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The 20th Anniversary of "The Way Things Ought to Be"

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RUSH: Who's next? Bobby in New York City. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hello, sir. Nice to talk to you. Thank you for taking my call.

RUSH: You bet.

CALLER: Sir, it's the first time calling. I'm black, I'm conservative, and I'm American. Sir, I respect you. I've read your book and I have been a longtime listener of your program. I think that the Democrats are basically very wrong about how they are about your influence over people's mind-set, and the upsurge in Santorum's election in Iowa. The Republican people are open-minded people. They are willing to listen to other people's opinions. And because he is also having an up surge in this election, all of a sudden they think that other people are not listening to what he has to say. It is like they believe that the Republican people are like their people. All of a sudden they go running to them because they're Democrats.

RUSH: Oh, no. No. What's happening is that the media is crediting me for Santorum's surge.

CALLER: (chuckling) And that's the interesting part about it is that, sir, you are a gifted speaker. You are a gifted person.

RUSH: Yes.

CALLER: The thing about you is, you enlighten people. You open people's minds of the things and you're willing to give everybody an opportunity to hear other people.

RUSH: That's exactly right. That's exactly what the media is a saying. I was just minding my own business, I come back, and this is what they tell me happened.

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RUSH: Our last caller, the erudite Bobby, said that he had read my book. You know, we're coming up on the 20th anniversary of my first book, "The Way Things Ought to Be". I got an e-mail over the weekend from somebody who is just now reading it for the first time, and they were struck by how relevant it is. You know, you ought to come out with a 20th anniversary edition. People tell me I ought to do another book every day of the year. There's no shortage of people who think I ought to be doing that, but the book market is just crowded. Everybody and their uncle does books now. This guy was going on and on and on about how relevant it is and how good it is and how much he was learning about the show that he thought he knew just from listening.

It's the twentieth anniversary of The Way Things Ought to Be! That book was number one on the New York Times list for 54 weeks. I ended up selling two and a half million hardcover copies. The media did not know what to do. It was the first time in history that the New York Times best-seller list was ignored for a full year, 'cause I was at the top. Now, the second book came out, and it was number one for eight weeks. Sold the same amount of books, but just much faster. But 20th anniversary that first book. It's a long time ago, and since it's a book of principles, it is still relevant. Of course it was about the Clinton regime back then, but it's still highly relevant.

I could probably put out the same book, 20th anniversary edition, upgrade the conclusion chapter here or there. But class warfare, global warming, it's all in there. It's timeless. Now, the Sullivan Group has... By the way, where's that audit? That's right, I've been waiting. I sent special consideration for this audit and I thought I would have it by now. I thought that new audit, opinion audit, would be waiting for me when I got back. But, no, Clinton ran on class warfare, just like Obama is. It's what the Democrats do. "Worst economy the last 50 years" was the campaign theme of 1992.

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