RUSH LIMBAUGH (HOST): Folks, I’m going to tell you something, right here and right now. I am suspicious of anybody who doesn’t want this economy reopened. It ought to be the overriding objective of everybody — including the health people. Even if it’s just a desire, even if it is something they don’t think that can happen, it ought to be a desire.
When I see people, when I detect people who are not interested in this — I’m sorry, I can’t help it, I get suspicious. It ought to be the overriding desire of everybody. This is not sustainable. We are destroying the economy. Every day that it’s shut down, we’re destroying it — every day. We did it to ourselves.
And I — the idea that there are people who think this could go on, like this, with no end in sight? That’s absurd. It’s absurd on its face. Everything happening today is in violation of basic human nature — everything. We don’t shut down for illness, ever. We never have shut down for illness before. We’ve never shut down for mass death. We’ve never done it before. We’ve never shut down on the projection of mass death. We’ve never done it before.
And, I’m sorry, when I encounter — but I’m not talking just about Dr. Fauci — anybody. I know that the Democrat Party wants to keep this shutdown for as long as they can, as a political objective. They know how damaging this is, to the president. They know how damaging it potentially is, when the election comes up.
But throw the election out, just forget politics for a moment. Anybody not interested in doing whatever has to be done to get the economy going, to get people living their dreams again — anybody who is not focused on that, is automatically suspicious to me. Because I can’t relate to it, I can’t fathom it.
To me, we are way beyond this making sense. I understand why we had to do it. But even then, we’ve never done it before — never. And I just — I’m having daily, increasing trouble with this.
And now more and more people are talking about it, which is giving the impression that it is finally imminent, and somehow this May 1st date has popped up. And now that it has, here comes the crowd that doesn’t want it to happen.
Do you realize how against our nature this whole thing is? Forget Americans — human beings. Human beings are not designed — were not created, designed, to sit around.
“But, Rush, but Rush. There’s a killer, that’s invisible out there, it could kill anybody.”
Death is present every day. Death surrounds us. Death, sadly, is part of the human existence.
No, I’m not imagining questions here — I’m not suggesting we shouldn’t have done that. I'm not even going to go there, because that’s pointless. We did it. That debate’s going to happen. Mark my words, that debate’s going to happen.
You know, the debate is going to center around the computer models. Because the computer models — combined with the great thinking of American politicians — is what shut us down. Computer models, which haven’t been right yet. They haven’t even been close to being right yet.
I’m hoping that there’s a state somewhere out there that grows so fed up with this — some governor that grows so fed up with it, that he just reopens. Something is going to have to happen, something has got to give. This just is not sustainable, in any which way you wish to categorize it.
And I do not believe that it represents greed or selfishness, at all, to be desirous of people earning a living again, and of people producing things, and the American economy.
What is the American economy? It’s not a complicated thing. It’s people getting up and living their lives — creating commerce amongst themselves. The American economy is virtually everything human behavior takes — human behavior engages in. You are engaging in the economy when you go to the gym, when you go to yoga class, you’re engaging in the economy. When you walk down the street, you’re engaging in the economy, because you had to go buy the clothes you’re wearing in order to walk down the street, and not get arrested for nudity.
Virtually everything you do is economic — and the more of it, the better — the more of it, the more prosperous everybody is.
And it boggles my mind that there are people in responsible positions of power, who do not seem to have it reopening as an objective. I can understand medical people being worried. I can understand that there may not be time. I can understand medical people saying, “It’s going to be really, really risky.”
But the idea that we shouldn’t do it? Sorry, doesn’t compute. That’s not workable. That’s not doable. Not reopening is not doable.