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RUSH: Linebacker, Baltimore Ravens. I hope I pronounce his last name right. Brendon Ayanbadejo. He has long been an advocate for gay rights and gay marriage, and he’s a little unique. He’s an athlete who has joined a political cause. As we’ve discussed on many occasions, athletes stay away from this stuff. Athletes earn a lot of money. I don’t know if this guy does, but a lot of people earn money via endorsements, so you don’t want to anger a segment of the population.

Well, Brendon Ayanbadejo has decided to hell with it and he got hold of some people in the media and said (paraphrasing), “How can I help my cause? With all the media attention that we’re gonna be getting during the Super Bowl, how can I help advance and further the cause of gay marriage in connection with the Super Bowl?” This according to a New York Times columnist, Frank Bruni.

According to this guy in the New York Times, Ayanbadejo awoke early Monday morning after they beat the Patriots. And he wrote an email message to “Brian Ellner, a leading marriage-equality advocate with whom he had worked before, and Michael Skolnik, the political director for Russell Simmons, a hip-hop mogul who has become involved in many issues, including same-sex marriage. ‘Is there anything I can do for marriage equality or anti- bullying over the next couple of weeks to harness this Super Bowl media?'” He woke up at 3:40 in the morning with this idea. He was on the radio in Baltimore yesterday talking about this.

AYANBADEJO: For me personally, I just see it as a human rights issue. It’s not gay rights, it’s just equal rights. It’s just human rights and whether it’s suffrage or, you know, go back to slavery or segregation, gay rights, it’s all the same thing to me. I’ve gotten a lot of scrutiny. I’m officially known as the ambassador, the gay ambassador.

RUSH: Gay ambassador, and he’s not gay. I don’t think. Not that that matters. I don’t think he is. So I just want to alert you that the NFL, which doesn’t want anything to do with politics, ESPN, nothing to do with politics in sports, is going to make — and you watch, because this issue, gay marriage, is a huge 18 to 24 young people issue. It’s gonna be all over the place now. I guarantee you. My prediction is you’re not gonna be able to escape it.

I want to go back in sound bite order to Frank Rich, seven and eight. You just heard Brendon Ayanbadejo, linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. “It’s a human rights issue, not gay rights, it’s a human issue, equal rights. You know whether it’s suffrage, you go back to slavery, segregation, gay rights, it’s all the same thing to me. Yeah, I’ve gotten a lot of scrutiny. I’m officially known as the ambassador, the gay ambassador.” Oh, and he did say that instead of going to Disneyland after the game if the Ravens win, he wants to go on Ellen’s show and dance with her. The linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens is dying to go on Ellen DeGeneres’ show and dance with her.

So it’s gay rights, it’s suffrage, it’s human rights, it’s slavery, and I’m sure that’s how this young man’s been taught. I’m sure it’s how he’s been educated, to equate gay rights with whatever you see in the movie Lincoln. So Frank Rich last night on Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN. Frank Rich used to be with the New York Times. Now he’s at New York. Piers Morgan said, “Is it just me? Am I basically not wise enough to America to understand why it’s apparently not an infringement on the Second Amendment to ban automatic weapons, but it is to ban an AR-15 that can fire a hundred bullets in a minute?” See, these guys are caught up in the totally irrelevant, meaningless aspect. There’s no such thing as an assault rifle anyway, you and I are blue in the face. I want you to hear Frank Rich’s answer to Piers Morgan. “Look, Frank, do I not know what I’m talking about here? Am I so unattached to America that people don’t understand these weapons we’re talking about are mass killers?”

RICH: There’s no real logic to this sort of Second Amendment argument, although it’s so deeply ingrained in the American character. It’s almost a religious thing. So trying to apply logic to these arguments, they make no sense. It’s just they’re coming to take away our guns. It’s an infringement on our rights. The state, particularly, I guess, this particular president, are going to come and get us. And the Founding Fathers wanted this. The Founding Fathers wanted slavery, too. I think that, in some ways, this gun culture is as entrenched in the American psyche as slavery.

RUSH: You see how this works, folks? You who have an appreciation for the Constitution, the Second Amendment, and you who are concerned about the proper thing in all this, which is liberty and freedom, this is not about guns. These people going after your guns, they’re not going after your guns. They’re going after your liberty and freedom, and this is what you instinctively know. The Piers Morgans and the other junk heads out there, it’s no different than the people who know what they’re talking about, the leadership level, of the climate change. They’re not really talking about climate change. They’re talking about freedom and liberty and taking some of it away. And that’s just the vehicle for it by virtue of an expanded government.

It’s all rooted, again, in the fact that you don’t know how to live your life. You’re not responsible enough. You’re not smart enough. You don’t have the right kind of compassion, and now look, you probably supported slavery, too. This is what they’ve saying. Second Amendment, you know, the Constitution, these Founding Fathers, this is what Frank Rich just said, the Founding Fathers, they believe in slavery. Well, that Second Amendment, the gun culture is just as entrenched as slavery is. The Founding Fathers, a bunch of reprobates. They believed in slavery, guns.

And so the people today who are very concerned about the erosion of their liberty are said to really be nothing more than supporters of slavery, because that’s the same thing. That’s what the Founding Fathers are really doing. And these are the smart people. These are the ruling class. These are the elites. These are the people in academia teaching your kids. And you just heard how it works. You get this linebacker for the Ravens, Brendon Ayanbadejo, “It’s not gay rights, it’s human rights. And I gotta fix this. Gonna use the media attention I get at the Super Bowl. Don’t care whether it’s suffrage or go back to slavery or segregation, gay rights, all the same to me.”

So Brendon Ayanbadejo, a 25-year-old linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens — I think he’s 25 — is now equating whatever opposition there is to gay marriage to people who wanted slavery — and you who still want slavery, that’s why you want your guns. He believes, it’s what he’s been taught by people like Frank Rich, and this is how the cycle happens. This is how 25-year-old linebacker for the Ravens ends up believing the things that he believes. And it’s how he ends up thinking that he’s got a moral superiority about it. Not only is he right, but he’s way ahead of the game where you’re concerned. He’s got righteous morality on his side.

You are a backward, old-fashioned, gun-toting, slave-supporting, anti-women’s-vote type guy. That’s who he’s speaking out against. He hasn’t the slightest idea what his advocacy is really all about. He has no idea how and why he was educated the way he was. He’s been led to believe that his position is enlightened and morally superior to yours and everybody else’s. He is light-years ahead of you. You’re just stuck back in the old-fashioned times, opposing gay marriage.

You may as well be against women voting; you may as well be for slavery.

You really can’t blame him. That’s what he’s been taught. One more from Frank Rich. Piers Morgan said, “I watched Lincoln the other…” By the way, this Lincoln movie is the prism through which every liberal sees the world right now. So basically every liberal is seeing the world through the eyes of Steven Spielberg, not Lincoln. Anyway what’s his name, Morgan, says, “I watched “Lincoln” the other day, the movie, incredibly hard for Lincoln to abolish slavery in America. And he really went out on a limb and he did it.”

He really made a lot of deals. He had to do a lot of things that he disagreed with. He had to really make a lot of compromise. (I got sick in the face listening to all this.) Anyway, his question to Frank Rich: “[A] number of Democrats in red states are more worried about being kicked out of office by the NRA and other lobbyists going after them than they are about doing the right thing for the safety of America. “

RICH: Keep in mind about Lincoln, it’s a very interesting analogy, because Lincoln took a while to get there, to look at the end of slavery as a crucial issue. And he couldn’t have gotten there without support, starting with, of course, from slaves and African-Americans who were already taking matters into their own hands to the extent they could. In the case of the gun debate, there’s no real support except among people like us.

RUSH: There’s no real support for gun control, Piers, except among people like you and me. The rest of the country, Piers, is against us — and they’re a bunch of idiots, Piers. You know it and I know it. We need a Lincoln right now, who’ll tell all these blockheads what’s what.

But in this question that he asked (impression), “What I’m concerned about with this debate is already you’re hear a number of Democrats in red states are more worried about being kicked out of office by the NRA than safety for the American people.” I mean, it’s just comical to listen to the abject, proud, raise-your-hand-high-in-the-air ignorance of people like Piers Morgan.

I have to take a break. Phones next.


RUSH: Yeah, it’s just too bad that Abraham Lincoln did not have an armed guard with him at Ford’s Theatre, isn’t it? How would history be different today if Abraham Lincoln had had an armed guard? Do you know the story of the Pinkerton Detective Agency? It’s a fascinating story, if I’ve got it right. Lincoln was under threat of assassination after he was elected. They disguised Lincoln as an aged, old, decrepit woman, and put him on a train with a doctor, apparently a doctor. It was actually some guy named Pinkerton.

They had to get Lincoln to Washington for his inauguration undercover. He just rode among the passengers on a train, but he was decked out as some very sick and decrepit woman that nobody wanted to get anywhere near. He was an odd-looking, deformed woman. They did him up well. I’m doing this off the top of my head. The gentleman who traveled with him was Thomas Pinkerton, and he obviously begot the Pinkerton Security Agency and so forth. I think I’ve got that right. It’s from a movie, so there could be some exaggeration in the story.


RUSH: Here’s Eric. Bloomington, Delaware. You’re next on Open Line Friday. Hi.

CALLER: That’s Wilmington, Delaware.

RUSH: Wilmington?

CALLER: Yes, sir.

RUSH: Sorry about that. I didn’t think there was a Bloomington there, but I took a shot anyway.

CALLER: My comment today is that we should have a — like Michael Moore and all them put movies out there that, you know, tear down our people and our causes and such. We should have a couple movies out there right now, one on Benghazi and have Hillary channel Glenn Close in it. And also we should have another movie on the life and times of Obama with Frank Marshall as his mentor, the high school days of the chain gang, and his college days, and also his dealings with Reverend Wright trying to bribe him $150,000.

RUSH: So you think doing a movie about all this would be a great way of getting the message out?

CALLER: Yes, to the low-information voter, because they like docudramas, and they sit there and they watch those things, so that’s my comment.

RUSH: Okay. Well, I don’t know about Glenn Close, Frank Marshall. But the Benghazi movie, now, there’s potential there. I mean, we’ve had The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty about how Obama single-handedly got bin Laden. Of course, the movie doesn’t say that. A movie on Benghazi. I kind of like that. I don’t know what difference it makes now.

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