RUSH: Ieksa is our next caller. She's from Princeton, New Jersey. I really appreciate your patience. I'm glad you waited. It's great to have you here.
CALLER: Major dittos, Rush. I need to tell you, my son called you because he asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I said, "To speak to Rush Limbaugh!" And he got through! I can't believe it! I'm calling to let you know that I am a minority. I'm a Latina. I grew up in New York City, extremely liberal. You know, I went to public school, was indoctrinated with the whole thing, except for one thing.
The big difference is that I was told that you were the evil of America. You were the most wrong man in America. I was one who never really liked to take other people's views; always had to look 'em up. So I had to find out who you were. So, at the age of 16, I went and got your books and started reading them. And, as I read them, I said, "Not for nothing, but this is how my mother is raising us." It just didn't make any sense to be a liberal and a Democrat after reading your books.
RUSH: Do you remember when this was, Ieksa?
CALLER: I remember I was 16, I remember I was in high school, and at the time I didn't really get a chance to listen to you on the radio 'cause I was in school. But I do remember one show that converted me completely. Even though I was listening to you, I wasn't fully conservative. It was one show. It was about 20 years ago. You spoke about capital gains, and you spoke about it in such a way that you kind of... I don't want to say, "You dumbed it down," but I guess because I was so young, I understood everything you were saying. I understood how you said capital gains hurts the poor people more than the rich, and that was the one show that converted me. Oh, and I want to say how much I love you. I actually met my husband because of you! (giggles)
CALLER: And my husband went to your show one time! I'm telling you, you've been in my life. I'm 41 today. Today is my birthday. I have been following you for 25 years.
RUSH: I get so many calls from people who were told that I was a monster.
RUSH: It seems to be the way many people have discovered me. You're told I'm a monster. You're told I'm the focus of evil.
RUSH: In your case, I'm lucky. You got curious and you went and read my books and said, "Well, this is how my parents are raising us."
CALLER: Exactly. I mean, I think at the time I disagreed with probably three of your chapters, but I'm sure if I reread your books I'd probably say, you're not conservative enough. Because actually everybody says I'm more than conservative enough. I'm actually the lone conservative in my family. I am a stay-at-home mom. I actually was a Rush teenager but all of my kids are Rush Babies. I'm a stay-at-home mom and I home school, and they know between the hours of 12 and three, "It's Rush time. Don't bother Mom. We're supposed to listen because this is social studies."
RUSH: Well, Ieksa, I appreciate it. You made my day. I can't thank you enough.
CALLER: You made my day! I can't believe it. My son actually called. I can't believe how excited I am!
RUSH: It was meant to be, Ieksa. It was just totally meant to be. It was more than fate. It was meant to be.
CALLER: (happy sigh)