Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Rush on MSNBC's Morning Joe

Rush on MSNBC's Morning Joe

Excellent appearance by the Maha Rushie this morning.

An excerpt:

SCARBOROUGH: Yeah, what about this economy? You have the president over the past several years who obviously has been bogged down with the fight in Iraq, but actually we've had a strong economy, and that's a message that hasn't gotten out in the past.

RUSH: Well, the reason it hasn't gotten out is because we're in an election year and the Democrats don't want it to get out, and they have many allies -- Joe, as you know in the Drive-By Media -- who will do what they can to suppress the good news or to shave it in such a way so it's not going to have too much political impact. But the truth about the US economy on any given day of the week is that there has never been a country with this prosperity, this level of a standard of living, and the opportunity to improve on it for all citizens each and every day. We are truly blessed. When I make speeches, one of the things I often ask people is, "Have you ever wondered why in less that 230 years a population of 300 million people has become the most powerful, the most prosperous, the most affluent society in the history of human civilization?" The Europeans and others, the Asians, have been around thousands of years longer than we have. Human beings are no different from one continent to the next. We're all identical. What is it that sets our country apart from all the rest?

There is an answer to this, and I think most people ought to be positive and upbeat about the opportunities that exist in this country. If you've traveled internationally, you see real poverty. I did a troop visit to Afghanistan two-and-a-half years ago. We don't know poverty in this country like it exists around the world. I know things are relative, and there are people here that don't do nearly as well as others. But they have the opportunity to, if they're taught high expectations, if they're taught self-reliance and rugged individualism. Too many people have made them dependent. We've got an ever-growing nanny state. It's a bit of a concern. I actually think... You asked me about the presidential candidates. I actually think the election in '08 is not going to be so much about Iraq. I think it's going to be about the future of the country. I think by the time we get there, nobody is going to be able to saddle the president with defeat in Iraq -- probably quite the opposite -- and so it will drop off of the radar screen. The future of the country, mark my words, will be what the '08 presidential race is about.

The whole thing is worth a read