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RUSH: Here is Jerry, as we go back to the phones, of Fort Myers, Florida. Nice to have you here, Jerry.

CALLER: Thank you very much for taking my call. It’s an honor to be on your show.

RUSH: You bet, sir. Thank you.

CALLER: All right. A couple months ago I was researching various candidates’ positions on different topics.

RUSH: You actually do that?

CALLER: Yeah. Yeah. I do that. I try to take a look at, you know, at the field and just see what it is that, you know, different people think, and gee, just trying to be informed.

RUSH: Do you do this with Democrats, too?

CALLER: Well, I was researching Obama in this case.

RUSH: Because you were thinking maybe of voting for Obama?

CALLER: (laughter) Oh, God no.

RUSH: No, no, no. I’m genuinely curious. Most people spend most of their time researching people they hope to vote for, they want to vote for to find out if it’s going to be a waste of time or if they’re worthy of their vote.

CALLER: Well, actually, you know, I’m of the opinion prob — The listener to your show, the average or most probable listener is probably going to research the field simply in order to know what they’re talking about.

RUSH: Well, I’m glad to hear that you’re doing that. You’re probably right about the audience of this program. What did you find when you researched Obama?

CALLER: All right. Well, I found that he had opposed legislation in Illinois which came to be known as the guilt-by-association legislation. Apparently he was successful in his opposition of this thing. What it would have done is made it a parole violation, or at least illegal in some capacity, for someone who was on parole to associate with a known gang member or criminal, okay? It would have made it a felony. And his reasoning — and I’m sorry, I don’t have all the stuff in front of me —

RUSH: Okay, so there was a bill? What was this called?

CALLER: Called the guilt-by-association legislation.

RUSH: Guilt-by-association bill. And he voted against it?

CALLER: Yeah. He was against this.

RUSH: He was against penalizing people who were on parole for hanging around with racketeers?

CALLER: You got it.

RUSH: So he wanted people on parole to be able to hang around with the criminal element in Illinois?

CALLER: His reasoning… I find a parallel to the Jeremiah Wright situation in his reasoning at that time. What he said, in concept — and I don’t know his exact words, I don’t have the quote, but what he said — was that the black youth were so intertwined with gang culture in their every day life —

RUSH: Yes?

CALLER: — and family and just the people they know on the street and school, that they would never be able to get away from these associations of family members and such —

RUSH: Holy hell!

CALLER: — and never be able to do anything.

RUSH: Where is Al Sharpton on this? You just had Barack Obama say that the whole black community is criminally disposed —

CALLER: That’s what he said.

RUSH: — and convicted, and it’s impossible to avoid the criminal element when you’re hanging around —

CALLER: He said that. That’s right.

RUSH: — a black neighborhood?

CALLER: That’s right. He said that they had no choice, so they all get a pass. Now, by extension, a couple of things come up for me. One: Is this how he excuses himself from his own associations, from Ayres, from the black liberation rhetoric? Does he think that as a black politician, he can’t avoid it?

RUSH: No, he might be saying, ‘Yeah, because of my race, because of my business, I can’t avoid criminals. I can’t avoid them. So, you know, William Ayres, the Weather Underground, and Rezko, Reverend J. Wright, I can’t avoid these people. You can’t hold me accountable, so don’t. Guilt by association is against the law in Illinois and will be against the law in the Obama administration.’

CALLER: Exactly.

RUSH: This is funny. This is hilarious.

CALLER: Mmm-hmm.

RUSH: But, again, note who it is that’s insulting the black neighborhoods of America? It’s Barack Obama.

CALLER: That’s precisely correct. So I can’t understand that his vision for any sort of positive change. If he believes that the black community is only united by their lowest common denominator, what on earth does he think he’s going to do as president except impose Big-Government solutions upon them?

RUSH: See, this is important because it gets back to what Obama’s real view of the country is, and we don’t know. We really don’t know. We know other people are writing these flowery speeches for him, like David Axelrod. We know that the preacher says what he says. We know that Michelle Obama is out there parroting some of what the preacher says. So these are valid questions, but we’ve gotta get this to Hillary. Where did you find this in your research, do you remember? Do you remember the source?

CALLER: I don’t remember the name of the website, but I was Googling Barack Obama.

RUSH: It doesn’t matter. We can find it, we can find it. Guilt-by-association legislation. We’ll find it. We gotta get this to Hillary. See, somebody on the Democrat side needs to come out and say, during this legislation debate in Chicago, ‘Barack Obama voted against the guilt-by-association bill because he said it’s not possible for young blacks or any black to avoid the criminal element in their neighborhoods.’ Whew, baby! We gotta get this to Hillary!

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RUSH: The first thing, and we’re still looking for this ourselves, still doing research on the guilt-by-association act in Illinois that Obama was opposed to. We had a caller who said he researched Obama and found that Obama had opposed the Illinois guilt-by-association act, and what it did, is it would not allow people on parole to fraternize with the criminal element — racketeers and others — who have found themselves in the clink. Obama voted against it, and the stated reason that he gave was that it would be impossible for black people to avoid, in their own neighborhoods and communities, people who had been in the criminal element. It would not be possible. Now, stop and think about this. This is a Democrat saying this about the black population of the country. If this is true — and I’m not doubting the caller; it’s just we want to confirm these things ourselves — if this is true, and of course if we give this the large megaphone, this is the kind of thing that sends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson over the edge, I wonder what their reaction to that will be. Mrs. Clinton, if this is true — and if we can find evidence, documentary evidence that indeed Obama said this, and this is his rationale for opposing the guilt-by-association act — it’s made to order for her on a silver platter.

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RUSH: We, so far, ladies and gentlemen, have been unable to find anything on the state of Illinois legislative website about the guilt-by-association act. We may have been scammed, but we weren’t scammed because we were always cautionary about accepting this. We’ve been looking. I’ve had a couple people looking at it for the last hour, and they can’t find it. It doesn’t mean it’s not there; we are talking about Illinois. But it’s not readily discoverable. So we will continue our exhaustive search.

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