RUSH: Back to the phones, Steve in Scottsdale, Arizona, nice to have you on the EIB Network, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Oh, mega dittos, El Rushbo, from immigration Ground Zero.
RUSH: Thank you, sir. By the way: Broadcast engineer, stand by on sound bite 26. Go ahead, Steve.
CALLER: Yes. I see that a vast majority of Arizona citizens are in support of our governor and the immigration bill, but the Suns organization seemed to make a political move — which is, again, symbolism over substance — by changing their jerseys on Cinco De Mayo to ‘Los Suns’ instead of just ‘Suns.’ That is a little Spanish translation, that means The Suns. I mean, if they wanted all the way they would have ‘Los Soles.’ What’s your opinion, Rush?
RUSH: Phoenix Suns basketball team. Well, you want to know what my opinion is? I think professional sports needs to man up. You’ve got the ‘Reverend’ Jackson demanding that Bud Selig cancel an All-Star Game in Arizona because of the immigration law. Al Sharpton’s on the way. Now you’ve got the owner of the Phoenix Suns running around saying, ‘We’re not going to do this!’ You got a bunch of liberal sportswriters suggesting the D-Backs, the baseball team be boycotted wherever they go. I think sports needs to man up.
CALLER: How is that, Rush?
RUSH: Get liberalism out of it! For crying out loud, take a look: 70% of the people of Arizona support the law. Does professional sports want to be associated siding with illegals, lawbreakers?
CALLER: See, but they’re uneducated. They’re misguided. They haven’t even read the law.
RUSH: I don’t care. Ignorance is no excuse to me. If they haven’t read the law, if they don’t know what this is about now, they never will, with this much attention be paid to it. I mean, what do they really think is going to happen? I’ll give you the perfect analogy. This is no different than the Republicans supporting amnesty back in 2007 because they don’t want to offend anybody, and they hope to get these votes. So you have the ownership of the Phoenix Suns, the ‘Los Suns,’ and whoever, ‘We don’t want to offend a portion of our fan base. We don’t want to appear to be politically correct. We want to appear to be all inclusive and so forth.’ Well, fine and dandy but what happens when that contributes to the overall deterioration of the culture of the society? I just think it’s cowardice. I’m sorry. I think it’s cowardice, pure and simple.
CALLER: Thanks, Rush.
RUSH: You bet. We have a sound bite. I have a sound bite here. Steve Nash, a great player for the Phoenix Suns, and he was on ESPN. I thought, by the way, ESPN was not for politics. Something happened some years ago that, I don’t know, that made me think that politics and ESPN are kind of like water and oil in the Gulf of Mexico: They just don’t mix. But Steve Nash was on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption with the famous nuclear and d political analyst Tony Kornheiser. Kornheiser said to Steve Nash, ‘A lot of athletes try to steer clear of politics. You seem to be embracing it. Do you speak for the whole team, do you think, or just for yourself on this Los Suns thing?’
NASH: I can never speak for the whole team, but our owner asked us if any of us had a problem wearing the jerseys, and nobody did. So I think we’re pretty like-minded on this issue. This league is very multicultural. We have people from all over the world. Myself, obviously, being a foreigner and many of my teammates. Players on the other team. Our communities are very multicultural. so I think we have to, obviously, find a different way to combat the issues that we face in our society, and I think that this is the wrong way to go about it.
RUSH: To enforce American law. Well, you know, to me this is extremely sad and shortsighted. It sounds wonderfully thoughtful. It sounds wonderfully compassionate. Okay, so there are some… Like Ozzie Guillen, the manager of the Chicago White Sox, from Venezuela, said he will not go and participate in the All-Star Game as a manager or coach if it’s in Arizona. Well, okay. So we’re supposed to change everything. We’re supposed to deal with American law by reacting to what Ozzie Guillen of the Chicago White Sox says? No. If he doesn’t like it let him not go. Don’t go! Fine and dandy. Don’t go. It’s fine if you don’t want to go but we’re not going to change federal law or state law just so you can show up at an All-Star Game. This is an interesting thing about the intersection of politics and sports, which I thought was not supposed to happen. But it obviously is.
The bottom line here is it’s just cowardice that’s running this: Cowardice disguised as supremacy, cowardice disguised as ‘I’m better than you,’ cowardice disguised as ‘I’m more open-minded than you,’ cowardice disguised as, ‘Uh, uh, I’m more worldly than you are. I — I — I’m a better person. I’m more tolerant than you are.’ It’s just cowardice, pure and simple — and if it isn’t cowardice, it’s pure ideology. Nothing other than political liberalism that’s guiding the opinions on this, which is common and okay in politics, but tell us that. You know, don’t give us this superior, ‘I’m better than you are,’ multicultural garbage. Just tell us you’re a liberal, you disagree with the law, and you don’t think that the jerseys ought to say Suns because it offends you. Don’t hide behind holier-than-thou, you’re-better-than-everybody-else stuff. Thing about liberals, they just can’t be honest about who they are. They have to always denigrate everybody else. ‘Well, we have to wear these Los Suns jerseys because there are so many racists in our state, we have to battle it.’ Sorry. It doesn’t fly here on the EIB Network.
RUSH: I really thought, my experience with the St. Louis Rams was that sports cannot be politicized. Ozzie Guillen and all these other people, if you don’t like playing in the United States, if you don’t like playing in Arizona, go back and play for Hugo Chavez and try to make the millions of dollars there that you make here. You notice how they’re all for diversity as long as everybody thinks alike. Liberals love diversity as long as everybody thinks the same thing.
Here is Steve from parts unknown in west Texas. Welcome to the EIB Network, sir, hello.
CALLER: Greetings, Rush, from the oil and gas fields of west Texas. I think that if the Phoenix Suns are so into this, why don’t we give amnesty to all the fans, free tickets, free T-shirts, all of the concessions are free, the beer, everything, and, you know, go whole hog on it.
RUSH: You left out parking.
CALLER: Well, parking as well, whatever, like I said, if they want to grant amnesty to these people, by golly —
RUSH: On Cinco De Mayo, amnesty for everybody that wants to come to the game until the seats are filled. In fact, the Phoenix Suns should also, on this one day, drop the requirement that people have to present their papers to get in, no tickets. No tickets to get in, just want to watch the game, get in, no papers necessary.
CALLER: I think that would be a great idea. I listen to you and Lynn Woolley every day on the radio, and you guys really inspire me.
RUSH: Thank you very much, sir. Appreciate it.