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RUSH: Here’s Barack Obama. I talked about how the left thinks that we just have to sacrifice, we all must sacrifice. We have to suffer. The only way this country will be just and fair is if everybody is equally miserable in their suffering and sacrifice — and he said it, essentially, on Face the Nation yesterday. Bob Schieffer talked about announcing his plans today on the takeover of General Motors and canning the CEO. ‘What are these companies going to have to do, President Obama, in order to get additional bailout money?’

OBAMA: We think we can have a successful US auto industry, BUT! It’s got to be one that’s realistically designed to weather this storm and to emerge, uh, at the other end, uh, much more lean, uh, mean, and competitive than it currently is. Uh, and that’s going to mean, uh, a set of sacrifices from all parties involved: management, labor, shareholders, creditors, suppliers, dealers. Everybody’s going to have to come to the table and say, ‘It’s important for us to, uhhh, oh, to take serious restructuring steps now in order t’preserve a brighter future down the road.’

RUSH: He keeps talking about this brighter future down the road, but then always throws cold water on it. He threw cold water on it today. (paraphrased) ‘I can’t save your job. I can’t guarantee your job is going to be saved. I can’t guarantee you that your plant’s going to stay open. I can’t guarantee that there’s going to be an auto industry, but I’m not taking it over, either, even though I just fired the CEO. But I can guarantee you that every damn one of you is going to sacrifice! Every damn one of you is going to suffer,’ because somehow ‘sacrificcccce’ has become the new patriotism. Now, sacrifice is all well and good when you talk about the sacrifices military men and women make, but in the context of American exceptionalism?

Sacrifice? Sacrifice doesn’t build things. Not the way he’s talking about it. He doesn’t mean the virtue of sacrifice — and I don’t want to upset any of you Ayn Rand supporters. I know what I’m talking about here when it comes to sacrifice. But he looks at it as some virtuous thing to be miserable. To be in sacrifice, somehow that’s fair. That’s going to make America what America should be. It’s just scary, because he’s going to ensure it! He’s going to make sure that there’s sacrifice, and that’s what his administration’s all about. Sunday morning, the syndicated program Our World with Black Enterprise, the host Ed Gordon and Vibe magazine editor-in-chief Danyel Smith have this exchange about some Democrats and the way they’re feeling toward President Obama.

GORDON: Let’s talk about Democrats. There is — whether we like to believe it or not — a sense of sometimes in-house jealousy. It’s not just Rush Limbaugh who maybe quietly says, I don’t want this man to succeed. There are those in fact —

SMITH: He says it loud. (chuckles)

GORDON: But there are those who in fact are saying it quietly. That’s always the case in Washington. I just want everybody to be realistic. You know, he is no messiah.

SMITH: He’s not. No.

GORDON: So he hasn’t changed Washington’s thought altogether.

RUSH: There’s Ed Gordon. He says there’s Democrats that want him to fail based on people are jealous. There are Democrats that have jealousy and envy. They don’t want him to succeed because they’ll freeze him out. That’s what Ed Gordon’s point is. Danyel Smith then said this about Obama and patriotism.

SMITH: In the last administration where patriotism was always on the table. If you were… You were a patriot if you did this; you weren’t a patriot if you did that. And I just think, ummm, that it is sort of time right now for a new kind of patriotism, and I think it’s the kind of patriotism that does not allow for people to say — and I hate to use this word ‘allow’ because of my belief in free speech. But to say that I want the president to fail, when we are in this situation? I don’t care if the president is me or you. Whoever is in that office right now is the country! It seems to me that we need to come together with some patience and some sacrifice and help this man succeed. What happens if he does, in fact, fail? Where will we be then?

RUSH: Well, Danyel, let me just tell you. Based on what we’ve seen with General Motors and the banks, if he fails, America is saved. Barack Obama’s policies and their failure is the only hope we’ve got to maintain the America of our founding. We can sit here all the all day as we have. We can rail against General Motors. There is nothing going to stop any of this. Nothing is stopping it. I can say all day long, ‘Gosh, I hope this fails isn’t going to stop anything.’ Has anybody heard the Republicans say anything today about the firing of Rick Wagoner? If they have, it hasn’t been reported. Republicans, as usual, are a week behind the times. They’re out there rapping about the budget, which is okay, the budget needs to be rapped about, ‘We’ll rap about it further,’ but the big news of the today is GM. I haven’t heard a Republican, have you? I haven’t seen any media who find anything the slightest bit squishy about this.

When the history of this is written, people are going to say, ‘Where was the media? Where were the Republicans?’ Where were all of the ‘moderate’ Republicans who told us that this guy’s temperament and his steadiness, and his intellect, that’s why we should support him? Well, remember, it’s not what Obama knows; it’s what you think he knows. It’s what he makes you think he knows. He doesn’t know anything about the automobile business. He doesn’t know how to change a tire. The automobile business needs car guys, people that love grease, get in there, manufacture these engines and cars, great designs, lines, and make people want to go out and buy these cars. Car companies have to be run by financial people today ’cause they’re basically health care and retirement funds. The side business is making cars, hoping that they pay for some of it. All right, Doug in Paso Robles, California, glad you waited. You’re next on the EIB Network, sir. Hello.

CALLER: Mega dittos, Rush —

RUSH: Thank you.

CALLER: — from Paso Robles, out here in the central coast of taxation.

RUSH: Yes. Yes. Yes.

CALLER: So my question to you — and this is from a first-time caller, longtime listener; I’ve been listening to you for about half my life, which would be 20 years, since I was in college — is: ‘What industry is Obama going to nationalize next?’ Is it going to be timber, oil, ag(riculture), utility companies? Which next environmental thing will he go on after?

RUSH: It’s a wild guess. I don’t think he’ll so much go after timber, and he’s not going to go after any of the ingredients necessary to make a teleprompter. But I wouldn’t be surprised… I’ll tell you what’s going to happen. At some point, just because of inflation, gasoline’s going to skyrocket, as is oil, and that’s going to be the next industry. Maxine Waters has already told us. Maxine Waters already said, ‘Your profits are too high! We need to run your companies.’ I think the next industry that they’re going to target somehow will be Big Oil. Well, Big Health. You know, Big Pharmaceutical, Big Doctor, ‘Big’ whatever evil components there are in the health care industry. They’re already targeting them, but it will be Big Oil.


RUSH: Don in Raleigh, North Carolina. Great to have you here, sir. Hello.

CALLER: Yeah. Hey, Rush, mega dittos, and I just want to quickly say thanks for getting me through the Clinton years. I couldn’t have got through ’em without you.

RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much. Happy to be the leader.

CALLER: Well, great. Great to have you there. But I was just calling to react to something you said earlier today. And that is that there’s a line that politicians have the power to cross, but they shouldn’t, and Obama continues to cross.

RUSH: That they haven’t. You know, Lincoln crossed the line with habeas corpus back in the Civil War. Took some measures there, but they were restored. But even in World War II FDR did nothing like what Obama is doing, and once that line is crossed, they don’t give it up, they don’t go back.

CALLER: Yeah. Well, I could not imagine Ronald Reagan doing some of these things because of his character and the fact that he has such great respect for our liberty and our system of free enterprise, I mean he just wouldn’t do that, and I think all of this is displaying Obama’s character or lack thereof which, again, that was all covered up during the campaign last year, and all these people that voted for him, you know, now we’re paying the price —

RUSH: I know what you mean. When you talk about his character, you’re talking about who he is, who reared him, who raised him, who mentored him, who his associations were. I agree, they’re all important, they were covered up. This is a radical guy. This is a very arrogant, radical guy who is angry. Nobody will convince me otherwise. Yeah, I mean he doesn’t show it. Sometimes I think I notice it. I think it flares at times. Not the anger, but he reveals that he has a bunch of chips on his shoulder, and we know his wife does, and we know Reverend Wright does. We’re getting a lot of this stuff that’s happening right out of Reverend Wright’s sermons. There really is. And a lot of what’s going to happen in education, right out of Bill Ayers’ curriculum, his extremist, terrorist buddy.

The best way to understand Obama, and I can’t say this enough, he really believes that it’s his job to return the nation’s wealth to its rightful, quote, unquote, rightful owners. And that means that he believes the people who have wealth have stolen it from those who have no wealth. It’s been unfairly achieved and accrued, and it’s his job to take it and redistribute it. And that’s what he means by sacrifice. When he talks about sacrifice, he’s talking about raising your taxes, taking away your assets, and giving them to other people he thinks you stole them from who are thus more deserving. If you’ll just be open to admit it, you can see it practically every day in his policy pronouncements.

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