RUSH: Okay, look, look, look, in the first place, it's not the Confederate flag. I know it's a mere technicality, but I'm the mayor of Realville. Facts matter to me. We're not talking about the Confederate flag. The flag that's got everybody exercised here is actually the battle flag of the army of northern Virginia. That's what everybody's talking about here. They're just calling it the Confederate flag. Anyway, it's not even about the flag. All of this is not even about the flag.
Greetings, my friends, great to have you here. Rush Limbaugh back at it. Another day of broadcast excellence from the EIB Southern Command, but, as always, as long as I'm here, it doesn't matter where "here" is. Telephone number is 800-282-2882. The e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com.
Here we go, "South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag." And, again, we're actually talking about the battle flag of the army of northern Virginia, but it's the last time I'm gonna mention it. For all intents and purposes it is the Confederate flag. "Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol Monday, less than a week after" Dylann what's his name shot up the African-American church. "Support for the flag to come down from leaders around the state and around the country has been steadily growing in the wake of the devastating attack."
As predicted, by the way, Nikki Haley is not being credited for her action in taking down the flag. The New Republic and other left-wing organisms are saying she didn't do it soon enough. Some are saying she doesn't really mean it. Kind of like when the Koch brothers give a hospital in New York a hundred million. They don't really mean it, the left says, they're just trying to cover their hatred and bigotry by giving money to people so people will not discover who they really are.
Well, here they're saying that Nikki Haley doesn't really mean it, she's just bowing to political pressure and trying to gain points, but she doesn't really mean it. She is getting credit from other places. James Clyburn thinks that this means that Nikki Haley has now crossed the Rubicon and is down for the struggle. The fact of all of this is that it's really not about the flag. The flag did not pull the trigger and Dylann Roof wasn't even wearing this flag. I'm not arguing to keep it. That's not the point. We're so beyond that. That's not the point. The point is as with everything else the left does, what they tell you they're irritated about is not where it ends.
This effort to have the battle flag of northern Virginia removed is really an attempt to segregate and isolate the entire South and to sort of Alinsky it. You know, the Rules for Radicals, you seek the target, you isolate it, you attack it, humiliate it. This flag represents what the left believes is the last remaining Republican electoral stronghold in terms of presidential politics, and that would be the South. So this is an effort going far beyond the Confederate flag or the battle flag of the army of northern Virginia.
This flag represents to the left a symbol of everything that's wrong with not just South Carolina, but North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, you name it. And that's what the objective here really is. And that's why when Republicans make these efforts to appease, to please, and even if they think they're doing the right thing, it never is enough, and it's never genuine, and it's never accepted, or very rarely is it accepted. Very rarely do the Republicans seeking to gain political points with their opponents or their enemies actually pull that off by acceding to their demands.
So just keep a sharp eye on this because you'll see, even after the flag comes down, it's not gonna be the end of this. After the flag comes down, after the flag is removed, you're gonna continue to hear what it stands for, what it stood for, how rotten it is and how even though it's gone, you can bet they will report that Southerners all across this country in heart and in mind and even geographically will be displaying the flag in their homes and on their cars with bumper stickers and so forth. Just keep a sharp eye. 'Cause I'm telling you the flag is a symbol and it's symbol to the left, and it represents a far more wide reaching objective than just getting the flag removed from public view.
You got Walmart saying: We're not gonna sell any flag, Confederate flag merchandise anymore. We're not gonna sell anything that offends anybody. Okay. Well, that's an open invitation to the left to go out and claim that anything that they don't like in Walmart that represents Republicanism, conservatism could offend them. You wait, folks. I mean, we've been trending in this direction for years now. This is really nothing now. And don't forget, this is all going to be obscured and forgotten by Thursday. Isn't that when the next wave of Supreme Court decisions comes down?
Yeah, Thursday and Friday. I want to warn you to be prepared for that, I mean, experience guided by intelligence.
RUSH: I was asking some people today, Cornel West is out there saying... I can't say the word. I've been asking people what in the heck it means. Cornel West is out there saying that Obama has been the N-word-ized. The N-word-ized. And I said, "What in the world does that mean?" And Cornel West says what it means is that Obama has accepted the idea of white supremacy, and he is willing to play the role of being African-American in secondary status. That's what Cornel West means when he says that Obama has been N-word-ized.
Other people have an entirely different definition of it. But whatever it means, it certainly isn't good to have the word being tossed around in everyday conversation on cable TV. I mean, here's Cornel West throwing the word around left and right and he's perfectly permitted to use it because he is African-American. And there's Obama throwing the word around and getting credit for throwing the word around. He can get away with it because of course he is the president, and he's so brilliant and he's so much smarter than all of us that he is brilliantly using the word to illustrate the dangers inherent with the other people in our culture who do use it. It's just the decline, the coarsening of things happening.
RUSH: Okay. Look at me. I have a prediction. Look at me. I have a prediction. I just said it's not gonna stop with the Confederate flag because it's not about the Confederate flag. It is about destroying the South as a political force. It's about isolating, targeting, and identifying the South as Dylann Roof. Not Charleston, South Carolina, the South. That's what the leftists' effort on the Confederate flag are. Do not doubt me, folks.
And I'll make another prediction to you. The next flag that will come under assault, and it will not be long, is the American flag. Do not look at me that way. It makes perfect sense. If you take a look at the timeline of progressive events, their speed and rapidity with which the left is conducting this assault on all of these American traditions and institutions, if you don't think the American flag's in their crosshairs down the road, you had better stop and reconsider.
The American flag is what? It's the symbol of America. The left what? Doesn't like this country very much and never has and it's getting angrier and angrier about it seemingly every day. The American flag stands for the United States of America and, as such, everything that's wrong with it. And you wait. It isn't gonna be long before the American flag is gonna cause chills, fear, scary thoughts, it's gonna make me nervous, the American flag, when I see the American flag, it's a symbol of hate.
You wait, folks. You wait. And then what are the Republicans gonna do? We'll be the first among them to say yep, we need a redesign. Yep, we need to get into the twenty first. Just saying. I'm just saying. Hang in there, be tough.
RUSH: Can you just hear it now? I can hear it now. "The United States flag has flown over slavery and symbolized racism, discrimination, bigotry, homophobia for hundreds of years; the Confederate flag flew only four years, and we're getting rid of the Confederate flag." Mark my words. Do you remember this, ladies and gentlemen, from July 20th, 2011, about four years ago? "Shock Study..." This is taken right from the pages of my website. "US Flag Only Boosts GOP." It's Paul Bedard writing.
"Just a brief exposure to an image of the American flag shifts voters, even Democrats, to Republican beliefs, attitudes and voting behavior even though most don't believe it will impact their politics, according to a new two-year study just published in the scholarly Psychological Science. What's more, according to three authors from the University Chicago, Cornell University and Hebrew University, the impact had staying power."
Now, listen. This is absurd, but listen to this. "'A single exposure to an American flag resulted in a significant increase in participants' Republican voting intentions, voting behavior, political beliefs, and implicit and explicit attitudes, with some effects lasting 8 months,' the study found." Really? So you have your average, ordinary low-information voter walking around just trying to find the latest on TMZ and accidentally spots an American flag. You know what happens?
All of a sudden that low-information voter becomes a Republican, and it lasts for eight months. One glance at the American flag and that low-information voter abandons TMZ, immediately becomes a Republican voter, and starts exhibiting similar behavior; starts espousing Republican political beliefs and attitudes. Some of these effects last eight months. That's actually from the study that was done in Psychological Science, some scholarly, quarterly, annual, whatever the heck it is publication.
Back to the study. "'These results constitute the first evidence that nonconscious priming effects from exposure to a national flag can bias the citizenry toward one political party and can have considerable durability.'" Mr. Bedard writes, "Theirs is the first study to look at the political impact on Americans who have seen an American flag, and it seems to back up another recent Harvard University professor's study that found that kids who attended a July 4th parade ended up leaning Republican when they grew up."
You remember that one, too. As Mr. Bedard wrote here back in 2011, this is "also sure to prompt GOP presidential candidates to add more US flags at their events and speeches." (laughing) Now, you may be laughing at this, and you may be scoffing at this. "Oh, this is nothing." No, no, no, folks. A bunch of leftists did this, and I'm here to tell you they believe these results. They believe the American flag has mystical powers to turn people away from the Democrat Party. That's what they'll see here.
It's not so much that it makes people vote Republican although the survey results say so. The way it'll be internalized and expressed is, "My God, that flag makes them leave us! We own the TMZ. That flag... Somebody spots the American flag and they vote Republican! They'll look at this as the flag results in them losing support," and they'll believe this. This is... (laughing) And then the bit about the Fourth of July parade: Kids who attend a Fourth of July parade end up leaning Republican when they grow up.
What's the meaning there? Well, the Fourth of July parade's Independence Day. That is uber-patriotism, and uber-patriotism is showing Dracula the cross. So I'm just here to tell you -- I'm here to warn you -- I'm not gonna make a flat-out, time-sensitive prediction, but I am gonna tell you that the day will come when what's happening to the Confederate flag or the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia is going to happen to the American flag.
The seeds have been planted four years ago. I'm holding the data right here my formerly nicotine-stained fingers. It is gonna happen. We are trending that way. And you know as well as I do that part and parcel of being a socialist or a leftist is animosity to one degree or another for the United States in general, and then it intensifies once you get specific about aspects of the United States they find objectionable.
RUSH: One quick sound bite going back to the flag business. See, that's another example. It was four years ago that we had these two studies that showed just one look at the American flag could turn you into a Republican for eight months. That didn't get reported in very many places. But it was real, and it ends up being taught, and it affects curriculum, it affects the way young kids think.
If you've got a bunch of lunatic professors and they see a survey that they believe that just one glance at an American flag can turn somebody into a Republican thinking individual for maybe eight months, what are you gonna do when you get that person in your class? You're gonna start denigrating that flag. You're gonna counter it. You're gonna do everything you can if you're a leftist to make sure that doesn't happen.
Then the companion story was that people that go to Fourth of July parades end up being far more patriotic and love America far more and they tend to vote Republican. Have you noticed the effort, community after community, to eliminate fireworks on the Fourth of July, to eliminate big parades, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, have you noticed this movement here? There's a reason they believe these surveys. Let's go back even farther. Let's go back to 2004, Howard Dean. This is a montage when he was running for the president in 2004.
DEAN 2004 MONTAGE: We are taking our country back piece by piece from the Rush Limbaughs. You have the power to take back our country so that the flag no longer represents solely Rush Limbaugh. You have the power to take back our country so that the flag never again is the sole property of Rush Limbaugh. You have the power to take back our country so that the flag of the United States is no longer the sole property of Rush Limbaugh. This country does not belong to Rush Limbaugh. Move over. I want my country back again, because the flag of this country does not belong to Rush Limbaugh. You have the power to take back the flag so it does no longer belong solely to Rush Limbaugh. (scream)
RUSH: Howard 2004, montage, obviously they had focus group data showing that I was a great person to mention to get up liberal hate, but that's 11 years ago, folks. This is not new.
RUSH: John in Columbus, Georgia, I'm glad you waited. Welcome, sir, to the EIB Network. Hi.
CALLER: Good afternoon, Rush. Thank you. I want to digress a little bit, go back to the Confederate flag issue if you'd let me.
CALLER: I wouldn't be surprised if we went back and retest this subject saying in a couple months that a floodgate has been opened. We're gonna see, well, in fact I've already seen it. I was cruising through the Internet, there's calls in Baltimore County that a Robert E. Lee Park be renamed, a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest removed from the Senate chambers in Tennessee. I just wanted to touch on that. But I wouldn't be surprised to see a call for all Confederate memorials of any Southern community to be torn down, any highway that bears Jeb Stuart or Lee Highway, anything like that to be renamed, just basically a full-court press put on eradication of anything resembling the old South.
RUSH: Yeah, okay, why do you think that'll happen?
CALLER: Well, it's starting, and I think, well, from firsthand experience I know that here in Columbus we've been having an ongoing battle with the NAALCP. They want to tear down our Confederate war memorial and erect a 12-foot statue of Martin Luther King in its place, and, you know, the sons -- excuse me -- the daughters of the confederacy has been disbanded for years, but citizens in our community have stepped forward and said, "No, we will take care of this monument." Said, "No, we want to tear down the monument." So just from personal experience, I think the floodgates have been opened and --
RUSH: Yeah, but --
CALLER: -- green light.
RUSH: Aside from the obvious reasons, I mean, why do you think that this massive push is going to occur?
CALLER: Well, I hate to say this, but I think those of us of the same kind of background are not gonna step forward and say, "No, this is ridiculous, stop," and we're just gonna roll over and let it happen for political expediency.
RUSH: That probably will happen. I don't think there's any question. Will Sheila Jackson Lee have to change her name? I mean, if you're gonna obliterate Robert E. Lee, would Sheila Jackson Lee maybe have to change her name? I mean, there's a lot of things the left needs to think about this. But, by the way, I've prognosticated earlier on the program that the battle flag of northern Virginia is that which is what the flag on dispute is. I know, I know, we'll call it the Confederate flag for sake of ease of communication here, but the real objective here, I think, is the American flag. The American flag has flown over a slave nation much longer than the Confederate flag did, folks. The American flag has flown over all kinds of atrocities.
You wait. But I think this Confederate flag business is about much more than the Confederate flag. This is about an all-out assault on what the left thinks is a last remaining enclave of solid Republican voters, and that is the South. It's an attempt to dispirit and basically divide. So I think your prediction that all things related to the Civil War and the South eventually are gonna come under assault may have a point.
RUSH: The governor of Virginia is The Punk, Terry McAuliffe, former campaign head honcho Clinton-Gore. He's now the governor of Virginia and he's just announced that the state of the Virginia is gonna phase out car license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag. "The state will no longer allow specialty license plates for the sons of Confederate veterans groups that feature the flag." So you see, this is going to encompass the entire South. Dylann Roof didn't do anything in Virginia. Did he? No.