RUSH: One more thing about Mark Sanford, before we go to the break and get back to your phone calls. I would posit something here. And there’s a lot of people. I’ve gotten a lot of e-mail since the Sanford story broke: ‘See, Rush? This is why Republicans have to get rid of social issues. We just have to get rid of them, because this hypocrisy is going to kill us. People are people; human beings are human beings. They’re going to have affairs. They’re going to have abortions. They’re going to do this. And in politics, we’re going to lose people. People are going to have affairs. Democrats don’t lose people when they’re hypocrites because they aren’t hypocrites, Rush, because they don’t have standards and we do. So we’ve got to get rid of the social issues, Rush.’ I’m hearing this from a lot of people. It’s something for you to think about. Just a little think piece here. How about the fact that society needs hypocrisy? (interruption)
I’ll be happy to explain it, Snerdley. It’s simple as pie. I shouldn’t have to explain it, but I’ll be glad to. I’m not saying hypocrisy is a virtue, but it is a necessary evil. Society needs it. ‘But, Rush! But, Rush! How can you say that? Isn’t hypocrisy preaching moral values and not living up to them?’ Yeah, that’s exactly right! That’s what, in this case, hypocrisy is. But hypocrisy does not deny moral values. If somebody can be immoral and not be a hypocrite, then what’s happened to standards? You want a party run by a bunch of people who have no standards? You’ve got it. You’ve got it in the Democrat Party and you’ve had it for years — and look where it has taken us!
Hypocrisy does two things, both at the same time: Hypocrisy shows — and you’re not going to want to hear this. You’re not going to want to agree with me on this. I know you’re not. But hypocrisy shows that there are moral values in a culture. Without moral values in a culture, it would not be possible for anybody to be a hypocrite. The fact that we are calling Sanford a hypocrite is the proof that there are still standards of dignity and morality that apply in our society. It also shows… This hypocrisy, it also shows that violating those moral values are wrong. We all think Sanford’s an idiot, right? We all think he’s stupid. We all think he’s wrong. Especially when you read the statement his wife issued. His wife said, ‘I’m willing to take him back. I’m willing.’ She said, ‘I view my life. I’ve got one legacy in my life, and that’s the character and dignity I instill in my children,’ and that’s why what my husband has done is so hurtful and so harmful.
‘All the work I’ve done helping to get him elected and helping him do his job means nothing to me if my kids don’t turn out.’ Why does she care? Well, because morality and dignity matter. And without hypocrisy, we wouldn’t know what morality and dignity are. But moral equivalency, on the other hand, that rationalizes away any morality. The Democrat Party exists on moral equivalence. The Democrat Party exists on the concept of defining deviancy down to where nothing is wrong and nobody can be criticized. And I think any healthy society needs moral values — and, therefore, must preserve them. Hypocrisy is a lot more helpful in preserving morality than moral equivalence is.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live in a culture with no morality, where anything goes and there is nothing wrong. Then you wouldn’t have to worry about raising your kids. Just give birth and let them do what they want to do. It doesn’t matter because there’s nothing wrong. But you know there are. You know there are certain things — and, by the way, since we’re all human and we all stray and we all stray off the path, it doesn’t mean morality is wrong and it doesn’t disqualify somebody who strays from knowing what morality is. That’s what the Democrats try to do. Any Republican who has a normal human failing, they try to disqualify from ever commenting on morality and dignity, and you do not have to live a perfect life in order to be able to comment on morality and dignity because it is impossible to live a perfect life.
We all have that little voice in our heads, our conscience. We all know when we’re doing something wrong. We all know it. If we just listen to the voice in our heads more often than we do, then we’d do fewer things wrong. But we’re human. It doesn’t mean that we’re disqualified from knowing right from wrong, just because we violate the tenets. So… Look, I’m not speaking in a strict political sense here. I’m not saying, ‘Let’s scrub the social issues.’ I’m simply saying that, ‘Give me a society any day where there is hypocrisy as opposed to a society with moral equivalence,’ because then we’ve defined deviancy so far down that we’ve decided we can’t do anything about that particular wrong so we’re not even going to try to anymore. We will cease to exist as a functioning society.
RUSH: Here’s Ben in Dayton, Ohio. Hi, Ben. Thank you for calling. You’re up next on the Rush Limbaugh program. Hi.
CALLER: Hey Rush, college-kid-dittos from Dayton.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: I’m 21. I’m a student. I’m an engineering student, but theology is kind of one of my passions, and I just loved your analysis on the need for hypocrisy. And I just wanted to add — I’m kind of borrowing from C.S. Lewis, but when two people bicker, both people kind of consent to an implied moral standard that the other person should like adhere to. So anyway, I just wanted to say that was a great analysis on your part.
RUSH: C.S. Lewis is exactly right. Did you understand what he said? When two people argue or bicker over moral standards, it proves they exist. It’s all he was saying. There is a push to get rid of moral standards, moral equivalency, the left, the Democratic Party. All I was saying was that hypocrisy is far more useful to a society — it may not be to a politician, but I’m talking about society, folks. Hypocrisy is far more useful and valuable to society than moral equivalence is. Moral equivalence destroys standards. Hypocrisy upholds them. I’m not suggesting everybody go out and be a hypocrite. Again, it’s common sense, and common sense is not liberal or conservative. Well, most often not common sense is conservative. It very rarely is liberal. But common sense is common sense. Moral standards exist. And when you have a blatant case of hypocrisy, I don’t care who it is — JFK, Clinton, Ensign, John Edwards — what does it show? It shows that we’ve still got standards. We ought to be going, whew. Speaking of John Edwards, I have to tell you — (interruption) I don’t care if Chris Matthews understands it. Chris Matthews is a lost cause anyway. I don’t waste my time with people who are un-persuadable.
John Edwards, the world knew that he was having an affair. The world shortly thereafter knew that he had fathered an illegitimate child. Nobody except the National Enquirer would touch it. The Drive-By State-Run media could not get interested in it. And we’re told: ‘Well, Mr. Limbaugh, the reason was that Mrs. Edwards is a paragon of virtue and she’s suffering from life-threatening cancer and it was just too painful to put her through this circumstance.’ No, that’s not why they didn’t go after Edwards. They didn’t go after Edwards because he’s a Democrat. They didn’t go after Edwards because it’s not wrong, in his case. It wasn’t any big deal. They tried to cover it up. McClatchy, on the other hand, had a reporter in Buenos Aires, Argentina yesterday tracking down where this babe lives and finding the e-mails. Maybe McClatchy has a Buenos Aires bureau. As much money as McClatchy is losing, I’m not sure. But whatever, they got a reporter down there el quicko. They had a reporter down there before Sanford’s press conference was over. To this day I don’t know that McClatchy has fully reported on the Edwards situation.