Putin Grants Amnesty to Snowden, Obama Jealous
RUSH: Vladimir Putin and the Russians have just granted Edward Snowden amnesty. Jay Carney, White House spokesman, just told the White House Press Corps that Obama is extremely disappointed. I think Obama is just jealous, and my message to the president would be, "Be patient. The Soviets will give you amnesty in due course. Your time is coming. Don't be jealous of Snowden because he got there before you did. You put in the other three years you got here, and then the world will open up to you. You'll get amnesty or whatever else you want from the Russians. Be patient."
Gay Athletes Prosecuted at Russia Olympics?
RUSH: Here's a story. I just love this story, saw it yesterday. I made a point to put it at the top of the Stack, and it actually kind of dovetails with what I was just talking about, how liberalism is an imposition. Left to your own devices, you will never build a wall around your country to keep yourself in. Most people, if left alone, will never be liberals. That has to be imposed. It has to be propagandized. It's not a natural state. Freedom is the natural state of the human being, and liberalism is an imposition on freedom. But for most of my life and certainly most of my adult life, the American left loved the Soviet Union. The American left thought the Soviet Union was the answer. They hated Reagan. They hated anybody who looked at the Soviet Union as an enemy.
I'm not making this up, for those of you who are young. The Soviet Union, Ted Kennedy went over there and apologized to them for Reagan, just as Obama told Vladimir Putin, if you just hang on, wait 'til I win reelection and I'll have more flexibility. It hasn't changed. The reason actors and actresses are so enamored of people like Castro and Hugo Chavez, they envy their power. The media and the Democrats in this country would not tolerate any opposition to the Soviet Union, and much of the conservative movement, seventies and eighties, was oriented toward defeating the Soviet Union. That was just unacceptable. Not permitted.
The Democrats thought we needed a superpower that was an enemy, supposedly, to balance the United States because, in their mind, the United States was the focus of evil in the world. The United States was not the solution to the world's problems. And I am not exaggerating this. There was tolerance, understanding -- I remember when Mikhail Gorbachev came along, it was almost hero worship. Gorbachev was the Second Coming. He was the savior of the world. He was gonna save the world and us from that evil Ronald Reagan.
So this story that I saw yesterday, it's from Moscow. In Russia, it is now illegal to even speak about homosexuality around minors. It is illegal to openly display gay pride. "Technically the ban is against 'propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.'" But nontraditional sexual relations in the Soviet Union is homosexuality. You cannot hold hands. You can't display symbols like a rainbow flag. All that's banned.
Violators who are openly gay or even talk about it "face steep fines and jail time; foreigners face similar penalties plus deportation." The headline of the story: "Gay Athletes Could Be Prosecuted at 2014 Winter Olympics, Russian Lawmaker Suggests."
A Russian lawmaker, just one guy, but it is currently the law in Russia. It is illegal to even speak about homosexuality around minors. It is illegal to openly display gay pride. And this is the country that they have always thought was superior to the United States. I just find the irony delicious.
Liberals have been screaming and whining and moaning and accusing, suing, demanding, legislating for years that the United States is discriminatory, the United States is racist, the United States is homophobic and bigoted, evil, xenophobic. And yet here in the Soviet Union, run by a former commander of the KGB, gay athletes could be prosecuted at the 2014 winter Olympics if this guy has his way.
Now, the International Olympic Committee will obviously move in, try to do something about this, Obama will probably make a big play about saving the day, but the state of things now, I just find it ironic because the liberals in this country have always looked at Russia, the Soviet Union, the Eastern bloc, they've looked upon it with acceptance, in some cases envy. It's just been amazing.
Most Disability Recipients Admit They Could Work
RUSH: Washington Examiner: "Many Disability Recipients Admit They Could Work -- Recipients of federal disability checks often admit that they are capable of working but cannot or will not find a job, that those closest to them tell them they should be working, and that working to get off the disability rolls is not among their goals.
"More baffling, most have never received significant medical treatment and not seen a doctor about their condition in the last year, even though medical problems are the official reason they don't work. Those who acknowledge they're on disability because they can't find a job say they make little effort to find one, according to a Washington Examiner analysis of federal survey results."
This information comes from survey data performed by the government on people who are collecting disability benefits. It's not something anybody's making up here. The government's gone out and surveyed these people. They admit they don't want to work. They admit they're not trying to find work. They admit that they're not getting medical treatment for their disability.
It's just easier!
And the Democrats, the liberals are happy to provide your money to these people in exchange for these people's support and votes. This speaks precisely to my point in this country today about how many people are not working and yet they're eating. They're not working, but they're using cell phones and watching TVs and driving, and they're going to movies. They're not looking for jobs. It isn't necessary. It's not that big a deal, because the federal gravy train is making it possible for them.
Spitzer Refuses to Deny Girlfriend Rumors
RUSH: Eliot Spitzer refused to deny that he has a girlfriend. Eliot Spitzer may be having an affair. Now, we know that his wife says that she gonna divorce him after the elections. We assumed that was because of the Client No. 9 experience. "Eliot Spitzer refused today to deny that he has a girlfriend. The candidate for city comptroller was asked three times at a campaign stop this morning in Brooklyn about persistent rumors he is having an 'extra-marital affair.'
"'I am so tired of the personal attacks and I've answered all those questions,' Spitzer said ... 'The public cares about what I did in government. That's what I'm going to be talking about and that's what the public is going to be voting on -- based on what I did in terms of trying to clean up Wall Street, which got a lot more attention than the other things we did," meaning Client No. 9 and so forth.
But who are these people, folks? Look at the people liberal Democrats choose to reward, to promote, to elevate. Bill Clinton is at the top of that heap.