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RUSH: You know, folks, it’s too bad that being able to work at your job without having the government take half of your earnings isn’t a civil right. It’s just too bad that being able to buy whatever size soft drink you want is not a civil right. Just look at all the things they’d have to leave us alone on if we could simply play their game, change the language, and say, “My 32-ounce Pepsi is a civil right!” “I’m only gonna give the government 30% of what I earn. I have a civil right to keep 70% of what I earn!”

Here’s Scott in Los Angeles. Scott, thank you for calling. It’s great to have you on the EIB Network and Open Line Friday.

CALLER: Thanks, Rush. I’m gonna change the definition of “Good Friday” and say, “A Friday where I can talk to Rush is now considered Good Friday.”

RUSH: I dig it. I like it.

CALLER: Hey, yesterday you spoke, and I’ve been a big fan of this definition of the word “marriage.” I’ve actually got a dictionary open here that says that it’s a man and a woman that joined together to found a family.

RUSH: How long is that gonna be, by the way? How many years is it gonna be before you go to the dictionary and it doesn’t say that?

CALLER: Well, these dictionaries, the binders are falling off ’em. I’m gonna hang onto ’em, but if the liberals get in here and they decide to change the dictionary in here, they’re gonna have to use an eraser or Wite-Out.

RUSH: Well, that’s what’s underway, I guarantee you.

CALLER: Well, you were talking yesterday. You said that you wanted to be an Obama — and my fear is that your wish is gonna come true. Because if Obama continues to change this country, we will cease to be Americans, and we will all become Obamas.

RUSH: Well, I understand your point, but that wasn’t my point — and you know this.

CALLER: I know that wasn’t your point, but I didn’t just think it was funny when you were talking about that yesterday. I’m like, “We are gonna end up as him.”

RUSH: Well, I’m sure a lot of people thought that. It’s why I took some time with it, ’cause a lot of people, I’m sure, when they heard me say, “I want to be an Obama,” thought I’d lost my mind and didn’t quite know what I meant. I could see by the look on people’s faces across the glass here that there was rampant confusion. “No! Oh, no! What the hell does this mean?” I was simply illustrating absurdity by being absurd.

CALLER: (chuckling)

RUSH: I’ll go through it again very quickly here. The gay marriage people say that they want to be married, but marriage is the union of a man and a woman. As Judith Miller just said, from time “immemoriam,” that’s what it’s been. Genesis. It’s in the Bible, folks. That’s what marriage is. Marriage was created by God. It’s had its evolution, it’s gone through its phases, but it’s always stayed a union between a man and a woman. People who don’t want to marry people the opposite sex now say they want to get married, and just because they want to get married they should be allowed to.

“The definition is wrong.”

So to illustrate what they’re doing… I try to make things as clear as I can. To illustrate what they’re doing, I said, “I want to be an Obama. The Obamas have more rights than I do. The Obamas haven’t been elected to anything, but, look! They get millions of dollars in government benefits — I mean, millions. They live the lives of royalty. The Obamas are globally admired and don’t have to do anything for it. They just have to have the name. They’re globally admired in a way that I’m not.

“So my self-esteem is wounded by not being an Obama. (sobbing) I want to be an Obama, and they won’t let me be one, and that isn’t fair. Now my self-esteem is wounded, and I’m hurt. So I want to be considered an Obama — and don’t you dare tell me that I can’t be an Obama just ’cause I’m not an Obama! Just because, by definition, I’m not a member of the family? That doesn’t matter to me! I want to be one. So the law has got to change. If I want to be an Obama, my civil rights are being denied.

“My economic opportunities are being infringed upon. My ability to be respected and admired all over the world is being damaged by the fact that I am not allowed to be an Obama. So the law’s gotta change. The law has to change so that I can be an Obama. You need to change the definition of what a family is — and don’t tell me that I already have the same legal rights as, say, Michelle. That’s not good enough. I want to feel like an Obama, too. So the law has to be changed so that I am an Obama — and if you think that’s absurd, then you’re a bigot. You are a hater!

“You are denying me the pursuit of happiness!”


RUSH: There’s something else, ladies and gentlemen. Preventing me from being an Obama is also denying me love. The Obamas are loved, and we can’t deny anyone love. I mean, I want to be loved just like the Obamas are. But I can’t be because they won’t let me be an Obama. The law has to change to accommodate what I want. It’d make me happy. It’d make me loved. That’s what life’s all about. But alas, I can’t do it — and I’m just a lone guy.

I don’t know anybody else who wants to be an Obama but me, and I’m not enough to get it done on my own. I’d need a whole movement out there helping me to move that idea along, and I want to become an Obama. You could all be Obamas! Wouldn’t we all like to be loved and admired and rich like that? Wouldn’t it be great if we were all Obamas? Want something and take it. Want to punish somebody; be able to do it.

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