Radio giant Rush Limbaugh used the decision by Washington bureaucrats that the Washington Redskins no longer could own their trademark logo Wednesday to launch into a wide-ranging monologue about property rights and tyranny.
At the beginning of this year, Limbaugh predicted the landmark decision handed down Wednesday by the Patent and Trademark Office. He told listeners Jan. 9 that, "the way the feds are going to get the Redskins is the federal trademark office."
Sure enough, "that's exactly what the Redskins are dealing with today," Limbaugh said on the air.
"I want you to imagine the federal government eliminating your private-property rights due to the interpretation of political correctness by five people, or a very tiny minority of people," said Limbaugh.
"The tiny minority of people are ostensibly, they say, offended by something that you own. (…) Because of interpretation of political correctness, because they're liberals, because they're statists and authoritarians and assigned to them that kind of sweeping power."
The radio host went on to say that what happened to the Redskins is neither the first nor the last "assault on private-property rights" citizens can expect to witness.
"Cheer if you want," Limbaugh said, but scoffers need to remember that "no one is safe when the protections of a constitutional republic are stripped away."
He warned his audience not to take media reports on the Redskins decision at face value. Mainstream outlets are naming the source of the decision as the Patent and Trademark Office.
However, Limbaugh pointed out, "This is Barack Obama. This is the executive branch. All this stuff is coming out of the executive branch. All of this, well, tyranny."
Limbaugh added that "the people responsible" for Wednesday's decision, such as "civil rights" activists and other "progressives," will be smugly satisfied – but not for long.
"They never are. They'll gloat maybe for a while, but they'll just be angrier at those things remaining that offend them, and will set out to attack them," too.
Finally, Limbaugh predicted the law of unintended consequences would kick in shortly, as it always does after a left-wing victory.
If the decision stands, he pointed out, "anybody can market [the 'racist' Redskins logo.] Anybody can use it. Anybody can make money off of it."
In other words: Americans may soon be seeing the Redskins name and logo on more merchandise than they ever did before.
"And I don't think that's quite what [activists] had in mind," Limbaugh said.