Rush Limbaugh answers Sen. Obama’s intentional, malicious, and dangerous distortion of his words in a Spanish-language political Ad.
Recently, the Obama campaign created a Spanish-language television commercial targeting Hispanic voters. I’m sure Sen. McCain will be doing the same thing. However, Sen. Obama has taken his ad to a new level in American politics, a new level in gutter politics. Sen. Obama knowingly and intentionally took the words of Rush Limbaugh out of context and positioned them in such a way as to encourage hatred and racism. Sen. Obama has once again lied to further his efforts to get elected.
Last week, we learned from the NY Post that Sen. Obama was trying to get the Iraqi government to delay any agreements with the U.S. to start American Troop withdrawals from Iraq. Sen. Obama has tried to lie his way out of this possible violation of the Logan Act, but his attempts have refuted. Sen. Obama again intentionally lied and may be guilty of putting the lives of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen in harms way to further his political goals.
This week, Sen. Obama has been running ads portraying Sen. McCain as always being against regulation of the financial sector, such as Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac. Sen. Obama knows all to well that Sen. McCain has been trying to get stronger and more effective regulation of these entities for years, but his efforts have been blocked by the Democratic leadership. Sen. McCain was a co-sponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, which would have kept us from the financial meltdown that we are now going through. So, Sen. Obama again intentionally lied in his campaign to further his ambitions.
So, what can we conclude?
Sen. Obama does not represent anything other than the dirtiest form of politics, the politics of lies and distortion. It appears that Sen. Obama will lie at the drop of hat and count on the media to cover for him. Where is the media? Regarding the news about Sen. McCain’s call for stronger regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, they fail to mention it. Regarding Sen. Obama putting his political ambitions above the safety of our military, most of the media turn their heads. Regarding Sen. Obama’s intentional and dangerous incitement of racial hatred by taking Rush Limbaugh’s words completely out of context, they seem to act ignorant of the facts.
Obama Is Stoking
I understand the rough and tumble of politics. But Barack Obama — the supposedly postpartisan, postracial candidate of hope and change — has gone where few modern candidates have gone before.
Mr. Obama’s campaign is now trafficking in prejudice of its own making. And in doing so, it is playing with political dynamite. What kind of potential president would let his campaign knowingly extract two incomplete, out-of-context lines from two radio parodies and build a framework of hate around them in order to exploit racial tensions? The segregationists of the 1950s and 1960s were famous for such vile fear-mongering.
Here’s the relevant part of the Spanish-language television commercial Mr. Obama is running in Hispanic communities:
“They want us to forget the insults we’ve put up with . . . the intolerance . . . they made us feel marginalized in this country we love so much.”
Then the commercial flashes two quotes from me: “. . . stupid and unskilled Mexicans” and “You shut your mouth or you get out!”
And then a voice says, “John McCain and his Republican friends have two faces. One that says lies just to get our vote . . . and another, even worse, that continues the policies of George Bush that put special interests ahead of working families. John McCain . . . more of the same old Republican tricks.”
Much of the media that is uninterested in Mr. Obama’s connections to unrepentant 1970s Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers and Rev. Jeremiah Wright have so far gone along with the attempt to tie me to Mr. McCain. But Mr. McCain and I have not agreed on how to address illegal immigration. While I am heartened by his willingness to start by securing the borders, it is no secret that we have fundamental differences on illegal immigration.
And more to the point, these sound bites are a deception, and Mr. Obama knows it. The first sound bite was extracted from a 1993 humorous monologue poking fun at the arguments against the North American Free Trade Agreement. Here’s the context:
“If you are unskilled and uneducated, your job is going south. Skilled workers, educated people are going to do fine ’cause those are the kinds of jobs Nafta is going to create. If we are going to start rewarding no skills and stupid people, I’m serious, let the unskilled jobs that take absolutely no knowledge whatsoever to do — let stupid and unskilled Mexicans do that work.”
My point, which is obvious, was that the people who were criticizing Nafta were demeaning workers, particularly low-skilled workers. I was criticizing the mind-set of the protectionists who opposed the treaty. There was no racial connotation to it and no one thought there was at the time. I was demeaning the arguments of the opponents.
As for the second sound bite, I was mocking the Mexican government’s double standard — i.e., urging open borders in this country while imposing draconian immigration requirements within its own borders. Thus, I took the restrictions Mexico imposes on immigrants and appropriated them as my own suggestions for a new immigration law.
Here’s the context for that sound bite: “And another thing: You don’t have the right to protest. You’re allowed no demonstrations, no foreign flag waving, no political organizing, no bad-mouthing our president or his policies. You’re a foreigner: shut your mouth or get out! And if you come here illegally, you’re going to jail.”
At the time, I made abundantly clear that this was a parody on the Mexican government’s hypocrisy and nobody took it otherwise.
The malignant aspect of this is that Mr. Obama and his advisers know exactly what they are doing. They had to listen to both monologues or read the transcripts. They then had to pick the particular excerpts they used in order to create a commercial of distortions. Their hoped-for result is to inflame racial tensions. In doing this, Mr. Obama and his advisers have demonstrated a pernicious contempt for American society.
We’ve made much racial progress in this country. Any candidate who employs the tactics of the old segregationists is unworthy of the presidency.
Mr. Limbaugh is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host.
End of Mr. Limbaugh’s response –
Obama’s campaign is shameful. The Media’s behavior is shameful. What about the allegations that Obama used cocaine and engaged in consensual gay sex with Larry Sinclair in November of 1999? Will the MSM stop taking sides in the election and do their jobs? Will they investigate Mr. Sinclair’s allegations? Will they dig into Obama’s past as hard as they have jumped on Sarah Palin and her 17 year old daughter? Will they look deeply into Obama’s relationships with William Ayers, Rev. Wright, Tony Rezko, Acorn, and all the rest? Will they look into the Democratic involvement in Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac failures? Will they call Sen. Obama to task for his possible violation of the Logan Act? Will they support Rush Limbaugh against Sen. Obama’s smears? Unfortunately, the answer is No.
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