From the August 9, 2018 edition of The Rush Limbaugh Show:
RUSH: A couple of weeks ago, and it might be three weeks ago now, I shocked many people in this audience unintentionally by predicting that at some point down the road the left is gonna figure out that the number one thing standing in their way to them acquiring perpetual power, which they think they are entitled to, the one thing standing in the way, they will conclude, is elections.
And it will be not long from now… Not next election and not 2020. It’s not gonna happen overnight. But it’s gonna happen. The left is going to start… In fact, they already have. I think part of what’s going on with this never-ending allegation that the Russians are tampering in every election is the baby steps that are being taken to establish a foundation upon which to build the belief that our elections are forever corrupt.
Because the Russians have become so easily involved, they’re so easily able to meddle. I mean, every election we have… The election in Ohio 12. The left is already saying that the Russians are involved. Bill Nelson, senator from Florida, is saying he just found out that the Russians have already tampered with the Florida election this November. Bill Nelson, our sitting senator, says he has got evidence the Russians have already gotten in there and did what they want to do. They’ve set the table for them to do what they want to do.
So you see, the left is doing everything it can to destroy the perceived integrity, the honesty, the trustworthiness of our electoral system. And it all began in earnest… I think the modern era of this began after the Florida 2000 recount. When the Supreme Court stopped the Democrats’ efforts to steal that election for Algore, the left had their series of cows, had their conniption fits, and began saying that Bush was illegitimate because he didn’t win that election; Algore did.
Therefore everything Bush did in his presidency was illegitimate, shouldn’t have happened. They’re doing the same thing with Trump now, the presidential election 2016. You know the drill: The Russians colluded with Trump. The Russians meddled. The Russians engineered the outcome in several states. You’ve got a bunch of people believing this, even though it isn’t possible.
Even though the Department of Justice has said as a result of the Mueller investigation, to this point they have no evidence that one vote was changed or that the outcome of any election was altered by virtue of whatever the Russians did, it doesn’t matter. The media and the Democrat Party has convinced an increasing number of Americans that the elections in 2016 and the elections of this year and ongoing in the future are now corrupt.
As I say, that’s building the foundation for getting rid of them. Now, the Democrats are gonna eventually win elections, and they’ll dial back a little bit. But they’re not gonna shelve this idea. I’ve had people say, “But, Rush, your theory really sounds intriguing until you realize the Democrats grown win some elections, and do you really think the Democrats are gonna continue this move toward getting rid of elections even after they win?”
Oh, yeah. Yeah. It’s not gonna stop, ’cause they’re gonna lose some too. And that’s not gonna be tolerable. They already have it in their mind that they should be winning every election out there because of other things in their mind. They think everybody hates Trump, everybody hates Republicans, everybody hates conservatives. You understand all this. Well, here’s what’s new to this today. It is an op-ed piece.
It’s an op-ed piece in the New York Times by Meagan Day and Bhaskar Sunkara. It takes a highly trained broadcast specialist to pronounce these names unrehearsed, ad-libbed, and get them right the first time. This is among the many things I’ve always cautioned: Don’t try this at home. I know we make it look easy, but don’t. (interruption) Yeah, it was the Chicago Bears. The Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens played the Hall of Fame game that nobody can remember who won or lost ’cause very few people watched it.
“The subversion of democracy was the explicit intent of the framers.” Wait. What? “The subversion of democracy was the explicit intent of the framers.” “Think the Constitution Will Save Us? Think Again.” That’s the headline to this piece. The subhead: “The subversion of democracy was the explicit intent of the framers.” Now, that headline is designed to appeal to low-information, uninformed people, and the effect of that subheadline is to mean: Your vote doesn’t count!
The framers did not believe in full-fledged, open democracy because that’s majority rule. That’s why we set up a constitutional republic so that elected representatives represent swaths of people. But there is no direct democracy in the United States by design because it’s mob rule! A lot of people don’t understand this. They think that we are democracy. My favorite way of illustrating how we are not a democracy, is let’s say we have a group of five people. Three men… No! Three women and two men.
One of the three women makes a motion. “I motion that we put the two men in jail. Let’s have a vote.” The three women vote “yep;” the two men vote “no.” The two men lose, and they go to jail. That is a democracy. It’s pure mob rule. That’s what we don’t have. We have a representative republic. But these people writing this piece are not attempting to explain that. They’re trying to make you think that the framers of this country knew that elections and democracy needed to be subverted because we can’t trust the people.
That’s what this piece is attempting to say, that the Founding Fathers of this country knew that people were dumb, stupid, uninformed, uneducated, and could not be trusted, and therefore everything in our system is designed to subvert their desires. What do you think this piece is about? It’s foundation building toward the day of eliminating elections. Do not doubt me on this stuff no matter how radical it may sound to you.
Let’s ready some of the piece, shall we? “Consider a few facts: Donald Trump is in the White House, despite winning almost three million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. The Senate, the country’s most powerful legislative chamber, grants the same representation to Wyoming’s 579,315 residents as it does to 39,536,653 Californians.” You see, it can’t possibly be fair. It just can’t be fair. How in the world can it be fair when Wyoming with only 600,000 people gets the same number of senators that California does with 40 million?
“Key voting rights are denied to citizens in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and other United States territories. The American government is structured by an 18th-century text that is almost impossible to change. These ills didn’t come about by accident; the subversion of democracy was the explicit intent of the Constitution’s framers. For James Madison, writing in Federalist No. 10, ‘Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention’ incompatible with the rights of property owners.
“The byzantine Constitution he helped create serves as the foundation for a system of government that rules over people, rather than an evolving tool for popular self-government.” This is one of the greatest bastardizations of the Constitution I have encountered, and its purpose is to suggest to people on the left who religiously read the New York Times — and other low-information or uneducated people — that our Constitution actually thwarts the will of the people. That our Constitution subverts your having a say in the way your government is running because the founders — these rich white guys — didn’t trust you.
You, Miss African-American! You, Miss Puerto Rican. You, Mr. Whatever. You, minority here, there, and even some of you stupid white people. They didn’t trust you! All of this is designed to misrepresent the Constitution, the founding, and to try to convince people that a bunch of rich white guys set up a government where only they and their descendants would be in possession of true power.
And, as such, it has to be blown up. But the problem, they go on, is the Constitution is too hard to change. It’s just too hard to change! These guys are really, really smart, these rich white guys. We have to take drastic action! Now, they don’t actually get to the point of suggesting eliminating elections. That’s not gonna come immediately. But it’s where all of this is headed.
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