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RUSH: Here is Ken in Brooklyn. Great to have you here, sir. Hello.

CALLER: Hey, Rush, good to talk to you.

RUSH: Thank you.

CALLER: Rush, this whole campaign has been an eye-opener for me as a parent because I’m trying to teach my daughter, you know, just about the political — in our country, and I’m trying to explain to her Obama’s socialist economics, and she kind of gets it, but what’s really focused and really hitting home for us is the fact that she’s afraid in school to voice an opinion about, you know, who her parents are for or, you know, who she’s leaning toward because she’s afraid of getting beaten up, or being called a racist. I’ve been called a racist because I’m supporting McCain, and I tell people, if McCain were black, I’d be voting for him. You know, if Obama was not a socialist, I would be voting for him. I don’t care what the —

RUSH: Exactly. They don’t care. It doesn’t matter. As far as most of Obama’s voters are concerned they come in three categories, just Democrats and liberals and it doesn’t matter who their nominee is. Second thing is his race, it’s historic, it’s something that’s never happened before, white guilt, a whole bunch of things and the media is just about pummeling anybody who has an ‘R’ next to their name, they also are absorbed in the racial aspect of this. They know full well who this guy is and they don’t care to tell the American people about it right now. Your story about your daughter, I don’t know if you were listening to the program yesterday, but a friend of mine also has a daughter in high school, a senior, and on Tuesday she went into school and it was a history class, a constitutional history class or some such thing and the teacher launched into what a racist I am for my comments on Colin Powell. My friend’s daughter was just afraid to say anything in disagreement because this teacher was inciting the students in there to be angry. There was nothing in it for her to stand up and say, ‘You guys got it all wrong.’ And he was asking the black kids in the class, ‘Don’t you think this is racist for Limbaugh to –‘ then they started basically electioneering.

So there is all kinds of intimidation going on. You heard about Karl Rove at the mortgage bankers meeting convention in San Francisco, where two different occasions Code Pink, related to ACORN, related to Obama, gets on stage — they tried on one of these instances to arrest Rove. I mean it’s sort of funny to watch it, but how seriously can the mortgage bankers consider their problem to be if they let these nutcase wackos on stage. She was calling Rove a traitor, committed treason, wanted to make citizen’s arrest and this kind of thing and it was five or six or maybe ten seconds before anybody came out and dragged the woman offstage as she was reaching for her handcuffs. Now, who’s responsible for this? Well, obviously the people that are committing these acts of intimidation, such as in your kid’s school, Ken, and in my friend’s school. But can I take you back to Obama? On September 17th, in Nevada, Obama told his supporters, ‘Argue with them, get in their face. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.’ This is part of the Obama campaign.

It’s supposedly all sweetness and light and messianic and we’ve got this guy who speaks brilliantly and in measured tones and is supremely articulate. This guy is a Chicago thug politician running a thug political operation. Look at how it started. We couldn’t talk about his ears; we couldn’t talk about his preacher; we couldn’t talk about his grandmother; we couldn’t talk about his wife; we couldn’t mention his middle name; we couldn’t talk about race; we couldn’t talk about money, and now we can’t say socialist. There’s a columnist in Kansas City, Lewis Diuguid. He’s an editorial page columnist, Lewis Diuguid, this guy deserves to be fired. He says that you call a black person socialist, that’s a code word for black. Oh, yeah, oh, yeah, it’s a code word for black.

Everything is a code word for black. That’s exactly right. You people think this race is not about race, you think it’s above and beyond race, you are dead wrong. So we now can’t call him a socialist ’cause that’s code word for black. And, by the way, there are 26 different definitions of the word ‘socialist’ in the Urban Dictionary, and not one of them has any black connotation. Socialists were white guys. Ever heard of Mussolini? Ever heard of Hitler? Socialists were white Europeans, and now we got a black socialist, Barack Obama, trying to take over America with a bunch of Marxists, admitted Marxists like Bill Ayers. We can’t call him a community organizer; we can’t talk about his past associations; we can’t now talk about spreading the wealth. We can’t say diddly-squat about this campaign without being accused of racism.


RUSH: Folks, you who live in Kansas City and who read the Kansas City ‘Scar,’ you have an idiot on the editorial page. I’m not even going to try to pronounce his name because I don’t see how. But he has written a piece saying: ‘The ‘socialist’ label that Sen. John McCain and his GOP presidential running mate Sarah Palin are trying to attach to Sen. Barack Obama actually has long and very ugly historical roots.’ Now, so far, so good, because ‘socialist,’ that label, refers to a lot of dead white guys. I don’t know. When you think of a socialist, can you name one black leader you think of as a socialist? When you hear the term ‘socialist,’ historically? I mean, you might think of Robert Mugabe now and you might think of the guys running South Africa, but I bet you can’t name ’em.

You’d have to really, really work at it to come up with some historical black leaders who were socialists. You might want to throw in Idi Amin Dada. You’d really have to work at it. When you think of socialists you think of Mussolini. You think of Hitler. You think of Hugo Chavez — and then from there you go to communists, from there you go to Nazis. They’re all white guys. You think of Soviet Union leadership and the politburo. You think of people like Mao Tse-tung — or Mao Zedong, depending on which pronunciation you prefer. This idiot at the Kansas City Scar said, ‘J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI from 1924 to 1972, used the term liberally to describe African Americans who spent their lives fighting for equality. … McCain and Palin have simply reached back in history to use an old code word for black.’

No, ‘socialist’ is not a ‘code word.’ It has a specific definition. It’s a socialist! It doesn’t matter what race; it doesn’t matter what religion. It doesn’t matter what sex, orientation, gender, whatever. A socialist is a socialist. The guy goes on to say, ‘It set whites apart from those deemed un-American…’ Well, I’m sorry, Mr. Idiot at the Kansas City Star, but up until now, most Americans considered socialists to be un-American. It wasn’t the way our system was designed. We are capitalist! Socialist was considered to be an enemy. Socialism was something we fought against. Socialism is something we liberated people from, and this guy is now saying the word ‘socialist’ is a code word for black? I went to the Urban Dictionary to find out what in the world this idiot writing for the Kansas City Star could possibly have been thinking.

There are 26 definitions of ‘socialist,’ and not one of them in the Urban Dictionary indicated blackness. Number 14 referenced whiteness. Let me read to you from the Urban Dictionary. There are 26 different definitions of this word, and here’s number 14: ‘A socialist, in democratic, capitalistic, western countries, is a person who was, more often than not, raised in a white, middle class family and adopts a socialistic political world view to vent the guilt felt by such an upbringing. This cathartic measure is a form of psychological flagellation and an attempt to identify with poorer people and countries. The socialist realizes that the hand they were dealt was not contingent on their being ‘special’ but lucky.’ That’s definition number 14. (interruption)

What, Snerdley? Hmm? (interruption) Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. That’s a stretch. That’s a bit of a stretch. But this guy is such an idiot, you may have a point. Let’s read this again and figure out where this idiot at the Kansas City Scar might have been confused here, that socialist is a code word for black. ‘A socialist in Democratic capitalistic western countries is a person who was more often than not raised in a white middle class family…’ Well, that is Obama, and since Obama is black, maybe… It’s convoluted. (laughing) It’s convoluted. You know, if a few people back through history got the distinction between racism and socialism mixed up, that was their problem. The USSR, the ChiComs, North Korea, other than socialist countries we think of today can hardly be considered strongholds of black activism or civil rights activism.

The fact that this employee of the Kansas City Scar decided to equate anti-socialism with racism is itself such an obvious racist ploy that it’s embarrassing. It’s embarrassing. This is so typical of the Drive-Bys and who they hire and who they have working on their newspapers today. This is on the editorial page. Now, I mentioned in… (interruption) Yes? The program observer has a question. What’s the question, sir? Make it quick. Mmm-hmm. Mmm-hmm. Mmm-hmm. Why is it white liberals know all the code words and the rest of…? ‘Cause they make ’em up as we go. They’re the ones that make up the code words! Look, ‘socialist’ is now a code word. ‘Community organizer’ is a code phrase. ‘Past associations’ is a code phrase. ‘Spreading the wealth’ is a code phrase. His middle name, Hussein, you can’t say it. ‘White grandmother,’ you can’t say it, except when Obama goes to visit.

Jeremiah Wright, can’t talk about him. Bill Ayers, can’t bring him up. Michelle (My Belle), don’t talk about her. We have duct tape on her mouth anyway. We can’t talk about his big ears. We can’t talk about anything here. Anything we bring up is racist and a code word for racism. By the way, I hate to be a I-told-you-so, but this was one of the things I feared and one of the things I predicted the way this campaign would play out is that any criticism of Obama is going to be said to be racist. By the way, if he does win the election, that’s going to continue. That’s not going to stop. Everybody thinks, ‘Oh, well, if we elect a black president, that’s the end of the racial strife in the country. Oh, there will be love and sweetness all around.’

No, oh, no because any criticism of Barry as president is racist. The race industry leaders, from the Reverend Sharpton to the Reverend Jackson are going to be all over the place, keeping the race business alive and well.

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