RUSH: President Obama was in New York earlier this week to memorialize Walter Cronkite, but just a few days later President Obama did not come to New York to memorialize what happened at the Twin Towers eight years ago today, nor did he send Biden to New York to memorialize Cronkite, but he did send Biden to memorialize 9/11. But he did not.
Now, there’s a lot to get to today and I’m gonna get to the ACORN stuff, those two people allegedly fired. CNN says ‘allegedly engaged in alleged illegal acts,’ they’ve been fired. I want to see proof of this.CNN also caused a national panic today to the two or three people watching their network, claiming that there was a terrorist incident near the Pentagon when Obama was there when it was just a Coast Guard exercise. It’s an absolute joke. That’s why I say CNN needs to leave the reporting to us professionals. Like me, I am America’s Real Anchorman, they’re just a bunch of doofuses.But I do want to start with my own remembrance of 9/11, eight years ago today. I often think of Todd Beamer when I think of 9/11. Todd Beamer, his impromptu Band of Brothers, they were on Flight 93 eight years ago today. Small group of private citizens, remarkable patriots, American heroes; didn’t wait for a government official to tell them what to do. They were every bit as heroic and necessary for the survival of America as any of our military fighting forces have been through the years, and that’s not to diminish anybody but to elevate both groups of people. Todd Beamer and his Band of Brothers on Flight 93 loved their country; they fought bravely for it; they saw evil; they fearlessly dealt with it. On that day without notice or training they gave the full measure of devotion.
Now, the manner in which President Obama has chosen to commemorate 9/11, the day the country was attacked, and our first retaliation was launched from on board Flight 93, is an outrage. It is an insult to the memory of innocent Americans who were attacked and who died eight years ago today. The manner in which Obama has chosen to commemorate 9/11 is an insult to the citizen warriors aboard Flight 93. When brave Americans sacrificed their lives so the rest of us can live and live free, I think of the Gettysburg Address, I think the history of the Gettysburg Address, what went into Abraham Lincoln writing it and how, at the time, underappreciated it was and how he was a little insecure about it himself after he had written it. Before I go further, I want you to hear how President Obama is commemorating 9/11. This could be the most outrageous moment yet of the Obama presidency, twisting 9/11 into a nationalist day of service to the state.
OBAMA: On this first National Day of Service and Remembrance, we can summon once more that ordinary goodness of America to serve our communities, to strengthen our country, and to better our world. Let us renew our common purpose, let us remember how we came together as one nation, as one people, as Americans, united not only in our grief but in our resolve to stand with one another, to stand up for the country we all love.
RUSH: This is an outrage, to take this day and to twist it into a nationalist day of service to the state and to our communities is insulting. It’s insensitive. It is beyond the pale, but it’s typical of who Obama is. This happened this morning in Arlington at the Pentagon, the 9/11 memorial service. Here’s another portion of his remarks.
OBAMA: This may be the greatest lesson of this day, the strongest rebuke to those who attacked us, the highest tribute to those taken from us, that such sense of purpose not need be a fleeting moment, it can be a lasting virtue. But through their own lives and through you, the loved ones that they left behind, the men and women who lost their lives eight years ago today leave a legacy that still shines brightly in the darkness and it calls on all of us to be strong and firm and united. That is our calling today and in all the Septembers still to come.
RUSH: Remember how he started these remarks. On this first National Day of Service and Remembrance we can summon once more that ordinary goodness of America to serve our communities, to strengthen our country, and to better our world. A national day of service. When brave Americans sacrificed their lives so the rest of us can live and live free, I don’t think of a national day of service to the state. And I don’t care about empathizing with the enemy, which Obama asked us to do when he was in Illinois. It’s a little-known set of remarks, he was just Illinois state Senator in 2001, but he issued a statement that I have here somewhere in the stack that we need to empathize, and we need to understand why these people are doing what they’re doing, meaning our enemy.
When I come across my memories of 9/11 I think of the Gettysburg Address. It’s one of the few times that words matter far more than a contrived day of community service. The president’s call for community service demeans what happened on 9/11. It is a distraction from what was and is important. So I want to do two things to try to distract from the insulting, demeaning remarks of the president of the United States today, calling on us to all serve our state and our community. I’m going to read you the Gettysburg Address and then I’m going to read you Todd Beamer’s story and then I’m going to play sound bite number seven again. Here’s the Gettysburg Address. It’s very short.
‘Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.’
Lincoln thought his words would never, ever be remembered. He wanted the dead and their sacrifice to be remembered. That’s November 1863, the Gettysburg Address. Here’s the Todd Beamer story from UnitedHeroes.com: ‘Todd Beamer, who resided in Cranbury, New Jersey, was an account manager for the Oracle Corporation. He died at age 32 in the September 11, 2001 attacks on board United Airlines Flight 93. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Beamer, two sons, David and Drew, and a daughter, Morgan Kay, who was born on January 9, 2002, nearly four months after her father’s death. Todd and other passengers had been in communication with people via in-plane and cell phones and learned that the World Trade Center had been attacked using hijacked airplanes. Beamer tried to place a credit card call through a phone located on the back of a plane seat but was routed to a customer-service representative instead, who passed him on to supervisor Lisa Jefferson.
‘Beamer reported that one passenger was killed and, later, that a flight attendant had told him the pilot and co-pilot had been forced from the cockpit and may have been wounded. He was also on the phone when the plane made its turn in a southeasterly direction, a move that had him briefly panicking. Later, he told the operator that some of the plane’s passengers were planning to ‘jump on’ the hijackers. According to Jefferson, Beamer’s last audible words were ‘Are you guys ready? Let’s roll.’ They burst into the cockpit and fought with the terrorists over the controls for the plane,’ and it went down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania depriving the terrorists of hitting the third target on September 11th.
Abraham Lincoln: ‘But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground,’ the battlefield at Gettysburg. You can say the same thing about the World Trade Center, which remains a shovel-ready project eight years later in New York. ‘The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. … that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,’ Abraham Lincoln, 1863. Here’s Barack Obama this morning.
OBAMA: On this first National Day of Service and Remembrance, we can summon once more that ordinary goodness of America to serve our communities, to strengthen our country, and to better our world. Let us renew our common purpose. Let us remember how we came together as one nation, as one people, as Americans, united not only in our grief but in our resolve to stand with one another, to stand up for the country we all love.
RUSH: Yeah, for about two weeks, for about two weeks you stood together and then the Democrat Party decided it was time to go strategic politics and dump all over George W. Bush for not doing anything, for not responding soon enough. The same night the Democrat Party decided to disband from its unified stance with America, Bush launched the attack on Tora Bora in Afghanistan, which should have made fools of the Democrat Party. Instead, a year later we got the Wellstone Memorial, we got the ‘Bush lied and people died,’ we had the Democrat Party taking victory and turning it into defeat, doing everything they could to demoralize the United States military and its mission in Iraq and Afghanistan, doing everything they could except defund it, doing everything they could to achieve defeat for their own country. The unity lasted two weeks. And they today tell us that the hatred and vitriol resides now in the voice of a lone congressman from South Carolina, Joe Wilson, who simply could not stand being lied to by the president of the United States, in a fraudulent, demeaning, disgusting address. He has now compounded the fraud, the disgust, and the indignity of his remarks on Wednesday night with the proclamation on the eighth anniversary of 9/11 that this is the first national day of service to the state. I’m simply appalled.
RUSH: The mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, is certainly no Rudy Giuliani. He has followed Obama’s orders issued earlier this morning…
BLOOMBERG: President Obama has designated 9/11 as an annually recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance; and appropriately, the city of New York has been the first to take up that call. From this day forward, we will safeguard the memories of those who died by rekindling the spirit of service that lit our city with hope and helped keep us strong.
RUSH: So what is this ‘spirit of service’ that needs to be rekindled? What are we gonna do, pick up the trash, recycle cans, rake leaves, collect returnable bottles? What are we going to do? Plant a flower? What? Why don’t you rebuild the World Trade Center, for crying out loud! You have a shovel-ready project there for eight years and it’s all tied up you still got a hole in the ground with a crane. Rekindling of the spirit of service that lit the city with hope? Sorry, folks, this simply doesn’t pass muster with me. That’s not what 9/11 is about. We didn’t have a breakdown in community spirit on 9/11! We were attacked by enemies. That was not a crime. The president’s out there saying, ‘These heinous crimes. These perpetrators must be brought to justice.’
There were no ‘crimes.’ 9/11 was an act of war! What in the world…? The spirit of service that lit our city with hope? From this day forward we’re going to safeguard…? What have you been doing the last eight years, Mr. Mayor? ‘From this day forward we’re going to safeguard the memories of those who died by rekindling the spirit of service’? Is that what Lincoln said at Gettysburg: ‘We’re going to keep the spirit of those who died by rekindling our spirit of service’? There’s a disconnect in this country like I haven’t seen my whole life. It may not even be just two countries anymore. It may be two or three different countries. Finding a common American culture today is a difficult thing to do. We are so multicultured and fractured here, and none of the cultures seem to understand one another. This spirit of service? National Day of Service?
‘We can summon once more that ordinary goodness of America to serve our communities’? You mean to tell me that we were attacked 9/11 because we weren’t serving our communities well enough? We didn’t have this ‘spirit of community service’ flowing through our veins and arteries sufficiently enough to ward off the attacks — and to prevent further attacks, we need to ‘rekindle’ this ‘spirit of service’? Community service? What? We all have to be become ACORN people now? We all have to start advising people how to set up brothels for underage prostitutes and teach them how to avoid paying taxes? That’s what Obama’s community service organization’s doing. And, by the way, the same two people who ran that scam in Baltimore have done the same thing in Washington and the same thing happened.
They got the identical set of advice from the people at ACORN: ‘Yeah, here’s how you can get illegals into the country. Here’s how underage women can be turned into prostitutes. Here’s how you can avoid paying taxes on it.’ ACORN has the name ‘community service’ in its name — ‘community organizers’ in its name: For Reform Now. I want to know. I want somebody to tell me. I want somebody out there who thinks Obama made a great speech today and Bloomberg echoing it. I want you to call me today and I want you to tell me how it is that our fractured sense of community service led to the ‘crimes’ committed against us in New York and Washington and in Pennsylvania on 9/11. And I want to know from you how it is that rekindling this ‘spirit of community service,’ whatever the hell that means, is going to prevent the next attack on this country. Somebody, please.
RUSH: Now, I mentioned in the opening remarks here that Obama wanted to return on this ‘day of service’ to the ‘unity’ that we all had after 9/11, which lasted for two weeks until the Democrats decided to turn the whole thing into a political event. And they’re still doing it regarding the military, regarding the war. I mean, how do you do — how in the world do you do — a 9/11 memorial service at the Pentagon and not talk about the US military, for crying out loud? How in the world do you do that? You’re president of the United States, and you declare it a community service day to make sure that days like this don’t ever happen again!
RUSH: Back to the phones. Cell from Pennsylvania. This is Alan, nice to have on you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thanks for taking my call. As regards to your comments in the last segment maybe President Obama will find a way to get hookers a new stimulus. But I’d like to talk to you about 9/11. On that day Flight 93 was the one obviously that crashed in Pennsylvania and I flew that flight on Thursdays, and as the saying goes, ‘There but for the grace of God go I.’
RUSH: That’s three days later, right? That’s when they finally cleared airspace and let planes start flying again.
CALLER: No, I flew that flight regularly on Thursdays in September. That was my regular trip.
RUSH: Yeah, but the Thursday that you flew, are you talking about before 9/11 happened or afterwards?
CALLER: No, I flew it the previous Thursday and I was supposed to fly the Thursday after.
RUSH: I got it. Okay.
CALLER: This is subsequent Thursday.
RUSH: I see. I got it.
CALLER: Everything happened on Tuesday. But I’d really like to thank you on behalf of so many people for all you do for everybody in America that doesn’t have the voice that you do. We’re on our way down to Washington right now — myself and my wife, Rhonda, and my 13-year-old son, Ian — to participate in this rally. We’ve never been political in our lives, and —
RUSH: It’s going to be huge. That’s this National Tea Party tomorrow?
RUSH: That is going to be huge.
CALLER: Yes. And I think it will be a tremendous civics lesson for our son, and it’s been your voice — and those of Sean and Glenn Beck, but mostly you — that have spurred us on to this action. And I want to thank you for giving us the knowledge and the courage to go through with everything that we have to get our country back.
RUSH: Thank you very much, Alan. I really appreciate that. Although I actually think that more than any of us in the media, what’s inspiring all this is genuine events. I mean, you’ve never done anything like this, and I haven’t told you to go. You’re doing this because you are fed up. You’re doing this because you’re scared. You’re doing this because you’re angry. You’ve got a mixture of emotions, and everybody showing up is showing up because of genuine passion for the issue.
CALLER: That’s exactly right. We’ve never been political, although I’ve enjoyed politics. But we’ve never been active. And this woke us up to the fact that we have to do something for ourselves and our country, and this is the path that we’ve chosen.
RUSH: Well, it’s a good one. You’re full of thanks for me, and I appreciate it. But I’ve been saying since these tea parties started that I am just as proud as I can be of everybody showing up, because this is not the way people on our side of the aisle usually behave. This kind of activism is usually the exclusive property and behavior of the left but this has sprung up out of genuine anger and passion, and like I said: Nobody told you to go. You’re not going because somebody said, ‘Hey, join us. Make sure you’re there.’ Somebody might have said that in an indirect way, but you’re going there because you want to go. You’ve never done anything like that before, and most of the people showing up are going to be that way. And I predict you are going to have a wonderful time meeting all these people.
CALLER: Exactly right. And your voice of reason in what I consider to be the most unreasonable time I have ever spent in my life, is a guiding light for just about all of us. And on behalf of the millions of people out there, I’d like to thank you personally.
RUSH: Well, I appreciate it very much, more than you can know. It made my day. That’s Alan, who flew Flight 93 every Thursday.
RUSH: Folks, this is hilarious. If it weren’t so sad, if it weren’t so incompetent, it would be genuinely hilarious. This is from Politico.com. They have discovered an e-mail that the secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, has sent to her staffers today, and here it is:
To: HHS Staff
From: Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary
This year, Americans across the country will honor the victims and heroes of the 9/11 tragedy by serving their neighbors and communities as part of the first-ever federally recognized September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Service projects marking the eight-year anniversary of September 11, 2001, will take place in all 50 states, ranging from food drives and home repairs to neighborhood cleanups and disaster preparation activities. Attached is the President and First Lady’s Call to Service.
In the spirit of service, we’re asking for your help to stop the spread of the [pig flu] virus by forwarding the ‘5 Things You Need to Know About [Pig] Flu’ (attached) to at least 10 of your family members and friends — and ask them to forward the attachment, too. Sending this information to as many people as possible is a simple way you can help prevent illness across the country this fall.
National Day of Service and Remembrance! Service projects! Here’s your ACORN community organizer, also known as the president of the United States, sending out these memos. His departments are sending out these memos, and the way we are going to honor those 3,000 who lost their lives on 9/11 eight years ago, and those in the military who have lost their lives, have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, is to send out an e-mail attachment: ‘5 Things You Need to Know About [Pig] Flu,’ and then urging everybody else to send out those ‘5 Things You Need to Know About [Pig] Flu.’ Now, I got this late in the break, and I haven’t had a chance to read the whole thing so I don’t know what the five things are. I’m going to find out what the five things are in the next commercial break, ’cause I’m fascinated to see what these are. When your government is sending out through the Department of Health and Human Services, five things you can do, I just want to see what they are. I want to see what they are attempting to do here. Rob in New York City. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. You’re off the mark. You’re wide of the bull’s-eye. You’re heading in the right direction but on this community service thing you’re missing some of the history, and I think you’re missing the more uplifting and more American part of that community service thing. I was in New York on 9/11. I was there for the months after. I’m still a New Yorker. Can I tell you very briefly what I experienced in the way of community service in that event?
RUSH: You can tell me all day long and it’s not going to change my mind. This is not a day of community service.
CALLER: After that event —
RUSH: Just the same thing as D-Day is not a day of community service. Pearl Harbor day is not a day we do community service.
CALLER: Well, I understand that point in a way, but after the attacks, there was this huge outpouring. Now, this is key: It was voluntary. Now, I think that’s the point. People poured in from all over the country, and including within the city, people volunteered to help the rescue workers, the ironworkers, the legal staff, the —
RUSH: Well, of course! Wait a second. That’s the tradition and history of the country we’ve always done that. There was nothing special about that.
CALLER: Well, it was unique for Manhattan. It was. It was incredible, Rush. I was there, and I experienced it for months. Every time I went to this one volunteer site to volunteer they had to send me home. There were so many people coming from Poughkeepsie, Des Moines, Fort Collins. They couldn’t use me.I only had a 20-minute subway ride so they kept sending me home because there were thousands of people coming to do these projects to help out so it was and — that is not typical of Manhattan.
RUSH: Rob, you know, this is disturbing to me. And this is why I think we’re losing the country in a lot of segments of it. What you’re describing is traditional American exceptionalism. We used to do this all the time for each other through churches and charities and so forth. In World War II we came together like this. After Pearl Harbor we came together like this and we have days where we commemorate all this, and now it’s being turned into something that has nothing to do with the ‘event’ that happened. It’s being used to politicize the agenda of a leftist radical president who doesn’t have the slightest bit of comprehension of why all that you just described — the volunteerism — happened. He’s ignoring it!
CALLER: I agree with you there.
RUSH: I think America was that. I don’t know about Manhattan. I only lived there from 1988 to 1997.
CALLER: Well, I think —
RUSH: But I’ve seen pictures on, you know, VE-Day, Times Square. I think everybody came together.
CALLER: Yes, and the thing is, where you’re absolutely right is, the government did not ask for, demand, require this. It happened spontaneously, voluntarily, and that was a great American thing and the uplifting thing. And that is a message. But you’re right what the commemoration of 9/11 should be.
RUSH: That’s good. Okay, thank you, because what bothers me about this is Obama is co-opting. Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s administration, is co-opting this day and turning it into a way to further their political agenda by having people do community service for The State. There’s no outpouring of national community service going on today for the remembrance of 9/11. I’ve watched pictures from the Pentagon and from Ground Zero (which remains a shovel-ready pit) and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and I don’t see people picking up trash, I don’t see any community service going on. I see a remembrance of what happened at these places. Obama is trying to take this and transform these events to advance his own political leftist radical agenda, and the key words here are ‘community service.’
When you hear ‘community service,’ you’ve got to think ACORN. You have to think leftist radical agitators trying to tear down the American system. That’s what community service, that’s what community agitation is all about. Think Saul Alinsky. He’s trying to get people to stop thinking about themselves, to stop thinking about their communities, to stop thinking about traditional institutions of America and instead is trying to get them to serve him and his agenda. And this is just a few short days after he lied through his teeth to the American people repeatedly and often on the floor of the US House of Representatives. To me, this is potentially the lowest point of his presidency. This is a sacred day. We lost more people eight years ago on this day than at any single one-day period in an act of war in our history in an attack by a foreign enemy on our soil. I know the Civil War had battle where more were lost. I’m talking about a foreign enemy. And what? Now we’re getting community service and volunteerism and, ‘Go out there and rake the leaves and pick up the trash! Turn in the bottles for your 5¢ recycle donation,’ or whatever the hell community service means.
RUSH: I just got an e-mail that I must share with you. Dear Rush: ‘We, in this generation, are not used to the gravity of that large-scale of people helping each other from all over. We haven’t gone through anything like that, only read about it — World War II — in books. Your last caller was right, but it still has nothing to do with honoring or remembering 9/11.’ I am assuming that this person’s age is somewhat younger than would necessarily have been alive during World War II, but what happened after Hurricane Katrina? I mean the idea that you haven’t seen this kind of volunteerism before? What about when there were floods, what about these people all over the country when there are earthquakes in San Francisco, we’ve seen this all over the place. This is interesting, people don’t see that it happens. Somehow it’s unique, we gotta call to community service now. During 9/11 in Manhattan they were scared to death. Nobody knew what tomorrow was going to bring. And we’re trying to wipe that memory out, we’re calling these heinous crimes and so forth.
But I want to remind you, it took just two weeks for the Democrat Party to blow that all to hell by politicizing Bush’s reaction, his behavior, sitting in the schoolroom reading to the kids. Peter Jennings on ABC saying, ‘Some presidents are just better at this, consoling the nation, than others are.’ Meaning, ‘Oh, Clinton was so wonderful in these circumstances like after the Oklahoma City bombing.’ You think they didn’t come together down there, Oklahoma City? This is what traditional American behavior has always been. There’s nothing special. We don’t need calls for community service! We’re Americans! We do it! For crying out loud, we serve our communities each and every day. This insults the hell out of me, that we’re such sheeple now, that we are so mind-numbed, that we’re so much robots that the government’s gotta tell us what to do. Now the Health and Human Services secretary is sending an e-mail to the employees in her department saying we’re going to celebrate 9/11, we’re going to remember it by sending out an e-mail with five things to do regarding the pig flu. And, by the way, the story does not have the memo. So I don’t know what the five things are. But I’m going to find out.
RUSH: We had a caller, a nice guy, Rob from Manhattan earlier in the day who said, ‘You know, I think you’re misunderstanding Obama. He’s kind of right. Manhattan after 9/11 came together like Manhattan never has. It’s right to call out for community service.’ The problem here, folks, is that 9/11, eight years ago today, we’re not remembering it for what it should be remembered for. Obama’s hijacking this to push his agenda. He’s hijacking this event that he knows is going to get full-fledged media coverage all day long. He’s hijacking this for what sounds like a wonderful thing. ‘Well, community service. We all gotta get together.’ You gotta understand ‘community service’ is nothing more than community organizing. It is a tactic. Community service is one of the baby steps toward fascism.
So many things that Obama does appear to be isolated, but they are interconnected to organizing the private sector to serve the state — and that’s not the way this country was founded. You have to remember this about Barack Obama. He does not like this country as constituted. He does not like the US Constitution. He just had somebody else appointed as a czar, Cass Sunstein or maybe not a czar. He’s appointed somewhere, I forget to what. Cass Sunstein is one of these people, he’s a legal professor, law professor somewhere. He’s a lawyer. He’s one of these people that believes the Bill of Rights equals ‘negative rights.’ Now, the United States Constitution tells the government what it cannot do to its people. It cannot infringe upon our freedom in these ways. People like Cass Sunstein and Barack Obama look at that as negative!
The Constitution is an obstacle to them. The concept of ‘negative rights’ means that the Bill of Rights does not tell leaders of the government what they can do to us. They say ‘for us,’ but what they mean is ‘to us.’ They feel constrained by it. Now, I said yesterday: Barack Obama has a chip on his shoulder about this country and everybody in this administration does. This Van Jones guy would not have been in this administration if he didn’t believe everything that Obama believes. Van Jones is Obama! Mark Lloyd at the FCC is Obama. We have genuine radical who has been raised by people who hated this country. He has been taught by people who hate this country. He attended church for 20 years and listened to sermons preached by a pastor, Jeremiah Wright, who hates this country. One of his good friends blew up the Pentagon, Bill Ayers.
This is not insignificant and it is not unimportant. It is crucially important. You have to understand that the man does not like this country and intends to change it. He’s out apologizing for this country in every foreign trip that he makes. Barack Obama believes this country has been immoral and unjust since its founding. A bunch of slave owners founded this country, in his view, and he didn’t get a vote on that Constitution. He woulda never voted for it! And so, until he became president, this country was in sin. But now that he’s president, this country is becoming just and moral — and it’s at that point that we arrive at my trying to convince you here that this call for ‘community service’ and all this rotgut today ought to offend you to no end. It would be no different than taking Pearl Harbor Day and turning it into a day of community service.
What is happening is Barack Obama believes there is no basic goodness in the American spirit without his prompting it. I know it’s hard to believe that we’ve elected somebody like this but it is what it is and we have to deal with it — and up until his immaculation, this country was not the way you look at it. But now that he’s there, now that he’s president, basic goodness finally has come to America and its spirit. But only because of his presence, only because of Obama’s urging will we now become a just and moral and fair country. We will give up our profits. We will give up our prosperity. We will return ourselves to poverty so as to be equal with the rest of the world. Everything is government top-down with him. Free enterprise cannot work. Basic human kindness cannot happen without his prompting it.
Basic human kindness cannot occur without Barack Obama happening. You do not know how to save yourself from the H1N1 flu without the Health and Human Services sending out a memo on 9/11 claiming that we’re honoring national service — and one of the things we’re going to do is send you a little e-mail on how not to get the swine flu! This is abhorrent. So this call for community service… See, this is how these people work. I mean, who could oppose community service? Who could oppose people helping one another? It’s just like environmentalists: ‘Who could oppose dirty water? Who could be against clean air? Who can be against saving the climate?’ Folks, you’ve got to understand issue to issue to issue, it doesn’t matter what it is: It’s always going to be couched in compassion, proving your life, making health care bettered.
All it is is a baby step device to rob you of your freedom. So many things that he does appear to be isolated, but they are connected to organizing the private sector to serve the state. Here we are on 9/11, and Barack Obama’s out there with this call for national service. Well, on a day of national service, don’t you think it would be a good idea to thank the CIA rather than prosecute them? But we’re not thanking them. This president wants to prosecute them with his incompetent attorney general, Eric Holder. Maybe you don’t want to admit this. Maybe you don’t want to have to think about this, be conscious of it every day, all day. Sorry, I can’t help it, I love the country too much, and I know the language — and I know community service is BS. Community service equals ACORN, and that’s how you have to start understanding it.
Community activism. Community agitation. Upsetting the status quo. Taking power from people. Disrupting life, chaos all over the place. That’s what community service is. Returning the nation’s worth to its, quote, unquote, ‘rightful owners,’ the poor people in the unions and the minorities who have had their lives screwed for 200 years by a Constitution written by white slave owners. This is what we’re up against. This is why I’m just as angry at hell as people that say Joe Wilson ought to apologize. The president of the United States needs to apologize! He actually needs to resign. He needs to apologize for lying and defrauding the American people for 35 minutes to an hour Wednesday night on the floor of the House of Representatives in a speech to a joint session of Congress. We’re talking about Republican incivility when we’ve had all these acts of terror committed by Democrats, hoping that we’d lose in Iraq?
Destroying the entire family of Sarah Palin or trying to? It’s beyond the pale, and I found something here. It’s a column by Chris Matthews, written on 9/13, 2001, two days after 9/11. ‘Lucky though he was, Bill Clinton never had his shot at greatness. He could lower the jobless rate, balance the budget, console us after the Oklahoma City bombing. But he never got the opportunity George W. Bush was given this Tuesday: the historic chance to lead. Our American spirit, power and enterprise now stand ready for orders. Only the president can give them. Only the man in the White House can tell us whom to strike and with what weapon. Bush’s first challenge is to size up the enemy for us.
‘Americans need to know what we’re up against. Most important, we need to know that we face an adversary who is ruthless in exploiting our distinctive strengths and character and using both against us.’ Now, I don’t know how Chris wrote this because he’s not of this mind today. Bush is a fraud and a liar to Matthews. But even so, two days after 9/11 — We hear about all this unity that we had? — here’s Chris Matthews lamenting the fact that Bill Clinton never had this kind of ‘opportunity,’ (tearing up the column), never had an attack on American soil by a foreign enemy. That’s the way their minds work. Everything is political! It’s a horse race; it’s an opportunity.
RUSH: Rich in New York City. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hi.
CALLER: How you doing, Rush? Thanks for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet, sir.
CALLER: I want to call and speak to you about this whole 9/11 community service thing.
CALLER: I’m originally from New York. I was a volunteer firefighter and I’m currently active duty in the military. And my dad was in NYPD at the time, so we knew people who died on 9/11, and obviously I think community service is a great thing, and don’t get me wrong, it’s great that Obama is trying to push that, but, first of all, I don’t think we need to have a day set aside for community service. We’re all Americans and if you don’t have the decency to help out every now and then, if you’re just going to do it one day a year then, you know what? Don’t bother. I don’t want your help. And secondly I’m pretty sure —
RUSH: That’s a good point. If it’s just a one-day thing, but that’s not what it is. But I get your point, that’s a great point but that’s not what Obama is doing. Before you get to your second point I just have to say, he’s not talking about community service. He’s just using the words. When you say, well, obviously community service is a great thing, his version of community service is not a good thing. His version of community service is going to destroy this country if everybody falls prey to it. Now, what’s your second point?
CALLER: And my main point is to make 9/11 a day of community service I think is disgusting. I can tell you that the families that lost somebody on 9/11, and people who even died on 9/11, they don’t want to be remembered by you going out and picking up garbage on a beach. If you want to do community service, you know, for 9/11, walk down the street to, you know, a widow of a firefighter or police officer that died.
RUSH: You’re exactly right, but let me add to this. You are exactly right, but this whole effort to co-opt what this day is all about and turn it into an attempt to advance his agenda, to turn the private sector into something that services his government is what this is all about. The idea that we don’t do community service in this country is offensive to me. This country, for crying out loud, look at the tsunami over there in the Pacific. It was the United States that rides in and saves the day. We are the most charitable people on earth for others on the planet and ourselves. Even today in the recession there are considerable dollars being donated to charity by lots of people. This whole notion that somehow we’ve gotta be called to community service today as though we don’t do it and that we haven’t been this kind of people until Obama got into the Oval Office offends the hell out of me! The term community service offends the hell out of me. Let prisoners do it, let prisoners pick up the trash, let prisoners mow some highway grass.
This community service, folks, it’s insidious. It is nothing more than a well-sounding, compassionate label, but it means something entirely different. It means turning you into a robot. It means turning the focus of your life into how can you serve Obama by serving his agenda. I mean look at how the guy community organizes. The result of Barack Obama community organization got people beat up at tea parties. When Obama needed to organize the community he called the unions. He called the AFL-CIO, and he called the Service Employees International Union, because none of his own supporters had enough passion about this health care thing to show up on their own. So Obama had to mobilize his community organizers. They showed up, and they intimidated and they beat up in some cases average, ordinary Americans who are trying to hold onto their country. You are called mobsters and Nazis by Obama’s community organizers. Somebody referred to this thing in Washington tomorrow as the Million Mob March. I kind of like it as a play on words, the Million Man March, but community service, it’s not what you think.