Evolution is defined as a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage). This means that I am, myself, living proof of evolution.
In 1990, I thought Rush Limbaugh was about the biggest jerk this side of the equator. He can still make me cringe from time to time, but you know, coming up on 20 years later I have begun to more and more appreciate Limbaugh’s judgment and candor. Here’s an example of why. (Note this is excerpted from Rush Limbaugh’s opening monologue Monday, June 8.)
They go on to make the point that Barack Obama has become America’s Gorbachev. Gorbachev presided over the destruction of the Soviet Union, and Barack Obama is presiding over the destruction of the United States of America. There is no other way to say this. Given the economic numbers that we have — given the 25-year record unemployment, given that there is no positive economic news anywhere — wouldn’t somebody with common sense and a brain think that after… Let’s count ‘em up here. This is just five months, and then we add October, November… After eight months of an amount of spending that equals $11 trillion and an over $2 trillion budget deficit this year — after eight months of stimulating the economy in ways that have never been done, under the theory that this was the only way to revive our US economy — isn’t it time to stop and say, “Wait a minute! The political solutions not only aren’t working, they are making it worse”?
Eight months, and this kind of spending is enough of a proving ground for me. The sad fact is, I and many of you in this audience don’t need a proving ground because we have history on our side. We know where this kind of thing has been tried structurally and philosophically and in reality and we know the disaster that awaits. It hasn’t worked any time it’s been tried. The only reason somebody in this day and age thinks it will work is because of the personality of Obama. The personality. The cult-like followers of one man think that it is possible because he’s a different kind of guy. I need to find an audio sound bite here for you. It’s from state-run Newsweek. Let’s see. I want you to grab audio sound bite number eight, Mister Broadcast Engineer. Back in 2007, Evan Thomas of Newsweek magazine was asked, “Don’t you guys think the you’re being awfully hard on George W. Bush?” “No, no, no, no, no,” said Evan Thomas of Newsweek, “Our job is to bash the president. That’s what the media does. Our job is to bash the president.” Now Newsweek is government-run media. Evan Thomas Friday night on MSNBC got a question. The question was this. “You remember 1984? That wasn’t 100 years ago. Reagan, World War II the sense of us as the good guys in the world. How are we doing?” Listen to this answer.
He’s bringing nobody together, but there you have it from government-run Newsweek’s Evan Thomas: “He’s a god.” Obama is a god. Reagan was parochial. Reagan, he only cared about America, but Obama’s above that now. He’s not chauvinistic. We’re just provincial. Ronald Reagan was not provincial. Ronald Reagan understood American exceptionalism, Ronald Reagan understood America’s greatness, Ronald Reagan understood America’s role in the world for good. Mr. Thomas, Barack Obama sees America’s role in the world as not good. It is offensive to the sensibilities of millions of people to hear a member of State-Run Media refer to a half black-half white human being with no experience running anything of substance referred to as a god. He may be president of the United States, but he’s a god. Sadly, too many people look at him that way, which is why they can watch with their own eyes and experience with their own lives the destruction of their own lives economically, and still find a way to hold the man responsible for it, Barack Obama, blameless.
If I might correct the architect of the collapse of the Soviet Union, well, the partial architect, Ronald Reagan helped as well, that would be Mikhail Gorbachev. Mr. Gorbachev, Russia was destroyed, the Soviet Union was destroyed by freedom; it was destroyed by capitalism; it was destroyed by American exceptionalism. Socialism as an opponent to capitalism is what died with the Soviet Union. Communism as an opponent to capitalism is what died. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what Barack Obama inherited. Barack Obama continually, childishly, immaturely blames predecessors for all of the mess that he and he alone has compounded. If he wants to talk about what he inherited, I’d like to put it down on the record what he inherited. The problem is he inherited it temporarily. He’s in the process of destroying it.
Barack Obama inherited greatness in a nation. He inherited the birthplace of the individual. He inherited the defender of liberty at home and abroad, the United States of America. He inherited the opportunity to lead a nation of sheer exceptionalism, a nation of equal opportunity, a nation which featured its citizens the right to fail and to try and try and try again. He inherited the financial center and capital of the world. Barack Obama inherited the country that has successfully championed capitalism and widespread prosperity. He inherited a nation which liberated billions of people who lived in oppression. He also inherited great responsibility. He inherited the responsibility to lead this great nation, the world’s lone superpower, a nation oriented toward the good of humanity. He inherited the responsibility to preserve and strengthen the free markets and economies that made this the greatest nation in the history of human civilization. He inherited the responsibility to continue the philosophy and the tradition of a country founded on Judeo-Christian morals, ethics, and principles.
He inherited the Constitution of the United States. He did not claim the right to remake it, to rewrite it, to change it. He swore to uphold it. And he’s in the process of wreaking as much damage to the Constitution as he can get away with, with nominations like Sonia Sotomayor, as he is wreaking damage to the US economy. Barack Obama did not inherit a mess. He leads a mess. He inherited the United States of America, where anything is possible. And greatness has been delivered to the world time after time in the form of private sector inventions, innovations, advancements in products that improve people’s lives for over 200 years. He inherited a country of individuals energized by their liberty and strengthened by their character. Barack Obama inherited the leadership of the greatest collection of human beings in the history of human existence.
And what has he done with this inheritance? He has run around the world and apologized at every stop he makes for what he considers the sins, the immorality, and the unjust unfairness of the way he perceives the United States of America. He inherited a country that liberates the oppressed, as I said. He inherited the greatest economy in history. He inherited that, nothing more, nothing less, plus the Constitution. There is nothing to apologize for. It is childish, it’s babyish, it is immature, it is unbecoming anyone who holds the office of president of the United States to run around crying like a baby while lying about the mess he inherited, because he didn’t inherit a mess. He inherited years and decades of stewardship from the Oval Office of the greatest nation in history. In his mind, he inherited a flawed social experiment. He has now made the mess that is the United States economy. He is making a mess of United States foreign policy.
There is a lot to be proud of this country, but you don’t hear much about that from the Oval Office or wherever Obama’s teleprompter happens to be planted. We don’t hear people in his administration talk about how proud they are of this country and how proud they are of the people who make this country work. There is a lot of work to be done, but not the way Obama is proceeding. He is creating more work for future generations to reclaim their birthright that is the greatness of this country. Barack Obama is destroying what others before him preserved and expanded upon. He’s now saying, we can no longer postpone health care, just like we couldn’t postpone stimulus, we couldn’t postpone TARP, now can’t postpone health care. If he gets what he and the Democrats want, single payer national health care, your kids and grandkids can forget the American dream as you and your grandparents knew it.