RUSH: To the phones we go on Open Line Friday. We’ll start in Philadelphia. This is Tom. Great to have you, sir. Welcome.
CALLER: Rush, listen, you don’t understand this man. He’s coming from a black perspective. See, you be a white rich man, you have no conception of what the man is saying. You know, you have no understanding of what he’s saying.
RUSH: I’m glad you called, Tom. You’re proving the point that there’s a ton of people —
CALLER: What point?
RUSH: No, I’m glad you called. You are illustrating my point that there’s a lot of people who agree with what this guy said.
CALLER: I didn’t agree. I said he comes from a black perspective, which you don’t understand.
RUSH: That’s —
CALLER: Let’s get to Ferraro.
RUSH: — wait a second.
CALLER: Let’s get to Ferraro.
RUSH: Wait a second. Wait a second. Let’s say that somebody comes from some sort of perspective that everybody finds repugnant, we’re just supposed to excuse it?
CALLER: What’s that?
RUSH: This man is preaching hatred for America. He is taking the Lord’s name in vain in a church.
CALLER: I didn’t hear him take the Lord’s name in vain. That’s a lie. He didn’t take the Lord’s name in vain.
RUSH: We bleeped it. You didn’t hear it and I’m not going to repeat what he said. He didn’t say God bless America, he said —
CALLER: He said the Lord cursed the United States, that’s what he said. Hey, wait a minute, Falwell said the same thing. Falwell and Robertson said the same thing, didn’t they, that there was a punishment on America. Didn’t they say that? I didn’t hear you condemn that.
RUSH: I don’t know. One of the two might have, but of course they were roundly —
CALLER: Both of them said it.
RUSH: No, this is the point, Tom. They were roundly ridiculed, criticized, and banished. Thank you. I think Snerdley found another one. Cedric in New Haven, Connecticut. Hi Cedric, great to have you with us.
CALLER: Hi. It’s a pleasure to speak to you, Rush.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: Yeah, my question, I wanted to know what you specifically found offensive about what he said. Was it the term ‘white rich,’ or — you know, I didn’t understand exactly what you found offensive.
RUSH: I think the overall disgust I have with it is its tone and its message. It is hatemongering and it is racism, and it’s the kind of hatemongering and racism that’s been excused in our society for too long because it’s coming from a minority. This country has made more progress in the areas of equality and ending discrimination and so forth than any other Western society, which has had the problems in the past that this country has. Mr. Wright is stuck 50 years ago, and his sermons are making his flock continue to hate this country. He is dispiriting them, and he is essentially telling them they have no prayer, they have no chance, they have no hope to get anywhere because rich white people are stepping on them and keeping them down, and yet there are rich black people, more and more of them every year in this country rising to positions of prominence. They are castigated and they are insulted by the likes of Reverend Wright. It is a shame what he is doing to his flock. What we have here is an egomaniac who is using a church to advance a political and social cultural movement. He is bastardizing Christianity. He is using that as the technique here to legitimize the things that he is saying.
This is why I asked earlier, who in their right mind would want their young children to go into a church and hear sermons like this every day? It may be the black church experience, but it isn’t a good one. I hope it’s not the majority of black churches in this country. It’s certainly not a good example. This is not something that’s any good for this congregation. I think there’s a race industry in this country that exists to keep poor black people poor and angry and feeling like they got no chance so they become dependent and keep voting Democrat. I think it’s a scam. I think what they have done, the Democrat Party, to the black population of this country, with welfare and all these different programs piled on top of it was destroy the black family. The government replaced the father, so the father could father kids and not have to stay at home, go out and do whatever — did not have to accept responsibility because here came the next welfare check. More and more kids were giving birth, too, so that more and more checks would come in. The Democrats stood by and they let this happen, wanted it to happen because with every birth a new Democrat voter was born, and with every new birth, a new poverty-stricken child, likely, was born, made to order for Democrats who need as many victims as possible. This is the United States of America 2008. Anybody and everybody has obstacles to overcome. We all do. More and more people are being taught how to overcome those obstacles and succeed. Jeremiah Wright doesn’t want ’em to learn how to overcome obstacles. He wants them to think it’s impossible.
RUSH: Obama’s church has been under investigation for a while now by the IRS because it’s tax exempt. The IRS thinks there might be too much politics going on in there. I wonder why they think that. Hmm.