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RUSH: Snerdley just asked me an interesting question, and I want to pose the question to you in my own words. After 39 weeks of unemployment over 8%, after an unemployment rate that’s been higher for longer than any since the Great Depression — with only 115,000 jobs added — even if you are Barack Obama, don’t you care a little about your legacy? Don’t you want some improvement somewhere in real life, not just a rate drop from 8.2% to 8.1%? Don’t you want something that’s gonna add to your legacy, make you look good to the historians?

Now, what is the flaw in Snerdley’s question?

The flaw in Snerdley’s question is the premise.

To understand Barack Obama, you have to admit something, and it’s a very difficult thing to do. Not for me, ’cause I know. But it’s a very difficult thing for most people to admit, even though he said so in his own words (almost exactly the words I’m gonna use to you) that we’ve elected a president who doesn’t believe this country has ever worked. It’s been a fraud. All these great presidential legacies from the founding up until him are based on fluff and fraud. We have unjust foundings based on immorality and plundering the world for our own benefit.

He doesn’t believe this country’s been legitimately great. It’s been illegitimately great, and he is out to transform it. Watch the Julia slideshow. You’ll see what the ideal citizen is to Barack Obama. It’s a citizen dependent totally on government who has no independent thought, no independent life. Whatever is needed, there’s something in Washington where you can go to get it. You don’t have to do it yourself. You don’t have to do anything yourself. The flaw in the question is that Barack Obama is cut from the same mold as previous presidents.

He isn’t. His job is to transform this nation into what it should have always been if it were a just, equitable, fair nation with a focus on human rights and social justice, which this nation has never cared about. It’s never been focused on that in his mind, and in the minds of everybody in his administration, and probably eight-out-of-ten college professors. So… (interruption) Well, publicly, he’ll go through the motions. He knows he can’t come to a microphone or camera and say, “Enjoy it while it lasts, because if I get reelected, this day is the closest it’s ever gonna be to the way you remember this country being.”

If he said that, he’s toast.

He’s got to make you think he cares about his legacy in traditional terms.

He’s got to make you think he cares about legitimate job creation.

But what’s happening is on schedule and according to plan. This guy, Al Armendariz, from the EPA who wanted to “crucify” Big Oil and gas companies? A lot of people said, “Gee, how did a kook wacko like that get into the administration?” He’s not a kook. He’s mainstream. He may as well have been handpicked by Obama. They’re all through the EPA, just like that guy, and all through the administration. I know it’s tough to get your arms around. But 88 million people out of work — still eating, still driving, still using their cell phones — that’s ideal. Who’s taking care of ’em and who are they gonna vote for?

To the phones, since it’s Open Line Friday. We’ll start in Kansas City. Brad, great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello, sir.

CALLER: Mega dittos, Rush. I’ll tell you how far back I go. Back in the late eighties, I was working at a liberal bookstore as a receiving clerk (chuckles) and that’s where I got my start in the book industry, and that’s basically what I’m calling about. I’m one of the 11% of unemployment that, frankly, is unemployable because I went out and created my own job after deciding that this whole unemployment thing just doesn’t work.

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: I’ve been in the book industry my entire adult life, and know some ins and outs and where things can be bought and then sold for a profit. And I decided, “You know what? I’m gonna scrape together the thousand bucks that I’ve got sitting in an envelope and invest it.”

RUSH: Okay. Here, again, you are coming at me today from the same place in history that Snerdley is — and I admire you for it, by the way. I just don’t know how many of you there are out there. You’re sitting there saying, “Hey, wait a minute! We’ve got a bad economy?” Look, I’ve always had a theory that I’ve espoused on this program: “Oh, they’re gonna have a recession? Fine, I’m not participating.” And I don’t participate in recessions. What this guy, what Brad’s saying is, “Well, if it’s so bad, stop complaining and start your own business. Get your own job.”

Amen! (clap, clap)

And that’s what used to happen, and it still is, but I don’t know how often.

Like, Brad, I don’t know how many of the 88 million unemployed are even complaining anymore. Certainly some of them are. Not all 88 million want to be in the welfare hammock, but some of them are happy to be taken care of without work, with the government taking care of as much as possible and they’ll fend for themselves on the margins. It’s a different country, but that’s what this show is all about today and every day. It’s about trying to change that, light fires under people, particularly on Election Day. Get this country back, save the country, or what have you.

We want to end up with more people looking like you than are right now.

That’s what this is about.

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