RUSH: You know, they’re always saying — the Drive-Bys, the Democrats are always saying — that we conservatives are the hypocrites, like on moral values, family values. But the talk here from Obama in his economic meeting today and over the weekend from his team about all these new green cars and alternative energy that he’s going to demand that Detroit make and that we buy? He is going to exempt himself from his open restrictions with his limousine. I have some comments on this.
This hypocrisy business. They’re always saying that we Republicans, we conservatives are hypocrites; you know, when some highfalutin famous, well-known conservative has an affair or whatever it is. I look around and I see all of the hypocrisy on the left, the two sets of rules they devise: one for all of their leaders to live by, the others for the rest of us to live by — and it’s striking. Like Algore. Algore is on this big global warming kick, cap-and-trade program. He’s got all these private jets he flies around in and drives his own gas guzzlers around. Here’s Obama. He’s talking about overhauling the auto business, fuel-efficient cars, alternative energy technologies, and he charters an MD-80 for himself and four friends to fly to Washington! His wife flies on a separate airplane, and we don’t hear any of the hypocrisy charges. ‘Well, Rush, he’s the president-elect. There’s security.’ I understand that. But I have a larger question, because it stems from the premise that these people advance as to why we need to totally redo this magical alternative energy when there isn’t any. There really isn’t. Solar isn’t enough. Wind isn’t enough. It doesn’t exist.
The truly alternative energy is nuclear, and they won’t go there. But Obama’s new limousine, his new presidential limousine is one of the most gas guzzling hogs. The new Cadillac limo for the president is built on an SUV chassis. It is basically a truck that has a body to make it look like it’s a Cadillac stretch. All of this is understandable. It’s got high defense mechanisms, very thick bulletproof glass. It has a huge hog of an engine to drive itself around, to get around because all of the weight of the car. During the campaign Obama’s promising to get a million plug-in hybrid cars on the road by 2015, but the car he’s going to be running around in is not green at all. It’s a monster gas guzzler made by General Motors. Armor plated, raised roof, windows five inches thick, extra strength tires, a body made of steel, aluminum, titanium, and ceramics. It’s thought to be based on the GMC 2500 truck that gets less than ten miles to the gallon. Three cars are believed to be in production so that two can serve as decoys.
The car is built to survive roadside bombs as well as gunfire, which I don’t understand because I thought that everybody was gonna love The Messiah and America. I don’t understand why we have to have all this protection. Most environmentalists are in a forgiving mood at the prospect of the greenest US president making a mockery of green. But they’re used to liberal leaders being hypocritical on these issues. Now, look, I understand. Don’t make a big deal about this. I understand that the president has to be protected and security is paramount. I understand all of that. The thing that gets me is that they present to us a premise of utter destruction and almost apocalyptic circumstances if we don’t change what we’re doing, if we don’t change the way we eat, if we don’t change the way we drive, if we don’t change the way we use energy. The country is going to go to hell; the world is going to be destroyed. Global warming is going to change the climate to the point that we’re all going to die. The polar bears are already leading the way, and all of this.
So they present this as something that is drastic. It is a crisis, a super crisis. And yet, all of them are going to be driving around in their Suburbans and their SUVs and flying around in their big airplanes, so the question has to be asked, ‘How serious is this really?’ See, I think what this does is destroy their premise of how drastic an emergency we face in all this. And you know damn well that the people in power are not going to be subjecting themselves, except for show purposes, to the same lifestyle restrictions they hope to impose on everybody else. So my reaction is they’re making it all up. They’re exaggerating how bad things are. They want you thinking this way so that you’ll go out and willingly give up some of your freedom and buy things and do things that you really don’t want to do because it’s the new patriotism, or it’s the new way to measure responsible global citizenship or some such thing. But there’s plenty of hypocrisy in all of this that I think just destroys their whole premise.