Skip to comments.Rush Limbaugh: Fear Liberals, Not God
Posted on 10/21/2004 5:29:54 PM PDT by wagglebee
RUSH: John in Akron, Ohio, nice to have you with us.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I'd like to thank you for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: I would like to point out that there are people, like myself in this country who will vote for George Bush but are not comfortable when he draws upon his relationship with God as his inspiration for decisions he makes as leader of the free world. I think he would do much better to invoke the names of men -- you know, Cicero, Aquinas -- as his inspiration to support freedom in the world. People should be skeptical, and it opens him up to ridicule by those who don't share his belief system --
RUSH: Wait, wait, wait, wait. Why are we talking about Bush here?
CALLER: We're talking about both, but Bush is president, and I think Kerry is shamelessly pandering -- RUSH: Yeah.
CALLER: -- to try to get votes.
CALLER: But I'm not comfortable with either men saying that "I will make my decisions" or that "my belief system in God is an issue for me."
RUSH: I think, you know, and I really mean this. I think there are a lot of people that don't understand people who have faith in God. I think there's been a number of, over the years, confusing and purposely impugning stories about people of faith. It is thought that people of faith do not have their own initiatives, do not have their own thoughts, that they get up and are robots and that God talks to them every day and go do what God says. That's not what Bush is. That's not what Bush is, and that's not who most religious conservative people are, either.
Ladies and gentlemen, let me change the tone here for just a second, because there's something I want to address. We had a call from somebody claiming to vote for Bush, but admits to being upset at Bush's references to God and his claims that God will guide him in the Oval Office, and the caller hoped that Bush would invoke great men rather than Go-o-ddd, Cicero, Plato, Socrates, whoever else.
Go to our founding documents. Go to the Declaration of Independence and find Cicero or Plato or Socrates for me. Go listen to the speeches of Abraham Lincoln, ladies and gentlemen. Abraham Lincoln invoked the name of God all the time and all Abraham Lincoln is credited for is saving the nation! Not only do Lincoln invoke the name of God all the time, so did our Founders, so did our Framers, so does our founding document, the Declaration of Independence.
What I'm "not comfortable with" is people who believe they have all the answers and that government has all the answers. All of our great leaders understood that government does not have all the answers, nor did they have all the answers. There are questions human beings are capable of asking, to which we will never get the answers, because we don't know them - -and that is where faith enters into it. Liberals are who you should fear, folks. This fear of God is irrational. Fear of God is irrational. Fear of liberals makes sense.
Liberals consider themselves more powerful than God. Liberals "have all the answers." Only God has all the answers. This business of leaders who profess a belief in God? I say, "Thank God for them." There has been a big misconception throughout my lifetime, and it has been perpetuated by the left and the secularists and the atheists in our society, and that belief is that people of God -- just like all conservatives -- are mind-numbed robots. Just as you in this audience have been characterized by the left as brainless, mind-numbed robots waiting for your marching orders every day from me, so the religious right are said to be brainless.
They get up every day, God talks to them, God tells them what to do, God tells them how to vote, God tells them what to believe -- and that's not the case. It is so far from reality, and to believe that that is the case, you have to be coming from a position of fear. You have to believe that nobody has the concept of self-will, free will, which we all have. We're all free to believe and do whatever we want to believe. Somehow those that profess to believe in God are said to have no minds whatsoever? You believe that and you are coming from a place of utter fear, and you are fearing the wrong thing.
What you need to fear and who you need to fear is a person, or a group of people, who tell you they have all the answers -- particularly for you. They have all the answers for your life, and there's a group of people in this country that does that and they are our good friends the liberals. If you listen to them they have all the answers. They never answer a question with "I don't know," and if a candidate does have an answer that says, "I don't know," they claim he's an idiot and a done so, when in fact the man who admits he doesn't know everything is brilliant, because it isn't possible. It simply is not possible.
People of faith understand that there are certain things they can't prove, that there are certain things that they believe, and it is their faith that sustains them. It is their faith that gives them strength. It is their faith from which they derive their morality. When George Bush says that he is going to take his faith, or he is guided by his faith, he means he's always trying to figure out the right thing to do,! Nothing more, nothing less. It doesn't mean he gets on his knees and asks God for direction and God talks back and God says, "Bomb Iraq," and so Bush bombs Iraq.
That's not what happens, but that's what the left wants you to believe that is going to happen any time a religious person gets elected to office -- and only fear can make people believe that. Bush has never said, he has never given any indication whatsoever, that that is how decisions are made. He prays for strength to do the right thing. Somebody tell me what is wrong with that. Only is it wrong in the mind of the liberal who thinks the human being is capable at all times of always doing the right thing without any consultation with something higher.
The simple fact of the matter is that one of the strengths of faith is that it teaches all of us that there are things larger than ourselves. Liberals think that they are all we need. There are many things larger than ourselves, and most people learn this early in life. Most liberals in life have yet to learn it. They have all the answers for everybody else and if anybody is going to be afraid of anything it should be that. Somebody tells you they have all the answers to any problem like Iraq -- John Kerry has an answer for everything? Do you understand? He's got the answer. No matter what it is he's got all the answers and yet he talks about taking his faith into the White House?
You know what John Kerry means when he says he'll "take his faith with him to the White House and it will guide him? What he says is, "Look, religious people. I believe in God, too. You can trust me." He hasn't the foggiest idea what it means. He's simply spinning. He is simply pandering. But this notion that we ought to somehow serve other men, and make our decisions because some other man says so -- like Cicero, or somebody else? It may be intellectually pleasing, it may be less confrontational or controversial, but it is not the basis on which the nation was formed.
People like George Bush do not claim perfect. They don't claim to have all the answers. Liberalism does both. Bush doesn't claim to have the power to make people walk. John Edwards says that John Kerry does! Sorry, folks. Nobody yet has the power to make people in wheelchairs walk. The government does not have the power to make poor people rich. Yet, John Kerry and John Edwards and liberals throughout my time have promised every poor people that they will get richer if simply they vote for Democrats, and yet the people who vote for Democrats all these years still complain about the plight of their lives, because liberals don't have the power to fulfill these grandiose promises that they make.
They claim that sick people will get well. This business when John Edwards is out there saying in essence that Christopher Reeve was in a wheelchair because George Bush is president, and if John Kerry is elected people like Christopher Reeve will get out of their wheelchairs and walk? That's what you ought to fear. That is no different than these snake oil people on television selling stuff that you think are poisoning the minds of the minds of the innocent and duping them.
There's no difference between John Edwards and a phony baloney preacher setting the globe on fire telling us we're near the Last Days unless you send him some money. So old people run to their pocketbooks, send this preacher who sets a globe on fire all their money because that will get them saved. That's liberalism! That's not Christianity. That is not George Bush. That is playing on people's fears. The idea that there needs to be fear of God is simply incomprehensible to me, not in the sense and not in the way that the American left wants you to fear God.
Bush is very traditional in his thinking. He's very traditional in his beliefs. He seeks guidance to help him do the right thing -- and he doesn't think that John Edwards is the place to go for it, and he doesn't think that John Kerry is the place to go for it, and he doesn't think that Ted Kennedy is the place to go for it, and he doesn't think that Kofi Annan is the place to go for it -- and, damn it, I agree with him! Those are not the places to go to get the answer as to what's the right thing to do.
Every human being has questions that are not answerable. We all do -- even you atheists. You've come up with your own answers; Bush comes up with his. The idea that somebody who believes in God is to be feared is a direct result of years and years and years of fear that has been implanted through our society by the American left which doesn't want people to think of God except when they see a liberal walking down the street.
Prepare for the FR atheists to show up. Mineral Man and Righ Wing Atheist should be along momentarily.
Rush is right on the money as usual.
The problem with most in the Socialist party is that they believe that their beliefs are divine.
I sure hope you are not comparing those characters to Christians!
I used to think Rush was a bit of a self serving windbag at times, but I have come to believe lately that Rush is the most loyal, articulate and persuasive spokesman for our conservative beliefs in the media at this time or perhaps any time. He is truely an Icon.
Liberals should fear God...oh yeah, they don't believe in Him (boy are they in for a BIG surprise)!
Welcome home, r. We've been waiting for you.
I believe people that think the former have not divested much time into listening to his program.
Your former and current beliefs are not exclusive. I believe both to be true.
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I've heard this same type of caller on other talk radio shows...lately.
Probably a DemoSocialistMarxistClymerLeftistLib...talking point.
Probably, Rush got him off the phone pretty quickly. And then Rush ripped to shreds any arguments the anti-God crowd might throw at Bush.
Dang! I didn't listen to Rush today. Thanks for posting this transcript, I'll read it later!!!
Rush speaks the truth..
Let those who have ears hear...
Those whose hearts are hardened cannot..
And they beat themselves against the rock that is Christ Jesus..
The founders knew...and the ACLU needs to break this rock before they can break America
in they end they will only break themselves against it...as all who have tried have before them.
Rock on Mr. Limbaugh...Rock on...
People of faith: "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and not seen." Unbelief then must be trusting in things we see today. Those who worry about people of faith then must necessarily trust in what they "see" today. Whether you are Terresa Heinz Kerry, or the poorest of the poor, the fact is that we all die. Hence we are merely caretakers, not owners of what have. To presume that the world can be governed by what we experience today, is to proclaim ourselves as God, and omnipetent. Our founders realized that the pact they formed at our beginning, was a pact of faith. What they saw then, (unbelief), was overwhelmed in what they couldn't see, (faith).
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