RUSH: Eli in Louisville. Great to have you on the program, Eli. Welcome to the program.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I'm 15 years old and I'm telling you not to give up on the future generation. I've been watching you since I was five years old and my dad is conservative. And I cannot wait 'til I'm able to vote when I turn 18, which will be in the next election, which will hopefully be a conservative.
RUSH: Why are you gonna wait? If you're a Democrat they'd have you voting by now.
CALLER: No. No. I'm only 15.
RUSH: Well, that's actually good. Where did you get the impression -- or maybe you didn't, maybe you're just saying so -- but where did you go to the impression that we're giving up on the younger generation here?
CALLER: Well, it just seems like in the last election a lot of the kids that I know have seemed to think that voting for Obama is the cool thing to do.
RUSH: That's always -- you know, you are an exception to the rule, and God bless you, but most young people are motivated by hip and cool and pop culture things and feelings. Most young people are, by virtue of being too young, just not that informed yet. They haven't been alive long enough to have acquired certain information, education, and matured around it.
CALLER: I mean, I have honestly thought about just getting an education and leaving the country. I mean, it's been horrible. My family's farm has been taxed to death. They can't even grow things. They can't even get a profit.
RUSH: You know, look, I know how you feel. And you're not alone. I did an interview with a guy for my newsletter two days ago. His name is Conrad Black. And he has written an extensive book on the history of America from the perspective from the founding to present day, how it became the greatest nation on earth, how it became the world's real lone superpower. It's heavy reading, but it's exceptionally good. There aren't too many 15-year-olds that would read it and stick with it, but you probably could. It's called "Flight of the Eagle" if you're interested.
But the point I wanted to make to you was, I asked him, because most people, Eli, most people's historical perspective begins with the day they were born, and they put everything that's happening in that universe. For example, every generation, Eli, thinks that it's in the last days. Every generation thinks that what's going wrong is worse than it's ever gone wrong ever. Every generation thinks this. You can make book on it. Every generation has people who think that the times in which they're living are worse than they've ever been.
So I asked Mr. Black, "Has it ever been worse?" And he said, "Oh, yes. The decade leading up to the Civil War was far worse what's going on now." However -- and this is important. He said -- and just what you know and what your family knows. This nation is in decline right now. It is in a serious decline, and it is a decline that is being helped along. It's a decline that may be occurring on purpose. And what really has people upset, Eli -- and this is what I think, even at 15, I know you instinctively get this. The problem is that the institutions that have been built into this country to guard against this are failing. The Constitution is failing. Well, it's not that the Constitution is failing. It's that the people charged with defending it are failing it. And marriage, all of the cultural things that are supposed to keep this country on its lofty perch aren't working, or they're not being used. And they're not being used by the nation's leaders. And this is what has people nonplussed. It has them panicked and scared.
CALLER: I had an eighth grade teacher, my Social Security studies teacher, who had a very strange interpretation -- she was a liberal -- of the Constitution, and I did not agree with that. I mean it confused me, like the interpretation just did not make sense at all.
RUSH: Well, of course not if she's liberal. She probably thinks the Constitution is bad, unfair, unjust, and needs to be changed, I'm sure, because there are parts of it written in those ancient times and can't possibly apply to today. And, by the way, those people are all over the place. They own education. Those kind of people, Eli, own it. Just today we learned that Janet Napolitano, who runs the Homeland Security department, has just been hired as the first woman to head up the entire University of California system throughout the state. Not just Berkeley, but every university, part of the UC system.
CALLER: It's crazy.
RUSH: She's as far left wing as anybody. This is a job that no conservative would ever be offered, but it's a job that a conservative needs to fill in order to fix it. But you're gonna be surrounded by these people. I hope, Eli, that you are able to -- what's the proper word? I hope you're able to fend them off. I hope that they don't get inside your head and --
CALLER: I'll try.
RUSH: Please do. 'Cause I'm gonna tell you a little short story. Way back in the first two or three, four years of this program, we had a call from a young man in North Dakota, and his uncle, I believe, was a member of Congress. And this man was about your age, maybe a little younger, and he was great. He thought his uncle was just full of it. He thought his uncle was just an absolute joke and he called here and gave us every reason why, and 10 years later we heard from him again and he was embarrassed that he had called. He had done a 180, total 180. Somebody had gotten to him and he had become exactly what he had called here criticizing. The family had gotten to him or what have you. My point is, Eli, you're great, but the pressure, especially when you leave home to go to school or whatever and you're separated from your parents, the pressure on you is gonna immense and I hope that you're able to fight it off.
CALLER: I will try my best.
RUSH: And I hope you don't leave the country 'cause the country is gonna need people like you. No, no. I'm not just saying that, Eli. It's gonna need people like you if it's gonna -- there's always gonna be an America, Eli, but is it gonna be the kind of America your parents and grandparents grew up in? Is it gonna be the kind of country that you're gonna be able to grow up in that you want it to be? It's gonna take people like you doing what they can to preserve it and beat back these forces of change that are trying to take this country in an entirely different direction. I'll call you a conservative because it facilitates conversation. Are you conservative 'cause your whole family is, have they influenced you tremendously on all this?
CALLER: Well, I've self-informed myself a lot, but my entire family, extended family and everything is conservative.
RUSH: Well, that's good. That means you're gonna have a great support system there. They're farmers?
CALLER: Yes. Well, I'm not a farmer myself, my grandparents are, and they've had to cut their hogs off. Now they just do wheat, beans, and corn. They can't support any livestock. They just can't make a profit on it.
RUSH: I know.
CALLER: Taxes are just too high.
RUSH: I know. I know. Farmers have been hit. What do you want to do, do you know yet?
CALLER: I'm deciding between an architect, politician, that sounds -- I don't really know yet. I need to decide.
RUSH: Well, there's nothing that says you have to know yet. But at some point, whatever you love and are really, really passionate about will reveal itself to you, and then it's up to you to follow it. But whatever it is, you keep thinking about things the way you are now. And another thing I tell people like you. Just live your life the way you think it should be and you'll influence more people than you'll ever know. You don't have to talk to people and convince them in order to persuade them. You can do that also by setting an example in the way you live and the way you act, the way you lead. So you have tremendous potential. The sky's your limit, whatever you want to be, don't let anybody tell you differently.
CALLER: Well, thank you for that.
RUSH: I'm glad you called. You like computers, Eli?
CALLER: I do.
RUSH: You have an iPad?
CALLER: I have the earliest one.
RUSH: You have the antique iPad. Okay.
CALLER: I have the antique.
RUSH: You have the antique. Let's see, let me give you a choice. A Retina 15-inch MacBook Pro laptop computer, an iPad 4, which is the full size retina, or an iPad Mini, which would you prefer?
CALLER: I would love to have the MacBook Pro.
RUSH: MacBook Pro!
CALLER: Yes. I need one of those for high school.
RUSH: Great call. Okay, this one's maxed out. It's got the fastest processor, the largest solid state drive, 767 gigabytes, so you hang on.
RUSH: We'll have it shipped and it will arrive to you tomorrow, if you want it Saturday. Now don't hang up. Snerdley will get your address so that we can get it out to you. Eli, thanks for calling. It's great to have you out there.
CALLER: Thank you very much.
RUSH: You bet. Don't go away.
RUSH: You know, I'm also gonna send Eli in Louisville a couple of these really cool Tervis Tumblers that have the Revered Rush on one side behind the Golden EIB Microphone, and the Rush Revere Two If By Tea legend and icon on the other. You can even put coffee in them. I mean, they keep hot beverages hot; cold beverages cold.
Ice doesn't melt. The tumbler doesn't sweat. You've probably heard of these things, these Tervis Tumblers, particularly people in hot climates that do a lot of outdoor activity. They're fabulous, because they don't sweat. The ice doesn't melt so fast it dilutes everything. But the fact that they don't drip all over you, that's the big deal to me.