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RUSH: Folks, as I told you all last week, this is not a time to start getting giddy or celebratory because fighting these people is a daily thing for the rest of our lives. They are always going to be here. I want to restate a point I made on Friday. I wish I had made this point in the interview with Greta Van Susteren — by the way, did you see the ratings? Thursday night she owned it. Thursday night she owned it, highest ratings in cable news in the 10 p.m. hour for Greta. I was very proud of that. But one of the things I wish I had told her in this whole discussion that we have here about the encroaching size of government and the designs that Obama has on the economy — and, by the way, let me give you one more little bit of evidence, front page of the Wall Street Journal today: ‘Banks Are Not Lending.’ I mean, who’s going to borrow? According to Obama and his staff, businesses need to borrow to meet payroll, but banks don’t lend for payroll. They might lend for inventory buildup if there’s a market and they might lend if you want to expand a business, but nobody’s expanding. They’re not lending to consumers. Consumers are afraid, the banks are afraid of lending.

All of this is so predictable. Nobody who wants economic growth would be doing what Obama and his people are doing. That’s why I keep saying it’s purposeful. You know, I checked e-mail over the weekend and people even in this audience said, ‘Rush, that’s a little harsh. You’re not going to persuade anybody by saying this is purposeful.’ I don’t know how else to tell you, folks. One of the things I wish I’d said on Greta that I said Friday, I want to repeat now, is one of the best points that anybody could make in describing the uniqueness and greatness of this country, do you realize that the history of the world is tyranny? The history of the world is dictatorship. The history of the world is dungeons and torture chambers. That’s why this country is so unique. It’s just part of human nature for people who desire to have power over other people. There are people in this country who are Americans who have the same view of totalitarianism that all the worst regimes of the world have had. They just are a minority, or have been a minority. They have to be stealth to get anywhere because who’s going to vote for torture, who’s going to vote for tyranny, who’s going to vote for dictatorship? But we did. We did. And you see it slowly encroaching.

If they could move faster on this they would, but it’s why this country is so special and so unique in all of human history because it was founded on the exact opposite pretense and purpose, individual liberty and freedom, a Constitution that tells the government what it cannot do to us and to the citizens. And, of course, Obama and his buds think of the Constitution as consisting of negative rights, meaning it doesn’t say what the government can do for us or to us.

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