RUSH: Grant, Tulsa Oklahoma. Hi, welcome to the Rush Limbaugh program.
CALLER: Hey, thanks for having me on. If I sound provocative, I want to apologize ahead of time, but I have two questions that I’d like to ask you. First is, I heard you last Friday when you were talking about Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and I’ve heard him on his radio program since I drive a truck and work out here on the road, and you were making fun of him and saying that he doesn’t have any correct information and doesn’t know what he’s talking about. And I’m just wondering what your credentials and my know-nothing, do-nothing Senator Inhofe from Oklahoma, what does he know?
RUSH: Well, you know, William Shatner asked me, how do I know what I know is right, and I said, ‘It’s my job to know what’s right.’ But see, you’re doing a double negative. I question — where are RFK Jr.’s credentials? His number one credential is his last name, and number two, his credential is he’s got an approved cause, and that is, world peace, world whatever, save the world with environmentalism or what have you. And my point is, he doesn’t need qualifications. All he needs is a fax machine and a logo and a phone number to ABC, CBS, NBC, and they will anoint him with expert status.
Now, you’re calling to say, well, what are my credentials? Well, I’ve never offered myself as a full-fledged, scientific expert on this stuff — precisely the opposite. I have given my reasons for believing this in nonscientific ways because I don’t believe we’re being told in pure scientific ways because they can’t prove their case, either. They’re relying on faith. And they’re ginning people up and creating fear and panic, and they’re leading people to give up their income, pay higher taxes, reorder their lives, all for a fraud. I totally believe it’s fraud. So I’m simply saying, you know, okay, we got, ‘Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says….’ So? What Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says — why is that more important than what Robert Smith says?
RUSH: So I’m asking.
CALLER: I — I — I don’t — well, I guess, with him being in the government stuff, I guess people report to him —
RUSH: He’s not in the government. He’s not. He’s an activist. He’s not in the government.
CALLER: Oh, I thought that he was a representative or something at one time.
RUSH: Well, no, no, no. There are a lot of these Kennedys out there, and it’s easy to confuse ’em.
CALLER: Oh, okay.
RUSH: No, he set himself up as an environmental lawyer, I think is what he is.
CALLER: Okay, well, you know, forgive me for that. I thought that he was a representative or something —
RUSH: Well, but even so, what makes them experts? You know, what makes… You just said that your senator’s a know-nothing, so you’re not automatically accepting that that elected official is an expert.
CALLER: That’s true.
RUSH: Why would you accept Kennedy, if he were a member of Congress, why would that automatically make him an expert when it doesn’t make your senator one?
CALLER: Well, I — I just see the — the news reports of, you know, and I know that you’ve made fun of this in the past, but like ice floes and, you know, the polar bears and now National Geographic has a thing about the migrations and the walruses on there, saying that they’re — the female walruses were not able to get up on the ice floes with their cubs and they had to inhabitate the same place as the males —
RUSH: And then where did they ask you to send your money after that report?
CALLER: I don’t know, I didn’t see it. I just saw the advertisement for it.
RUSH: Yeah, but —
CALLER: I can’t get anything on —
RUSH: Well, I’m sure somebody sent a donation to save the walruses after this report, or to support some think tank or some organization that’s gonna save the walruses.
CALLER: Well, that may be true. I didn’t actually see it. I just saw the advertisement for it, ’cause I can’t get anything like that out here on the road.
CALLER: You know, I —
RUSH: Well, you’re in Oklahoma. Walruses are not an endangered species there, they don’t even live there.
CALLER: Out at the zoo, maybe.
RUSH: (laughing) All right. Grant, thanks for the call. I appreciate it.
RUSH: Okay, folks, here it is, love it or not. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. got into the environmentalism business because he was sentenced to it. ‘In 1984, Kennedy joined the Riverkeeper organization to satisfy the 1,500 hours community service to which he was sentenced.’ I don’t know what the offense was. So he became an environmentalist as community service, 1,500 hours. ‘After his 1,500 hours of community service were complete, the group hired Kennedy as its chief attorney.’ So it would be safe to say that Robert Kennedy Jr. was sentenced to environmentalism and then took it up as his life’s calling. That’s his qualification. I love the guy.