Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh slammed what he described as the “slobbering” media coverage over the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy, and he warned that liberals will be using the occasion to ram healthcare nationalization through Congress.
“But I think we need to look at Sen. Kennedy in a number of ways,” Limbaugh said Wednesday. “I think Sen. Kennedy . . . It would serve us well to remember that Sen. Kennedy is a perfect example of the redeeming aspect of liberalism. If a politician is liberal, and if the politician uses the government to take money from people who work and gives it to people who don't work, they are redeemed for every bad act on earth they commit."
Limbaugh said that Kennedy should be recognized for the courageous battle he put up against a devastating illness, not his nearly 50 years of liberal social activism as a scion of one of America’s most celebrated families.
"Why is Kennedy being so lionized after what he said about Bork and these other things?" Limbaugh exclaimed, adding, “It's because he took money from people who worked, used the governor to do it, and gave the money to people who don't work, and that simple action is the redemption that all liberal politicians get — on earth anyway. It's sort of like a chit for any bad behavior that they engage in.
"That's how they are designed as compassionate and caring and saintly, virtuous. It's all because they support liberal policies. They take money, use the government to take money from people that work, give it to people who don't. It's that simple. Now, when you look at Ted Kennedy, I think particularly where we are as a nation today, I think that Kennedy's struggle to live is what should be lionized, not his politics, and not his work in the Senate, but his struggle to live.”
And in lionizing Kennedy, Limbaugh said, citizens should recognize that Kennedy chose to get the best healthcare possible from a U.S. medical system that provides choice and medicine through the mechanism of the free market, not government bureaucracy.
“Will there be a single liberal come forward and embrace Sen. Kennedy's example of seeking and securing the best medical care available? For those who truly respect and admire Ted Kennedy the man, I ask you to put politics aside today. Forget the words.
“How in the world can people who support rationed healthcare and everything that's in that monstrosity of a bill in the House of Representatives dare put Ted Kennedy's name on it? Ted Kennedy did not use any aspect of that healthcare legislation to try to survive,” Limbaugh said. “It would be an insult to the memory of Ted Kennedy to put his name on a bill that has rationed healthcare based on someone's age and the extent of their illness.
"Ted Kennedy didn't let any of that stand in his way, in his effort to live. His spirit was for life, and I think it would be a tremendous disservice. I'm being dead serious here.
"I think it would be a tremendous disservice to come up with a healthcare bill that we have now in the House and that's floating around the Senate, the one that Obama's talking about, where the government is going to decide whether people like Ted Kennedy get to go through every aspect of survival that he did.”
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