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A Strange Phenomenon: People Want to be Part of Tragedy

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RUSH: Here's Carl in Troy, Michigan. Hi, Carl. I'm glad you called. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thanks for taking my call. I was a liberal a long time, and because of you I don't have to listen to any news. I don't turn on any news. I listen to you and thank you very much.

RUSH: I appreciate that, and that is good for you. I know.

CALLER: I know. And I know you and your staff have gotta do the dirty work. They're fantastic. I mean, really. The reason I'm calling --

RUSH: How would you know that?

CALLER: Because I can hear. When you play clips back, I can't stand hearing those guys (laughing), and you have to listen to 'em.

RUSH: Oh. Oh. I see. (laughing)

CALLER: I can tell.

RUSH: I see. Okay.

CALLER: You know, one or two lies, okay. But how many can you take?

RUSH: Yes. Yes. (laughing) All right.

CALLER: Okay. What happened is I'm retired from the post office, and when you worked for the government, you know, everyone stabs you in the back. I was in the Army, and everyone tries to back you and help you. I didn't realize that, and I got beat up all the time for my 30 years in the post office.

RUSH: Wait a minute. Everybody in the government stabs you in the back?

CALLER: Well, that's how government works. Like in 9/11, you know how they didn't share that information with the defense department and with the CIA?

RUSH: Yeah, but that was because the Clinton administration had put up this wall, and the FBI wasn't allowed to share with the CIA.

CALLER: Yeah, but that's part of government. "I do all the work. Why should I share it with you and give you the credit?" When you work for the government, everybody is stabbing everybody in the back.

RUSH: That really surprises me. I thought everybody at the government was best friends and got along and it was a wonderful place, like a club.

CALLER: No. That's not even close. I don't know why you'd think that.

RUSH: Really. I'm shocked.

CALLER: No way.

RUSH: I'm shocked. I'm shocked.

CALLER: And so what happened is, I got beat up all these years. I wanted to be honest and I took the high road, and I knew that it was not my job to watch other people's misfortune. And throughout the years of my retirement and later years at the work, I noticed that everybody got punished so bad. It's not my job to keep track of your punishment. See, like Kennedy or Bork. It's not my job. But the thing is that I know whose place I'd rather be in, Bork's or Kennedy's, if we're conservative. But still. I mean, that's almost obvious. The same thing is, this guy lies so much, Obama, that I'm not even almost... I mean, he's gonna do a lot of damage to the country, but the thing is that he will... I seen it so many times. People destroy themselves and just like... I don't want to mention names. You know, like with God or whatever. I mean, I'm not even --

RUSH: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Are you saying here that eventually everything evens out and people get theirs?

CALLER: Yes, but it's not my job to keep the table straight because I'm not in charge of the world. So sometimes, like when I see this thing in Connecticut, we can't explain things. It's not my job to explain things or to understand everything.

RUSH:  Well, you know, thinking of Connecticut, everybody in a incident like that, everybody thinks that there's something they can do to change it. You know what else, there's another phenomenon about this.  It's older than this.  I just first noticed it with the death of Princess Diana.  Remember all the people who lined the funeral procession route, and remember all those people who brought flowers and so forth?

CALLER:  Yes.

RUSH:  You know what they were doing?  They wanted to be part of the story.  And so an event like this happens, and everybody wants to be part of it somehow, seen as sympathetic, caring, have a solution, maybe a suggestion to make families of the victims feel better.  Wherever the media goes and makes a big deal out of something, people want to be part of it, because then they want to think of themselves as being part of it and part of the solution.  And, you're right, there's nothing anybody can do.

CALLER:  Ed Schultz or the guy at MSNBC, or whoever, you know, all those guys.  You know, you can lie so many times and it's gonna catch up to you.  I had to repent like 20 years ago to get rid of my lies 20 years ago, you know?  I mean, they were little ones, you know, we all do things.  And I feel sorry for them.  I don't hate 'em.  I don't want to listen to 'em.

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  I don't listen to 'em.  I block my ears and I say, "Get off my radio."

RUSH:  Yeah.  Yeah.  Jay-Z was telling Beyonce that just the other day.  He was. 

CALLER:  Thank you very much.

RUSH:  Carl, you bet.  I appreciate it.  Thank you so much, your kind words.  I really appreciate it. 

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