RUSH: I want to play a little game, or I want to get you all involved in playing a game. John Edwards — this is from the ABC blog — the Breck Girl, during a town hall meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire, on the 26th, a couple of days ago, took a moment to tell voters how he would mandate universal health care while his rivals are sparring with each other on the issue. ‘Senator Clinton, Senator Obama, have been bickering about their health care plans. I don’t want to talk about them, I want to talk about what we need to do for health care,’ Edwards said. And then he went on to talk about both Hillary and Obama. He said, ‘Senator Obama has a very creative plan. It just doesn’t cover everyone.’ About Clinton, he said, ‘She has a mandate which I think is the right thing to do, but she has no way to enforce the mandate.’ This is the Breck Girl speaking: ‘I am mandating health care for every man, woman, and child in America, and that’s the only way to have real universal health care. Every time you go into contact with the health care system or the government, you will be signed up.’ Now, does anybody remember seeing these German World War II movies, ‘Your papers, please?’
‘Basically every time they come into contact with either the health care system or the government, whether it’s payment of taxes, school, going to the library, whatever it is, they will be signed up.’ He said that during a press availability following the event. He was reiterating his mandate. Folks, can you envision this? This is made to order for Republicans to finally expose exactly who the liberals are and what they want to do to health care. Every time they come into contact with either the health care system or the government, whether it’s payment of taxes, school, going to the library, whatever it is, they will be signed up for health care. ‘When asked by a reporter if an individual decided they didn’t want health care, Edwards said, ‘You don’t get that choice,’ under his plan.’ You don’t get that choice. So here, ladies and gentlemen, is the game that I want to play, because I’m going to start doing this myself. I want you to join me. I am going to start monitoring Democrats when they speak, and I’m going to see how many times, if at all, they ever use the word ‘freedom’ in the correct context, as we understand it, as it relates to our daily lives, and in fact the foundational building blocks of this country.
It can be like one of these drinking games, you hear the chosen word and you take a swig. The one true and pure ideal this country was started with was the idea of freedom. It has been our North Star for decades upon decades, over centuries. It is the vision that drove men to this country against all odds in the 1500s, and it still does today. It’s the reason they fought in the cold with no shoes with Washington at Delaware. It’s the reason we are the one society to get rid of slavery, or the first to do it. The Brits did a pretty good job of it as well. But the point is, you ever asked yourself, and I’ve asked you this before, how is it that in less than 260 years, a population of 300 million people has established the single greatest, most powerful force for good nation in the history of civilization, versus civilizations, and societies, and countries that have been around thousands of years longer? The answer, in simple form, is freedom. It is fundamental. And yet, look at the word today, the word from Democrats is ‘mandate,’ ‘mandate,’ ‘mandate,’ you will, you will do this, you can’t do that, you can’t smoke here, you can’t drive there, you can’t wear that, you have to go here, you have to go there, all of these you-have-to’s.
The whole concept of freedom is missing from the Democrat message. I don’t care whether it’s Hillary, whether it’s the Breck Girl, whether it’s Obama, these people are looking at all of us and they are prepared to tell us how we’re going to live. They’re going to mandate how we live, and they’re going to keep track of us with this health care plan and any other things. So just as you watch television, or listen to the radio, or read the newspaper, or whatever you do, and you listen to Democrats speak, just note the number of times you hear them use the word freedom in the right and proper context. It’s not very often, folks, I guarantee you.