RUSH/EIB: Do you realize how shaken the left must be in America today? Do you realize it, folks? Did you see any of the NRA convention over the week in Houston? Everybody rocked. Palin rocked. She went out there with some chewing tobacco. But Wayne LaPierre, one of the most brilliant approaches that I’ve ever seen.
He’s got a crowd of 5,000 people in that convention center and he says, "If you’re a school teacher, stand up. If you’re a fireman, stand up. If you’re a cop, stand up. If you’re a housewife, stand up." He went through every normal American behavioral pattern occupation, way of life, and at the end of the it, everybody was standing up, 5,000 people, and on display was the unmistakable conclusion that the NRA is everybody. The NRA is America, and so are supporters of the NRA, and even people who are not members.
The left had to look at that and quake in fear. The Heritage Foundation, folks, is out with a summary of the Gang of Eight immigration plan. Robert Rector and one of his colleagues have put together a really comprehensive study of the Gang of Eight bill. It’s called: "The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the US Taxpayer." There is a five-page summary of this report that is available. I’ll be explaining how you can get it in mere moments here on the program. Let me just give you an upshot.
The cost of legalization of this particular piece of legislation will net to $6.3 trillion. They detail all of the people who are here illegally, who, if granted amnesty, what programs, welfare and other things, education, free, they will be given access to. It is shocking. It is stunning. And this I am sure has the left profoundly upset and irritated.
Benghazi. I’m watching the golf tournament — oh, folks, I went out and played yesterday. I had not been playing much since last July. I had frozen shoulder. I didn’t know what it was. My left shoulder kept getting progressively worse and worse, range of motion limited, very, very painful. I just figured it was something that would get better over time, and it kept getting worse and worse and worse and I couldn’t play golf. Finally one of my golf buddies sent his doctor to see me, ’cause they were tired of me not playing with them. My friends missed me. So they sent a doctor. And the doctor, in 20 seconds of diagnosis, said, "You got frozen shoulder."
I said, "What’s that?"
He said, "If you could see it, everything in your shoulder is blazing red."
I said, "Well, what do we do about it?"
He said, "You need a cortisone shot."
I said, "Okay, that doesn’t bother me."
"Twenty-four, 36 hours you’ll notice that it will start getting better immediately."
I said, "What happens if I don’t take a shot?"
"Well, it will get better on its own. You could take 10 Advil a day and in 10 or 11 months it would go away."
"Ten or 11 months?"
"Yep, 10 or 11 months." This doctor is a renowned shoulder surgeon, by the way. So I got the cortisone shot on the way out of town for a trip to Las Vegas, and, sure enough, 24 to 36 hours there was dramatic improvement. The one shot didn’t totally wipe it out, but I started playing golf again. I had not played since last July. So I’ve played since then maybe four or five times. I got the second cortisone shot about a month ago and it totally, totally got rid of the frozen shoulder, back to hundred percent. Well, I cannot fully reach behind my back with my left hand, but that’s inconsequential.
I went out, played yesterday, magic front nine. I had a 38. On a real golf course, not a short tricked-up golf course, but a real golf course, real length, and I have never played this well in my life. Every shot, bull’s-eye. I can’t describe to you how it felt. It didn’t matter if it was 185 yards or 210 yards or 80 yards or a hundred yards, dead on. One shot to a long par 4 had a hundred and, what was it, 85 yards in, I grabbed a 5-iron and hit the pit and trickled off to about five feet and had a birdie. And then we stopped, this always happens, we stopped for a snack, and I said to everybody, "That’s it." Whenever we stop and I have something to eat… and I shot a 45 on the back nine. So I still had an 82.
So, anyway, I’m all jazzed. I get home and I’m watching the golf tournament yesterday and there’s a crawl from CBS Sports promoting the upcoming 60 Minutes saying that they have a new version of what happened in Benghazi that is unlike anything the White House has been saying. So I say, "Whoa." And then I got the audio sound bite roster today and I find out that on CBS Slay the Nation yesterday Bob Schieffer was all upset, because Susan Rice lied to him. All this time, Bob Schieffer has believed the video story. And now that the whistleblowers have come forward and now that the truth of what happened in Benghazi is beginning to come out, Bob Schieffer is a little upset. So we’ve got those sound bites.
Remember on Friday we spent a lot of time analyzing Obama’s speech to the students in Mexico City. And one of the aspects of his speech in Mexico to the students at the Anthropology Museum, he talked about Mexican sovereignty and American sovereignty and how we’ve pushed our sovereignty on them. I scratched my head and said, "What’s this?" During the commercial break I found out what he was talking. He was talking about the fact that too many Mexicans still consider Southern California theirs, parts of New Mexico and Arizona theirs. He was agreeing with them (imitating Obama) "Well, I understand how you feel. We’ve pushed our sovereignty. We’re gonna change all this."
Well, it turns out, ladies and gentlemen, that on CBS Sunday Morning, their correspondent Mo Rocca did a report about the impact of the Mexican-American War on today’s debate on immigration reform. Mo Rocca is a comedian. I guess he became known to people on The Daily Show, but this is a straight news story and it’s aimed right at America’s low-information voters. He went to Mexico to explain the Mexican-American War and…
Well, you’ll hear it. He makes the case that the United States had no reason for the war, that we’re guilty. There was no reason for us to go conquer Mexico. There was no reason for us to shed blood. It’s fascinating. The low-information voter in this country is being conditioned to believe that California really is Mexico; that it’s not right that it’s America. And the same thing with New Mexico and parts of Arizona. So there’s that.
There’s the Heritage study on Benghazi. Let’s see. What else do we have? Obama at Ohio State. Obama went to Ohio State University and he did a commencement speech. He told the graduates to "reject voices" that warn about government tyranny. Now, we have the audio of this. Let me just give you a little preview. Obama said to the students at Ohio State — "the" Ohio State University. (Sorry. I’ll get that right.)
The president said, "Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted."
That’s not at all what people who are warning of an encroaching government are suggesting. They are suggesting that our unique experiment in self-rule is threatened. But, anyway, back to the beginning here. "Unfortunately, you’ve grown up…" Now, these are college kids. What’s the age range, 18 to 22? It’s 17-22. I’m sure you’ve got some 25 and 30 year olds in there, but for the most part 18 and 22, 17 and 22. "Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government…"
Who? What voices is he talking about? (interruption) No, Snerdley, he’s not talking about mine. Remember the age group now. "You’ve grown up…" He’s talking about their parents. He doesn’t mean that they were listening to me when they were six and seven and 10 and 12 and 13. He’s not gonna acknowledge that everybody in that graduating class is a Rush Baby. He’s talking about their parents. Who else could he be talking about when he says, "Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices…"?
Now, I’m sure he also includes voices that these students have heard in the media. But he also has to be including their parents. I don’t think there’s any escape. Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times: "We Liberals May Have Overstated How Great Health Insurance Is." Yes, the left and the Democrats, some of them continue to run away from Obamacare now. The media is talking about Obama as a lame duck.
Cokie Roberts says, "Yes, he’s a dame duck but only because of the 22nd Amendment, only because he can’t run again." Well, that’s true of every second-term president. James Carville, on television this weekend, claimed that he listened to me analyze the Gang of Eight immigration program. He said he listened to me express doubts about how this benefits Republicans, and said he thought it made sense. Not that he agreed with it. He then he said that Ted Cruz is the most formidable, fearsome, competent Republican on the horizon.
Now, there could be some reverse-psychology strategy going on there, but we’ve set the table. That’s just some of what is coming up on the program. There’s also a great piece that ran in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review yesterday by Salena Zito. "When Will America Burst DC’s Bubble?" It’s about the real division in this country. And it’s not the division between the races, it’s not the division between the sexes, it’s not the division between the haves and have-nots. It’s the division between Washington and the rest of America. And it is brilliantly stated.
So you sit tight, ladies and gentlemen. I, America’s Anchorman, will be back with all of this and more right after this.