RUSH: I knew it was just a little too good to be true yesterday. (interruption) What? What are you expecting? (interruption) What’s the question? (interruption) Oh, no, they don’t. That’s the point. Snerdley just asked, “Do rallies ever accomplish a damn thing?” No, except making the people that do them feel better. Rallies make the people who involve themselves in them think they’ve done something. You’ve heard people say, “I want to do something with my life. I want to make a difference.” So you go to rally, and you get together, you hold hands, and you’re all unified in purpose.
You’re around people that share the same desires and passions, and you do that for a couple, three hours. When it’s over, you made a difference, in your mind. I’m not being — you know, it’s kind of a loaded question for you to ask me out of the blue because it’s obvious this rally didn’t accomplish anything, other than a show of unity. But it’s not gonna stop ISIS or whoever. It’s not gonna stop Al-Qaeda, is the point.
But I don’t think the people that did the rally, which, by the way, the White House had plenty of time, this rally was put together as early as January 8th, from what I’m told, anyway. That would be five days ago. Well, tight. But the point is, a rally isn’t gonna stop any of the bad guys. But a show of unity and a display of unity, actual engagement in unity with everybody showing up, admitting to each other that they are aligned together against these people can help raise spirits.
It could help maybe inspire a sense of purpose later on, but the rally itself, in terms of a deterrent or an action to stop anything, no. But you tell me. Did civil rights marches matter? They clearly did. That’s right. The civil rights marches, many of them, did more than sway public opinion, but if nothing else than that, that’s still an impact. That’s a huge impact, is change… (interruption) But a lot of people are afraid of the terrorists.
RUSH: All right. Let me give it to you straight, on the down low. This rally’s gonna have as much effect on ISIS, Al-Qaeda in Yemen, whoever, on the Islamic extremists as the hashtag campaign had on Boko Haram, #saveourgirls. And that’s essentially your question. Does this mean anything? What I think is different about this, with allowances here, I think you people in the audience understand what I mean. Normally it’s the bad guys that take to the streets and start raising hell and demanding justice and what have you. In this case it’s clearly the good guys who don’t do things like this. Good guys got together and stood up, and were shouting “no more.”
Now, some people think it was a brave thing to do. This is not gonna change Al-Qaeda. It’s not gonna diminish. It’s not gonna shame. It’s not gonna have one measurable impact on stopping Islamic jihad, militant Islamist extremism. But a lot of people think it was a courageous thing to do. There is palpable fear of these people. I mean, it’s everywhere, and that includes, in certain governments, at the highest level of government.
There are some places that will not call this what it is simply because they’re afraid that that will target them. There are others who won’t call it what it is for other reasons we can only speculate, but it’s not fear of anything. I don’t think Obama’s afraid of them, for example. Kerry, I don’t know. Biden, who knows. But Obama, I don’t think he’s afraid of Islamic extremists at all. That’s not why he will not call it what it is. Well, you fill in the blank yourself on that.