RUSH: Here's Aaron in Chico, California. It's great to have you on the program. Hello, Aaron.
CALLER: (garbled cell) Mega dittos, Rush.
RUSH: Hi, Aaron.
CALLER: How are you doing today, Rush?
RUSH: Very fine. Thank you very much.
CALLER: Good. Hey, I want to try and take a stab at what you were wanting to say but didn't want to get in trouble for. I think that's the fact that the media holds up today -- in our pop culture and our society -- really morally depraved, bankrupt people. While the ones that are people with integrity and character and honor are just slandered and derided to all hell, and even just the latest... You have to look at RGIII, the way he's been characterized as a, quote, unquote, "cornball brother" when the guy has a very strong family background, religious background. You can take your pick from everyone: Tim Tebow and Sarah Palin compared to say Bill Clinton, Obama, Ted Kennedy, Anthony Weiner. He's running for office again. But I think the media is just purposefully, by design, going after people with character.
RUSH: It's been going on for as long as I've been doing this program. You're right. I've been doing this -- we're in our 25th year now, and that has been something that I've noted frequently and loudly throughout all of these 25 years. Yeah, there's a reason for it, too. Partly it's pop culture. Partly it's people love renegades, rascals, and this kind of stuff. But in this case, there's the political element and the political element is: If you're conservative, you're a reprobate. If you're conservative, what does that mean?
Whatever it means, if you're a conservative, you are to be dispatched. You're to be lampooned, impugned, laughed at, made fun of -- on purpose and by design. You are hated and despised, if you are a conservative, by the liberal political establishment. That, of course, creates the pop culture, which conveys that image in all of its doings be it movies, books, newspapers, music, what have you. But I'm not afraid to point that out. I know what you're talking about: Wes Welker's wife and the Ray Lewis business and what she was really mad about.
I know what you're referring to there. But the fact that really decent, good people -- throw Romney in there -- are destroyed, and people that you would consider to be moral failures, genuine reprobates, are heralded as icons and stars and people that we should be like, people that you should emulate? It's a very frustrating thing, and I don't have the answer to it. It used to be that all that was the minority. It's not now. It is the majority, and it is what it is. Aaron, I'm glad you called.
Phillip in Dallas, you're next. Great to have you on the program. Hi.
CALLER: Rush, I had to talk to you today. I'm so disgusted. Our president cannot negotiate at all with the GOP. He stated that repeatedly. He, however, is perfectly willing to negotiate with the Taliban. He's negotiating our surrender in Afghanistan right now. Things will go back to the way they were. He's willing to negotiate with Ahmadinejad and the Iranian regime at the expense of Iraq, at the expense of Israel.
RUSH: Well, there's a difference: None of those people are gonna give up and quit.
CALLER: Yeah. Well.
RUSH: Why should he negotiate with the Republicans?
CALLER: He's willing to negotiate with all of America's enemies at the expense of our nation and at the expense of our allies, but he will not negotiate with a coequal branch of government of the United States. I don't know why Republicans won't be out pounding this point home. I don't know. (bitter laugh) Thank God we have you.
RUSH: 'Cause it'll sound like they're whining. It'll sound like they're complaining.
RUSH: The Taliban is not the enemy. The Republicans are the enemy. Conservatives are the enemy.
CALLER: Yeah, well, for all the lip service liberals give us about wanting to see little girls learn to read and all this, the Taliban is executing them for it, and the Taliban is executing people for listening to music.
CALLER: We're being silent about this. The president says it's nonnegotiable. He will not speak with us but he will negotiate with the Taliban. He'll negotiate with the Russians to disarm America for no good reason.
RUSH: Well, in the president's view, the Republicans are to blame for everything that's wrong in this country and why should he negotiate with them? All of this tells you who Obama thinks his really enemies are. I mean, that's basically what you're saying. He would never accuse the Taliban of being "hostage-takers." He would never accuse Ahmadinejad of "pointing a gun at the head of the American people." But he has no problem accusing Republicans of doing it. You're exactly right. In so doing, he's opening himself up. I mean, he's really telling us who he is.
CALLER: Yeah, well, I think Republicans just ought to be quietly highlighting that extremism and that hypocrisy, pointing out to people --
RUSH: Eh, they're scared.
CALLER: -- he'll speak with all of America's enemies, but he won't even speak with a coequal branch of government. He won't negotiate with his own fellow Americans.
CALLER: This is how extreme the man is.
RUSH: You're not wrong. You're exactly right about it. I appreciate the call. Thanks much.
RUSH: Back to the phones we go to Kansas City. It's Tom. Great to have you on the EIB Network, sir. Hello.
CALLER: It's so great to be here. Twenty-two-year-listener, first-time caller.
RUSH: Thank you very much, sir. Appreciate that.
CALLER: I just am so upset with our people that don't see what is happening here. All they need to do is use some common sense. We have a president that has told us repeatedly, we can't expect to live in homes that are air-conditioned at 72 degrees year round, what cars we have to drive, now our guns, endless, endless, endless list of things that they want to take away from us, and yet this same president is living higher on the hog in the White House than any president we've ever had in our history.
RUSH: Yeah. So? What's the point?
CALLER: The point is the hypocrisy of all of it. Do as I say, not as I do.
RUSH: Okay, when you say, "Our people are gonna have to realize," who do you mean?
CALLER: I mean the people in the country need to wake up to this before it's too late.
RUSH: The people of the country are totally supportive of what's happening.
CALLER: Oh, I don't think all of them are, no. I'm very outspoken when --
RUSH: Well, a majority of the ones who vote are totally down with it.
CALLER: But the ones that got out to vote do.
RUSH: I think the only person really unhappy with Obama is The Oprah. You know, it's fascinating. Four years ago The Oprah was all over the inauguration, was all over everywhere, and then Michelle (My Belle) said: You know, we gotta keep fat women out of the White House because they're a bad example. Ever since then, Oprah's had nothing to do with the Obamas. She jetted out of the country for the immaculation yesterday. Outside of Oprah, I don't think there's anybody that voted for Obama that's got the slightest problem with him. And a majority of the people who voted, voted for Obama.
CALLER: But I do believe that there are more people that didn't vote that don't agree with him.
RUSH: Well, a lot of help they were.
CALLER: I blame the Republican Party for that because --
RUSH: Fine, a lot of help they were.
CALLER: When I talk with people in my group of friends and what have you, or neighbors, whatever, the most common reply I get is, "Well, both parties are the same." That's because the Republicans don't stand up for anything. That's the difference.
RUSH: Yeah, that's true. Republicans suck. I don't know what else to say about it.
CALLER: (laughing) Well, they don't suck as much as the other party.
RUSH: My only point is you can talk to people all day long who claim to be upset about it, but if they're not voting, then what good are they?
CALLER: Well, but we need to fire those people up to get out and vote.
RUSH: Yeah, but apparently what's happening in the country is not enough to make 'em show up and vote so I don't know what it's gonna take. You gotta understand, Obama's not a president. He's a celebrity. He's not looked at as a president. He's no different than Leonardo DiCaprio. Do you think any Hollywood actor is ever gonna be held to account for his lifestyle? No. Everybody is gonna wish that they could live the same lifestyle, be on the same TV shows, be in the same movies. Obama's not a president. He's a celebrity. He is the Celebrity of the United States. Do you think people out there are calling Kim Kardashian a hypocrite or Beyonce a hypocrite? No.
People aren't even looking at this in the political terms that you are looking at it. You happen to be, right now anyway, in a minority of the people who vote. It's an important distinction to make. I don't think we've lost the country per se, but we have among people who vote. We're outnumbered among the people who vote. Anyway, Tom, I appreciate the call. Thanks much.