Skip to comments.What Do We Do About Trent Lott? (Mind-Numbed Talk Radio Rushbot Followers Alert)
Posted on 06/15/2007 6:22:37 PM PDT by goldstategop
RUSH: What are we going to do about Mississippi Senator Trent Lott? What are we going to do about Senator Lott? You remember when he got into trouble with the Strom Thurmond comment? We're out there defending the guy. The White House threw him overboard. All kinds of Republicans were throwing him overboard. Talk radio came to his defense. Trent Lott is now one of the engineers of the Senate immigration bill, the amnesty bill, and they're trying to bring this thing back. The amendments are being kept under wraps. By the way, I understand Lindsey Grahamnesty, senator from South Carolina, is going to propose an amendment to build the border fence. (Laughing.) $4.4 billion! The government spends that much on rubber bands every year. Well, maybe not that much, but you get the point. Senator Lott is out there saying, "The problem with this is talk radio, and it's a problem that's going to have be dealt with." Now, what does that mean? When I hear a United States senator say that what I do for a living is a "problem" that the government has to "deal with," you can interpret it any number of ways. He's either saying, "Well, we're going to have to come up with our own ways to overcome them," or, "We're going to just have to wipe them out." What does it mean? The real question is: How are we going to deal with Trent Lott? What are we going to do about him?
RUSH: I want to spend a little time here on Trent Lott's comment that talk radio is running the country. What is talk radio? Talk radio is the greatest democratic forum in the country today. It is truly diverse. There are more ideas, there's more back and forth, there's more so-called diversity. There are all kinds of great things to say about it. Talk radio is the American voter. I bet most of the people who listen to talk radio are voters. That's what bothers Trent Lott. Well, who should be running the country? I don't mean making the day-to-day decisions, but go look at our founding documents, and all that jibber-jabba about governing with the consent of the governed. This is a battle between Washington and the people now. This amnesty bill, when you strip away all of the extraneous stuff this is a battle between Washington and the people, and they know it. So you got a Republican talking about talk radio the way liberals talk about talk radio, which tells you (it tells me) what the real objective of most elected officials in Washington is anyway. It's to perpetuate themselves and their jobs and to spend money and maybe not -- well, yes. It would be in that order. The reason talk radio is "running the country" is because the people who are voters in this country are listening and involved and are passionate. Talk radio may be informing you, but it's not making you a robot, and you're taking action on your own, and these blowhards in Washington are hearing from you, the American people, and that's what bothers them -- and we are being blamed for you being informed, and that should tell you something. BREAK TRANSCRIPT
RUSH: Trent Lott: "Talk radio is running the country. We're going to have to deal with that problem," he said. You need to really think about that. Well what is he talking about? The people that he's actually complaining and whining about now are the ones that tried to defend him when everybody else was throwing him overboard when he made those joking comments at a tribute to Strom Thurmond. Folks, I want you to think of something. The notion that people freely expressing their opinions on radio is a "problem," should scare every one of us that loves liberty. The notion that people freely expressing their opinions in e-mails and phone calls to their elected representatives is a problem should scare every single person who loves liberty. This is the exact sort of thing -- people expressing their opinions is a problem -- that gave us McCain-Feingold, a government signed, government passed and the president signed assault on free speech, the First Amendment, during campaigns. Trent Lott is a Republican. He has thrown his hat in with John McCain on this because McCain defended him, too, during that episode.
You know, I was kind of surprised because Lott loves to stick it to President Bush any time he can because of the White House lack of support for Lott during the Strom Thurmond thing. So the bottom line here is that this is frightening stuff. I mean, it's one thing to hear it from liberals and Democrats. We hear this from them all the time. But the idea that a Republican now joins this mind-set -- and believe me, I don't actually think he's the only one. You're good little voters when you sit out there and just shut up. Show up on Election Day. Send your money in. Send in your donations. But you're getting uppity out there, folks, when you start telling them how to do their jobs. By the way, the latest Rasmussen poll -- they're still going to try to bring this thing back -- 20% of the American people support the bill. Only 20% want this. Pure and simple, it's only 20%. "They prefer smaller steps," this is a Rasmussen poll, "with the focus on enforcement." They're working overtime to bring this back and get it done. Oh, you gotta listen to Dingy Harry here. This was this morning on the Senate floor. Listen to this.
REID: I also want to indicate to all senators and staffs, it's Friday, and now I understand, Mr. President, we have indicated we might have to work weekends, and I know this causes a lot of distress to folks. But everyone should know that to complete this bill and to complete the immigration bill will require next weekend, without any question, next weekend, Saturday and Sunday.
REID: Senators should understand that this is the real thing.
REID: If we're going to finish these two bills, which both the Republican leader and I think is absolutely mandatory, essential, that senators should be advised that next Saturday and Sunday -- which means the preceding Friday, which is a week from today and a week from Monday -- we'll have to be in session. We only have two weeks left in this work period, and I hope we don't have to run into the Fourth of July recess period, which is only one week long.
RUSH: Awww, folks, they're going to have to work weekends! Oh ho-ho! They might have to work weekends in order to get this done. Oh, how horrible. Maybe you could go out and hire some "illegal Americans," Dingy Harry, to do some of the staff work on weekends so that you don't have to. I mean, you obviously don't want to work weekends. A senator working on weekends is a job you don't want to do. There are plenty of illegal Americans who will "do jobs that Americans don't want to do." Hire them! Make them temps. Make them interns or whatever. Show them the inner workings of government, Dingy Harry, and bring 'em in and let 'em give you weekends off. They can certainly help. You know, it's interesting. When one million illegals protest, they're called "activists." When one million African-Americans protest or supposedly 19 million, or -- yeah, one million (nineteen, that's Calypso Louie) they're called "activists." When presidential candidates go down to Selma to recreate a memorial, it's activism. When millions of talk radio listeners protest, they're called...what? A problem! They're called a problem. Now, when 20 million talk radio listeners protest, that's a problem. They're a "problem" that has to be "dealt with." So you see, ladies and gentlemen, will never be called activists.
People who get called activists, why, there's virtue to activism! Why, there's virtue to getting behind your cause and putting action behind the cause, and getting personally involved in it -- and when you do it, it ain't activism. No, it's a problem. It's a problem that has to be dealt with. I'll tell you, I don't think that they know. If they think they got deluged last time, they have no clue what's going to happen after Trent Lott's comments, and they start doing this stuff and bringing this stuff forward with amendments that have yet to be revealed, amendments that are being kept "under wraps," is the term right now. These elected officials think that they got heat before? I don't think they realize what they're going to get now, but keep in mind what Dianne Feinstein said. In her 15 years in the Senate, she's never heard more racist, hate-filled commentary than on this issue, the phone calls and e-mails she got on this issue. So the effort to demonize you is on, and I think Lott was trying to do the same thing: demonize you. When you demonize talk radio you're demonizing the audience of talk radio. You're being demonized, and the reaction these people are going to have is, "Hey, look, it's just a bunch of angry hotheads full of racism and bigotry, nativism, and so forth. We don't have to listen to these people. We don't have to listen to what they saying." That's what's being set up.
Now, this thing is going to come out in the Senate. They're hell-bent on getting this done, and the White House put a lot of pressure on them, by the way. That's the pressure that's working on the Republicans. This is going to be a battle at a time, one battle at a time. If it wins passage in the Senate, you ought to prepare yourself for that. I wish it wouldn't, don't misunderstand, but it's then going to go to the House and it's going to get revved up all over again. The Senate may finish this before their precious July 4th recess, but the House isn't. The target date on the part of the proponents to get this done is the fall, August, sometimes before the August recess or a little bit after that. So that's really the time frame on this for the whole thing to get done. So even if it's not stopped in the Senate -- and I'm not giving up on that, don't misunderstand. I'm just pointing out to you that it's gotta go to the House next, and then if the procedures are followed, there's a conference committee between the two, and it's no sure bet in the House. A lot of House people don't like it. Representatives are up for reelection every two years. Members of the House are far more attuned to the thoughts and opinions of their constituents than senators are, because senators are not reelected every other year. They're reelected in six-year terms, as you know. You know all this.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
Frankly I’m more than a little tired of being threatened by the idiots in Washington.
McCain threatens that there will be riots if we enforce the law and now Lott threatens talk radio and by extension, us.
MANY of us wanted Lott gone LONG before his Thurmond comment.
I say we deport the whole Lott of them, well at least most of the Senators anyhow.
and now Lott threatens talk radio and by extension, us.
Make no mistake about it,your statement is EXACTLY right and it’s becoming evident that the elite punks in government from BOTH parties don’t want any backtalk from everyday citizens !!!
These states down South, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, have to vote out these bums, these pro illegals, vote them out as soon as possible and forever. Nothing else will do.
We live in a feudal form of government. We are serfs paying tribute to lords, and they don’t care about us.
Maybe, my memory is faulty on this count, but I don't believe Rush was defending Lott on this. If I remember correctly, he was happy to see him removed from leadership.
But my real beef with this transcript was with this comment:
Talk radio is the greatest democratic forum in the country today.
Maybe 20 years ago it was, but Rush needs to get with the times. The internet is the greatest democratic forum in the world. Practically anyone can participate, and you don't have to get past a call screener to do so.
We need to elect real Republicans not RINOS, Lott and Martinez are so GONE! New Brooms needed.
Yeah, like when he held that news conference with Tom Daschle in 1999 with that jerky smile on his face, “We made a deal”, the deal being a sham impeachment trial. (AFTER he told Henry Hyde “Don’t put this sh-t on me”)
I think they bribed Trent Loot by offering him a lifetime supply of industrial strength hairspray. He can’t turn that down.
Thanks for the reminder! I always distrusted Lott because of his hair and singing. I would defend him from silly Democrat racial accusations, but not his own actions.
Just say NO to Illegal Alien Amnesty!! Keep calling!! Its NOT OVER!!
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Arrogance and contempt from our elected officials. What else is new?
Sellout: The Inside Story of President Clinton’s Impeachment
By DAVID P. SCHIPPERS
Regnery, 338 pages, $27.95
The drama of the Clinton impeachment effort in the Congress is described vividly by David Schippers, the chief counsel for the House Judiciary Committee in Sellout.
The title is Schipper’s description of the Senate Republican leadership’s subversion of the House Republican efforts to hold a full-fledged impeachment trial of President Clinton on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
Schippers writes that he knew the fix was in at the first meeting the Judiciary committee Republicans had with Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R.-Miss.).
Lott opened the meeting by bluntly telling Congressman Henry Hyde, “Henry you’re not going to dump this garbage on us.”
Schippers, a Democrat, was shocked. The “garbage” that Lott referred to was the evidence developed by the Judiciary Committee that was so compelling that, despite all odds and against the effort of the Clinton PR machine, it had persuaded a majority of the Judiciary Committee and then a majority of the House of Representatives to vote articles of impeachment against a President for the first time in 135 years. Sellout lays out this evidence in compelling detail, making it an excellent reference source on the whole impeachment controversy.
Schippers and the House managers were convinced that, if they could present their case before the Senate, they would prevail there as well.
But, alas, they were not given that opportunity. Sen. Lott’s first proposal called for giving the House managers a single day to present their evidence and the Senate Democrats one day for rebuttal, with a final day scheduled for debate and a vote. No witnesses were to be called.
The House managers had wanted five weeks for the trial and the authority to call a full range of witnesses. The meeting erupted in an explosion of anger and a shaken Lott retreated slightly.
But in the end the House managers were given only a few days to present their case and were permitted to depose only three witnesses-Monica Lewinsky, Vernon Jordan and Sidney Blumenthal-and those on— video tape rather than on the Senate floor.
The House managers were stiffed, the “trial” conducted was a sham, and the squeamish Senate Republicans got their quick vote.
But the House Republicans exhibited real courage, and did their duty-in the face of dire political consequences. But as time passes and the squalid nature of the Clinton legacy becomes more apparent to the American people, the House Republicans look more and more to be who they are: real heroes.
Rush was on the air from 1984-1988, locally in Sacramento. He went national in 1988.
Oh yes he was. Rush was one of the only ones willing to take a bullet for Lott on that, because he felt the media was taking those statements out of context and trying to destroy another republican. And he wasn’t happy yet againt the GOP rolled over and let them do it. Including the W.H.
The only part of it he didn’t like was when Lott began the apology junkett, because it made it worse.
For Lott to now rip into Rush, one of the ONLY people to support him during that time shows just what a small man he is. He’s never gotten over the W.H. not showing him loyalty during that time, but I see NO loyalty from Lott towards Rush. he’s a flaming hypocrite, and that’s the least of his sins.
Lott is “talking” about A—hole Mike Savage. Savage claims he is an American Loving Conservative. After his campaign in the 2006 election, he got the American hating Democrats in power. Is he so dumb not to see this?
Oops!! I guess I put bad words in Lott’s mouth....garbage, sh-t, what’s the difference?
But thanks for the history lesson. It’s a shame that one of those esteemed house managers is now on the dark side, and doesn’t even have the courage to appear on Laura Ingraham’s radio show, when he was a frequent guest at the time on her TV show and I believe was even dating her (Graham)
The good people of Mississippi can replace him with Haley Barbour.
How do they compare to the American hating Republicans who are now betraying their Country?
BS. Talk radio existed before Limbaugh stumbled into it.
I think someone with skill in writting should make a list of the Trojans hiding GOP Closet!
We need to purge them out of our party!
What will be the impact on our property taxes, state and local taxes which will have to be increased to deal with the increased populations due to the extended families they will be bringing in? What impact will they have on our overcrowded prisons and jails...6-7% of any population ends up in prison or jail. What is the impact on our already overburdened hospitals like the Regional Medical in Memphis?
We will need new schools to teach their kids, and more teachers, more cops, more prison guards........ NO one has said a word about these things.
Have the folks in DC considered all this?
The Problem is President Bush. He needs to be constitutionally replaced by Cheney. Bush has placed Mexico over America. He has handcuffed our troops in combat and is afraid of Iran.
Otherwise, we need to form a 3rd party with willing Republican Senators that will filibuster everything until the people’s will is followed.
>i>McCain threatens that there will be riots if we enforce the law....</i.
Where’s Bull Connor when we need him?
Next time he gets his butt in a crack with the National Media, let him feel the pinch; don’t come to his aid.
I think a lot of ingrained Pubbies in the Senate are going to have primary opponents in ‘08.
That was a mistake. Lott was either a bigot, or too stupid to realize that his comments could be construed as such.
Neither is a defense of the guy holding a leadership position in the Senate. The fact that the GOP, after getting their arses spanked in the 2006 elections, made Lott Minority Whip shows the party is as clueless as Lott is.
Poor little thing. What grade of school are you in?
Talk radio didn't exist twenty years ago. LOL
We got rid of Tom Daschle and we can sure as hell get rid of this dumba$$.
Yes, it did. It was amateurish, insignificant, and dull. The few "national" talk shows were mostly about how to get out of legal jams and protect your money and such.
There is no question that Rush defined the genre when he gained the ascendency.
“BS. Talk radio existed before Limbaugh stumbled into it.”
True. And motion pictures existed before “The Birth of a Nation.” It’s inarguable, though, that Rush’s program is responsible for talk radio taking off, and his is far and away the most popular - and deservedly popular - show out there.
I'm not so sure Barbour wouldn't be pro-Amnesty too. I think he's another one who would put Illegal legalization ahead of the Law, Consitutionality and what's best for America. Better nail him down first on exactly where he stands before supporting him. He may be as bad as Lott.
That was a great monologue, especially the point about activism. Thanks for posting this!
Not that Lott stepping down from Majority / Minority Leader did the GOP much good, because we haven't gotten anyone better to replace him.... All those Senators on both sides of the aisle care more about their 'Fraternity Brothers' than they do about their duties to the Nation or the people that they are supposed to represent.
“Talk radio didn’t exist 20 years ago!”
Sorry, you’re wrong on this one. I listened to Alan Berg on 850 KOA out of Denver, Colorado...in 1979.
Talk radio existed before Rush’s debut...Rush just changed it’s dynamic.
This affair is between the Beltway and Americans.
Leads one to wonder how US vs THEN could have become ordinary Americans vs their government.
Your memory is correct.
Oh, and by the way, Mr. Berg was machine-gunned in his driveway by neo-nazis who took umbrage at his substance and style.
Rush is not a pioneer, but he has popularized the format and took it national...for which I am very thankful.
When the Republicans come for defeat of the American Military, as the Democraps have, I will compare both parties as American haters. Until then, numbskull, you don’t know what you are writing about!
Send him packing.
The man Mississippi needs in Trent's Senate seat is Chip Pickering, currently the 3rd District Representative, though Roger Wicker (R-1st) would do a good job as well. Chip hasn't forgotten the shameful treatment his father (Judge Charles Pickering) received from the Senate Democrats when he was up for a post on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and won't lay down for Kennedy, Leahy, and company.
As a noob saying that I'm surprised you didn't get flamed for that. However, I tend to agree, seems like Rush likes to talk fluff anymore and I think his listeners just go along with it.
Welcome to FR.
Guess you didn’t read the prior comments, or undersatand the highlighted portions are see the LOL.
It is Republican president that is leading the charge for amnesty and Michael Savage predicted this a long time ago.
Guest Worker Jorge Bush is the problem, not Savage.
Worth repeating - never forget what this guy is all about:
“Well, I’ve got an election coming up in 2000. After that we can have good government.”
Senator Trent Lott (aka Chester the Cheerleader) in conversation to Senator Tom Coburn - “Breach of Trust”, page 19.
Thanks for posting an "answer" to my question. You have demonstrated the Logic of Harry Reid and the articulation of John Kerry with the nastiness of Howard Dean all in one post. Congratulations.