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Houston Citizen Bernadette Lancelin Rants Against Obama Border Policy

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RUSH: Did you see, ladies and gentlemen, have you seen the YouTube video of a furious mother in Texas?  She just goes off over the influx of illegal immigrants during an unfiltered TV interview.  Her name is Bernadette Lancelin.  And it might be pronounced Lancelin.  It's Lance with an l-i-n at the end of it.  The way I was raised to phonetically pronounce things when you don't know is Lancelin.

Bernadette Lancelin is African-American.  She's from Houston.  She says she is furious that the White House wants to spend billions of dollars to feed and house thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children who've entered the country illegally. She says to the TV camera, "What about the kids here? What about the kids here in our neighborhood? And not just in our neighborhood, but in our country?  All these kids, really?  Why can't they go back?" 

While she acknowledged the children's parents may be struggling in poor living conditions, she said the United States and its children are struggling, too.  And if we're gonna go overboard and bend our backs to help these people, what about helping us?  She said, "I’m sorry that their parents are in poor living conditions or surroundings or whatever’s going on out there. I don’t care. I care about what’s going on right here in my own back yard, my neighborhood." 

She went off.  She's African-American.  Barack who? 

"Seemingly exasperated, Lancelin addressed some of the other people who had gathered around a closed middle school that may soon house illegal immigrant children," she said -- and how many of you have asked this same question about any number of things that irritate you?  She said, "Am I the only one in this community that’s out here that watches the news this morning? Oh, my god! I feel alone right now in this, and I’m very saddened by it. Does nobody see what's going on here?"  Soon to be the national lament.  Bernadette Lancelin, KTRK-TV in Houston, and it is a YouTube video.  Goes off over the influx of illegal immigrants saying, "I feel sorry for them and their parents.  I don't care.  I care about what's going on in my country." 
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RUSH:  You know, you could say that the reaction of Bernadette Lancelin is the same... I remember even during the sixties when we were ramping up to go to the Moon, there were people back then saying, "What are we wasting all this money for on the moon? We got people starving in America! We don't need a space program. We don't this satellite." 

Whenever the government was spending money on anything other than, quote/unquote, "taking care of people" there were always people to rip the decisions to spend money on those areas.  Bernadette Lancelin comes along here, and despite the fact that we're spending more than enough on destitution and poverty and low-income people...

I mean, we have the biggest welfare state the world has ever known, yet she's asking, "What about people here? Why are we spending all this money and time on these illegals?"  She's African-American, which means she's a Democrat voter.  (interruption)  Well, no, you can't.  You can't call her a racist.  By the way, the Reverend Jackson, he's also one of these people very upset here.

If you're gonna spend... What's Obama requested now, up to $4 billion?

Oh, folks, I have sad news about one of these freight trains that are bringing illegal alien children unaccompanied through Mexico to the United States. They're called "death trains," and I think they were called death trains long before these kids began to hitch rides on them.  But they are just jammed.  They're freight trains and they just jam-packed with people. 

They're so full that kids are riding on top of some of the freight cars.  Well, one of the death trains just derailed somewhere in Mexico, and it had 1300 illegal immigrant children on it.  Now, the story calls them "migrants," but they're not migrants.  Migrants go home after they do some work.  These are unaccompanied illegal minors.  Anyway, a death train has derailed, and it was carrying 1300 such kids. 

That's all I know.  I'm sure there will be more detail coming later. 

Meanwhile, the Reverend Jackson, having heard that Obama wants $4 billion for the border, has now demanded $2 bil' for Chicago.  "Rev. Jackson: Obama, Feds Need to Do More to Combat Chicago Violence -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are differing on where the fingers should be pointed when it comes to federal anti-violence help...

"Jackson and Emanuel agree curbing violence involves not just police, but economic development and jobs in high crime neighborhoods; but Jackson seemed to fault President Barack Obama for funding priorities that appear to put immigrant children coming across the borders first." 

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RUSH:  This is Chris in Charleston, South Carolina.  Chris, nice to have you.  Welcome, sir.

CALLER:  Thanks so much, Rush.  I wanted to get your thoughts on two quick things.  A while back you had made a prediction that Obama would do something that would wake up the low-information voter, and I wanted to know that, judging by Bernadette Lancelin's reaction, could this be that moment?

RUSH:  Hmm, I must confess that I have asked myself that about this issue a number of times, because this is affecting everybody, and it is apparent that Obama's doing nothing to stop it.  That's the thing.  He's not even making an appearance, he's not even making a show of trying to stop it. He's not even acting as though any of it bothers him.

But I wonder if the low-information crowd is so mindless this isn't a problem to them.  I would think it would be.  Time will tell.  The truth is Obama's approval numbers are falling, and they're falling pretty rapidly.  I think the bloom has been off the Obama rose for quite a while, actually.  You just don't see it reflected in media stories.

CALLER:  Could I ask another quick question?

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  Well, is this not the perfect opportunity for someone like John Boehner or Ted Cruz to seek Bernadette out and invite her to Washington for a beer summit and say, "Hey, there's room for you in the Republican Party. You think like we do. We want to hear your thoughts"?  I mean, she's saying what we're thinking.  This is a chance to reach out to her and folks in her community, is it not?

RUSH:  I can see where you might have a point, but I think that the... I don't know about Cruz, but Boehner and the Republican leadership, I just don't think they're thinking in these kinds of terms.  I don't think their strategic thinking encompasses a move like that right now.  They're basically in a defensive posture of, "Don't do anything to make anybody mad."

CALLER:  I understand the theory that when someone's blowing something up, you get out of their way. But that has really not paid off, and I just hope that someone in DC is listening and someone thinks, "Let's pick up the phone. Let's call Bernadette. Let's tell her, 'Hey, there's room for you in the Republican Party.  You're conservative, and you don't even know it.'"

RUSH:  Well, I'm gonna try to find the actual video from YouTube.  It ran on a Houston TV station, KTLK I think, and there's a YouTube video that I think has gone viral. It might help if we could contribute to Bernadette being heard in her own words.

CALLER:  That would be great.

RUSH:  Let me try to dig it up.  Now, along these lines -- and I don't mean to be throwing cold water on you, Chris.  This is something I've got in the Stack over here I was gonna get to later.  I just have time now to basically tease it.  There's a huge poll that Reason magazine just published.  It's a poll they conducted. I only have time to give you the headline and some of the top-line bits of it. 

"Millennials Think Government Is Inefficient, Abuses Its Power, and Supports Cronyism -- But young Americans also want government to guarantee health insurance and living wages; plan to vote for Democrats in 2014 and 2016."  So here you have this current young generation out of college, or soon to be, into their early thirties, and they see government as ineffective and inefficient -- and they admit it -- and yet they want more of it.  

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RUSH:  I want to go back to the call that we just had from Chris in Charleston, South Carolina, because there's a larger question that he was actually addressing.  What he really wanted to know, why don't the Republicans go find Bernadette Lancelin in Houston?  By the way, we're working on that.  We have to edit it for our broadcast purposes.  Not the substance, just get rid of some of the fluff so it doesn't take 10 minutes to listen to.  I'll have it for you here in mere moments.  But he wanted to know, why don't the Republicans go down there and lasso this woman, bring her to Washington, do a public event with her, and tell her that the Republican Party has the answers to the questions that she was asking. 

Now, here's the sad, I gotta hit you between the eyes with it, what it really meant.  His suggestion, the fact that he even had to suggest it, is very troubling.  Because the larger question that his idea exposes is this.  We have a humanitarian crisis.  We have, just since April, 240,000, maybe 300,000, conflicting numbers, but we're talking about rounding errors now.  Just since April 240,000 to 300,000 illegals have flooded the border, and of those, 55,000 are children.  Why aren't the Republicans using this episode to prove the need to secure the border and defeat amnesty?  That's the question he was really asking. 

And let me ask you another question.  Have you heard anybody in the Republican leadership -- you've heard Cruz, and you have heard a couple others -- but have you heard anybody in the Republican leadership even try to turn this issue into a political advantage for the Republican Party?  It's a sad reality, folks.  Apparently what is happening in this humanitarian crisis is, in and of itself, not even enough for the Republican Party to try to draw distinction between itself and the Democrat Party with.  That is just amazing to me! 

Now, they might say to me, "Rush, these are children.  We don't want to politicize these sad, unfortunate children."  Oh, get off of it.  You are sitting where are you because that's all the Democrats do.  But get past the idea that it's kids.  The border is being eviscerated right before our very eyes.  That's what's happening here!  There is essentially no border if anybody is allowed to cross.  If anybody's allowed to cross, because we have sympathy for 'em, and then we turn over military bases to house them, and then under cover of darkness or some other way we then start distributing them to families and sponsors all over the country?  We make no effort to reunite them with their real moms and dads? 

The upshot is, what border?  It doesn't matter that we have a border.  It doesn't mean anything.  Crossing the border illegally is not even something that anybody wants to object to here?  What I would say to Bernadette Lancelin is, "Well, I tell you what, Bernadette, the things that have you upset, if you want more of it, just keep voting Democrat.  That's what you're going to get.  If you want more illegals, vote Democrat.  If you want the border to mean less and less, vote Democrat.  If you want your government spending more and more money on people who are not citizens of this country yet, vote Democrat.  If you want what's happening at the border to become an everyday event, vote Democrat.  If you want higher taxes; if you want less opportunity; if you want your gasoline to cost more; if you want your grocery bills to go up' if you want your job opportunities to cease to exist; if you want your utility bills to go up, elect Democrats." 

I don't know why the Republicans can't say this.  I do know why the Republicans are not making a big deal out of this, the border, because they want amnesty.  We know this.  The Chamber of Commerce is holding 'em hostage.  This Tom Donohue guy that runs the Chamber of Commerce has basically told them if they don't do amnesty they may as well not even nominate a presidential candidate for 2016, because there isn't a Republican that's gonna get a dime of donor money if they don't do amnesty.  And make no mistake, money is the primary influence in politics. 

But this is the larger question that Chris really raised when he wanted to know why the Republicans aren't seizing the opportunity to make something out of this rant by Bernadette Lancelin.  The larger question is, why aren't the Republicans using this to prove the need to secure the border?  Why aren't the Republicans seeking a political advantage in this issue by drawing a distinction between themselves and the Democrats?  That question is something, ladies and gentlemen, that we've been asking ever since Obama came into office. 

We've never had a greater opportunity in the last six years to contrast who we are with the extremes of liberalism.  This is it.  We don't have to tell people any longer what will happen if these people end up with unchecked power.  Twenty-five years of this program, and I've been warning people what's gonna happen if liberals win here and win there, what we're gonna get.  It's no longer a warning.  We are living it.  And as such, no greater opportunity to draw the distinction, to contrast ourselves to the Democrats.  But there isn't any of that happening.  And it is an election year. 

We're not that far out from November.  Hell, we're gonna have new iPhones in just a couple of months, and the election's right after that.  Well, maybe a new iWatch.  But, you know, Snerdley, why do I want to wear something on my wrist that tells me I'm out of shape?  I already know this.  They talk about this iWatch that's gonna have a bunch of sensors in it tell you all of your health stats.  I don't need to be told I weigh too much.  I don't need to be told I'm not walking enough steps. I don't need to be told I'm drinking too much caffeine. 

Why do I want to buy something that's gonna nag me that I wear on my wrist?  (interruption)  Maybe it'll motivate me?  Ha!  Something you can take off and put in a drawer is gonna motivate me?  Fat chance.  But Apple is making a bet that everybody's hot to trot on health, so it's probably a good bet for them, but I, frankly, don't want to be reminded of this stuff.  All I have to do is look in the mirror and I know.  I don't need to buy a watch. 

Anyway, I'm sorry for the diversion there.  The point is he raises a great question.  And the opportunity, like I just said, you want higher taxes, Bernadette, keep voting the way you've been voting.  You want higher energy prices, you want higher utility bills, you want fewer job opportunities, you want no border to exist at all?  Keep voting Democrat.  There's a reason this stuff is happening.  This is not just coincidental.  All of what's happening in this country right now is directly traceable to government policy, pure and simple.  

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RUSH:  Right here we go.  Here is the audio of the YouTube video that actually ran on Fox Eyeball News KRIV-TV Channel 26 in Houston, Bernadette Lancelin complaining about Obama's border policy.

LANCELIN:  This is not right.  Now billions of dollars want to be borrowed from the White House to help feed and house them.  What about (bleep) kids here in our country?  Not just in this neighborhood, but in our country?  All these kids, really?  Why can't they go back?  I'm sorry that the parents are in poor living conditions or surroundings or whatever's going on out there, I don't care.  I care about what's going on right here in my own backyard, my neighborhood.  Am I the only one in this community that's out here that watches the news (bleep) every morning?  Oh, my God.  I feel alone right now in this.  And I'm very saddened by it.

RUSH:  By the way, folks, I have to tell you, her instincts are right on the money.  When she says, "Look, I'm sorry that their parents are in poor living conditions or surroundings or whatever is going on out there, I don't care. I care about what's going on right here in my own backyard." She's basically saying, "Look, we can't fix everybody. It's not our role.  Somebody's gotta take care of themselves here.  We're taking care of ourselves, we're doing everything."  That's what her point is.  And she's right on the money.  We're handcuffing ourselves with this whole idea that we've got to just let every value and tradition we hold dear crumble in order to be nice.  It doesn't work that way.  I want you to listen to this again.  I want you to listen to this woman's passion and her anger over this, and her instincts are right on. 

LANCELIN:  This is not right.  Now billions of dollars want to be borrowed from the White House to help feed and house them.  What about (bleep) kids here in our country?  Not just in this neighborhood, but in our country?  All these kids, really?  Why can't they go back?  I'm sorry that the parents are in poor living conditions or surroundings or whatever's going on out there, I don't care.  I care about what's going on right here in my own backyard, my neighborhood.  Am I the only one in this community that's out here that watches the news (bleep) every morning?  Oh, my God.  I feel alone right now in this.  And I'm very saddened by it.

RUSH:  She's out there, she's ticked off at the low-information crowd herself.  She doesn't know it.  And of course, "billions of dollars want to be borrowed from the White House."  I know she means Congress.  And I know we're already spending more money on poverty in this country than anywhere else in the world is.  I know that.  But her instincts about this are I think pretty spot on.  

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