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RUSH: I want to run through some of the sound bites from the Saturday night forum at Rick Warren’s church, the Saddleback Church out in Lake Forest, California. This Obama answer is unbelievable. Rick Warren said, ‘Senator Obama, let me ask you about evil. Does evil exist? And if it does, do we ignore it? Do we negotiate with it? Do we contain it? Do we defeat it?’

OBAMA: Evil does exist. I mean, I think we see evil all the time. We see evil in Darfooor. We see, uh, evil, some — sadly, on — on the streets of, uh, our cities. Now, the — the one thing that I think is very important is for us to have some humility in how we approach the issue of confronting evil, because, uh, you know, a lot of evil has been perpetrated, uhhh, based on the claim that we were trying to confront evil. Just because we think our intentions are good, doesn’t always mean that we’re going to be doin’ good.

RUSH: This is just beyond the pale to me. This is Obama. He may as well be back in Berlin making speeches to the Berliners. He may as well be back talking to his traditional Democrat little audience where he has to rip this country. He never mentions Islamic extremism as evil. Islamic extremists killed 3,000 Americans. He does mention the streets of American cities, however, as having lots of evil — and of course Darfur, which is, again, another one of the briefing-book answers are from the Democrat Party, from the liberal playbook. Darfur? But then to compound this, to then say that our own actions in combating evil have led to evil, is nothing more than saying, ‘Islamic terrorists are somewhat justified, at least we can understand why they hate us because we’ve done things to make them hate us.’

They are nuanced, they understand, and we have tried — in combating evil — we have been evil ourselves, and we are evil and that justifies them being evil. And that’s, by the way, at the root of their perverted, convoluted thinking on places like Abu Ghraib and Club Gitmo. They think we caused it. It’s no secret that the Democrat Party considers the American military to be the focus of evil in the modern world. So anything the American military does to eradicate evil, makes the evil that we’re eradicating understandable and justified. This is sick. It is maddening, it is sick, and it is not presidential. This is not the kind of guy we want in the Oval Office leading this country. We do not want somebody who doesn’t like his own country, for whatever perverted, convoluted, stupid reasons. Here is McCain’s answer to the same question.

MCCAIN: Defeat it. (applause) A couple points. One: If I am president of the United States, my friends, if I have to follow him to the gates of hell, I will get Osama Bin Laden and bring him to justice. I will do that and know how to do it. (wild applause) I will get that done. No one, no one should be allowed to be take thousands of American, innocent American lives. Of course evil must be defeated. My friends, we are facing a transient challenge of the twenty-first century: radical Islamic extremism.

RUSH: There you have the answer: Defeat it. That was symptomatic, typical to McCain all night long. One-, two-, three-, five-word answers. Wham, bam, thank you, ma’am; in and out and then give the details. Obama has to sound like he’s intelligent, nuanced, and thinking deeply about this. He’s very concerned about what’s happening in ‘Darfooor.’ And the evil that we have created, and so he doesn’t want to be too critical of evil, because being critical of evil makes evil even angrier. It’s like if you’ve got a rapist in your neighborhood, don’t try to catch the guy just put your locks on your door. Because if you try to catch the guy he’s just going to get angrier at you and ends up being your fault — and frankly, my friends, more Americans than you can possibly understand are going to be fed up when they start hearing about how much Obama blames his country for what he considers to be the evil in the world. Next series of questions. Rick Warren: ‘Senator Obama, what’s been your greatest moral failure, and what do you think is the greatest moral failure of America?’

OBAMA: You know, there were times whether I experimented with drugs, I drank, uhhh, you know, in my teenage years, and what I trace this to is a certain selfishness on my part. I — I — I — I think America’s greatest moral failure in my lifetime has been that we still…don’t…abide…by…the basic precept in Matthew, uh, that whatever you do for the least of my brothers, uh, you do for me.

WARREN: You do for me. Yeah. Yeah.

OBAMA: (applause) And — and that notion of — That basic principle applies to poverty. It applies to racism and sexism.

RUSH: So he has that favorite piece of scripture from Matthew: ‘Whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me,’ and then goes on to say that the greatest moral failing of the United States is poverty, racism, and sexism. This nation has done more to eliminate poverty — not just in this country but around the world — than any nation in history. This nation has done more and cost itself more lives dealing with racism and slavery than any nation on earth. Sexism? He may as well have said our greatest moral failure was being discovered by Columbus because the left believes that Columbus brought racism and sexism, environmental destruction, and syphilis and all these other things. That is what they believe in their multicultural curricula, and this is what we have in Obama: a multicultural candidate. We do not have somebody steeped in Western Civilization, proud of it, understanding the greatness of Western Civilization. This is a guy who has been taught that Western Civilization gotta go. Remember the Reverend Jackson, the ‘ho-ho-ho, Western Civ’s gotta go’ out at Stanford or some Left Coast University? I mean, this is right out of the multicultural textbook. This guy is nothing more than the sum product of what he’s been taught, and he’s not questioned any of it. He has accepted it. Now he regurgitates it as a presidential candidate. Here’s McCain’s answer to the same question.

MCCAIN: My greatest moral failing, and I have been a very imperfect person, is the failure of my first marriage. It’s my greatest moral failure. I think America’s greatest moral failure has been throughout our existence, perhaps, we have not devoted ourselves to causes greater than our self-interests, although we’ve been the best at it of anybody in the world.

RUSH: That’s a strange answer because we have devoted ourselves. What was World War II? What’s the whole purpose and point of the so-called Greatest Generation? It had to grow up real fast. By the time they were 18, they understood that life was about much more than just them. (interruption) What is the greatest moral failure of the United States? Okay, you want me to put myself in the position of being in that forum and I’m asked, ‘What’s America’s greatest moral failure?’ Yeah, I know. I’m out of the Cone of Silence, I’ve heard the answers. My answer? I could answer this without having known what they said or knowing what both these guys said. Let me take a quick time-out here because I want to get to some phone calls. I will endeavor to answer your question, what do I think America’s greatest moral failing is. I would have had trouble accepting the premise of the question. I would have said, ‘It’s not time to start talking about these things because there’s a balance, there’s a scale here, and whatever our moral failures are, they are dwarfed by our moral triumphs.’


RUSH: Here’s Norman in New Britain, Connecticut. Hi, Norman. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Rush, nice to talk to you.

RUSH: Yes, sir.

CALLER: Yeah, one of the things Obama said in his moral dilemma, what his biggest failing was that, you know, he did these drugs or whatever, but he went on to explain that that’s because he always thought more about himself or ‘about me’ than anyone else.

RUSH: Yeah, he was selfish.

CALLER: Yeah. And his whole campaign is the same thing. It hasn’t changed. You know, he’s 47. He’s still all about me. He doesn’t care what true Americans in his country think. They don’t want to lose a war. We want our borders protected. You know the missile defense thing we just did with Poland? He wants to pull that out. He’s on record saying all this, and Americans just gotta wake up and see, he’s just being selfish.

RUSH: They are. America’s waking up, it’s very early. I’ll tell you what the Democrats are counting on. The Democrats are counting on this big acceptance speech of his a week from Thursday night outdoors at Invesco Field at Mile High. Here’s what’s happened in a nutshell. The bloom is off the rose. The Obama of February and March where people were fainting and there were these supposedly large crowds of 25 and 30,000 people, and those people were fainting, those days are gone. And it was those days that launched him. It was those days that created the whole messiah image. It was those days that had people thinking, ‘Well, we’ve never had anybody come along like this before! Why, look at what this guy is able to do to people!’ Well, he’s not able to rally people like that any longer. He’s not able to. He can’t recapture that because it’s over. There hasn’t been any substance offered along with all the platitudinous nothings that Obama was saying.

Because back then, don’t forget, he was saying nothing. He was saying nothing better than anybody I’d ever heard say nothing, but he was still saying nothing. ‘Hope and change!’ Even his own buddies in the Democrat Party have come out and said — it was in the New York Times yesterday — (paraphrased): ‘Hey, you’re going to have to put some substance with this ‘hope.’ You know, ‘change’ is not an issue. You’re going to have to tell us what you’re going to change. You’re going to have to tell us what the ‘hope’ is,’ and he can’t because hope is him! The change and the hope is his arrival. The change and the hope is the blessing that we all have that he is among us — and he believes that crock as well, ladies and gentlemen. Now, one of this nation’s greatest moral failures, undeniably, was slavery. But you want to know something? One of our greatest moral accomplishments was ending it, and that is rarely given the praise that it deserves, despite the loss of over 500,000 Americans during the Civil War.

The ironic thing is that the American Drive-By Media today and the American Drive-By Media sports media and the Democrat Party, thinks that America is more racist today than it was during slavery. That’s the real way to put this in perspective. It’s not that we haven’t done enough. They think it’s worse! They act like it is worse today than it is ever been and that we are going downhill, despite the evidence to the contrary. So it is their inability to see the great moral successes of this country. There aren’t any! This country is imperfect and it is immoral by virtue of its existence and that is primarily because the left doesn’t like capitalism. Our market economy to them is, number one, unfair; ’cause not everybody has the same outcome, and this is what Obama believes. But this country, without any question — this, ladies and gentlemen, is inarguable — the United States of America, is the greatest moral force in the world.

We not only eliminated slavery in our own borders. We defeated mass murderers in the Third Reich, Imperial Japan, the Soviet Union, and thousands of other places. In fact, the most significant human force against evil in the world is our country: the United States of America. Obama doesn’t think so. The Democrat Party doesn’t think so. The American left doesn’t think so. Now, as for slavery, the founding of America, the Declaration, they were never compatible with slavery. So it should be said that the American founding launched the eventual end of slavery, and if you’re familiar at all with the debates that raged putting together the Declaration and the Constitution, the founding documents; there were a number of warnings from various Founding Fathers that said, ‘We’re going to have to do something about these slave states because this isn’t gonna fly,’ and the slave states didn’t want to hear it, and that’s where we got three-fifths of a man.

But the very fact that the founding of this country was incompatible with slavery is what led to the abolition of slavery. It was the moral force that was in our founding documents that got rid of it. There is not another group of people on the history of this earth living together as a nation that have done more for the moral rectitude of the world, for the moral ability of nations to treat citizens properly. There’s no nation that’s done more to rid the world of evil. And this is why it is literally frustrating and maddening to listen to empty suits like Barack Obama who walk around with this arrogant elitism, believing just the opposite.

Now that we have the A. Larry Ross information of Byron York that both candidates had the first two questions and Obama actually had the third when McCain didn’t, this underscores the extent of the Obama campaign’s lie and Andrea Mitchell’s incompetence. The Obama campaign puts out privately, ‘Yeah, McCain had to cheat,’ meaning, ‘He knew the only way he could beat our guy is to cheat.’ He could have beaten Obama with half his brain tied behind his back that night because Obama’s core values were not display ’cause they probably haven’t yet been discovered, and McCain’s were. But Andrea Mitchell, NBC News, Washington, could have easily called A. Larry Ross at the Saddleback Church just as Byron York did for National Review and find out what the deal was. But, nope! All that had to happen was that the Obama campaign had to put out the notion that McCain had cheated and Andrea Mitchell, with the tongue on the floor, laps it all up and then reports, ‘This is what the Obama camp is saying.’

Now, one of the things that I have noticed about journalism ever since they started covering me, is they would write things such as, ‘Limbaugh claims to have an audience of X-number of million.’ I’m not ‘claiming’ it. It’s right there! The proof is in the ratings. I’m not ‘claiming’ anything. They ‘claim’ that I said that. They could easily look it up, but chose not to because they’d rather report that I’m the one saying it, which makes it doubtful because of course I have a self-interest in having the audience be reported to be as large as it is. So Andrea Mitchell’s cover story here is, ‘I wasn’t offering an opinion. I wasn’t offering an opinion. I was just passing along what the Obama camp said.’

Well, what if they’re lying? It doesn’t matter if they were lying because it was a great thing to pass along. It got the notion that McCain cheated on Meet the Press on NBC. There was no journalistic work done to track it down; there was no attempt to verify whether any of that claim was true, ’cause they didn’t care whether it was true. They just wanted to be able to say it and tag it to the Obama campaign, which they thought — which Andrea Mitchell thought — gave her insurance. But there was no journalism attached here to what they did in reporting this. Now that we know the truth, that Obama knew one more question than McCain did, then the entire lie that is the Obama campaign as it reached NBC’s Meet the Press, has been exposed for one and all to see.


RUSH: Ken in Brooklyn, welcome, sir. It’s nice to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hey, Rush, mega dittos from enemy territory, Brooklyn, New York.

RUSH: Yes, sir.

CALLER: Rush, the greatest moral failing of the United States of America is the proliferation of liberalism in our society.

RUSH: (laughing)

CALLER: And Obama, you know, I told your screener the exact point of how dare Obama trot out the gospel to make a political point, and the point that he makes is, you know, the least of my brethren? Of course what you said: The least of our brethren are innocent babies in the womb, and I caught a clip on Hannity’s America last night that he was saying that one of the foundational issues of our country is the ‘right to choose.’ I thought it was life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? The first is ‘life.’ This guy is not The Messiah. Trust me, Rush. He’s the prince of darkness — and this is not a racial slur.

RUSH: I understand what you’re saying. I don’t think Obama is himself… Well, some people could disagree. I don’t think he is himself the embodiment of evil. I think he’s just stupid. I really do. I just think that he is dangerously ignorant and incompetent, and he could lead to circumstances where evil triumphs all over the world because he doesn’t see it. He sees this country as the focus of evil; he sees this country as the reason bad people are bad, both in this country and around the world. As to the proliferation of liberalism in our society, I don’t think we can blame that on the country. Slavery was something institutional in the United States. Of course, the abortion business, he’s been exposed on this. It isn’t going to be long before the whole country knows that this guy was in favor, three times, of killing babies that had survived abortions. I don’t care what he says about abortion after that; he cannot recover from that, and he is lying even about that whole process.

Because he said he voted against that bill three times in Illinois because it did not contain provisions necessary, he said, to protect encroachments against Roe v. Wade. Well, one of the bills did. One of the bills in Illinois was written to mirror a federal piece of legislation on the same thing, and he still voted against the bill. And it’s easy to understand why. He’s doctrinaire. He is the product of what he’s been taught. I actually think there’s something more than that going on. Remember back in the early days of this campaign, I said, ‘Who’s running this show? Who’s actually behind this?’ We know that it’s David Axelrod who’s writing all these vapid speeches that sound great but say nothing. But I am convinced that somebody somewhere who doesn’t like the Clintons in the Democrat Party or somewhere, decided that this would be the best guy because he’s intelligent, he speaks well, he’s young, and they can put words in his mouth, and he can regurgitate them properly.

I actually think that this guy is a walking, talking robot. He has been programmed from the time he was young and started into formal education. He’s been programmed to believe what he believes, and he’s going to be loyal to those who have put him where he is. That’s how I explain all of these positions he takes that are totally contradictory, such as voting three times to kill babies outside the womb after they have survived an abortion. Even when the bill gets the particular language that he wants, he still votes against it, because he’s been told to. He’s been told to by every left-wing special interest group what to do on that special interest, and whenever anything on abortion comes up, he is going to make sure he votes the pro-choice way no matter what. That’s what he’s been programmed to do, and that’s what he’s doing. I almost think that… You know, some people say ‘Manchurian Candidate.’ If that helps you understand it, fine, but it’s robotic.


RUSH: I shared with you moments ago the story that Obama and his city of Chicago have seen the murder rate up there up 18%, and a lot of people think Obama is partially responsible because legislation came along to make it tough on criminals to punish them and so forth. He did not support it. Stanley Kurtz, who is a writer, has a lot of stuff posted at National Review also had a piece in Weekly Standard called ‘Obama’s Lost Years.’ Now, as explained by Stanley Kurtz — and this is about Chicago, and this is key to understand — Obama recommended Bill Ayers’s… Now, Bill Ayers is the American-hating terrorist who tried to blow up the Pentagon. He’s married to an America-hating woman named Bernardine Dohrn. Obama recommended Bill ‘Ayers’ book [A Kind and Just Parent] on juvenile justice, which Obama dubbed ‘a searing and timely account’ in the Chicago Tribune.’

Now, as Stanley Kurtz describes it, the book oozes with ‘liberal guilt’ and the notion that the problem is not crime, but rather American society. So this terrorist, who is a friend and supporter, and was a fundraiser for Obama, wrote a book blaming America. I’m telling you, Obama is the product of what he’s been taught by leftist radicals. Here’s an excerpt from Stanley Kurtz’s article: ‘Ayers opposes trying even the most vicious juvenile murderers as adults. Beyond that, he’d like to see the prison system itself essentially abolished. Unsatisfied with mere reform, Ayers wants to address the deeper ‘structural problems of the system,” the American system. ‘Ayers argues that prisons artificially impose obedience and conformity on society, thereby creating a questionable distinction between the ‘normal’ and the ‘deviant.’

‘The unfortunate result, says Ayers, is to leave the bulk of us feeling smugly superior to society’s prisoners. Home detention, Ayers believes, might someday be able to replace the prison. Ayers also makes a point of comparing America’s prison system to the mass-detention of a generation of young blacks under South African Apartheid. Ayers’s tone may be different, but the echoes of Jeremiah Wright’s anti-prison rants are plain. Given his decision to recommend Ayers book in the Tribune, it’s fair to say that Obama is at least broadly sympathetic to this perspective.’

Hell yes, he is!

When Obama offers examples of ill-conceived legislation, he often points to building prisons: Instead of building another prison, why not expand health care entitlements? ‘Biographer David Mendell cites Obama’s irritation with fellow legislators who ‘grandstand’ by passing tough-on-crime legislation, while letting bills designed to bring ‘structural change’ languish. Debating Bobby Rush in 2000, Obama bragged that he had ‘consistently fought against the industrial prison complex.” Now, take this with his answer Saturday night about evil. In fact, Mike, let’s go back and get that answer on evil from The Anointed One. Rick Warren said, ‘Senator Obama, let me ask you about evil. Does evil exist? And if it does, do we ignore it? Do we negotiate with it? Do we contain it? Do we defeat it?’

OBAMA: Evil does exist. I mean, I think we see evil all the time. We see evil in Darfooor. We see, uh, evil, some — sadly, on — on the streets of, uh, our cities. Now, the — the one thing that I think is very important is for us to have some humility in how we approach the issue of confronting evil, because, uh, you know, a lot of evil has been perpetrated, uhhh, based on the claim that we were trying to confront evil. Just because we think our intentions are good, doesn’t always mean that we’re going to be doin’ good.

RUSH: That sounds like it makes total sense with somebody who believes the ‘industrial-prison complex’ is bad and agrees with some idiot that we need to get rid of prisons and just make home detention the way to go, because the people not in prison are starting to feel too smug and superior to people who are in prison. So the evil that we confront, crime on the streets, we are responsible for it, because we try to confront it. That’s what Obama said. It dovetails exactly with what Stanley Kurtz found in Bill Ayers’ book that Obama recommends. So, ladies and gentlemen, it is what it is. The guy is a walking, talking robot, repeating things that leftist extremists and blame-America-firsters have just drilled into his head. His brain is nothing more than a sponge for this kind of radicalism. Back now to the audio sound bites. This is Saturday night, the Rick Warren forum. ‘Senator Obama, what does it mean to you to trust in Christ, and what does that mean to you on a daily basis? What does that really look like?’

OBAMA: I believe, uh, in — that — that — that Jesus Christ died for my sins and that I am redeemed, uh, through him. Uh… eh — That is a source of strength and sustenance, uh, on a daily basis. Uhh, yeah, uhh… I know that I don’t walk alone.

RUSH: Every answer is about him! ‘What does it mean to you to trust in Christ?’ Some of these questions I wish I would have been there and had been asked these questions. I could have taken the answer to this question and related it to almost every other answer that I would have given — particularly global warming had it come up so here’s McCain’s answer to the same question.

MCCAIN: One night I was being punished in that fashion. All of a sudden the door of the cell opened and a guard came in. He went like this, and then he loosened the ropes. He came back about four hours later and tightened them up again, and left. The following Christmas, because it was Christmas Day, we were allowed to stand outside of our cell for a few minutes. He came walking up, he stood there for a minute, and with his handle on the dirt in the courtyard, he drew a cross, and he stood there — and a minute later, he rubbed it out and walked away. For a minute there, there was just two Christians worshiping together. I’ll never forget that moment.

RUSH: Now, this is an answer that many critics are saying, ‘He had to know that was coming! He had to know that was coming. That story, that’s just too pat.’ Not if it happened, and not if McCain is telling the truth about it. See, most of the people who doubt McCain’s answer on that is truthful, you have to understand something, folks, if you don’t already. The left in this country is scared more than anything of people of faith, who understand that there are things more important than themselves and have a faith in God. They distrust that. They don’t want that anywhere near power, because they don’t have a similar faith that is encompassing and guiding. So this is I think one of the reasons why they so despise George W. Bush, ’cause he’s open about his faith, he’s open about practicing it, and he’s open about how important it is to him.

Here’s McCain with his answer to this, which, bam, bam, just came right in. He didn’t have to stop and think about it. ‘Oh, jeez, what does this mean?’ Obama: ‘Uhhhh, Jesus Christ died for my sins, and, uhh…’ This is seven-year-Sunday school stuff that he’s coming out with, and he knows that he’s got an evangelical audience there for the most part, and he’s trying to relate to them in that way. I don’t believe his answer. Let me just put it this way: I don’t believe that’s what he thinks. I just… I just… (interruption) Don’t tell me to be careful, Snerdley. I understand the lines here and I know when to cross them. (laughing) ‘What does it mean to you to trust in Christ?’ I don’t know. It’s just too juvenile. It’s something that someone in seventh grade Sunday school who had just been taught this, would come out and say.

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