RUSH: The video I was referencing a couple of hours ago, an hour and a half ago about a guy who went out to the University of Washington, Washington state, and started engaging students and could not get them to say that anything he was doing or saying was wrong, it was fascinating to watch this.
It answered some questions for me about the culture — what I call cultural rot, cultural decay, some people call it cultural evolution. But there are many factors that combine to produce the phenomena where we are like students that are afraid of anybody that disagrees with them. This new concept called microaggressions, where we got students afraid of the word “Trump” written in chalk on a sidewalk that they have to pass.
You read these stories, “This is kind of exaggerated, it has to be.” And it’s not. Then you remember everything that has happened to college-age kids today growing up. They got trophies for just waking up. They got trophies for going to bed on time. They got trophies for participating in a sport, didn’t have to win diddly-squat. The self-esteem movement told them they were excellent, superb, special and the greatest ever when they hadn’t done anything to warrant any such thing, and it’s all led somewhere.
You add the average, ordinary daily dose of liberalism to all of this, and you have the phenomenon, really, where nothing except Republicans and conservatives are wrong. Everything else is to be tolerated. And this whole instance of tolerance has been bastardized now into acceptance of virtually anything because it’s just not right to judge anybody. I don’t have the right to say what you think or do is wrong. I don’t have the right to think it.
And what we end up losing is truth. It’s impossible for there to be true. It’s impossible for there to be objective right and wrong. Now, this is the first in what’s planned as a series of videos from the Family Policy Institute of Washington. And in the video that I saw, the director of the Family Policy Institute has exchanges with students at the University of Washington. And the context, the reason for this taking place is a law in Washington state allowing transgender people to use restrooms and locker rooms of whatever gender they happen to identify with that moment, that day, that month, however it is they decide to present on a given day.
So the guy conducting the interviews with the students on the video is named Joseph Backholm. He’s Caucasian. For those of you in Rio Linda, that means white guy. He’s about five nine, and he walks up to these students and says, “What would you say if I told you that I’m a –” Now, remember what got this going is people who one day, you know, “I feel like a woman, I’m gonna go to the women’s bathroom,” and it’s a guy. It could be a 25-year-old six foot four-inch guy, wants to go to the women’s bathroom because he says he feels like a woman that day, and anybody who tries to stop this is ridiculed for not being tolerant.
And it’s all happening under the rubric of the LGBT movement, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender movement, which exactly I predicted, by the way. Once the gay community accomplished much of their agenda, they had to transfer it somewhere. They can’t allow the agenda of the movement to die. So the next group of victims became transgenders, one-tenth of 1% of the population. But now we are having to right law and make adjustments as a society to accommodate that one-tenth of 1% of the population.
And the reason we’re doing it is because nobody will condemn it, nobody will say that it’s wrong, nobody has the guts because what happens to them when they do, as you can see happening in the state of Georgia, you can see happening in the state of North Carolina, in Indiana. Whenever a society, via its elected representatives, attempts to pass legislation which it shouldn’t be needed to, by the way, that does not permit wanton use of opposite-sex restrooms just ’cause you feel like it, all hell comes down on you.
And it’s a very active movement that is very much into intimidation, threats of violence and so forth. And people who have been trained to avoid confrontation, “Oh, that’s bad, it’s bad, we shouldn’t disagree at all. We should all be getting along.” Then people that avoid confrontation cave, and the aberrants triumph yet again.
So that’s what starts this. The guy asks young male students, young female students, and he says to one female student, “Okay, I walk up to you, I tell you right now I’m a 6 foot 5 Chinese male, what is your reaction?” And the girl says, “Well, you know, like, if you, uh, it’s not for me to say that you’re not. I mean, if that’s how you feel then it’s not for me to tell you that that’s not who you are. If that’s how you feel, fine.”
And he comes up with other examples, not just how he looks, but invents behavioral things that he has engaged in. “Well, if that makes you happy. I’m just not comfortable judging you.” And you can tell with each example this guy gives them, they get more and more pained. But they will not, in no instance do they tell the guy he’s wrong. In no instance do they tell the guy he’s not who he says he is. And from this you can learn why it is, then when somebody says that they are 24 years old and they’re five nine, five ten, six two, and they feel like a woman that day and want to use the women’s restroom, “Why, if that’s who you are that’s fine. We all have to be who we are. If that’s what you have to do it’s not my job to say no.”
And this video’s filled with example after example of this. And, you know, this takes moral equivalence and just obliterates it. This goes so far beyond moral equivalence. This is an obvious inability to stand for anything. It’s an inability to condemn anything. It’s an inability to have any notion of objective right and wrong. So it’s bye-bye morality. It’s bye-bye right and wrong. It’s bye-bye value system. It’s bye-bye virtue, and it’s not just this one campus. This is happening more and more, and particularly younger generations ’cause this is how they’ve been taught.
A lot of this is rooted in anti-Christianity, because Christianity has been portrayed as the premiere judgmental religion, the premiere condemnatory religion, that all they do is judge and condemn and put people down and deny people the freedom to be who they are, and so we’re raising kids in certain sectors of the country that simply will not stand for anything. And, by the same token, they use this as a license to do anything themselves, because none of their friends or colleagues or peers condemn what they do.
They sit around, they praise each other for their openness, and they praise each other for their tolerance while condemning others who are closed-minded and bigots. One of the students on the tape says, a female student says, “I feel like it’s not my place as, like, another human being, to say someone’s wrong or to draw lines or draw boundaries. It’s not my place. I don’t have that right. I don’t have that right to say that you’re wrong.” Think of what breaks down. By the way, this didn’t just happen. We have been trending in this direction for years. I can think off the top of my head, think of countless examples.
I remember back in the nineties when the subject was condoms, and we had to make condoms available everywhere. We had to give ’em away — had to instruct people in their usage in junior, middle school, high school and so forth — on the theory that we can’t stop kids from having sex. “They’re gonna have sex! You can’t stop ’em, Rush. I don’t care what you do, you can’t stop ’em.” So I’d take calls from parents who would agree with that premise.
“No, we can’t stop them.” I had calls from parents in Long Island who’d actually say, “Yeah, I let my daughter and her boyfriend spend the night in one of our guest rooms, ’cause it’s cleaner than the back of his car.” I’m sitting here as host, incredulous as what I’m hearing. They think it’s virtuous, and they can’t stop them anyway. “So since they’re going to do it, let’s make sure that they have condoms and a clean bed.”
So I suggested, “Well, how about a pack of cigarettes on the nightstand?”
“What do you mean?”
“Well, isn’t that what everybody does? After you have sex, you light up a cigarette?”
“No, no, no! They can’t smoke in my house!”
“What do you mean? You think you can stop ’em from smoking?”
“Damn right! They’re not gonna smoke in my house.”
“Really? You can stop ’em from smoking — you’re not gonna permit that — but they can have sex like a bunch of minks, and there’s nothing you can do about it?”
“That’s right, Mr. Limbaugh. That’s right.”
So this isn’t anything new. It’s been trending in this dire. And by the way, this is made to order for the left, because the left can only survive when they’re not being judged. The left can only survive and prosper when they have bullied everybody into tolerating whatever behavior they want to engage in — and good behavior doesn’t require any tolerance. So we’re talking about aberrant behavior to begin with. Good behavior, you don’t have to any tolerance for that. Good behavior is laudatory. Good manners, good behavior, that’s becoming an exception.
But, I mean, in the old days you wouldn’t need tolerance for it. You would have appreciation for it, maybe, but you would have to tolerate it. You build up tolerance for abnormal, destructive, and any other kind of behavior you want to describe. But on this campus, University of Washington… I mean, I’m just giving you one example when he told ’em, “I’m a six-foot-five Chinese male.” But he gave ’em a bunch of other examples about, you know, differing types of physical appearance and things that he says that he had done or wanted to do.
Some of it was reprehensible stuff, and nobody would condemn it. No, and they got tense. You could see them get tense. You could see these kids getting all stressed out at the thought of condemning it. They weren’t getting stressed out at the kind of behavior. They weren’t getting stressed out at the fact that they were talking to some five-foot, nine-inch white guy who thought was like a six-foot, five-inch Chinese male. That didn’t bother ’em. They were getting stressed out over the notion that, “Oh, I might have to say something!”