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Liberalism Must be Defeated in the Arena of Ideas

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RUSH:  It's the fastest three hours in media, Rush Limbaugh, EIB Network.

To Orlando.  This is John, and I am glad that you called, sir.  Great to have you on the program.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.  I love you, buddy.  

RUSH:  I appreciate that. Thank you.  Thank very much.

CALLER:  This thing with Obama, everything is Rules for Radicals.  I read it when he was running.  Everything he's doing is trying to crush conservatives, no matter how small we are.  That's all he wants to do so is crush us and take our money away so we can't compete in elections.  It matters how you say that to people because --

CALLER:  Yes, our whole government is against us.

RUSH:  No, no, no. I know. I'm not disagreeing with you.  Some people are gonna hear it the way you're saying it, and they're not gonna believe it because they don't want to believe they elected somebody like that. They don't want to believe that.  It's like if you were to say, "Rush, look, I've read it. I know everything about it. This guy is nothing but a communist," it wouldn't persuade anybody.  It just it doesn't work.  

I'm not disagreeing with you on the Alinsky and the Rules for Radicals.  There's no question that Obama's purpose is the elimination of opposition.  Obama doesn't want to debate anybody.  He doesn't care to debate anybody. He's not interested in anybody else's ideas. He's not interested in bipartisanship.  All that's just mumbo jumbo that's focus group tested.  He knows that low-information voters practically have orgasms when they hear "bipartisan," "cooperation," "working together to get things done," blah, blah, blah, blah.

So he utters that stuff, but that's not what he's about.  It's his way or the highway.  Now, I'd be the same way.  I don't want to be misunderstood.  I'd be the same way.  I make no bones about it: I think liberals are to be defeated.  Now, I think liberals are to be defeated for different reasons than liberals want me defeated.  I'm not afraid of 'em.  I don't think they need to be silenced.  I don't want to inflict government on 'em.  
I don't want to have the First Amendment shut 'em down do or anything like that, the tactics they would use. I'm not interested in any kind of boycotts against 'em.  I want to beat 'em in the arena of ideas because I want a victory that lasts and I want a victory that's substance and I want a victory that has a mandate, so I want to beat 'em in the arena of ideas.  They don't care about that 'cause they can't win that debate.  Their ideas are on display now.  

We've had 4-1/2 years of their ideas, and what's happening?  

The country is in a big mess, the country is in crisis, the country is in chaos.  The country doesn't have any... I mean, the employment numbers are out today, and media's doing everything they can to massage this into looking good, but it doesn't.  We've lost nine or 10 million jobs since this man became president. They just vanished from the job market.  The labor force participation rate's almost as small as it's ever been as a percentage of people alive and capable of working in this country.  

Liberalism has had made that happen -- or call it socialism or leftism or whatever ism you want to call it.  But that's why I want to defeat it.  It is destructive.  
That's why it deserves to lose.  

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RUSH: Here's Tom in Princeton, New Jersey. Tom, I'm glad you called. Great to have you on-the program. Hi.

CALLER: Yeah. Hi, Rush. You had talked earlier about a coup d'etat within this administration. I guess my question is: If you listen to what the signers of the Constitution had to say about oppressive government and the protection that they put in for it, at what point do we have a coup d'etat of the coup d'etat? (chuckles)

RUSH: Yeah, it's another way of asking, "What do we do when the government becomes oppressive," right? What would you do? I mean, what would you do?

CALLER: Exactly. I think that's the point where we're at. Everybody sitting in their cars now or their desks would love to hear your perspective. At what point do we ask for a change or how does that manifest itself?

RUSH: Well, the old-fashioned way -- and I'm serious. I'll tell you again: If somebody were to say, "Rush, aside from meeting all the requirements necessary to be a success on radio in broadcasting -- all that aside -- what are you trying to do here?" I've always said that, substantively, I'm trying to educate people. See, I believe votes matter, I believe elections matter, and I think the greatest number of informed, participating people in the country is how we fix this.

My purpose here has been to inform and engage the largest number of Americans I can reach, have them informed and have them participate and have them voting. I've always believed in the old-fashioned way: When you've got scoundrels in office, you vote 'em out. Now, the problem with that is, there has to be an alternative. There has to be somebody else that you want to support instead of status quo.

And if they don't align with what you believe -- if there isn't a political opposition apparatus that is the repository for what you believe -- then what do you do? Well, that's when discussions of third parties surface. I'll just say again what I've been saying for a number of years: Conservatives need to take control of the Republican Party. That's what has to happen. There isn't gonna be any impeachment. There's no magic event that is going to force this administration to change.

That isn't gonna happen.

The first thing that has to happen is the Republicans have to hold onto the House in 2014, even if they're RINOs, even if they are watered-down Republicans.

The Democrats cannot win the House in 2014.

If that happens, then there really is no opposition in Washington. There's nothing to stop Obama and the Democrats. Nothing. They won't even need legislation to get what they want. They're all going to agree on it. If Obama wants something, the House and Senate leaders will pass a bill in two minutes. "Okay, here you go." They send it up, he signs it, or he does an executive order. Who's gonna stop him on anything? That's the first thing that has to happen in the real world, practical matters: Elections.

Aside from that, I don't know.

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