RUSH: This is Earth Day, by the way, and Earth Day is a great, great example here. Earth Day is a perfect example of liberalism. It started out as something nice and fuzzy and innocent. Well, not to me. I knew what this was from the get-go. But it was people in tie dye T-shirts and dancing around the May pole and tossing people around in blankets and talking clean water and clean air and so forth, but what's happened? It has metastasized into a relentless attack on capitalism, every nook and cranny of our lives just like everything else born of liberalism. However, other than MSNBC Earth Day is not a story today. I can remember as recently as three years ago Earth Day would have been wall-to-wall 24/7 coverage. Every cable news outlet, every newspaper, every magazine would be devoted to the latest progress, the warnings of global warming and so forth and what we all must do to save the earth and now it's not even a story. Now it's just a joke. Earth Day is a joke. We could declare victory in this sense. We single-handedly almost here at the EIB Network made Earth Day a national joke, along with global warming as a hoax. It used to be taken deadly seriously.
People ask me, "Well, how come you stay so optimistic?" Well, that's one of the reasons why we have demonstrable successes at rolling things back if you fight them properly. Earth Day is now a joke. Do you even remember, folks, Earth Day's founder, do you remember the story of Earth Day's founder? Do you even remember his name? Ira Einhorn. Ira Einhorn was on stage hosting the first Earth Day event at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, April 22nd, 1970. Seven years later, the police raided his closet and found the composted body of his ex-girlfriend inside a trunk. Ira Einhorn, the father of Earth Day, killed and composted his girlfriend. And any time you mention this the Earth Day acolytes try to shut you up, and they don't want you having any success at besmirching the image of their great leader.
The Self-proclaimed environmental activist Einhorn made a name for himself during the sixties and seventies by taking on the role of a tie-dye wearing ecological guru and Philadelphia's head hippie. He had a long beard, gap-tooth smile. Einhorn advocated flower power, peace, free love to his fellow students at the University of Pennsylvania and claimed to have helped found Earth Day. He was also a murderer. Let's see, 1970, Diane Sawyer, was she around? Yeah. Back in 1970 Diane Sawyer might have been told of this story and said, "Look, recycling! Even in the midst of murder! The Earth Day leader is recycling! Wow!"
RUSH: The early lawyer for Ira Einhorn after his girlfriend was found composted in the closet was Arlen Specter. Arlen Specter represented Ira Einhorn at his bail hearing and then Specter dropped the case. Einhorn jumped bail and left the country and went international, to lead the Earth Day movement. Now, I realize, folks, that I am the nation's morale officer. That is just one of the things that accrues to me. It's by default. I, El Rushbo, am many things, including the morale officer of this country -- and I really do believe we're gonna prevail in the long run. The only problem is "the long run" keeps getting longer, which is gonna require an even longer and greater commitment on the part of everybody on our side.
But we will prevail. The other side will collapse of its own moral corruption, as it has everywhere else it's been tried. The key is to speed along the collapse born of their own moral corruption. The socialist model, the things that Obama is trying to do simply can't work. The country can't exist. They're gonna kill the golden goose and there's gonna be no money to redistribute at some point. One of the things on our side is that the uninformed are ignorant acolytes of Obama actually think that what's at the end of Obama's success is everybody prosperous, everybody earning a lot of money -- or having a lot of money, however they get it -- everybody having a certain degree of wealth.
Once they realize that the end result of Obamaism is servitude and near poverty, then, of course, they're gonna revolt against it. But right now we're stuck with their relative ignorance, born of the fact that the left has owned the education apparatus in this country for a hundred years. Well, okay, maybe 80. So there are many things here that we're dealing with and have to overcome on a day-to-day basis, but at some point just like Reagan said about the Soviet Union, "It will collapse on itself." Cuba is collapsing on itself. The ChiComs are having to incorporate capitalism into their culture in order to survive.
We just happen to be going the other way because we have a neophyte who was educated, mentored, and raised by communist-socialists -- that's his experience; that's who he is; that's what he believes; he knows nothing else -- and so he is an implementary tool of people who have been working for this objective in this country for a hundred years. At some point, it will implode upon itself. I want to get to the New York Times poll. It's fascinating. There's some really interesting stuff in this poll. It's surprising that the New York Times actually published it in such great detail, but you've gotta hear this. We go back. Charleston Heston once called this program and asked to appear to say this...
HESTON: You think man can destroy the planet? What intoxicating vanity. Let me tell you about our planet. Earth is four-and-a-half-billion-years-old. There's been life on it for nearly that long, 3.8 billion years. Bacteria first; later the first multicellular life, then the first complex creatures in the sea, on the land. Then finally the great sweeping ages of animals, the amphibians, the dinosaurs, at last the mammals, each one enduring millions on millions of years, great dynasties of creatures rising, flourishing, dying away -- all this against a background of continuous and violent upheaval.
Mountain ranges thrust up, eroded away, cometary impacts, volcano eruptions, oceans rising and falling, whole continents moving, an endless, constant, violent change, colliding, buckling to make mountains over millions of years. Earth has survived everything in its time. It will certainly survive us. If all the nuclear weapons in the world went off at once and all the plants, all the animals died and the earth was sizzling hot for a hundred thousand years, life would survive, somewhere: under the soil, frozen in arctic ice. Sooner or later, when the planet was no longer inhospitable, life would spread again.
The evolutionary process would begin again. Might take a few billion years for life to regain its present variety. Of course, it would be very different from what it is now, but the earth would survive our folly, only we would not. If the ozone layer gets thinner, ultraviolet radiation sears earth, so what? Ultraviolet radiation is good for life. It's powerful energy. It promotes mutation, change. Many forms of life will thrive with more UV radiation. Many others will die out. You think this is the first time that's happened? Think about oxygen. Necessary for life now, but oxygen is actually a metabolic poison, a corrosive glass, like fluorine.
When oxygen was first produced as a waste product by certain plant cells some three billion years ago, it created a crisis for all other life on earth. Those plants were polluting the environment, exhaling a lethal gas. Earth eventually had an atmosphere incompatible with life. Nevertheless, life on earth took care of itself. In the thinking of the human being a hundred years is a long time. Hundred years ago we didn't have cars, airplanes, computers or vaccines. It was a whole different world, but to the earth, a hundred years is nothing. A million years is nothing. This planet lives and breathes on a much vaster scale. We can't imagine its slow and powerful rhythms, and we haven't got the humility to try.
We've been residents here for the blink of an eye. If we're gone tomorrow, the earth will not miss us.
RUSH: Charlton Heston on this program February 3rd, 1995. That's from Michael Crichton's book, one of his many.
RUSH Michael in "Flyover Country," Kansas, great to have you on Open Line Friday. Hi.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, from an unashamed rank amateur. Blessed Good Friday to you -- a real holiday -- and an unblessed Earth Day, a government holiday.
RUSH: Thank you very much, sir.
CALLER: Hey, a fond remembrance of my first Earth Day. Back in 1970, as an eighth grader in central Iowa, we were told by our junior high principal and his minions, the teachers, that we would go out and clean a six-mile stretch of county road highway there in Iowa by picking up the trash.
RUSH: What did the prisoners do that day?
CALLER: Well, we all got out of school. We got to go do Earth Day things.
RUSH: Yeah, I know, but that's normally what prisoners do.
CALLER: Oh, I see! (laughing) Oh, they probably got the day off.
CALLER: Anyway, we were rather dismayed. "Well, it's six miles; it's a long walk," but we went out that morning, headed down the highway -- and our dismay turned to glee and joy as we began finding full cans of beer in the ditch!
CALLER: By the time we were up at the end of our six mile stretch for our noon lunch we had a nice pile of drinks, albeit a warm drinks. But when you're in eighth grade, a beer is a beer is a beer.
RUSH: So you didn't save it. You opened it and consumed it during your cleanup project?
CALLER: Yes, sir, we did.
RUSH: Well, there it was. It was part of the earth, and you were cleaning it up. That's a great move on your part.
CALLER: And we threw the cans right in the county truck as it left.
RUSH: Amazing. Well, you know, you've reminded me of something here. In 1970 you're in the eighth grade, and 1970 was my first year of college. I escaped all of this in school. There was no Earth Day when I was in school. The first Earth Day was 41 years ago, so I was not bombarded with this stuff. The only thing I was bombarded with in school -- and it started 1969 so I was 18, my senior year -- was feminism. It was the early, early, early stages of feminism; and I knew even then what was happening.
I wasn't able to spell it out for people, but there was something about it that I knew wasn't right. It didn't make any sense. It was about creating war and struggle between the sexes. So I hit here and I'm thankful that as a young skull full of mush none of this indoctrination was ever attempted on me 'cause I got outta school before it was actually being done in earnest -- and, of course, I only went to a semester and a half of college, and there wasn't much of that kinda stuff. It was during the Vietnam War.
Kent State happened my semester first in college, and that was one of the big focal points of discussion on campus. Earth Day and these social causes, environmental wacko causes, hadn't really surfaced to the point that I had been the object of indoctrination efforts. So that's why I'm a little bit more tolerant around those who did not get out of school as soon as I did. If you spent your junior high years, your grade school years, and then your high school years being subjected to this indoctrination for all those years, it's understandable that you're gonna graduate with your mind a little bit polluted and it's gonna take a lot more extra effort to de-pollute that mind than mine did 'cause mine never got polluted in the first place.