March 31, 2011

Mark Steyn is guest-hosting for Rush... On the reason the United States is in Libya...

What is at stake, for the United States, in this war? This war is like Kosovo, this is liberal war-mongering. War to the modern liberal progressive – you never go to war in your national interest, because it's vulgar, it's simply vulgar for nations to have a national interest. An advanced western nation should only go in for multi-lateral, compassionate humanitarian war-mongering, like we did in Kosovo. Nobody remembers who the good guys in Kosovo were – the answer by the way is Neither of the Above. Nobody remembers what the hell the point of it was, nobody remembers why we went in there, and oddly enough, the fact that there was no rationale for it, was the rationale.

March 30, 2011

On President Obama's claim that there's no "quick fix" to our country's energy problems.

No quick fix. Well that's probably true, but if we'd've started increasing our domestic drilling thirty years ago when everybody was calling for it, would we be in this situation today?  How long are we gonna keep saying "No quick fix" when if we woulda started on a quick fix thirty years ago we'd be at a solution by now?

March 29, 2011

On the implications of Obama's conduct of the Libyan war.

Now, Obama is setting in place a new precedent, all of a sudden respecting our foreign policy and our military. And I don't mean, he respects them. He's setting a new place – new terms, if you will. All roads first go through the UN... All roads go through the UN, NATO, what have you. Look for more of this. And then you turn the operations over to another coalition. What Obama is doing here is multitasking. He is undoing our sovereignty, while at the same time setting the table to take personal credit for the eventual overthrow of . Never forget, never forget folks, Barack Obama has always held himself out as a global citizen, bigger, than the mere boundaries of our own country.

March 28, 2011

On President Obama's differing energy policies for Brazil and the United States.

Obama is helping the Brazilians drill for oil. And he says he wants them to be able to drill for oil. He wants them to be able to be energy independent. But [he's] not implementing identical policies here, in fact [he's] doing just the opposite. Harming our own ability to be energy independent.

March 25, 2011

On the President's failure to explain to the country why we are fighting in Libya.

I'd like to know – I'd like to know Obama's analysis of the "kinetic sports action" that's taking place here. He's just so damn good at this. He's so damn good at it. Obama spoke for almost ten minutes with ESPN on his picks, before he went on vacation. We're not even going to get a five minute speech from Obama on why we are sending our finest into harm's way in Libya. We're not gonna get that speech. We didn't get a preparation speech, we're not getting an update speech – think about it. The President of the United States devotes more time to explaining his NCAA basketball brackets to the country than he has explaining his reasons for bombing Libya.

March 24, 2011

On standards of legitimacy as they apply to middle-eastern tyrants.

became illegitimate when he dared to do what he is doing while a Democrat is in the White House. It's okay to do this kind of stuff when there's a Republican in there to demonstrate that they're weak or whatever but to do this, this is a slap in the face at brother Obama. To do this? That's why he's illegitimate. He has failed to recognize the primacy, supremacy of Obama here. To engage in this kind of an action after the Nobel Prize winner sits in the oval office?

March 23, 2011

On Obama's lack of a coherent military strategy in Libya...

Whatever happens in Libya – whatever happens – Obama's either gonna claim success, or deny responsibility. Whatever happens. That's why they're all over the board here. "Oh yeah he can stay/no he doesn't have to stay, he can go/Doesn't have to/he's got to go/no he can stay/well– al Qaeda in there?/Yeah, changes it a little bit, we don't know/We'll have to wait and see."

March 22, 2011

On the left's "no blood for oil" canard...

Where's our oil from Iraq? If anybody should have dibs on that, we should. At below-market prices. Contracts are going to everybody but us. Well, we got some but we're paying market prices for 'em. We had first dibs on that oil and we gave it away to prove we're nice guys. Part of the guilt of being a superpower. So we're going into Libya for the oil... I wish we were.

March 21, 2011

Mark Davis is guest-hosting for Rush... On the motives behind a muscular American foreign policy...

I'm sick to death of "Oh we can't go in and look like we're trying to impose an American solution. We can't look, oh you know heavy-handed. We can't look, you know, colonial." Did we make Iraq the 51st state? Did I miss something? Hasn't that lie been told? Hasn't that myth been exploded? You know we tried to get Afghanistan to apply as a protectorate of the United States... we are not trying to take these countries, we're not trying to take their oil, we're not trying to run their lives. We're trying to level the playing field, we've gotta level a lot of things before we level that playing field, we're trying to literally level the landscape that contains Al Qaeda, the Taliban, or whoever else we're trying to get rid of. We have to actually kill people and break things. It's a war. It's a war. And we have to do that. Our goal is to set up a resulting landscape in which the surviving population – hopefully the vast majority of them – can look around and go, "Wow, now our future is our own. Now we can actually create for ourselves, the country where we can elect our own leaders, draft our own constitution, have our own laws." And hopefully enjoying those freedoms creates populations that are less likely to want to kill us.

March 18, 2011

On what's at stake in the Wisconsin confrontation between Governor Walker and the public-sector unions.

The Left does not stop with the law. The Left doesn't care. They will do whatever, they will get these teachers, these people they want us to think of as the kind of people seen in a Norman Rockwell painting, and they'll bring the little students up to the capitol building and say "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Scott Walker's gotta go." ... So the Left is showing us once again who they are, and what is it they're trying to preserve? ... they are trying to preserve the union money-laundering operation. That is what's going on here. Never forget that that's what the public sector unions are. They are money-laundering operations. They are doing their best – they're pulling out all the stops, to make sure – 'cause all those union dues, it's all about union dues, which end up as campaign donations to the Democrat party. In Wisconsin, in Washington, where have you. That's what's at stake. Secondarily – make no mistake, it's a close second... – that is, the freeloaders don't want to give up the gravy-train.

March 17, 2011

On the Left's view of the United States as a moral force on the world stage.

The United States has always been the moral force for freedom, and goodness and decency. Isn't that why so many of us just revolt at the view of this country held by the Left, and our current regime. They find our country flawed. They don't think we have any moral superiority when it comes to freedom and liberty, there is no such thing as this "beacon" business. They may say the words. Their policies don't follow it up.

March 16, 2011

On the mainstream media's willingness to excuse President Obama's incompetence and irresponsibility.

I've rarely seen such a coordinated effort undertaken to excuse dangerous incompetence. And we're getting it. Each and every day it ramps up. I want you to ask yourself... forget the nuke stuff in Japan, forget the Middle East – just take a look at the domestic economic circumstances in this country, which have worsened since he took office. You put any other President – even if it's a Democrat. If it were another Democrat in office, going on television, ESPN, to do these picks, in the midst of all of this – why, whoever that President was, particularly Republican, but even another Democrat, would be scalded.

March 15, 2011

On the anemic legislative performance of the house Republican leadership.

The mood of this country is what the hell's going on? More and more people think that we have an administration that's actively, happily presiding over the decline of this country. A decline the majority of the people in this country don't want. And there doesn't seem to be any noticeable effort to stop this way of thinking or believing, in Washington. So, one unfortunate constant seems to be the Republicans' incapacity to handle their electoral prosperity.

March 14, 2011

On the risks posed by all forms of power generation.

All of our energy sources, all of our options, have dangers, have risks, inherent to their existence. Look at the deaths due to coal mine disasters. That's all in the name of fulfilling our energy needs. Natural gas explosions. Even the occasional oil rig explosion. The occasional oil tanker, springing a leak. And in the context of all this, nuclear really is our safest option in the long term, especially with newer technologies. These Japanese reactors are over forty years old. And they didn't fail because of them being inherently flawed.

March 11, 2011

On community organizing.

What is community organizing? What are people in the community doing, standing around, waiting for somebody to show up and organize them? What exactly is it? Well we just saw it. You just saw what community organizing is. You saw it for weeks. It's seven and a half million dollars damage to the state capitol. It's vandalism. It is pollution. It's litter. It is spittle-flecked faces storming their way into the building with open windows. It is an attempt to shut down the normal democratic flow of government operations. You just saw community organizing. You just watched it.

March 10, 2011

On the road ahead for Republican politicians...

What Wisconsin, Ohio, New Jersey, Indiana Republicans are doing better be an inspiration. Because if what they're doing makes other Republicans get weak in the knees, if other Republicans get scared and don't like what they're seeing and alter the way they go, then all this is gonna be for naught. If we get caught up in "Oh my God, we're losing the headline war on Twitter...” – now's not the time to start hoping the media get it, see our way. There are decisions very difficult ahead. The pressure... can't be imagined. Forget the union thugs – up next is the Welfare Nation, that's gonna be storming into every building they can get into. This is the warm-up. Are we all ready for it? I wonder.

March 9, 2011

On social welfare spending.

Unemployment compensation. The payment of unemployment benefits, is almost as high as social security, in this country. Folks, we are not going to survive as a nation, not the way we've been founded, with this kind of sloth and laziness, and feeding at the public trough. It just cannot happen... Handouts. Handouts. The redistribution of wealth makes up one-third of U.S. wages. Social welfare spending has increased three and a half times since 1960. We declared war on poverty, and it's given us this. We declared war on poverty and what do we have? Thirty-five percent of our people living on the dole.

March 8, 2011

On President Obama's credibility.

Why does anybody believe Obama when he talks about caring about private-sector jobs, why does anybody believe him? Why does anybody believe Obama when he talks about wanting economic growth? Where's the evidence? Why does anybody believe him? Why does anybody believe anything Obama says about his stated goals and intentions? Because folks, if he had been honest, he wouldn't have been elected. And if he was being honest since he's been elected, he would've been impeached because this, none of it, was what anybody bargained for when they went to the polls in 2008.

March 7, 2011

On the average voter's level of curiosity.

Most people do not have anywhere near the curiosity I have. Most people may not actually want to hear the President's motivation for his policies. I do. I want to know why does somebody who claims to want to lower unemployment, why does somebody who's claiming to focus like a laser on jobs – how does that guy end up with so many jobs lost? How does that guy end up presiding over an energy policy that's led us to five dollar a gallon gasoline? How does that happen?

March 4, 2011

On the Obama Administration's responses to Judge Vinson's rulings against ObamaCare.

What's going on here, is the Regime is trying to run out the clock. The more of this that gets implemented, they know the tougher it's gonna be to extract it. We know this too. That's why "Repeal repeal repeal" – screw replacing. "Repeal repeal repeal" has been the order of the day... the judge issued his ruling: vacate the law. It's unconstitutional. Two weeks later the Regime files a motion, "Did You Really Mean to Say Our Law is Unconstitutional? Did You Really Mean to Vacate It?" And that's when Vinson wrote what he wrote yesterday, and it was clear that he was irritated in the process. So the media, and the regime, are doing everything they can to thwart the rule of law in this country.

March 3, 2011

On Reuters' deceptive description of the conflict between the Obama Administration and Judge Vinson over ObamaCare.

You shlubs at Reuters, you've got to try your tricks with other people. It's just not gonna work here. 'Judge Refuses to Halt Implementation'? That's their first slug. 'Judge Refuses to Halt Regime from Implementing Health care Law.' Hardly. So Judge Vinson has maintained again the entire health care law is unconstitutional. He can't believe that he was unclear. He was totally clear. He can't believe they waited two weeks before filing a motion to clarify. He expected the government lawyers to seek a stay of the ruling immediately. That they would effectively ignore the order and judgment for two and a half weeks, and continue to implement the Act, and only then file a belated motion to clarify? That was not expected. He thought he'd been perfectly clear in what he said... He has vacated the law. And they continue to implement it as though he doesn't exist.

March 2, 2011

On the generosity of Wisconsin Governor Walker's proposals to state unions.

Wisconsin bureaucrats ought to be kissing this governor's feet for what he's offering them, during these economic times. States that are running deficits should not be contributing to pensions or health care plans. Now that may sound cruel or unfair, but what's fair? Fair is spending money that you have. Fair is spending your own money, that you have.

March 1, 2011

On the poor showing of Republican politicians and issues in a variety of media polls.

Isn't it amazing? Every poll you look at. The huge winners, last November, are now losing every important issue in the country. According to polling data done by state-run media.