RUSH: Okay, to the phones in Maylene, Alabama, this is Ron, welcome, sir, nice to have you on the program.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush, and I want to say thank you so much for you representing us and giving us a voice. I’ve been listening to you since I was a policeman back in the New Orleans area in the late seventies and early eighties. What I’m calling about today is my nephew was on that rig that blew up.
RUSH: Oh, wow.
CALLER: He was on the last hour and 15 to 20 minutes that he would have left and he was going home, but he didn’t make it. But what upsets me is that when I hear someone say, ‘God is a Democrat,’ and is happy because this rig blew up and can further their political agenda. That just drives me and the family up the wall. This young man was 27 years old. He served in the Air Force, came back home, married his sweetheart — her name is Courtney — and they have a three-year-old daughter and a three-month-old daughter. And this guy was an honest, hardworking, dedicated person. He did everything he could for his family (voice breaking), and he is one of those ‘little people’ that the Democrats always talk about they want to help. Well, they’re trying to shut down the job that he did. He didn’t have anything but a high school education, but he found a job he could do to provide for his family. And he and these other guys that died in these coal mines and in this oil explosion are the little guys the Democrats are always talking about they want to help. Well, they’re trying to shut down their jobs as quick as they can shut ’em down and use them as a political tool to get their agenda passed, which is get cap and trade passed and get their jobs turned down. Now, is that what they’re supposed to be? That’s what they’re supposed to be doing? Helping out, killing jobs for, quote, ‘the little guys’ that they want to help? I hate this. This just drives us crazy. His wife, Courtney, and his mother, Peggy, are just devastated by this. And they want to use it for political advantage? I just… That’s beyond the pale.
RUSH: The real-world consequences of real-live liberalism. Now, to be fair, as far as my memory is concerned, I think only a female radio talk show host used the term. I don’t think… I haven’t heard an elected Democrat say, ‘God is a Democrat,’ but it is a prevalent view from the radical left. You’re quite correct about that. Just as they’re hoping that this terrorism, domestic terrorism, is committed by people essentially like your nephew who are tea party members. They’re desperately hoping. People like your nephew — and it is understandably infuriating. People like your nephew, people like me, they have no problem drawing a straight line between Oklahoma City and me, for example. But they can’t even see radical Islam as a cause of a potential bomb blast in Times Square. Then in oil rig blows up, and not just your nephew but the other ten that were killed are not even a story because the opportunity for the advancement of a political agenda is just too great.
CALLER: That’s exactly right. That’s just… It’s driving us crazy because they have no face, they have no name, and I’m trying to give one to him because he deserves it.
RUSH: Well, you’ve done a great job. Ron, thanks very much for calling, and God bless.
RUSH: I’ll tell you something else that all this does. It diminishes the deaths of these guys, these people on the oil rig, to pretend that the people that work on these rigs don’t care about safety; to pretend that the people involved in these rigs and the people that work on these rigs, the companies that employ them and know them don’t care about safety. Only the federal government, only the regime cares about safety. Only the federal regime’s agency with more regulation cares. Only a bureaucrat can care about safety. The big, bad oil companies, they don’t care about their employees.