RUSH: Have you heard about — I saw this last week, and I didn’t say anything about it. I’ve been patiently waiting. It’s one of the things where I had an initial reaction to it, but I wanted to wait and see if my instincts were borne out. And I can safely say today that my instincts were borne out.
You may have only heard about it this week. Late last week a couple of researchers from Harvard discovered a long-lost copy of the Declaration of Independence in a records office in the U.K. It was a parchment copy. Nobody said that it was an original. Nobody said that it was anything other than a copy. But it does contain differences.
I saw “Harvard Researchers Discover.” And I thought this is a potential time bomb. I began to think, how many Americans, how many people living in this country know what the Declaration of Independence is anymore? I’m not kidding. I’m not kidding. How many know what the Constitution is? Not know what it says; how many know what it is?
So here’s the Declaration of Independence, and a new copy has been found by a couple of people at Harvard. And my concern is, what if it’s a little different, or what if it contains different structure? What if these people try to say that this copy of the Declaration dramatically changes what we thought we knew about the original Declaration and thus how this country actually came into existence.
‘Cause you know as well as I do that there is an entire industry of anti-American activists, predominantly in the academy, college campuses, who are devoted to establishing the illegitimacy of the United States of America by virtue of its founding. “A bunch of dead white guys who owned slaves founded America,” they say. “How can it possibly be legitimate? A bunch of dead white slave owners and you’re telling me I have to abide by that?” Which is a common refrain you hear in college classrooms today. So an effort is underway and it’s been underway a long time, and it’s intensifying, to delegitimize this country starting with the founding.
RUSH: I’m not happy to have to pass this on. I’m very, very troubled to have to pass this on. And I want to say at the outset that I hope my interpretation is wrong, and I hope this is not the case. But it looks like, from here, right here, right now, it looks like President Trump is caving on his demand for a measly $1 billion in the budget for his wall on the border with Mexico.
The Democrats are threatening a government shutdown. It’s the same old same old, and I was hoping that Trump would throw this shutdown thing right back in their face and have everybody realize they’re the ones engineering these shutdowns that nobody would notice anyway unless a big hullabaloo was made about it. The Democrats seem to have successfully used this stupid, silly threat of a government shutdown to get their way. What Trump is saying is if we need to get this done, then I’ll delay the spending on the wall until September. And it’s just a measly billion dollars.
But the problem here, folks, is one of politics. If this happens, if Trump does — and I use the word “cave” guardedly. Trump, I’m sure, does not ever think he caves on anything. But outward appearances are what they are. And the bottom line is that if he is willing to withdraw a demand of his for a measly billion dollars for the wall because the Democrats are threatening a shutdown then the Democrats will have just learned that this threat works on Trump, too, not just all the other Republicans.
We know that the threat of a government shutdown, once it’s even whispered in the Drive-By Media, paralyzes the Republican Party. And then they spring into action trying to assure everybody that we’re not gonna shut down the government. And whatever the Democrats need, the Democrats, the losers in the last election, whatever they need, whatever they need is what we’re gonna do if we have to avoid a government shut down, because the media’s gonna blame us even though we’re not responsible for it and the country is gonna hate this and we can’t afford this. And so we can’t have a government shutdown.
And not having a shutdown has been the single focus of Republican policy for I don’t know how many years now. And it has translated into the Democrats being able to deny Republicans most of what they want and Democrats to get what they want. You know, once they get away with it, they’re gonna keep trying. And if they get away with it once, they’re just going to keep using it.