RUSH: I’ve gotta tell, another little thing about Nelson Mandela. Do you realize in a couple of ways, maybe even more than a couple, Nelson Mandela has more in common or had more in common with Clarence Thomas than he does with Barack Obama? For example, Nelson Mandela (even prior to becoming president, but certainly after he became president of South Africa) insisted on compliance with his country’s constitution. He insisted on it.
Obama looks at the US Constitution as an obstacle and makes end runs around it every day, practically. In that sense… These are the kind of things, by the way, I love saying, because this just ticks the left off, ’cause they hate Clarence Thomas. Mandela had much more in common with Clarence Thomas, and a lot of conservatives, than he has with Obama, but the left doesn’t care.
The only thing see here is skin color and oppression, and somehow they’ve got themselves convinced that Obama has undergone all this oppression, that Obama has faced overwhelmingly discrimination. Why, if I didn’t know better, I’d be waiting today for the news story of the 27 years Obama spent in prison — and if that story is not reported, you might end up thinking he did anyway by the time they get through with this linkage.
RUSH: Here’s Jim in Jacksonville, Florida, as we head back to the phones. Great to have you with us. Hello.
CALLER: Greetings, Rush. My concern is about unintended social consequences of the Obama No Care Act. (sic) Think about it. There’s supplements for having a lower income. Will people be prevented from getting married just like they do with welfare? Will there be an incentive not to be married or to get divorced? You’ll get incentives on the Obamacare side.
RUSH: You know, you are very shrewd, Jim, because there is a story we had, it might have been late last week, that people are divorcing in order to afford Obamacare. It is busting up families. Obamacare is going to increase the divorce rate.
RUSH: I have another question, ladies and gentlemen.
If the jobless rate, the unemployment rate is at a five-year low, and if the economy is booming, then why are the Democrats demanding that the emergency, temporary, one-time-only federal unemployment benefits get extended for the fifth year in a row, hmm? If unemployment’s plummeting — if employment is skyrocketing and new jobs are being created left and right, and the economy’s growing by leaps and bounds — why are the Democrats demanding that we extend again the emergency temporary, one-time-only unemployment benefit if the fifth year in a row?
That’s some emergency!
That’s some “temporary” emergency.
RUSH: Let me give you what is, I think, one of the most amazing things I ever heard Nelson Mandela say. We had fun with Mandela when he was in New York, when he came to New York and went to Yankees Stadium.
But I’ll tell you, there are very few people that could have undergone what he went through and maintained any sense of dignity or optimism. Most people who had been through what Mandela went through would have spent the rest of their life enraged and bitter and angry and would have tried to get even. In fact, you might almost be able to make the point that there are people in this country who have not lived through horrible times who want to act like they have in order to occupy victim status, but Mandela really did it.
One of the most amazing things that he said — I love profundities, and I particularly love short, pointed philosophy. Listen to this. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” Is that not great? And it’s great because it’s exactly right. Resentment doesn’t do anybody any good. It is a poison unto itself, and you’ve seen people like this. You know people, you’ve seen ‘em, who run around constantly filled with resentment or anger over the way they’ve been disrespected or mistreated, and they can’t let go of it.