tv American Conservative Union CPAC Rush Limbaugh CSPAN February 21, 2021 4:11pm-5:42pm EST
relief package after house passage under reconciliation, which requires a simple majority to pass and does not allow filibusters. watch the house live on c-span, the senate live on c-span2. >> in 1992, former president ronald reagan wrote a letter to rush limbaugh saying, i know limbaugh -- i know liberals call you the most dangerous man in america, but they used to say the same thing about me. keep up the good work. more than 25 years later, mr. limbaugh made many references to the former president. in a speech to the conservative political action conference, here is rush limbaugh's speech to cpac in washington, d.c..
i have someone in back taking phone numbers. [laughter] in fact, i would like to introduce to you my security chief. his name is joseph stalin. [laughter] [applause] i am safe from any liberal attack in public because they would be afraid of offending stalin. [laughter] the opportunity here to address the nation is a serious one. i want to take it seriously. i want to address something. i know people are probably watching those who never have listened to my program and may
not know what conservatism is, they think they do based on how they have been told, the way we have been impugned and maligned and so forth. one of the things that is totally erroneous about me is that i am pompous. [laughter] and that i am arrogant. neither of these things are remotely true. i can tell you a joke to illustrate this. larry king passed away, goes to heaven, is greeted by st. peter at the gates. st. peter says, welcome, mr. king. i want to show you around, maybe you can pick a place you would like to resign. king says i have one question. is rush limbaugh here? no, no, he has a lot of time, mr. king. st. peter begins the tour. larry king sees the places. they are beyond anything we can
imagine in terms of beauty. gets to the biggest room of all with this giant throne. over the throne is a flashing, beautiful, angelic neon sign that says rush limbaugh. larry king looks ap heater -- at st. peter and says i thought you -- i thought he was not here he says, he is not. this is god's room. he just thinks he is rush limbaugh. [applause] so you see, i am not pompous. [laughter] for those of you watching on c-span and on fox, i want to tell you who we all are in this room. i want to tell you who conservatives are. we conservatives have not done a good enough job of laying out basically who we are because we make this take of assuming --
make the mistake of assuming people know. what they know is incorrect based on the way we are portrayed in pop culture, in the drive-by media by the democrat party. let me tell you who we conservatives are. we love people. [applause] when we look out over the united states of america, when we see a group of people such as this or anywhere, we see americans. we see human beings. we do not see victims. we do not see people we want to exploit. what we see as potential -- what we see is potential. we do not look across the country and see the average american, the person that makes this country work. we do not see that person with
contempt. we do not think that person does not have what it takes. we believe that person can be the best he or she wants to be if certain things are removed from their path like onerous taxes, regulations and too much government. [applause] we want every american to be the best he or she chooses to be. we recognize that we are all individuals. we love and revere our founding documents, the constitution and the declaration of independence. [applause] we believe that the preamble of
the constitution contains an inarguable truth we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. among them, life. [applause] liberty. freedom. [applause] and the pursuit of happiness. now, those of you watching at home may wonder why this is being applauded. we conservatives think all three are under assault. [applause] thank you. thank you.
we do not want to tell anybody how to live. that is up to you. if you want to make the best of yourself, feel free. if you want to ruin your life, we will try to stop and -- it is a waste. we look over the country. we see so much waste. human potential that has been destroyed by 50 years of a welfare state. i a failed war on poverty. -- by a failed war on poverty. we love the people of this country. we want this to be the greatest country it can be, but we do understand as people created and endowed by our creator, we are all individuals. we resist the effort to group us. we resist the effort to make us feel we are all the same, that we are no different than anybody else.
there are no two things or people in this world who are created in a way they end up with equal outcomes. that is up to them. they are created equal to get the chance. [applause] we do not hate anybody. the racism in this country if you ask me, let me just deal with this head on, you know what the gun -- what the cliche is of a conservative. racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe. the racism in our culture was exclusively and fully on display in the democrat primary last year. [applause]
it was not us asking whether barack obama was authentic. what we were asking is, is he wrong? we concluded, yes. we did not ask if he was authentically black. we did not say as some southern christian leadership conference said, barack is not authentic. he is not down for the struggle but his wife does. don't expect the race industry to go away. you may not even know this. the racism, the sexism, the bigotry we are all charged with. just so you know and you will see demonstrated as the afternoon goes on, does not exist on our side. we want everybody to succeed. [applause]
do you know why? we want the country to succeed and for the country to succeed, its people, it's individuals must succeed. everyone among us must be pursuing his ambition or her desire with excellence. not told as they are told by the democrat party, you really cannot do that. besides, you are a minority or you are a woman and there are too many people willing to discriminate against you. you need to depend on us. well, take a look. someone has to say this. i am thrilled for the opportunity to say it in my
first address to the nation. this is just to get you thinking. take a look at all the constituency groups that for 50 years have been depending on the democrat party to improve their lives. you tell me if you find any. they are still complaining. they are still griping about the same problems. their problems don't get fixed by government and those lives have been cut short by false promises from government representatives who have said, don't worry about it. we will take care of you. just vote for us. [applause]
for those of you just tuning in, i am rush limbaugh and i want everyone in this room and everyone of you around the country to succeed. [applause] i want everyone who believes in life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness to succeed. i want any force, any person, any element of an overarching big government that would stop your success, i want that organization, that element or that organization to fell. -- to fail. [applause] also for those of you in the
drive-by media watching, i have not needed a teleprompter for anything i have said. [applause] and nor do any of us need a teleprompter because our beliefs are not the result of calculations. our beliefs are not the result of a deranged psychology. our beliefs are our core. our beliefs are our hearts. we do not have to make notes about what we believe. we can tell people what we believe of the top of our heads and we can do it with passion and we can do it with clarity and we can do it persuasively. some of us have not had the inspiration or motivation to do so in a number of years, but that is about to change.
for example, we gather here -- i understand -- i talked to david and lisa in the super exclusive private greenroom that nobody but a look -- but about 55 people were allowed into. they said there is a sense of liberation among all of you attending cpac. i understand what the sense of liberation is about. don't make the mistake of thinking we are better and we can do better as a minority, because we are not a minority. if you start thinking of yourselves as a minority, you are going to allow the majority to set the agenda and premise. the american people may not all vote the way we would wish them to, but more americans live their lives as conservatives or in one degree or another.
and they are waiting for leadership. we need conservative leadership. we can take this country back. all we need is to nominate the right candidate. it is no more complicated than that. now let me speak about president obama for a second. president obama is one of the most gifted politicians, one of the most gifted men i have ever witnessed. he has extraordinary talents. he has communication skills hardly anyone can surpass. no, seriously. i am being very serious about this. it just breaks my heart that he
does not use these extraordinary talents and gifts to motivate and inspire the american people to be the best they can be. he is doing just the opposite. it is a shame. president obama has the ability, he has the ability to inspire excellence in people's pursuits. he has the ability to do all this, yet he seeks a path that punishes achievement, that punishes earners, that punishes and he speaks negatively of the country. ronald reagan used to speak of a shining city on the hill. barack obama per trays america as a soup kitchen in a corner of america that is very obscure. he is constantly telling the american people bad times are ahead.
it is troubling because this is the united states of america. i am in awe of our country. we are less than 300 years old. we are younger than nations that have been on this planet for thousands of years. we nevertheless in less than 300 years -- and we are no different in human beings than any others around the world. we are not better just because we are born in america. how did the united states of america become the world's lone superpower, the most prosperous opportunity for an advanced lifestyle humanity has ever known? how did this happen and why does the president of the united states want to destroy it? [applause] the freedom that we spoke of
earlier is the ambition, it is the desire, the wherewithal, the passions people have that gave us the entrepreneurial advances, the inventions. the greatest food production. the human lifestyle advances in this country. why shouldn't that be rewarded? why is that the focus of punishment? why is that the focus of blame? mayor bloomberg the other day resisting his governor's call for increased attacks on the rich in new york had some astounding numbers. 8 million people live in new york. 40,000 of those 8 million pay roughly 60 to 70% of new york's operating budget. he was afraid if you raise taxes on those people, some of them might leave.
mayor, one already has. [applause] stop and think of this. 40,000 people of 8 million. if 10,000 of them leave for 5000, they have got a huge problem because new york has its own welfare stay inside of the one the federal government has crated. they had dated -- they have a dependency class. their entitlement is to be taken care of by these mean people who have more than they do. if new york city, new york stay or washington, d.c. were a business, these 40,000 people would be taken on golf tournament trips and they would be wined and dined. they would be encouraged to keep it up. they would not be told they were the problem. i pride my accuracy rating.
there is one other business where the customer is always wrong and that is the media. [applause] have you ever called in to complain about whatever they do? they say yes, sir yes, sir. you cannot get it. you are not sophisticated enough. that is another business where the customer is always wrong. the people who have achieved great things, most of it is not inherited. most wealth in this country is the result of plain old hardware. there is no reason to punish it. there is no reason to raise taxes on these people. barack obama, the democrat party have one responsibility and that is to respect the oathes
they gave to protect, defend the u.s. constitution. [applause] they do not have the right to take money that is not theirs -- and none of it is -- from the back pockets of producers and give it to groups like acorn which are going to advance the democrat party. if anybody by government were doing this, it would be a crime and many of us think it is bordering on that as it exists now. [applause] president obama is so busy trying to foment and create anger in a created atmosphere of
crisis, he is so busy feeling the emotions of class envy that he has for gunned it is not his money he is -- he has forgotten it is not his money he is spending. in fact, the money he is spending is not ours. he is spending wealth that has yet to be created and that is not sustainable. it will not work. this has been tried around the world and every time it has been tried, it has been a failed disaster. what is the longest war in american history? somebody saying the war on poverty. smart group. more on poverty essentially -- war on poverty essentially started in the 1930's as part of the new deal but it ramped up in the 1960's with lyndon baines johnson. we have transferred something like 10 trillion, may be close
to 11 trillion from producers and earners in non-producers and earners since 1965. as i listen to the democrat party campaign, the poor are still poor. they have no hope. they are poor for what reason? they are poor because we do not care and we have gotten rich by taking from them. that is what kids in school are taught today. do you know why they remain poor? because their lives have been destroyed by the never ending government that is designed to help them but destroys ambition. it destroys the education they might get to learn to be self-fulfilling. and it breaks our heart. [applause] it breaks our heart. it is -- we lose track of
numbers with all of the money that has been transferred, redistributed, with all the charitable giving in this country, there ought not be any poverty except those who are generally illiquid. most people in poverty are equipped for much more. they have been told, do not worry. we will take care of you. you are going to be discriminated against. it breaks our heart to see this. we cannot have a great country and a growing economy with more and more people being told to have a right because of some injustice that has been tons -- that has been done to them. and it has gotten so out of hand now that what worries me is this administration, the barack obama administration is seeking to expand the welfare stay in this country because he wants to destroy it. yours will once asked friedrich
heinrich in 1975, why is it that intellectuals can look right out their windows, their own cars, their universities and not see the bounties and the growth and greatness of capitalism? he said, i have troubled over this for years and i have finally concluded that for intellectuals, pseudo-intellectuals and all liberals, it is about control. it is not about raising revenue. do you think obama has any intention of paying for all this spending? if he had any intention of paying for it, he would not do 90% of it because we do not have the money. they do not care about paying for it. all of that is just words. all that is just rhetoric because he knows you have to worry about paying for it.
he knows we all have to be concerned -- except, wrong again. except the words of barney frank and chris dodd who were giving homes every everybody -- homes everybody knew they could not pay for. the architects of the policy that gave us the subprime mortgage crisis get to sit around and act as innocent spectators to investigate what went on when they largely had the biggest role in causing it? [applause] congressman frank's definition of affordable housing is you get a house you have to pay for that
everybody else in the neighborhood will pay for. why? it is unfair some people can have a house and some people cannot. so, here we have two systems. socialism, collectivism, whatever you want to call it versus capitalism. over here on the right, capitalism. there will be unequal outcomes because we are all different. some of us care more and have more passion and we know what we want to do and others are still struggling for a. other people are going to work harder than others. you get what you work for. those who have a genuine inability for whatever reason are taking care of. we are compassionate people. when you get into this collectivism socialism stuff, these people on the left today claim they are pained by the inequities and inequalities in
our society. they believe these inequities and inequalities to send from the selfishness -- inequalities descend from the selfishness and greed of the achievers, so they tell the people who are in different income quintiles, they say it is not that you are not working hard enough. you could have what they have if you apply yourself. what liberals do -- and i say this again. i was watching a focus group after some event. it might have been after obama's state of the union show. [laughter] and they had -- it was a typical
drive-by media focus group. they round up losers. [laughter] who hear obama speak and the next day they're going to get a new house, new kitchen and new car. this one guy said, -- it was some guy responding to bubbly gentle. did you hear jode biden? joe biden was mystified how bobby gentle got his shift off at 711 to make his speech. timeout. people watching at home, i am glad this happened. you think i just made a joke, an ethnic joke. i did not. i made a joke about the vice president of the united states,
joe biden. [applause] it was -- joe biden while walking through the train station he knows so well because he is such a real guy, he made a comment that you cannot go into a 7-eleven without seeing some indian guy. let a conservative say something like that and he has brought up before a john conyers committee with pat lahey wanting at you next. ok. many of you think i lose my places in these speeches. by the way, what time is it? we have to be out of here --
we have to be out of here by 6:00. all right. ok. depends on how you behave. what liberalism -- i really want you to believe this because it is the truth. this is a core. we want the most prosperous people. we want to lead the world. we want everybody to want to come here legally. we want the country to be so damn great and we cringe to watch capitalism be assaulted and our culture be reoriented to where the people that make it work are the enemy. that is not the united states of america. the people that make this country work, the people paying their mortgages, the people
striving in this recession to not participate in it, they are not the enemy. they are the people who hire you. they are the people who are going to give you a raise. they're the people who need you to do work for them. [applause] president obama and take your pick of any democrat love to say we have tried it your way, meaning reaganism. we try to airway in the 1980's and it did not work -- tried it your way in the 1980's and it did not work. excuse me. excuse me. have you ever noticed those of
you watching around the world my first international address -- fox news on some international satellites, they're watching this in the u.k. going -- when obama talks about past economies, he somehow always leaves out the recession of the 1980's. why does he leave it out? you know why he leads it out? he leads it out because -- he leaves it up because we got out of that recession with guts. [applause]
for those of you watching at home, i am not nervous. it is just a hot in here. these people are -- just really hot in here. these people are wired. we got out of the 1980's recession with tax cuts. did you know president obama in six weeks of his administration has proposed more spending tha n from the founding of the country to his inauguration? this is not prosperity. it is not going to engender prosperity, create prosperity and it is also not going to advance or promote freedom. there are going to be more controls over what you can in cannot do, what you can and cannot drive, when you can and
cannot say, where you can and cannot say it. all of these things are coming down the pike because it is not about revenue generation. it is about control. they do believe they have compassion. they do believe they care. never are allowed to look at the results of their plan. we are told we must only look at their good intentions. the fact they have destroyed poor families by breaking up those families, by offering welfare checks to women to keep having babies. no more father needed. they destroy the family. we are not supposed to analyze that. we are supposed to talk about their good intentions. they destroy people's futures.
future is not the government. self-serving politicians, powerful bureaucrats, this has been tried, tested throughout history. the result is always -- has always been disaster. president obama, your agenda is not new. it is not change. it is not hope. [applause] spending a nation into generational debt is not an act of compassion. all politicians including president obama are temporary stewards of this nation. it is not their task to remake
the founding of this country. it is not their task to terra to par and rebuild it in there it -- to tear it apart and rebuild it in their image. [applause] [chanting usa] it is not their task. it is not there right to remake this nation to accommodate their psychology. i sometimes wonder if liberalism is not just a psychosis or psychology, not an ideology. the predominant feeling liberalism is about is feeling good about themselves and they do that by telling themselves they have all this compassion. if you really want to unhinge a
liberal, it is hard to because they are so unhinged now anyway. all you have to do is say the things you people believe in our crawl. that is the last way they look at themselves. they are the best people. they are the good people. you tell them their ideas and their policies are cruel and -- i have learned how to tweak liberals. tweak them in the media. why would you be afraid of the deranged? there is no reason to be afraid of them. there is no reason to assume they are the minority. there is no reason to let them set all the premises and agendas to which we respond to. everybody asked me and i'm sure has been a focal point of your convention, what do we do?
how do we overcome this? the one thing -- and there are many -- but the one thing we can all do is stop assuming that the way to beat them as with better policy ideas. i do not want to name any names. i talked about the obama budget. whatever it is going to be. they start talking to me in terms of process and policy. i say, stop it. what do you mean? who is setting the process? they are. you want to tweak it? this is philosophy, folks. this guy in the focus group said, i did not want to hear. republicans and democrats. ladies and gentlemen of the united states of america, that
is exactly what your future is about. who wins, republicans or democrats, conservatives versus liberals. the notions of partisanship, false premise, -- let me define bar -- let me define bipartisanship. everyone seems to go orgasmic over the concept of bipartisanship chain don't worry. -- of bipartisanship. don't worry. i checked with fox. that word is ok. [applause] remember, they covered the lewinsky thing. [laughter] bipartisanship occurs only after one other result. and that is victory. let's say as conservatives,
liberals demand we be bipartisan with them in congress. what they mean is, we check our core principles at the door, let them run the show and agree with them. that is bipartisanship to them. tell us, bipartisanship is them being forced to agree with us after we have politically cleaned their clocks and beaten them. that has to be what we are focused on. [applause] why would any of us in this room who hold the core beliefs we believe, somebody tell me where is the compromise on all of the spending? where is the compromise on all of this punishment of the achievers? >> i don't know. [laughter]
[applause] >> where is the compromise between good and evil? should jesus have cut a different deal? seriously, from the standpoint of what we have to do, this is not about taking a policy or a process that the democrats have put forward in fighting around the edges. if we are going to convince the minds and hearts of the american people that what is about to happen to them is as disastrous as anything in their lives in peace time, we are going to have to discuss philosophy. we are going to have to talk about principal because our principles -- where the hell do we go to compromise? the american people -- it is a tough challenge. [applause] i admit it is a tough challenge.
but it is worth it. it is worth it. the way i just defined bipartisanship, you can turn out of -- i partisanship, you can turn it around. we are not quitting. we are not giving up. [applause] there are certain realities. we do not have the votes on capitol hill to stop what is going to happen. what we can do is slow it down. parliamentary procedures. slow it down and do the best we can to inform the american people of what is really on the
horizon. at some point, i don't think it can even happen right now. this is still the honeymoon period and there is a lot of devotion to the obama administration. it has nothing to do with intellect or thinking. it is feelings. it is going to take some time for this to play out. i spoke to david keene. he said they are going to overreach. they are going to overreach at some point. people are going to realize none of this is possible. you cannot have people living in homes they do not pay for. you cannot have people driving cars they do not pay for. i mean, you can for a while, but people paying for it are like, screw this. you're starting to see evidence of this, all these people
parties that are starting to bubble up -- all these people tea parties that are starting to bubble up here. [applause] here is the big question and i asked this in the context of my first address to the nation. you don't know, how much i am excited about that. aside from the bastardization of the constitution that the obama plans are, that tarp is, it's not constitutional. aside from that, where is the evidence that the people offering all of this have ever succeeded in any similar plans before? there's none. there is no evidence it works. [applause] so you say how is he getting it done? dumb down public education. emotions.
and the ongoing -- this is why i think it's such a waste for a man as gifted as president obama with the communications skills, you know he could wipe out the republican party. he can wipe out the republican party if he would inspire this country to be the best it could be, but we don't have to worry about that because that's not what he wants. he wants people in fear, angst, and crisis, fearing the worst each and every day because that clears the decks for president obama and his pals to come in with the answers, which are abject failures, historically shown and demonstrated. doesn't matter. they'll have control of it when it's all over. and that's what they want. because they think they can do it better. they see these inequalities, these inequities that capitalism produces. how do they try to fix it? do they try to elevate those at the bottom? no. they try to tear down the people at the bottom. it's not fair you're up there. so they whack us.
that's not what made the country great. [applause] and no evidence of it is in play here. john kerry -- [crowd boos] -- who served in vietnam. [laughter] think about this, and, by the way, barney frank got involved with this, too. northern trust, a bank in chicago -- by the way, which holds the mortgage to the messiah's house, purchased by tony rezko, northern trust holds the mortgage. northern trust was forced, like wells fargo was forced, to take tarp money. the wells fargo ceo said they were taken into paulson's room and they were given until 5:00 to sign it. they weren't getting out until they did. they wanted it spread all over the banking business. northern trust was in there. they didn't want it. they took $1.6 billion.
as you know, they went out and they sponsored the l.a. riveria open two weeks ago that phil mickelson barely hung on and won. [applause] and we find out that they hired some liberals to entertain, but it still wasn't good enough. they hired sheryl crow. and they hired the rock crooner group chicago, but they had the audacity, northern trust did, to entertain their clients, to try to reward their best customers, to try to get new customers, banking is in trouble, northern trust is trying to do what they always do, what all businesses do, and that is mine for new clients and reward existing good customers. not since they took $1.6 billion, i guess. the haughty john kerry wrote a piece of legislation said, he's getting sick and tired, sick and tired of these ceo's using taxpayer money to throw all these lavish parties. and i'm saying where do you get yours, senator?
[applause] sad thing, sad thing is it works. they've created class envy in so many average americans that they love hearing that. yeah, you get even with those bank guys. how is it going to improve here? let me ask a question for those of you watching my first national address. take the favorite villain you've got, maybe it's john thain at merrill lynch, because he used his own money, his company's own money, to redecorate a bathroom in an office for $1.2 million. by the way, to do that he had to hire a contractor. they got paid. he had to hire a designer and buy furniture, that's called stimulus. and he did it. [applause] but all of a sudden john thain's thrown out.
john thain is humiliated and embarrassed, how dare he? he did it a year before they took the tarp money. and all these congressmen are standing up saying this is not going to happen. we are not going to watch these people capping executive pay while obama tries to live like one. you know, he's trying to emulate the lifestyle he is attacking. that's what liberals do. two sets of rules, one for them, one for everybody else. but it's coming. see, if you think that john thain or the northern trust ceo, if you love them getting attacked, if you love them being ripped, ask yourself the next day, do you have any more money in your pocket? is your life any better because that guy got taken out or down by some haughty senator from massachusetts? if you ask yourself this, you'll realize your life is no better off. that the democrats and obama are asking you to feel better simply on the basis that they're going to get revenge for you, but your life isn't going to improve, somebody else's is just going to be destroyed and they want you to be happy over that. that's sick. and that is not the united
states of america. [applause] besides, as far as john kerry is concerned, if it wasn't for his varicose veins, he would be totally colorless. [laughter] now let's talk about the conservative movement as it were. we, ladies and gentlemen, have challenges that are part and parcel of a movement that feels it has just suffered a humiliating defeat when it's not humiliating. this wasn't a landslide victory, 52 to, what, 46. 58 million people voted against obama. there would have been more if we would have had a conservative nominee.
[applause] no, i don't mean that -- i mean that in an instructive way, as a lead-in to what i'm talking about here. no humiliating defeat here. i can't -- sometimes i get livid and angry. we do have an organizational problem. we have a challenge. we've got factions now within our own movement seeking power to dominate it, and worst of all to redefine it. well, the constitution doesn't need to be redefined. conservative intellectuals, the declaration of independence does not need to be redefined and neither does conservatism. conservatism is what it is and it is forever. it's not something you can bend and shape and flake and form. [applause]
thank you. thank you. thank you. for the purposes of this occasion, i'm not going to mention any names, i bet with you i won't have to. people watching my first address to the nation might be curious what i'm talking about. they'll find out in due course, trust me on this. i cringed -- it might have been 2007, late 2007 or sometime during 2008, but a couple of prominent conservative but beltway establishment media types began to write on the concept that the era of reagan is over. [crowd booing] and that we needed to adapt our
appeal, because, after all, what's important in politics is winning elections. and so we have to understand that the american people, they want big government. we just have to find a way to tell them we're no longer opposed to that. we will come up with our own version of it that is wiser and smarter, but we've got to go get the walmart voter, and we've got to get the hispanic voter, and we've got to get the recalcitrant independent women. and i'm listening to this and i am just apoplectic, the era of reagan is over? when the hell do you ever hear a democrat say the era of fdr is over? you never hear it. [applause] not only that, the president of the united states today thinks he's fdr, thinks he's abraham lincoln, and sometimes, tuesday night, thinks he's ronald reagan.
our own movement has members trying to throw reagan out while the democrats know they can't accomplish what they want unless they appeal to reagan voters. we have got to stamp this out within this movement, because it will tear us apart. it will guarantee we lose elections. [applause] we have to. you see, to me it's a no-brainer. it's not even something to me, how do you get rid of reagan from conservatism? the blueprint -- the blueprint for landslide conservative victory is right there. why in the hell do the so-called smartest people in our room want to chuck it? i know why. i know exactly why. it's because they're embarrassed of some of the people who call themselves conservatives. these people in new york and
washington, cocktail elitists, they get made fun of when the next nascar race is on tv and their cocktail party buds come up to them, those people are in your party? how do you put up with this? it would be easy to throw them overboard, so as to maintain these cocktail party/beltway/new york city/inside-the-beltway media relationships. but i tell you, this notion that reaganism is dead, that conservatism needs to be refined, let's take a look at this. we've got to go get the walmart voter. i opened my remarks tonight by telling the people watching on fox who we conservatives are. when i look out at you in this audience, i don't see a walmart voter. and i don't see a black, and i don't see a woman, and i don't see a hispanic. i see human beings who happen to be fortunate enough to be the luckiest people on earth since you are americans. [applause]
conservatism -- for us to make the decision that we've got to figure out policies, to get the walmart voter -- psst, we've got most of them already, is the bottom line. conservatism is a universal set of core principles. you don't check principles at the door. this is a battle that we're going to have. and there are egos involved here, too. when the situation like ours exists, there are people who want to lead it. they want to redefine it. their egos are such that they want to be the next x, whoever it is.
so there will be different factions lining up to try to define what conservatism is. and beware of those different factions who seek as part of their attempt to redefine conservatism, as making sure the liberals like us, making sure that the media likes us. they never will, as long as we remain conservatives. they can't possibly like us, they're our enemy. in a political arena of ideas, they're our enemy. they think we need to be defeated. why do you think -- you all in this room know this. for those of you watching at home, my first address to the nation -- [laughter] -- i'm sure you paid close enough attention, that you knew at one time senator mccain was the favorite republican of all the cable news networks and the sunday shows. and they would just -- i mean their tongues would be on the floor. the media people [panting] when they knew mccain was coming. and they would treat mccain as
the greatest guy in the world. did you at home wonder why? you were told he was moderate. he was not strict. he was not an authoritarian, he was able to walk to the other side of the aisle, able to get along with the enemy. and everybody wants love and bipartisanship. that's not why they invited senator mccain. they invited senator mccain because he happened to be the loudest at criticizing his own president and his own party and that's what they want, is people from our side -- and there will be factions in our movement, folks, who are going to make an effort to say we have to grow, we can't stay stale, i think i heard the term used the other day. nothing stale about freedom. there's nothing stale about liberty. there's nothing stale about fighting for it. nothing stale whatsoever. [applause] freedom.
are you getting tired of standing up, i don't blame you. by the way for those watching on tv you think the standing -- people are just tired. they've been up and out of their chairs 100 times here. [applause] thank you. thank you. freedom -- freedom is the natural yearning of the human spirit as we were endowed by our creator. and the united states of america is the place in the world where
that yearning flourishes, where freedom is expected because it's part of the way we're created. i loved it when the soviet union went down and the wall went down and the liberals in our country said you know they may not be ready for freedom over there. they've been oppressed -- yes, liberals will gladly tell you who can have freedom and who can't. and that's what the pieces of legislation are all about, folks, freedom, liberty, economic prosperity, they're all entwined here. we're going to have to as a conservative movement understand that our job, after we come to an agreement among ourselves, which shouldn't be hard but it's going to be difficult because the people that think they're smarter than everybody else are going to be out there forging alliances with people that try to make themselves look like new power brokers, and they will become the spokesmen, by the way. by the way, explain that to you. this is a funny story. show you how i can hijack a news cycle even by doing anything.
-- nothing. the tuesday before the inauguration, president bush invited me to the oval office for lunch. and it was on and off the record, some of the conversations. and he brought out, interesting, at the end of it -- my birthday had been the day before. he brought out a chocolate birthday cake, a microphone, and stood beside me with ed gillespie and sang happy birthday. and the white house photographers taking pictures. i wish my parents were alive. my parents wouldn't believe my life. they came out of the great depression. they didn't think it was possible for somebody who did not go to college -- and even for people who did -- they didn't think this was possible. life has changed so much for the better in this country. that's why i cringe when i see what is in store. so as i'm flying home from lunch, i'm watching television and i see that the word has leaked out that obama is hosting
a dinner with conservative media pundits at the home of george will. i said, i wonder who these people are? [laughter] in the media, one of them is going to have to leak it. sure as heck, one did. now, we all know who were there. and let's see -- i can't remember all the names, so i won't mention any. but let me tell you obama's purpose. does anybody really think that barack obama had dinner with a bunch of conservatives hoping they would change his mind? [crowd "no"] hell, no. his purpose -- and his purpose really wasn't to change theirs -- his purpose was to anoint them as conservative spokesmen. these are the people that obama's willing to break bread with. these happen -- some of the people there happen to be the people who think the era of reagan is over, who believe that
conservatism needs to be redefined. of course obama would try to lure them in. well, all of a sudden i land. i get home about 5:00, and my e-mail is jammed with questions from reporters, are you, is that why you took the day off today? is that why you're not on the air? are you going to dinner with obama? by the way, i left out a crucial part of the story. was this a monday, kit? it was a tuesday. i had forgotten to tell my audience i was going to miss the next day. and i signed off the show saying i'll see you tomorrow. and that's the last thing i said. and the staff reminded me you're not going to be here tomorrow. i came up with a plan, that the guest host the next day would say that i was called out of town to washington at midnight the night before. just an innocent little trick on
the radio audience. everybody picked that up and thinks i'm invited to the obama dinner. so those people that were invited to it got less coverage than i did and i didn't even know about it. [laughter] [applause] it was fun. conservatives are naturally happy. we seek happiness. we pursue it. it's part of who we are. so what can you do? live your life. i swear, folks, you do not know in just the everyday life that you live in your homes, your neighborhoods, the favorite word of this administration, your communities. remember the root word there is commune. [applause] be happy, live your life according to your values and principles.
know you're going to fail, no human being is perfect, you're going to make mistakes, but live your life -- you'll be stunned at how many people you impress. don't be afraid to tell children that they're wrong. they don't know what you do. they simply haven't lived long enough. it's not their fault, but they're being fed a bunch of garbage in school and don't be afraid to tell them that they're wrong. don't go the oprah route and say gotta be friends with my parents, my kids, first and foremost. understand they're going to hate you for a while and they're going to rebel against you and someday they're going to think you're the smartest person they ever met. but you owe them the truth. you owe them the truth about things. you owe them the truth about morality. you owe them the truth about values. [applause] you owe them the truth about politics. next thing, we've got to stop treating voters as children. [applause]
somebody says they want something that's bad for them, do you give it to them just to be nice? or do you tell them, regardless of their age, no, you shouldn't have that? well, it's none of your business. maybe not. and then you back out of it. but you still have to have the ability to tell people what's right and wrong. and that's not authoritative. that's not authoritarian. and it's not trying to deny somebody a good time. it's not trying to interrupt somebody's hedonism, pleasure, it's about all of us with shared values trying to make sure that people live the highest quality lives they can. but that ultimately, it's their decision as to what they do. but the point is, don't treat them -- especially voters -- as kids just -- they say they want it ok we'll come up with a plan to give it to you. have any of you seen the movie -- i'd never heard of it, but i happened to get a dvd the other day. anybody see the movie "swing vote" with kevin costner?
you know, it's kind of a moronic movie as most things out of hollywood are. but this is fascinating in the way -- tell you a short story, because of a voter screwup in new mexico there's one voter who is going to elect the president. his vote didn't count because his daughter voted for him. i won't give the whole story away. but new mexico's electoral votes, new mexico's electoral votes determined it. and they have a two-week period before this guy can vote again. so the challenger and the president both relocate to where this guy lives in new mexico and they end up -- like the democrat played by dennis hopper stands for anti-abortion. the democrat candidate comes out with a commercial for life. the republican candidate comes out -- because this guy is an idiot and doesn't know what he believes, and every utterance that he makes these politicians
react to it throwing their principles on the floor, just to get his vote. sadly, this is what some of the conservative intellectuals in our movement want to do, essentially. and that we cannot do. we've got to stand for what we believe and treat people as adults and understand they can learn. [applause] it's called optimism. joe biden, again, ladies and gentlemen, was watching cbs -- when did you start here? thursday? you might have seen this. the days run together. it might have been wednesday, but biden was on the cbs early show. and he was asked -- the anchorette -- sorry. i'm trying to change my ways. i've been doing women summit programs so not to offend women.
[applause] the anchor, maggie rodriguez, went out and got some man-on-the-street questions. and one guy, woman, i think question for biden. what is in the stimulus package for small business? well biden was clearly stumped because there isn't anything in the stimulus package for small business. so what biden said, honest to god, what biden said was, well, if there's a bridge to your small business, we're going to make sure that bridge stays open so that you can get to your small business and your customers -- honest. i kid you not. now, of course, the media today is a bunch of hacks, they're out there as pr agents, they're starting to get a little embarrassed. so then maggie rodriguez says, senator biden, there's a website that answers all these questions. what is the name of the website and biden says i don't know. and he looks off stage. does somebody have the website
number? [applause] i realize those of you watching at home during my first address to the nation, you have never heard liberal democrats be made fun of in this way. get used to it. [roaring applause] two other things and we'll get out of here contractually over time. [crowd boos] the president's stimulus package, the tarp, the whatever,
the budget, relies on one thing for its success. well, aside from authoritarian government power. it relies on the complacency of the american people. it relies on their belief that they can convince the american people that there's such a crisis that the only government, the only entity that can fix it is government, as obama has said. so they get complacent and they sit around and they wait. see, this is something liberals will never understand about the united states of america and it's right under their noses, right in front of their faces, we are a competitive people. we strive, enough of us do, to be the best. we strive to win. we strive to avoid defeat. enough of us still do. don't believe otherwise. the liberals have made efforts to shut that aspect of our nature down. wherever you live, i am certain that you, when you were a child
or your kids today in youth sports are told not to keep score, because the losers, it's just not fair. they'd be humiliated, especially if one girl's basketball team can defeat another one 100 to nothing. and let's fire the coach who put that game together. it's so unfair. so let's not keep score. well, here's the dirty little secret. the kids are keeping score. [applause] you know they are. they don't want to lose. they know what winning and losing is. they're saying, well, why go out there and put on the pads and play football or t-ball if the objective here is to not keep score. so they're keeping score. they get in the car with mom and dad and they tell mom and dad, yeah, we kicked their butts tonight. wait a minute, i thought you weren't keeping score. well, they weren't officially.
they keep score. we're competitive people. adults are doing the same thing. it didn't take long for people to get fired up when they figured out that they're going to be paying mortgages for people who should never have been lent money in the first place for the bogus excuse of maintaining property values in the neighborhood. this is something that -- the complacency of the american people is something they're going to rely on along with their authoritarian efforts to control it. but they will not succeed at this. because we're not quitters. we don't acquiesce. we're not going to give up the american dream and watch idly while it is restructured and transformed. [applause] as i say, we want the best,
happiness for everybody. now, about my still-to-me mysteriously controversial comment that i hope president obama fails. i was watching the super bowl. and as you know, i love the pittsburgh steelers. [applause and boos] so they have this miraculous scoring drive that puts them up by four, 15 seconds left. kurt warner on the field for the cardinals. and i sure as heck want you to know i hope he failed. i did not want the cardinals to win. i wanted warner to make the biggest fool of himself possible. i wanted a sack, i wanted
anything. i wanted the steelers to win. i wanted to win. i wanted the cardinals to fail. this notion that i want the president to fail, folks, this shows you a sign of the problem we've got. that's nothing more than common sense and to not be able to say it, why in the world do i want what we just described, rampant government growth indebtedness, wealth that's not even being created yet that is being spent, what is in this? what possibly is in this that any of us wants to succeed? did the democrats want the war on iraq to fail? [crowd "yes"] well, they certainly did. they not only wanted the war in iraq to fail, they proclaimed it a failure. there's dingy harry reid waving a white flag. [doing harry reid impression] this war is lost.
this war is lost. [cheers and applause] they called general petraeus a liar before he even testified. [crowd boos] mrs. clinton -- [crowd boos] -- said she had to, willingly suspend disbelief in order to listen to petraeus. we're in the process of winning the war. the last thing they wanted was to win. they hoped george bush failed. so what is so strange about being honest to say that i want barack obama to fail if his mission is to restructure and reform this country so that capitalism and individual liberty are not its foundation? why would i want that to succeed? [applause] now, let me add a caveat here. my friends, i know what's going on. i know what's going on.
we're in the aspects here of an historic presidency. i know that. but let me be honest again. i got over the historical aspects of this in november. president obama is our president. president obama stands for certain things. i don't care, he could be a martian. he could be from michigan, i don't know -- just kidding. doesn't matter to me what his race is. it doesn't matter. he's liberal is what matters to me. and his articulated -- his articulated plans scare me. now, i understand we can't say we want the president to fail, mr. limbaugh. that's like saying -- this is the voice of the new castrati, by the way, guys who have lost their guts.
i want the country to survive as we have known it, as you and i were raised in it, is what i mean. now, i have been called -- and i can take it. look, pioneers take the arrows, i don't mind what anybody says about me, any time ever. i don't have time for it. i don't give other people the power to offend me. and you shouldn't either, by the wasted time being offended. [applause] i mean, there's some people you can't say you want the president to fail. ladies and gentlemen of the united states, the democrat party has actively not just sought the failure of republican presidents and policies and now wars for the first time, the democrat party doesn't stop at failure.
talk to judge robert bork. talk to justice clarence thomas about how they tried to destroy lives, reputations, and character, and i'm supposed to say i don't want the president to fail? [cheers and applause] we're in for a real battle. we are talking about the united states of america -- and there will always be an america, don't misunderstand me -- we're talking about it remaining the country we were all born into and reared and grown into. and it's under assault. it's always under assault. but it's never been under assault like this from within before. and it's a serious, serious battle.
so as you leave here, as you leave here, optimism, confidence, not guilt, it's not worth it. there's nothing to be guilty about. don't treat people as children. respect their intelligence. realize that there's a way to persuade people. sometimes the worst way is to get in their face and point a finger. set up a set of circumstances where the conclusion is obvious. let them think they came up with the idea themselves. then they'll think they're smart that they figured it out. who cares how you persuade them, the fact that they can be persuaded is factually correct, it's possible. but the main thing to do here is stop thinking that we are a minority. [applause] stop thinking that it is being in the minority that liberates you. it is your beliefs. it is your core principles, it is your confidence that liberates you. it is not being in the minority.
in fact, for those of you watching my first national address and still hanging in there, we really are not that happy about being a minority and we're out to change it. [applause] so i have -- i've gone over my allotted time by an hour. [roaring applause] i want to thank all of you so much for everything that you have meant to me and my family in my life. i understand it's mutual. and i hear people -- you have made my heart grow so much that it barely fits in my chest cavity here tonight.
but the things that by virtue of your listening to my radio show and being active in this movement that we all cherish and love, you have meant more to me, my family, and my life than whatever it is i might mean to you, even though i know that's considerable. [applause] you still can't outdo the absolute joy and awe and thanks i feel for all of you. i've been doing this for 20 years and the numbers just keep growing. and i can't tell you how appreciative i am and proud to be in a movement with the same passions, desires, and core beliefs that all of you have, because we know that it's right for the country, and we know it's right for people. it's not something that has to be forced on them. it's not something that has to
be authoritatively pressed on them. we are what is, and that's why we are an enemy because we're effective. the people that do want control look at us as the enemy. we're always going to be -- don't ever measure your success by how many drive-by media reports you see that are fair to us. never going to happen. don't measure your success by how many people like you. just worry about how they vote. and then at the end of the day how they live, but that's really none of your business once they close the doors. thank you all very much. it's been great. [cheers and applause] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] announcer: you can watch that speech and other appearances by rush limbaugh over the years on c-span online anytime at
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