JASON: When I was campaigning for the U.S. Senate last year in Minnesota, I was demanding an end to lockdowns in April. I went all over this great state and saw these small businessmen and women — these seasonal resorts — that were decimated and ruined by these lockdowns. I saw school districts conning parents into the Zoom learning, devastating children, isolating kids while the teachers union was telling the CDC when it was safe to go back to school.
This has been a dream by liberals. They have exploited a public health crisis to lock the young and healthy down, while they’ve infected the elderly in congregated living facilities. It has been the greatest mismanagement of a public health crisis in the history of the United States of America, including the Spanish flu. We had H1N1. We had the 1968 flu crisis. In ’57 we had one.
Never did we lock down a country. Only now, when liberals have power, and that will be a greater damage done to this country than covid. In Minnesota, you got 90% of seniors — people most at risk — with one dose of the vaccine or more. Why is anybody locked down? Why is anyone locked down or told to wear a mask? If you want to wear a mask, go ahead. If you’re really worried, don’t go out.
But don’t tell other people what they’ve gotta put on their face. Don’t tell kids they’ve gotta smother and have their face muzzled so you can virtue signal. This is an outrage. This is just an outrage. And now we’ve got basically the CDC coordinating with teachers unions on when to open schools, even though we know there is no threat to young people from covid.
The seasonal flu is a far greater threat. We’ve known that for a year, and yet we’ve kept these schools locked down. We’ve kept these kids socially isolated. We’ve engaged in a systematic era of child abuse in the name of public health by these “experts” that don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. It’s been a shocking, a shocking display of thought control, of mind control, of instilling fear in an entire nation.
Now we got the mask nannies that will squeal on everybody. If I see one more idiot out there walking alone with two or three masks on, I think I’m gonna lose it. Truly! I want to be… I don’t want to call them the greatest threat. What’s the greatest threat…? Oh, what is the word I’m looking for? There’s an idiot and there’s a moron and the one can reproduce, which means they’re a greater threat to the human condition. I’m not sure which these people are, but either way, I’m not enamored with them.
Rush addressed this and especially the teachers running an end-around around covid, getting their money for not teaching. Play audio 10.
RUSH: Can we get rid of the myth once and for all that school teachers, anymore, are these average, ordinary (as Obama wants to say), next-door neighbors who are just doing everything they can to further the educational experience of your children? That’s not who they are. They are left-wing activists, active members of unions who are oriented first by a political agenda, second by their own well-being, and your kids come last.
Can we just get that out in the open? And it’s all about — I know I’m gonna get in trouble for this but it’s all about — people who know full well that they’re getting a deal their states can’t afford, being paid for by people who aren’t earning half as much as what they are paying these public sector employees. It’s a moment of truth in defining what kind of country we’re gonna be going forward.
Are we finally gonna put the foot down and say, “There’s gonna have to be some reason and sensible action, behavior, here on how public sector employees are paid. Or is the country going to exist — are the taxpayers of this country going to have as their first responsibility — the lifestyle support of public sector union members?” Is that the primary reason for the existence of taxpayers?
Let’s throw out the window here this Norman Rockwell version of Miss Carter in the second grade with the little students bringing in the apples. “Hi, Miss Carter! Hi, Miss Carter! I’m ready for my math test today.” That’s not what’s going on. The whole educational system has been co-opted by people who have found an easy way to a good living, and they realize it and they don’t want to give it up without a fight.
It’s always about the money, particularly from people on the left who claim they are motivated by everything but money. They’re motivated by good intentions, by their big hearts. They’re inspired and motivated by their desire for good works. It’s always about the money — and as easy money as they can get. I know this is probably not possible.
I would like somehow to have a calculation on how many people in this country actually WORK for a living rather than siphon for a living. I have a sneaking suspicion that the number of people actually working for a living is decreasing and the number of people who siphon for a living is rising, ’cause it’s considered easy money — and along the way, you automatically get to call yourself an expert!
JASON: You know, it’s amazing. Rush is so right about that. It all started with collective bargaining on the public sector level. Even FDR said government employees should it be allowed to collectively bargain because they’re negotiating their budget with the person they elected. And that’s what the teachers unions in Minnesota — the MEA especially — has done here. And across the country, for that matter, friends.
They basically donate… They’re the largest player in state and local elections. They donate and they’re their person hired (Walz is a former teacher) and then they sit across the table and bargain with the person they got elected? It’s a classic first-year law student conflict-of-interest scenario. And that’s why most reasonable people say, “No, no, no. You really can’t collective bargain with the people you’re gonna get elected.”
And yet they have, and they control this nonsense. So they literally for the last year have been getting paid not to teach, not to do what they’re supposed to do and be self-righteous about it to boot! Now the American Rescue Plan is gonna bail out the states even further! That’s what Rush was talking about. Meanwhile, the CDC guidance on children’s summer camps says (Are you ready for this?) even vaccinated adults and children have to wear masks outdoors.
Except, of course, when they’re swimming; then they have fishnet masks. Children are not at risk for this stuff. Why are we doing this to them? And yet! And yet! These are the same governors, from Newsom to Walz, certainly to Cuomo, that deliberately put covid-positive patients back in nursing homes while they were locking down kids, that deliberately kept small businessmen and women from earning a living. They have devastated this state and this country by using a public health crisis as a means to accumulate and implement power.
These are precisely the sort of people that should never have it.
JASON: Cheyenne, Wyoming. Clay, you’re on the Excellence in Broadcasting Network.
CALLER: Hey, Jason. Hey, thanks for taking my call. You do a great job, as do all the other guest hosts. Every day that goes on, I get more grateful for Rush’s insight. I’ve been listening ever since I was 17 years old, and I don’t think I’d have the insight I would otherwise without him.
JASON: Amen to that.
CALLER: I travel for a living across the country, and I can see it everywhere. Small businesses, they’re having their backs broken. I mean, if it was broken enough during the initial phase of covid, if you will, you’ll go broke in the name of this virus. You shall go broke. The ones that survived that now, it seems like they’re now surviving an assault.
It’s almost like the government is trying to promote a strike against America and a strike against labor itself. You know, right now the money going to people to sort of not work, it’s really, really starting to show up in places that have opened up — and also, even the blue states that haven’t opened up as much.
It is showing up big time. People can’t get anybody, and the people that are showing up to work are highly stressed and you probably can’t blame ’em for wanting to stay, and I’m just… I’m curious what the endgame is? What is the endgame about all this? Are they trying to force a mass unionization or what’s the deal? They’re gonna wipe out their own.
JASON: Well, the endgame is what it’s always been with the totalitarian left or right, and that’s power and keeping power. Understand what’s happened under covid. They’ve been able to punish — punish — their opponents in business and reward Big Tech and Amazon and all the other companies that have made billions during the shutdown because of mail-in orders. They’ve been able to change election law to the point where witness signatures, let alone voter ID, is a thing of the past.
Voting on Election Day is a thing of the past. Election deadlines for ballots are a thing of the past. And secretaries of state like Steve Simon clued with liberal groups to sue him and then he settled with them, usurping the separation of powers and the legislature’s ability to write and to make election law. All of that resulted in a Democrat victory at the polls. They’re controlling people, telling them what to wear.
They’re telling you, “You must get a vaccine passport!” They’re telling you your kids can’t go to school but the teachers union must get paid. It is an orgy of power that is right up the alley for any would-be tyrants. And what better than instilling fear in people? You know, there was a World War I protester at the time, Randolph Bourne, who said, “War is the health of the state.”
When you can get people afraid, then you can control them, and that’s what they’ve done. They’ve gotten… They’ve terrified an entire country. Tragically, young people. We got kids… Some school nurse was on TV yesterday telling them she can’t get kids to take off the mask even though one of them threw up in it. This is insane, and if we don’t start pushing back on this and the little virtue-signaling brats that are posing it on us, it’s going to get worse.