RUSH: Kathy in Bloomington, Illinois, you're on Open Line Friday. Hi.
CALLER: Merry Christmas and to all your listeners as well.
RUSH: Thank you very much.
CALLER: I was wondering if you thought there might be a chance that the ACLU would step in and stop the terrorists from coming to Illinois. After all, it's going to be pure torture for them coming from the tropical island to the sub degree weather here in Illinois.
RUSH: I think the ACLU is busy finding them all lawyers.
CALLER: (laughing) Well, I don't want them in Illinois, but in all fairness I think we should take them because, after all, we sent most of our criminals to Washington this year, so we're short criminals here.
RUSH: (laughing) Excuse me. That is hilarious. You sent most of your criminals -- you did! Axelrod.
CALLER: We did.
RUSH: -- Rahm Emanuel, Obama, Valerie Jarrett, all those clowns.
CALLER: I know. I know. We're short. I don't want terrorists here, but in all fairness we should take them.
RUSH: It is interesting that Dick Durbin is running around acting like this is the single biggest achievement that he has ever made or accomplished for you in Illinois.
CALLER: I just think the whole world has lost their minds. I don't understand where the common sense is.
RUSH: There isn't any. See? That's what you have to understand when you're looking for common sense you're not going to find it on the left. You're going to find lies. I mean they're out there saying, 3,000 jobs, that's what matters here. And people are worried about terrorists escaping and Durbin says, "There's no way these guys are ever going to escape, no way." It's like prison breaks never happened. I don't know. It's fascinating. I think all this, all of this stuff that they're doing, they have no idea how it's being perceived out in the country.
This is Ann in Houston, and great to have you with us on Open Line Friday. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Oh, we're a homeschool family, and you are a part of the curriculum.
RUSH: Very wise. Thank you very much.
CALLER: Yes. My husband is a doctor, and he has seen the cost of drugs dramatically increase over the last year. And he's seen this both personally, drugs he takes, and professionally, and he thinks that the drug companies are being allowed to do this as a part of the deal they made with Obama to cover what they will be contributing to go his health care plan. And this increase that patients are now paying, of course it's just really a hidden tax, and, Rush, I want to also say, for the sake of our country, I would like to see your listening audience double or triple. And I have five ideas how to do that. The first idea is to make available to your listeners bumper stickers that say, "Join Rush 740 AM, 11 to 2." We would sell those to all of the listening areas around the country, and I would like a job with you to execute my ideas. And may I come interview for a job?
RUSH: What's your second idea?
CALLER: Okay, I've got five, but this is number six.
RUSH: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.
CALLER: We know kids are being brainwashed in our schools --
RUSH: Hold it, hold it, hold it.
CALLER: Oh, yeah. Yes?
RUSH: You got five ideas and this is number six?
RUSH: And you want to work for me?
CALLER: Because I want to do two, three, four, and five personally, with you.
RUSH: All right.
CALLER: But number six is the most important.
RUSH: But there's only five.
CALLER: Oh, this is number six, I'm sorry. We know our kids are being brainwashed in our schools and, Rush, we need to start a camp for advanced conservative studies. It will be your legacy. It would be for children from seventh to the ninth grade, and we would wash their little brains in the morning, and then they would have the fun activities in the afternoon. And who would come to this camp? The children and grandchildren of your 20 million listeners. I'm a school teacher. And we would teach things I'm teaching right now, Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson to five of my grandchildren. And then we would teach the Federalist Papers, and who would be doing the teaching? Folks like Michelle Malkin, your substitutes, the other talk show radio hosts would be thrilled to come do a morning. What do you think, Rush? May I come interview?
CALLER: You don't know what I've gone through to get this -- and I'm unemployed. And I want to be employed with you.
RUSH: Well, I admire on your entrepreneurism here.
RUSH: I really do. I'm going to have a talk with Snerdley after the program today.
RUSH: But I could not possibly bring you in for an interview until I decide whether or not I want to implement all of your plans.
RUSH: Well, 'cause what you've just told me essentially is I'm not working hard enough.
CALLER: No. People are lazy. They don't necessarily know when you're on. We're going to make it easy with these bumper stickers. You see, what people would do, they would mail their two dollars, we have to charge them so that the liberals don't deplete the supply, and they would mail in with a little -- I can do the whole thing. I can do it in Houston. See, I can do it whole deal.
RUSH: Well --
CALLER: I'll have stacks. I've run for office, Rush. So I know how to mass produce. I was the Republican nominee for state rep a few years ago. And I'm also a developer, I drive a tractor, I have six kids, I can do it.
RUSH: You have six kids and six questions.
CALLER: I have six children and six grandchildren.
RUSH: That's six questions and 12 kids.
RUSH: At any rate, look, I love your thought on this. I love the desire that you have here to expand the audience exponentially as you have. And I'll think about it. People pepper me with ideas constantly on other things that I could do or should do and I'll throw yours into the hopper along with everybody else's. I thank you for the call out there, Ann, and all the best to you. Thanks again for your call. It's Open Line Friday, folks. This a great example of whatever you want to talk about is fair game on Open Line Friday. If I don't care about it, I'll still talk about it and act like I do.
RUSH: Gary in Fairfax, Virginia. I'm glad you waited, sir. Nice to have you on the program.
CALLER: Mega Christmas and merry dittos, Rush.
RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much.
CALLER: All right. I'm calling about the big tent that moderates keep ordering conservative Republicans to make and the purity test they keep demanding, and I say that my tent is as big as the Constitution and that it's the moderates who are demanding this purity test. Your 63% stat that you shared with us today is very revealing. I think about 63% of the country that moderates feel don't belong in that tent. What they want is that we allow moderates in there who are going to start cutting holes in that tent --
RUSH: Wait. Hold it. Hold it. Wait a minute. You've been on hold a long time and people may not know what you're talking about. There's a new Battleground poll out that's had the same result for eight years and that is that 63% of the American people identify themselves as conservative. Only 1% in this Battleground poll called themselves moderates.
RUSH: But, see, it's not the moderates who have been putting this stuff out, it's the left, it's the Democrats who have been saying that we need a big tent. Republicans are discriminating against people. It's all about abortion. It's all about the social issues. And of course the Republicans bought into this, we've gotta get that constituency to vote for us, gotta get that constituency to vote for us, we've gotta seek the moderates 'cause the moderates are holy ground and the moderates, we are told, if we make them mad and it's easy to make them mad, all you have to do is criticize Democrats then the moderates will run away from you in droves, and so the Republicans dutifully play along, they don't criticize because they don't want to get the moderates mad, 1%! It seems to me we are the big tent.
CALLER: Yes, we are. We're as big as the Constitution. That's plenty big. And they keep demanding that we allow people at the table and to vote for us and represent us who want to keep cutting coals in that Constitution, you know, that the government should be running our lives and raising our taxes and taking away our freedom. And every time we raise our hand and say, "No, no, no, wait, wait, that's not in the Constitution, they got no right to do it," we're accused of having the purity test.
RUSH: Exactly right. Exactly right.
CALLER: By the way, Rush, I met a poster child moderate. It blew me away, but it defined them for me perfectly. Right after the election, this guy was proud of the fact that he went into the polling place not knowing who he was going to vote for.
RUSH: You're kidding?
CALLER: And that defined it for me. They're so proud of being open-minded that they're standing in line and not 'til he actually pulled the lever did he know -- and he never told me who he voted for. That's a moderate.
RUSH: I don't believe that for a friggin' minute.
CALLER: Yeah, but he was proud of telling you that and telling me how closed-minded I was for knowing how to vote before I got there.
RUSH: Yeah, well, he just wanted you to know how smart he is and how unideological he is. He was making himself out to be a genuine mental midget while trying to make himself sound better than you.
CALLER: Well, their highest virtue is open-mindedness and they love pointing out how we conservatives are so closed-minded because we know what we believe. You've heard that all your life.
CALLER: Yeah. Can I run one theory by you real quick?
CALLER: All right. It's a little exaggeration, but I say there are no liberals in America, there are liars and people who have been lied to.
RUSH: (laughing) It fits. It fits if you understand that liberals lie. That's why I suggested yesterday: For Harry Reid, you say "Harry Reid," comma, "Democrat-Nevada," or "D-NV. Change it to L: "Harry Reid (Liar-Nevada)" Nancy Pelosi (L-California). Harry Reid (L-NV). Doesn't matter. Barney Frank (Liar-Massachusetts). It works.