Governor Kasich’s Caravan Guilt Trip

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RUSH: I switched over to CNN, and I caught the governor of Ohio there, John Kasich, and he is being interviewed by… I don’t know who the reporter was at CNN. Doesn’t matter. Being interested by the caravan and America and how to deal with it. I just want you to hear this. We have two bites. Here’s No. 1.

KASICH: We have a caravan coming north. We don’t want all those people coming across our border. And there are ways to deal with it. I believe that if we would check those who are legitimately in need of asylum could be vetted before they even get to the border. But, you know what? We’re born in America. You know how lucky we are to be born in America and not be born in Guatemala, where they would say to your daughter, you know, if you don’t do what we want, we will rape your daughter or we will kill your son if he’s not a drug mule? Now, they’re marching north. And, you know what? It could easily have been all of us, that we’re in the caravan, that we’re marching north, trying to save our families and save our children.

RUSH: All right. So what is… The ruse here, or the technique here,  is moral equivalence. There but for the grace of God go I. Phil Donahue used to do this all the time, Phil Donahue would host his show and when the subject of illegal immigration would come up, he’d start preaching about the accident of his birth. “You know, I was born just a few miles inside the U.S. border, and look at the difference it’s made for me.”

And he started extolling the guilt that he felt over how the accident of his birth resulted in him being an American and how basically unfair that was to other people in the world. As though being born into a country of prosperity and decency is something to feel guilty about. And it may be something to feel very grateful for. I have no quarrel with that. But it’s how you deal with this that matters. We simply can’t take in everybody in the world.

The answer, the solution is to spread our area of dominant influence and to get rid of tyrannical regimes and dictatorships which treat their people like dirt and condemn that and do our best to spread our way of life around under the belief that it’s good and decent. But there are way too many people who don’t think that we’re the good guys and they think that the American way of life is an imposition to others! And that we don’t have the right to impose our views on people!

But somehow we ought to stand aside and let everybody who wants in, in because of our guilt. And he says, “You know, they’re marching north. It could easily have been all of us, that we’re in the caravan, that we’re marching north trying to save our families and save our children.” But it isn’t. You know, you can deal with what-ifs and could-bes and all of that, but it isn’t, unless you’re trying to accomplish something else. So here’s Governor Kasich now continuing his thought.

KASICH: We got to start putting ourselves in the shoes of other people. We’ve got to start thinking about the consequences that others suffer. And if we’ve been spared those by the grace of God, let us be appreciative, let us count our blessings and let us reach out to those who have less and let’s stop putting up walls around ourselves and not understanding the plight, the trouble, and the problems of others. It is not right, and the Lord doesn’t want it, and our people at their hearts want to reach out to others. Look at what they do in these storms. They go and they rescue people they don’t know. They put ’em in their homes. They feed ’em. That’s America! Not all this garbage and this division and yelling and screaming and hatred on all sides.

RUSH: So mad, man, something is really gotten to Governor Kasich here! Let us be appreciative. Let us count our blessings. Let us reach out to those who have less. Let’s stop putting up walls around ourselves. The Lord doesn’t want it. It’s not right. Look at what people do in storms. They go and it had the rescue people they don’t… Yes, we do! We go to storm desolated places and we help them recover there.

We do more than any other nation in the world in terms of compassion, aid, welfare, disaster relief, you name it, and it still isn’t enough! This is the point! It still isn’t enough! No matter what we do, it isn’t enough. And now the accident of our birth and the unfair advantages that gives us require that we, what? Take care of them, let them in. There have to be limits on these things. And it all circles back, whether you want to admit it or not or acknowledge it or not, self-reliance.

And there is this assumption that while we are able to engage in self-reliance and responsibility, a lot of people aren’t. Therefore, we have to do it for them. It’s good education. It’s not good role modeling and certainly not good leading. But the overall effort to make the caravan appear to be our fault, to make poverty and destitution around the world our fault when we do more to alleviate it than anybody in the world ever has or ever will.

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RUSH: Jerry in Springfield, Massachusetts. You’re next. Hello, sir.

CALLER: Hi, Rush! How are you?

RUSH: I’m good.

CALLER: Good. Good. I just wanted to dovetail on your point about America giving more than any other nation. I think what you were talking about was the government itself. But the individuals also give more than any other nation. The point is that I have the choice when I give to charity who I give it to. I don’t have the right to tell my neighbor who they should give it to you, and that’s essentially what the government’s doing. They’re telling us who they’re gonna give basically what they got from our tax dollars. They don’t give us the choice, and that’s my point.

RUSH: It’s a good point too. It’s a classic illustration. He’s reacting to the sound bites we played of John Kasich, who was wringing his hands in guilt over the fact the caravan’s coming and it’s just by the grace of God that we’re not in it, and that because we’re not in it but could be in it — except by the grace of God — we’ve gotta stop building walls ’cause God doesn’t want that, and we’ve gotta realize that we’re just plain lucky.

It’s kind of like Richard Gephardt: “Winners of life’s lottery.” You know, we were just minding our own business one day and we got conceived in a womb in America, and we got born into America. And, man, that’s so much luck that we shouldn’t feel there’s anything special about us. So the fact that we weren’t conceived in wombs down in Nicaragua and Guatemala means that we owe. We really owe, and we’ve gotta learn to walk in the shoes of others.

That’s the wrong way to look at it. Nobody has any trouble imagining what it’s like to be poor. That’s why so many people strive not to be, Governor. It isn’t hard to imagine. We don’t have a lot of people… In fact, most people in this country go up and down in terms of annual income. There are people that earn a lot of money and lose it all. There are people that earn an average amount of money all their lives and that’s it. But basically people in this country know poverty. If they’ve never been in it, they certainly don’t want to be.

They know enough to know not to be, and that’s the great thing about America. If you don’t want to be, there are ways to avoid being in poverty. Poverty in this country, by the way, is a relative thing compared to poverty around the world. United States poverty is not really poverty. I get in trouble every time I point that out, but it happens to be true statistically, financially, however you want to look at it.

But the way to look at these disparities is not to simply say, “Oh! Oh! That could be me,” and then to run around feeling guilty about it. The way to deal with this is not to run around constantly imagining, “Well, you know, one accident and I could have been in that caravan,” and then having that impact the way you deal with it. It doesn’t help anybody. It’s not a solution. But it does make you look like you have lots of compassion and lots of care.

That’s the great thing about liberalism: It never solves anything. Liberalism is a gutless choice because you never have to solve anything. All you have to do is talk about how much you care, and all you have to do is tell people how much pain you’re seeing and how it makes so you uncomfortable. (impression) “It’s just so unfair! Look at the suffering and the starvation,” and you are automatically credited as a person with great compassion. You haven’t solved anything. All you’ve done is say that you’ve recognized it.

And you’re telling everybody else they’ve gotta do something about it.

And that’s liberalism. Solutions are where the answer is, and solutions to these problems are exactly what have been happening in the United States the past two years! Solutions!

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RUSH: Sue in Ocala, Florida, great to have you with us on the EIB Network. Hi.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. It’s an honor.

RUSH: Thank you.

CALLER: And I’m curious why little is mentioned regarding the health of the caravan members. Isn’t anyone concerned about what diseases may be coming into our country, polio type disease, whooping cough, once eradicated are showing up in our country. Is the CDC on the border? We screen people coming into our country.

RUSH: Let me tell you something. Sue, I brought this up last week. Last week there were stories of mysterious reappearances of diseases previously wiped out in America. A Polio-like disease was one and other diseases that started affecting people that we had long ago eradicated. And the news stories, honest to God, featured experts claiming to be stumped! “We can’t figure out why or how any of these brand-new diseases would be happening to the United States right now.” Uh, really?

Now, the caravan, the story today… And, by the way, I don’t like that word “caravan.” That’s not what this is. But for the… (interruption) Okay, call it an army, call it mob, whatever, but there is a… I have a couple of stories today which I’ll get to the next hour, Sue, of rampant disease now springing up and spreading amongst the caravanees. And it’s got some of them very, very sick, and they’ve had to stand aside, step aside, stand down, can no longer move forward, they’re exhausted because of the heat and so forth.

But it does specifically reference the spreading of disease. And the fact that there’s an unwillingness. I mean, these stories like week were just amazing. They were hilarious, aside from the seriousness of it. It’d be like if you caught, you know, seven Islamist radicals with a bomb to blow up something and he failed to make the connection to radical Islam is exactly what this was. It was purposely avoiding the obvious.

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RUSH: On the caravan: “Migrant Caravan Marching to U.S. Borders Swells to 14,000 as Trump Readies Federal Response.” That’s from The Daily Wire. From the Washington Times: “Mexico Says Migrant Caravan Is 3,630 People — Mexico said Wednesday that there are about 3,630 people traveling in the migrant making its way through Mexican territory and headed for the U.S. Another 1,743 people who were part of the caravan have now requested refugee status in Mexico…” They’ve decided, “No mas;” they’re good where they are.

“heir applications are being processed,” said Mexico. Now, we were told back in April that many of the people in that caravan applied for asylum in Mexico, and yet we never heard another word about it later, which is to say that I think Mexico may say a lot of things to try to placate Trump and the American audience which may in fact not be totally all there. What else do we have with the…? Now, this is just a story about the additional numbers.

This number is 14,000, 3,000, 7,000, 8,000… The number changes depending on who you talk to. Here is the AP story: “Sickness, Fear, and Harassment in Mexico Whittling Away at Caravan.” Mob. Little by little, sickness, fear and police harassment…” Oh, yes! Have to have that ingredient. Police arrests “are whittling down the migrant caravan making its way to the U.S. border, with many of the 4,000 to 5,000 migrants who resumed their journey Thursday complaining of exhaustion.

“The group, many with children and even pushing toddlers in strollers, departed Mapastepec at dawn with more than 1,000 miles still to go before they reach the U.S. border. They had advanced about 95 miles as the crow flies since thousands burst across Mexico’s southernmost border six days earlier.” Wait. Six days, 95 miles? They’ve got a thousand miles to go. We got 13, 12 days to the election. That’s gonna be pushing it, especially since many in the mob are sick and exhausted.

“As they reached the highway, families with young children packed sidewalks asking for donations and rides to the next stop, Pijijipiapan, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) further ahead. Melkin Claros, 34, was traveling with his 7-year old son and a teenage nephew and remained steadfast in his goal. ‘Everyone’s objective is to arrive (in the United States),’ he said, adding that he planned to request asylum because gangs made it impossible to live in Honduras.”

So the caravan continues, but it’s not on the news. It’s not being covered. And this, again, this this this tells me that the Drive-By Media, whether this was originally a Democrat sponsored bought-and-paid-for thing or not, this tells me that the Drive-Bys don’t think the caravan is helpful for their cause because they have dropped it like a hot potato. Now, they were hot to trot on the caravan at first because they could their ma…. Their eyes were watering, their mouths were watering, they couldn’t wait to say, “See? Trump is heartless. Trump is cold. He doesn’t care.”

They were hoping to report Trump’s promise to extend the military or National Guard down here or Trump’s rhetoric in denying them entry would suffice to let them report what a mean based SOB Trump is and how that they could then use to gin up more anti-Trump or anti-Republican vote. But they have dropped it and really the only story out there is these unexploded devices.

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