RUSH: Obama is criticizing the Arizona immigration law, bringing in Señor Wences, Felipe Calderon, from Mexico to act as a ventriloquist puppet to mouth the identical criticisms of the Arizona law. Getting a standing ovation from the Democrats in the House of Representatives, as Señor Wences spoke to a joint session of Congress. The president has constantly increased the Arizona law, and now he’s asking our so-called allies and friends to do it. He has not once spoken to the governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer — not once! — and yet Obama tells us, and she’s tried. As the saying goes, ‘She has reached out.’ She has reached out to various members of the Obama administration, reached out to the former governor, ‘Big Sis,’ Janet Napolitano. She can’t get a call back! Nobody in the administration will talk to the governor of Arizona.
Yet Obama tells us he has an open mind; that we must listen to opposing views. He told some graduates somewhere, maybe it was Ann Arbor (doing impression), ‘If listen to Rush Limbaugh, uhhhh, try reading the Huffington Post! If you listen to Glenn Beck, whyyyy, try reading TIME Magazine.’ But he will not open his mind to any countervailing opinion. He doesn’t ‘reach out,’ as he asks us to do. He doesn’t listen to the other side. Speaking of Arizona, Señor Wences went up there was criticizing our core values and criticizing the state of Arizona, mischaracterizing our law, worrying about profiling — ‘raz-ial pro-FI-ling’ and ‘discrimination.’ Shouldn’t the Congress out of respect for Mr. Calderon’s superior morality immediately adopt Mexico’s laws on illegal aliens word-for-word? Because he came here to criticize ours!
Señor Wences comes here to criticize ours. Should we not, as a show of respect, acknowledge his moral superiority on this and adopt Mexico’s laws on immigration? By the way, the cities that are boycotting Arizona, will you boycott Mexico? Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of LA and Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco: You are actively urging boycotts of city officials and any kind of activity, economic activity from occurring in Arizona. You’re prohibiting city employees from San Francisco and Los Angeles from going to Arizona. Well, Mexico has Draconian immigration laws — and you talk about mistreating illegal aliens? You go down and you try to be an illegal immigrant in Mexico and see what happens to you. Shouldn’t Mayor Villaraigosa and shouldn’t Mayor Newsom and all these other namby-pamby leftists jumping on the boycott Arizona bandwagon, shouldn’t they not also boycott Mexico?
Because Mexico is far more Draconian. Mexico is far, far more egregious in human rights violations. Will Mayor Villaraigosa cancel ‘sister city’ relationship with Mexican towns that so many of them currently enjoy? Los Angeles? One of the Los Angeles sister cities is Mexico City. Now, of course all these questions are just facetious, folks. But the bottom line is Mexico is far more Draconian. They mistreat illegal aliens. We don’t even hold a candle! They’re boycotting the wrong place. Now, we go to the audio sound bites. The governor of Arizona is responding to Señor Wences. She was on last night with Greta Van Susteren on the Fox News Channel. Van Susteren said, ‘We had a visitor on Capitol Hill today. [Señor Wences] of Mexico was here. He had words before the Congress. He said this about your new statute in Arizona. He said that he ‘strongly disagrees with the recently adopted law in Arizona. It’s a law that not only ignores the reality that cannot be erased by decree but also it’s a terrible idea using racial profiling as a basis for law enforcement.’ What do you say to that?’ This is Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona.
BREWER: I think that’s really unfortunate. I don’t believe he understands what the law actually says. You know, I don’t mean that derogatorily, but the fact of the matter is is that it prohibits racial profiling. It’s illegal in the state of Arizona, and racial profiling is illegal in the United States.
RUSH: Governor Brewer, it doesn’t matter what he understands. It doesn’t matter if he understands it or not. He was given orders to go out and mouth the words of the regime. That’s the price he had to pay for having a state dinner in his honor. If he doesn’t understand it or he does understand it doesn’t matter. It was not Señor Wences speaking. It was Señor Wences speaking the words of Barack Obama to try to add impact to and put more pressure on you, Governor Brewer. Van Susteren says, ‘Well, yesterday President Obama speaking with President [Señor Wences] said that he didn’t say that the statute called for racial profiling but he described it as having the potential for that probability. He refers to it as ‘misguided.’ What do you say to the president of [the regime]?’
BREWER: I just keep questioning the fact of the continuation of misleading, I believe, the American public on the facts. It’s very clear, it’s been in federal law for decades, and it’s something that we implemented in here to use as another tool to get our borders secured — and if it was illegal or it was racial profiling here in the state of Arizona, it would then have been illegal and racial profiling decades ago for the United States.
RUSH: So she’s being generous. She’s being overly kind to Obama. She doesn’t say that he doesn’t understand it. She says he’s ‘misleading people,’ which is exactly right. The truth is he’s lying about it! She’s been trying to get hold of him. She’s been trying to get hold of anybody in Washington to listen to her. Van Susteren said, ‘Governor, what do you need? Do you need help? Is there anything we can do for you?’
BREWER: We are out here on the battlefield getting the impact of all this illegal immigration, and all the crime that comes with it, and no one… We have, I have repeatedly, sent letters to the administration and to the president of the United States with absolutely no response. And I just can’t understand for the life of me when 70% of the American public agrees with Arizona that no one is taking any action. No one is calling us. We have borders for a reason. A nation without borders is like a house without walls. It collapses. We need help, Mr. President.
RUSH: And her plea falls on deaf ears. Byron York, Washington Examiner today: ‘When President Obama discussed the new Arizona immigration law with Mexican President [Señor Wences] at the White House Wednesday, he was doing something he has never done with the governor of Arizona. Although Obama has repeatedly criticized the law, he has not once talked about it with Gov. Jan Brewer, nor is any such discussion in the works. If they did talk, Brewer might ask Obama why he took a foreign leader’s side against a U.S. state on the issue of illegal immigration. In a Rose Garden appearance, [Señor Wences] called the Arizona law ‘discriminatory’ and said it will lead to immigrants being ‘treated as criminals.’ Obama echoed [Señor Wences’] remarks, saying the Arizona law ‘has the potential of being applied in a discriminatory fashion’ and creates the ‘possibility’ that immigrants will be ‘harassed or arrested.’
‘The scene left some in Arizona, and all around the country, slack-jawed. ‘It is unfortunate and disappointing,’ says Arizona Republican Sen. [Juan] McCain, ‘that the president of Mexico chose to criticize the state of Arizona by weighing in on a U.S. domestic policy issue during a trip that was meant to reaffirm the unique relationship between our two countries.” So it’s all over the place. Everybody sees what’s happening here. We all know what’s happening. It’s never happened before. The events of this week are unprecedented. Now, we have had Senator Kennedy travel to the Soviet Union, and we have had Senator Kennedy send notes to the Soviet Union leaders warning them of doing business with Reagan. We have had George Miller and a number of other Democrats in Congress go down and chastise Daniel Ortega for embarrassing them by having a public relationship with the Soviet Union during the Iran-Contra wars. But never (and in one week to boot) have we had representatives of China and Mexico come to the United States, criticize our country, and the administration agree with them. It’s never happened.
RUSH: Oh, yes, I have! Topo Gigio was at the White House yesterday. You see that little mouse, that little rat that ran across the steps? Obama’s up there at the podium and some rodent goes by. Topo Gigio! Señor Wences! For those of you too young to know, those are staple characters and guests on the old Ed Sullivan show on Sunday nights on CBS. Let me read to you from the Arizona law. The Arizona law says, quote: ‘A law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may not solely consider race, color or national origin,’ meaning there’s no racial profiling. So this means that an illegal alien arrested in Arizona, if that illegal alien could prove he was arrested because of racial profiling, he would hit the lottery! He would hit the jackpot because the law specifically says: You can’t racially profile. Have we ever had so much dishonesty, blatant dishonesty from the White House in the history of this country?
Even Clinton backed down when they found the blue dress. The Arizona law is the equivalent of the blue dress and Obama is not backing down. It’s filled with racial profiling and he’s got Señor Wences coming up from Mexico to say the same thing. Does the White House have a fence around it? Why? Why does the White House have a fence around it? It has a fence around it to keep people out. It also has a bunch of Secret Service people guarding the fence — and they have guns, loaded guns. You try to smuggle some drugs over the White House fence, you try to just go through the White House or over it yourself and see what happens to you. And when you go to the White House, everybody needs papers. Every time I’ve been — I don’t care, every new time — I have to submit, resubmit Social Security number and all kinds of other information, every time. They don’t keep it on file. Well, they may keep it on file, but you still have to present it each and every time. You have to present your papers.
RUSH: This is Roland in El Paso, Texas, great to have you on the EIB Network, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Well, thank you for taking my call today, Rush. Mega dittos. This is a real hoot having a chance to talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you very much, sir.
CALLER: You know, Rush, earlier this week, you commented on Auntie Obama’s deportation hearing.
RUSH: Aunt Zeituni, yes.
CALLER: And while you were making your comments my thoughts wandered in a different direction than the point you made at the time. Rush, it’s no surprise that a relative of a sitting president would be granted asylum. I would expect no less. The interesting part is that it showed that illegals living in this country can get public housing and no doubt food stamps and free health care.
CALLER: It’s a much bigger issue than Auntie Obama to be found in between the lines of the news story. How many other illegals in this country are living off the American taxpayers and does Auntie Obama now owe the American people the money received while here illegally?
RUSH: (laughing) Fat chance. What is your answer? What do you think? I mean, it’s gotta be a lot.
CALLER: Well, I would ask that there be an accounting. You know, there’s lot of money being spent in this country and the American people deserve a better accounting of how that money is being spent and who it’s being spent on. Now, there’s no problem with coming here legally — and although I don’t agree with subsidizing that effort for those that want to come to America, be that as it may — but being here illegal in this country and being subsidized? That’s beyond the pale.
RUSH: Yeah, of course. Of course it is, but you want an accounting? We’re beyond that. I guess my point is we’re beyond an accounting. We don’t need an accounting to know we’re getting screwed. We don’t need an accounting to know we are getting the shaft. We don’t have any money! We don’t need an accounting. An accounting is never going to happen. I’d like an accounting of the stimulus bill, frankly. I’d like an accounting of TARP. I would like somebody to tell me where the Federal Reserve loaned $2 trillion before we got to TARP. I’d like for somebody to account for me how many people who aren’t working in this country we are subsidizing and to what level. Of course we would all love that. I would looove an accounting of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But we don’t need it. We don’t need it to know that the wrong people are running the show. We don’t need it. We know who they are, we know what their policies are, we know what objective they have. We have the accounting. All that we need to know — and, yes, it is this simple — is they’re liberals. That’s all we need to know. Everything descends from that. Everything. Every item of corruption, abuse of power, post-Americanism — the answer to everything that’s going on that you don’t understand in this country — can be answered 99% of the time with one word: Liberalism.
RUSH: Ralph in South Jersey. Welcome to the EIB Network. Great —
CALLER: Uh, yes. Thank you for take — taking my call, Mr. Limbaugh. I want to say this, okay? The president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, has every right to weigh in about the, uh — the law in Arizona, because he represents a people and a country — and as far as I am concerned, that is an interest to that country, Mexico, just as it is in this country. Now, whether or not I agree with the comment he made, I can form my own opinion — and in my opinion, the Arizona law is racist because the immigration issue never was, never has been about the issue of immigration. The whole premise of the immigration issue, Mr. Limbaugh, is about race.
RUSH: You know, Ralph.
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: I didn’t challenge Señor Wences’ right to say what he wanted to say. He can say whatever he wants to say. But don’t you find it appalling that a forum was given to the president of Mexico to come here and trash and lie about the United States and the Arizona immigration law? Do you not find it strange that the president of the United States sides with the president of Mexico and everybody else but the people of this country and the people of Arizona on this issue?
CALLER: Well, he has — he has made that comment once, you know, before President Calderon came to this country, and he speaks to that position. And, you know — about the — the — the question, Mr. Limbaugh, of racial profiling. Short of racial profiling, how is this law going to be enforced, number one? Number two, they have not defined what is an illegal and who isn’t illegal.
RUSH: Ralph? Ralph, let me read the Arizona law to you. Are you listening here?
CALLER: Yes, sir. I am.
RUSH: Here’s what it says, Ralph. Quote: ‘A law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, or town or other political subdivision of this state may not consider race, color, or national origin…’ Now, would you explain to me, Ralph, where the racism is in that?
CALLER: Well, just because it —
RUSH: Well, you can’t, Ralph, because there’s no racism in it. Don’t even try, Ralph.
CALLER: It’s actually in so, Mr. Limbaugh, I definitely don’t like to believe they can’t enforce this law without resorting to racial profiling. I mean, I don’t. I mean, there are millions of innocent people are getting picked. You know, on this.
RUSH: They’re not. Innocent people are not getting picked.
CALLER: But, I mean —
RUSH: Are you telling me that legal immigrants are being deported?
CALLER: Well, no, but I mean stopped. They are being stopped.
RUSH: No, they’re not. The law hasn’t even gone into effect yet, Ralph.
CALLER: That doesn’t matter. There are… You know, there — there are —
RUSH: Doesn’t matter?
CALLER: There are people like Arpaio who are —
RUSH: Snerdley, how in the world did you think that this guy was not a kook?
RUSH: Are you…? Opposition? Ralph, thanks much. I’m sorry Snerdley embarrassed you this way. It’s really not your fault here, my friend. Good Lord, Snerdley! (sigh) The guy… (interruption) Well, it may be the liberal mind. It’s fine to have opposition but the guy was not right about one thing that he said. Even confronted with the Arizona law he said it doesn’t matter, and yet that’s the sole reason he’s calling. (interruption) Well, all I’m saying is you said you didn’t want any kooks and yet you gave me one. You gave me one. (interruption) Well, I don’t know if he’s… (interruption) Now, now, stop that, H.R. Stop. Everybody’s telling me, ‘He’s not a kook; he’s an idiot.’ He’s a nice guy. He was just malinformed, uninformed, ill-informed or what have you. Yeah, I guess it was instructive in a way because this is what we’re up against. This is the so-called mind-set is that we’re up against. Michelle in Fort Smith, Arkansas, you’re on Open Line Friday. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. It’s an honor to speak to you today.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: My husband is going to be so jealous. He’s listening to you right now. I know he is. (giggles) Well, poor Ralph. You know, I mean he doesn’t understand that if you’re not an illegal, you have a driver’s license, a valid driver’s license. But what I called for today is I just heard today that the head of immigration, John Morton, may not help Arizona deport their illegals. And I’m utterly appalled by that. I mean, these people took an oath.
RUSH: This is true. You heard correctly. The immigration guys, the ICE guys, have told Arizona they’re not going to take their referrals. They’re not going to deal with their cases.
CALLER: But didn’t these people take an oath to uphold the laws of this country? And it’s a federal law.
RUSH: They said they’re too busy or some such thing. They don’t want to get caught up in this. This is the regime. I mean, it’s just orders of the regime to steer clear of this.
CALLER: I also wanted to tell you on a side note that I both called and e-mailed Mark Pryor. I’m not even bothering with Blanche Lincoln because she’s out anyway. She can’t stay in. But I condemned his standing ovation to Felipe Calderon speech yesterday, told him that he did not deserve to represent me in the Senate. So I was…
RUSH: And you know what he did when he got your message?
CALLER: He probably deleted it. (laughing)
RUSH: And laughed at it first.
CALLER: Yes, but, you know, I have power of the (garbled).
RUSH: I’m sure he said, ‘Well, here’s another one of my rube hick constituents not smart enough to understand what’s going on here in the joint session,’ and probably printed it out just so he could rip it up before he deleted it.
CALLER: My husband’s already told me several times that I’m probably on a watch list for him because I e-mailed and called him so many times and chewed him out. (laughs) But like I care? You know, I don’t care what Mark Pryor thinks about me.
RUSH: He’s probably gotten to the point now where he looks forward to your calls.
CALLER: Well, maybe, but, you know, he never actually speaks to me personally. He never actually calls me back.
RUSH: Because it doesn’t matter what you think, don’t you see? These are liberals! It doesn’t matter what you think. They are governing precisely against your will — on purpose, by design. They hold you in contempt.