While hosting The Rush Limbaugh Show on Friday, Limbaugh made a statement that is silly even by his unbelievably low standards. When discussing President Obama’s NSA speech held earlier in the day. Limbaugh commented on the size of the American flags set behind the President. Rush then said that the flags are getting bigger with every speech, and that is a sure sign of a dictatorship.
Here is an excerpt of the transcript from the show:
RUSH: Did you happen to see the size of those flags behind Obama at the National Security Agency speech? Those flags are getting bigger and bigger and bigger every speech he makes. And, you know, that’s what dictators do. As our liberties and our freedoms shrink, the symbols get bigger and bigger and bigger. It happens all over the Third World. You can see it.
Yep. America as a country is under the thumb of a dictator. How do we know that? Flag size. Don’t argue with it. It is totally science. Limbaugh then went off on one of his tangents talking about how Obama is a dictator who is using double-speak to make it appear that he is concerned with the rights of American citizens.
RUSH: The NSA speech that Obama gave today, I don’t know if it’s a favorite BS line, but it has to rank at the top. Obama, in addressing whatever he was saying — by the way, it was the Limbaugh Theorem on display. He showed up today (paraphrasing), “I don’t know what they’re doing over there, but I’m gonna get to the bottom of it, and I’m gonna make sure that we don’t spy on you as much. I’m not sure what they’ve been doing, but I’m going to get to the bottom of it.” It was the Limbaugh Theorem on display, and he said, “Throughout this evolution,” in surveillance technology, “we benefited from both our Constitution and traditions of limited government.”
Now, the reason there are jokefests about Obama being a dictator is because he’s ignoring the Constitution, but yet here he is talking about his reverence for it. And then, after speaking of his reverence for the Constitution, then he lauds our traditions of limited government, which he’s also blowing to smithereens. It’s the same thing that I mentioned yesterday. Obama showing up and talking about the tradition in America, that, “if you work hard, you can make it in America. That’s always been the case and that’s what we continue to fight for today,” which is absolute bunk. It’s becoming getting harder and harder and harder to work hard in America and have it pay off, precisely because of what he’s doing to the location of that hard work, i.e., the private sector.
In fact, I have to tell you, ladies and gentlemen, I, El Rushbo, in the top 10 most influential Americans in Forbes magazine, I’m losing track. I’m trying to keep track, but I think I’m losing ground here. Which scandal is Obama trying to distract us from now with this speech today on the NSA? ‘Cause you know he doesn’t think this is any big deal. This is just an opportunity. You know, a lot of young Millennials are really worried about this and in the high-tech world this is what really irritates them about Obama. The rest of the stuff they don’t care. But this… These young tech bloggers that I read, they just can’t believe that their guy would do this. Bush, yeah. And Republicans, yeah. But they just can’t believe that Obama would be doing this and they’re really agitated by it.
To top it off, if you go to Rush’s website and read the transcript, you will see a badly-photoshopped picture of President Obama in a stereotypical dictator outfit.
Remember, Republicans. This man is essentially the voice of your party. He helps set the agenda. In this segment alone, he patted himself on the back for being so influential. So, the major voice of your party is sitting there and commenting about the size of the American flags behind the President during a speech and somehow equating that to fascism and claiming it makes the President a dictator. It must make you proud.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).