The host encouraged President Donald Trump to give an inspirational national address on who we are and how America got here as a superpower as a way to contradict Black Lives Matters and Antifa. Limbaugh also warned the COVID-19 crisis is turning people into "victims" which makes them not want to accomplish things.
"Life has to go on. Life is to be lived," Limbaugh said Tuesday. "It’s not meant to be spent cowering and curled up in the corner in fear. It’s not meant to be spent as a victim. Your life is worth more than simply saying, “There is nothing I can do about it. I have an excuse for not even trying.” But this is exactly where we are. And it’s not who we are."
"And I believe this should become one of the themes that the president adopts as he adapts to what’s necessary going forward in his presidential campaign, a national address to the – heck, I’ll do it, a national address to the country telling the people of this country the truth of this, who we are, how we got here, not here with the virus, here as a superpower," Limbaugh said. "We need to contradict all of this tripe and meaningless BS that Black Lives Matter and Antifa and Occupy Wall Street are trying to spread. People need to be told the inspirational, uplifting truth about who they are, about their inheritance as an American citizen and their responsibility as an American citizen."
RUSH LIMBAUGH: This isn’t who we are, folks, this cowering and fearful and almost giving up in the face of this enemy, COVID-19. We’ve not ever done anything like this before. So much of the way we are dealing with this is unprecedented. And it’s un-American.
It’s nothing compared to the way we have overcome enemies and obstacles in our past. It’s fearful. It is turning people into victims, which is making them feel like they have no blame, they can stop living, they can stop having to accomplish or even try hard things because there’s this deadly thing out there that might kill them. This is not who we are.
And I’ll tell you, I really believe — you know, we talk about the election “the most important in our lifetimes.” I’m tired of hearing that because I’ve heard it for every election my whole life, at least the last 30 years, and I think, true or not, this one really is crucial because of what the stakes are. This is not just where the Republicans or Democrats are gonna trade power again or maybe the Republicans are gonna hold on to it. This is about what this country is going to be.
COVID-19 is too convenient an excuse for a generation of people to just punt. We don’t do this. We are Americans. In the Spanish flu, ’17, ’18, ’19, 1917, much death. Do you know that there was not one mention of it by the president of the United States at the time, Woodrow Wilson? Never talked about it. There was no national policy to deal with it. There was no shutdown. There was just, “Hey, go outside, get some fresh air, stand in the sun as long as you can, get some vitamin D, feel better.”
It had numerous waves to it. It coincided with World War I, which is what Woodrow Wilson’s concern was. Soldiers going off to war arguably spread one of the waves. But there was no “woe is us.” It was just the next in a long line of things that happened to people that they dealt with, like the Donner party. You’ve heard of the Donner party. Maybe some of you haven’t.
The Donner party, the Donner family and a bunch of travelers trying to get to California over the Sierra Nevada mountain range. They made the mistake of trying to make the trip in the middle of winter. We’re talking the Lake Tahoe region. They get to the peak. It was so bad that they had to turn to cannibalism to survive. That’s what’s noteworthy about the Donner party.
If you read the diaries written by the leaders of the Donner party, the only reference to how cold it was was one sentence: “It was a particularly tough winter.” It’s just what was. They didn’t complain about it because there was nothing they could do. They had to adapt. This is what’s missing. There seems to be no concept of adaptation. There seems to be no understanding in the Millennial generation that we can adapt to this and that we’re gonna have to. Because there’s nothing stopping it right now.
We don’t have a vaccine. We don’t have therapeutics. We can’t shut down bars and restaurants every two months for a couple of weeks for the next three years. We can’t do this cycle that we’re doing. This cycle that we’re doing is not stopping anything; it’s not saving anybody; it’s not preventing the spread. It’s just a knee-jerk reaction to a bunch of shock, scary numbers in the media.
Life has to go on. Life is to be lived. It’s not meant to be spent cowering and curled up in the corner in fear. It’s not meant to be spent as a victim. Your life is worth more than simply saying, “There is nothing I can do about it. I have an excuse for not even trying.” But this is exactly where we are. And it’s not who we are.
And I believe this should become one of the themes that the president adopts as he adapts to what’s necessary going forward in his presidential campaign, a national address to the – heck, I’ll do it, a national address to the country telling the people of this country the truth of this, who we are, how we got here, not here with the virus, here as a superpower.
We need to contradict all of this tripe and meaningless BS that Black Lives Matter and Antifa and Occupy Wall Street are trying to spread. People need to be told the inspirational, uplifting truth about who they are, about their inheritance as an American citizen and their responsibility as an American citizen.
We can’t go forward if we have an entire generation that wants a reason to fail or wants an excuse not to have to move on or wants an excuse not to have to leave home. We can’t move forward with an entire generation that wants to be scared because right now, sadly, being scared in America is rewarded. “Oh, you’re so scared, oh, I’m so sorry, how can we help? What are you afraid of?”
“I’m afraid of the virus, and I’m afraid I’m gonna die and afraid -” Well, see, yeah, you’re right to be. Republicans are doing this to you. Conservatives are doing this. You’re right to be afraid. Donald Trump is the reason you’re afraid. Just tell us. That’s what it is. “Yeah, I don’t like orange people.” “Right. So you’re afraid of Donald Trump.”
We can’t move on. We can’t get past this if we have an entire generation that’s literally locked down and frozen. We can’t let something like a virus become the biggest cop-out ever for not living your life. Life is for doing. Life is for living. And to come up with excuses not to have to do it.
Look, life is hard. And sometimes you make it harder by making wrong choices. But life is also precious. We all only get one. Very few people realize the profundity of that. There’s only one. And we get a shot at it every day. We get a shot at it. If we goof up one day, we have a chance to fix it the next if we can set ourselves aside long enough.
It’s another thing. Most of life is about much more than you or me. Life is about things much larger than yourself, and the sooner you learn that in your life, the much better off you’re gonna be. If you’re unable to escape this prison where you are the center of the universe and your feelings and your thoughts, then you are never gonna get close to maximizing your potential.
And it is possible to maximize your potential with the flu out there, with the virus out there. It is possible to do it. Look around. There are people doing it. There are people living their lives. There are other people cowering in the corners and huddling in fear and saying, “Oh, my goodness, I have an excuse not to try because I’m already a victim.”