WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Radio giant Rush Limbaugh says President Obama holds the attitude that the original residents of America “got screwed” when the United States was officially founded.
The allegation came during the top-rated host’s program today, as he analyzed Obama’s speech last Wednesday at the Congressional Hispanic Congress.
The key section that has become controversial has Obama discussing the days before the American Revolution, which can be viewed at the 21:36 mark on this YouTube video:
Long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples: to British and French, to Dutch and Spanish, to Mexican – (applause) – to countless Indian tribes. We all shared the same land. We didn’t always get along. But over the centuries, what eventually bound us together – what made us all Americans – was not a matter of blood, it wasn’t a matter of birth. It was faith and fidelity to the shared values that we all hold so dear. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights: life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The actual quotation from the Declaration of Independence is:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
“He leaves out ‘Creator,’” Limbaugh said. “It was a speech that was on the teleprompter. Either it was on the prompter and he omitted it, didn’t say it, or it was not on the prompter. Regardless, it was a purposeful omission.”
He continued: “This is the thing that’s tough for people to get their arms around. They’ve elected somebody who actually has a grudge against the country as founded. Anytime that I have evidence that concurs with my no-question-about-it-correct opinion, I’m gonna use it. So, eliminate ‘Creator,’ eliminate God when quoting [the Declaration], and then make the statement, ‘Before America came around, boy, look at all these wonderful people who were here who got screwed when America was founded.’”
Rush Limbaugh and his bride, Kathryn Rogers, during their June 5 wedding party at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Fla. (Photo by Donna Newman, via Facebook)
Limbaugh gave his personal translation of Obama’s comments about America before the nation’s establishment, saying, “We used to share it, everything was copacetic, everything was fine and dandy and then the white European settlers arrived and hello environmentalist – this is right out of the multicultural curricula. The white Europeans arrived, we got syphilis; we got horses; we got environmental destruction; we got racism; we got sexism; we got homophobia. Prior to all those people showing up, this was a dreamland.”
He attributed Obama’s belief system to Black Liberation Theology, which he absorbed from his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
“In Black Liberation Theology, which is the teaching of Rev. Wright,” said Limbaugh, “the genocide of the American Indian is a major tenet. Wright preached it constantly, the genocide of the American Indian and Obama heard it. It’s a huge, huge deal. And people who speak this way are really just saying everything was peachy keen in North America until those racist Europeans showed up and started oppressing everybody. That’s what he believes.”
Limbaugh then provided what he called “the money quote” from the book “A Black Theology of Liberation” by James Cone, the mentor to Rev. Wright:
“The extermination of Amer-Indians (American Indians), the persecution of Jews, the oppression of Mexican-Americans and every other conceivable inhumanity done in the name of God and country, these brutalities can be analyzed in terms of the white American inability to recognize humanity in persons of color.”
“This is who animates and informs Rev. Wright who then goes to the pulpit and preaches sermons based on this stuff,” Limbaugh explained. “Two and two equals four.”
Referring to Obama, Limbaugh said, “Understanding who this guy is, folks, is crucial.”