservatives, Republicans, whatever. The politics is ramming it down our throats. The politics is telling us to go to hell, and that's what this is.
They've got an NBA player who came out and said he's gay, and so the true motivation for this is to say to the conservatives of this country and the Republicans of this country, "You are losing! Your old-fashioned, Beaver Cleaver, Donna Reed world is finished. We have taken over! Whatever we want is what's gonna happen. Whatever we say is what's gonna happen, and you old-fashioned fuddy-duddies? Your day is done, and we couldn't be happier."
That's what the guy coming out as gay means, and that's it. It's not even about him. They couldn't care less about him, when you get down to brass tacks. This is nothing more than a grand opportunity for them to tell us, "You're losing. Your version of morality is finished! Your bigotry, your hatred, your homophobia. Screw you! We're running the show now. Look at what's happening here! You can't stop it."
That's what they're happy about. That's why it leads the news. Because the happiest moment for any liberal in any day is when they can laud their victories -- in their minds, their victories -- over us, and our defeats over us. Believe me, at a professional athlete coming out as gay, they think that is a huge defeat for us and a big win for them. That's all this is. That's what everything in the news is about. It's what the purpose of the White House correspondents show was about.
Do you know what the real purpose of the White House Correspondents Dinner was? That was nothing more than a victory party for the Obama campaign team. That's all it was. The White House Correspondents Dinner is yet another opportunity for them to ram it down our throats. That's what makes 'em happy. So that's what this is all about. And when Bill Rhoden says, it's become a political thing, what else could it mean?
RUSH: Martina Navratilova last night was on Piers Morgan Live on CNN, and she was talking about Jason Collins of the NBA's Washington Wizards' announcement that he was gay. Piers Morgan said (impression), "It must have brought back a lot of memories for you, Martina, but under very different circumstances."
NAVRATILOVA: Yes, slightly different. I didn't get a phone call from Ronald Reagan.
MORGAN: (haughty chuckle) Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
NAVRATILOVA: You know, when I came out of course that was 32 years ago. Times were much different then. The press was roasting me. It was not a pretty sight.
RUSH: Reagan didn't call her. See? Reagan didn't care!
RUSH: Here's Mark in Tallahassee. Mark, thank you for waiting. It's great to have you on the program. Hi.
CALLER: Thank you, Mr. Limbaugh. Thank you for taking a chance and allowing me on Excellence in Broadcasting. I have a question for you. Being the astute political commentator that you are, could you explain to me why Tiger Woods has not gotten a congratulatory phone call since his sexual orientation came out, that of promiscuity?
RUSH: I'm not sure I understand this. Why hasn't Tiger Woods gotten a congratulatory phone call from the president?
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: When his sexual orientation...? You're saying his sexual orientation is promiscuity?
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: And why didn't he get a phone call?
CALLER: He's celebrated the sexual lives of people that came out, so --
RUSH: Okay, look. I'll answer the question. You know, folks, this is a great example of Snerdley taking a call trying to stir things up. This is Snerdley trying to whip me into a frenzy. I'll tell you what, here's the answer to this question. The reason Obama didn't call Tiger Woods and the reason why we were supposed to shut up about Bill Clinton, is that sexual promiscuity in the heterosexual community is not news. There's nothing politically to be gained by advancing it.
The militant gay community has a lot of money; they donate almost exclusively to the Democrat Party. In fact, I expected Obama today to open that presser with Jason Collins, and I wouldn't have been surprised if he would have said we need to name April 29th as Jason Collins Day. Because to somebody like Obama, this is all about money. This all about generating campaign contributions, which he's doing. They still have their campaign organization up and running. Again, the Limbaugh Theorem.
But there's no political advantage in promiscuity, yet, and so the Democrats can't make any hay out of that. They haven't gotten to the point where they want to defend that or promote that, other than... Here again we're drawn back to Clinton. Clinton, you'd clearly have to say was promiscuous. This was my point earlier. When Clinton's story came out, "Nothing to see here! Don't talk about it. If you're interested 'cause you're a pervert, doesn't affect his job. It's just sex, and everybody does it."
All of these things were advanced to defend Clinton, but more than that, those were not a crucial point. Those were not just defenses of Clinton. Those were attacks. The left looks at people like you and me as Victorians, as Quakers, as Puritans, as really old-fashioned, as everybody-is-a-virgin-'til-they-get-married types. They think that's what we want to inflict on everybody. They think we want to wipe out sex. They think we want to ban it. They think we want to ban alcohol, everything. That's what they think.
They think that we are judgmental of everything they do.
So any time any renegade activity that they think really offends us happens, they are happy when whoever it is gets away with it, or when whoever engages in it is not condemned for it. Folks, everything with them is political. They think we're all priests. I don't know how else to describe it. They think that we're all sitting around wearing chastity belts and taking notes and taking names on people having sex and cursing and all that, and that we're gonna report straight to God on it so that these people all go to hell.