Here is part of a transcript from Rush Limbaugh’s radio show in which he engages a caller from Shreveport, Louisiana who attempts to make a connection between the war in Iraq and the Civil War. It’s completely incoherent, but it does make for some entertaining reading.
RUSH: I certainly know who Abraham Lincoln was. He’s one of the greatest presidents in the history of the country.
CALLER: Who said that —
RUSH: And it wasn’t because he defeated the south. It was because he preserved the union.
CALLER: He preserved the union by trampling the Constitution!
RUSH: He did not trample the Constitution. He suspended habeas corpus. He did do some things I wish Bush would do.
CALLER: Like kill 59,000 innocent civilians?
RUSH: Are you talking about Sherman’s march through Atlanta?
CALLER: And — and — and Grant’s shelling the city of Vicksburg. Hello?
RUSH: It won the war, didn’t it? You ever heard of Gettysburg? It won the war and that was the objective. I’ll tell you what I wish Bush would do that Lincoln did. Take all these anti-war agitators and send ’em to Canada. Send the National Guard in there. Send Harry Reid over to Baghdad if he’s going to be so socially —
CALLER: Like that Ohio Congressman Vallandigham, huh?
RUSH: Absolutely, like that Ohio congressman, that Democrat that was snatched out of his house and sent down to Jefferson Davis, who also didn’t want him.
CALLER: Well, at least I got you to acknowledge that.
RUSH: Acknowledge what?
CALLER: Well, the fact that Lincoln did have his secret police who went into people’s houses, pulled them out in the middle of the night, and had them — and had them —
RUSH: You know what? I hope before you die you learn to thank God for Abraham Lincoln.
CALLER: I hope before you die you learn what a racist and a bigot and a power-hungry maniac he was.
RUSH: I’m the racist and the bigot?
CALLER: I didn’t say you were. I said he was!
RUSH: Oh. Abraham Lincoln? How in the world you can call a guy who ended slavery a racist and a bigot? I have heard everything now. Everything, in 22 years of hosting this program, I have heard everything.
Thanks guys for reminding me why I teach.