RUSH: We have NFL play-by-play men, Greg Gumbel, color commentators all saying they can’t believe more teams didn’t do what the Rams did on Sunday. They can’t believe more teams didn’t come out and imitate the “hands up, don’t shoot” maneuver that I guess they believe the Gentle Giant did. Is that possible, that there are still educated people, informed people who still think that the Gentle Giant put his hands up in surrender? Do they really think this? It must be the case or else it has become symbolic — obviously this is the case — for something else.
RUSH: And we’re back. Rush Limbaugh, talent on loan from God-d. And here’s Bob in Coronado, California, a beautiful place, by the way. Hi, Bob. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. I have a quick comment and a question for you. Many believe that the Ferguson riots were completely preventable had only the grand jury brought an indictment against Darren Wilson. And that leads to my question. Let’s say they had indicted him and let’s say he went to trial next summer. And looking at the same evidence, most likely he would have been found not guilty. He’d have been exonerated and been able to walk free. Would then the riots have started? In other words, would the riots have occurred either way? This way this would have turned it into a summer riot instead of a November winter riot.
RUSH: Well, one of the things I have learned is it’s kind of — and I’m gonna answer your question, but there’s a line in a song I once heard that for some reason stuck out at me, and it is, “I don’t believe in ‘if’ anymore. ‘If’ is for children.” I’m not castigating you, Bob, ’cause I’m gonna answer your question. I think in your scenario there would have been two riots, because I think there was gonna be a riot no matter what the grand jury did.
They were gearing up for it. They couldn’t wait for it. At a minimum they were gonna reenact Selma. John Lewis from Georgia and the rest of the civil rights coalition, the civil rights, shall we say, hierarchy from that era, from the sixties, they were itching for a nostalgic replay of Selma, and so was Al Sharpton.
We know that the New Black Panthers, a couple of them were apprehended trying to come up with the ingredients for a pipe bomb. There is evidence, there is credible evidence — in fact, get this. Let me find this. The Feds found evidence — here it is. This is from the Washington Free Beacon. A black racist group was plotting to blow up the Gateway Arch.
“The New Black Panther Party plotted to bomb St. LouisÂ’ Gateway Arch and assassinate local law enforcement officials, but the Justice Department,” found out about it and “so far has limited its prosecution of the group to an indictment of two members on minor gun charges.” This is a story by our old buddy Bill Gertz, old days at the Washington Times. He’s now at the Washington Free Beacon. And this story is as much an indictment of Eric Holder as it is of the New Black Panthers.
This is a story that should have been reported on the floor of the House and the Senate. We have two guys that want to blow up the Gateway Arch and they were gonna do it no matter what the grand jury did. This incident was just a favorable excuse. If the grand jury had indicted, the reason for rioting then would have been confirmation for the rage. And the rage would then boil over and we would have all been told we’ve gotta stand back and understand, because the community knew from the get-go that this was a racist shooting, and the grand jury has just confirmed it, and so the rioting would have taken place. The rioting would not have been forestalled by a grand jury indictment. That would have been the excuse for the rage that fueled. So there was gonna be unrest and looting no matter what.
Now, in your second scenario, okay, there’s an indictment, and then the trial. And if Officer Wilson had been found not guilty, there’s no question there would have been another riot and more looting, no question about it. There’s no real connection to the evidence in the case and the looting, because the evidence in the case doesn’t support any of this anger or rage, unless you’re angry that the truth was discovered and you didn’t want it to be.
But, yeah, there would have been unrest no matter what. And I don’t think they’re through, are they? They’re still seeking reasons for being outraged. What happens if the federal government says, “You know what? We can’t find anything, either.” What do you think’s gonna happen then?