RUSH: Here's Nicholas in California. You're up first. Great to have you. Hi.
CALLER: (poor cell connection throughout) Hello, Mr. Limbaugh. It's an honor to finally talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: The reason I called today is that I want to apologize to you, sir.
RUSH: Apologize to me?
CALLER: Yes. For many years, most of my life, I grew up as a liberal. I had liberal friends, and I wanted to apologize to you for how I thought of you in those days.
RUSH: How did you think of...? Oh, I think I probably know. You're a liberal; you probably thought that I was all the things that you heard about me in the media.
CALLER: Absolutely. You were racist. You know, you were homophobe, yada yada yada, the whole nine yards.
RUSH: Did you ever listen to the program back then, or did you just rely on those critics that were saying that stuff?
CALLER: I just relied on the critics. I never listened to you.
RUSH: So how did you end up listening? What made you want to listen if you had that attitude about the program and about moi?
CALLER: Well, what happened was, I always had doubts -- although I pushed them down deep, you know? I never let the doubts interfere with the way I knew the world really was, of course. But after the attack on 9/11 -- the first one, of course -- I knew that there was something really wrong with my worldview. So I was just flipping through the radio stations in the car one day, and you were on, and I said (cell phone glitch), "Everything that I know and that I have been taught is flawed, so let me listen to this man and hear what he has to say," and I learned conservatism from you, sir, and I wanted to apologize and thank you for that.
RUSH: Thank you very much. I just have one other question. I'm trying to figure out what it's like for somebody like you. I mean, for all these years you were dead certain what I was, and you were dead certain what this program was all about, because you'd been told that by the people that you trusted.
RUSH: Then, all of a sudden, by accident, you run into this program and find out that that hasn't been true at all. Did that make you question everything that you'd be told or led to believe?
CALLER: Yes. As I said, you're my professor. I learned conservatism from you.
CALLER: I knew there were problems. I had doubts. I'd always pushed them away. I mean, the whole global warming thing I never bought into, so I knew that was ridiculous. Racism, I could never comprehend. It still wasn't until I started doing some research years later, when I realized that the basis of liberalism is racism, but I'd always put those down deep. When I started listening to you, those little doubts I had crystallized, and I realized how my whole worldview was skewed.
RUSH: That has got to be an awakening. That has got to be... I can't imagine. I can't imagine. Seriously, I can't imagine going up one day and realizing everything I thought was wrong. I don't know what I would do.