RUSH: When I was growing up my father loved the Matt Helm series of books. Oh, yeah, and he just liked the James Bond, the Ian Fleming books and so forth. He had all of these, you know, the detective series, the Sam Spades and so forth, all in paperback, he had 'em all. And during the summer late at night after the usual evening of partying and so forth, I'd go into his little bookshelf there and just grab one now and then and read it. Some of these are now being digitized and made available as e-books, which is the only way I buy books anymore.
I am given hard copies, actual books, but the ones I buy are e-books, and they're just now getting to the Matt Helm series. They have digitized four of them. I was reading one last night from 1962 called Murderers' Row. Matt Helm is the equivalent of a CIA agent, but it's never really specified the agency that he works for. It's just some clandestine American spy agency where he does work all over the world, but primarily domestically.
Now, remember, this is published in 1962, and I copied a little passage from early on in this book just to illustrate, particularly for those of you who are Millennials, in listening to this program -- by the way, the program today is gonna have a lot of focus on you Millennials, a lot of stuff in the news about and by Millennials today that we're gonna get into. Just a little teaser. But just to illustrate, you know, we didn't get here where we are overnight. We did not get to an Obama administration which grows government and shrinks the rest of the country -- we didn't get here overnight. It took decades for the left, relentlessly never giving up, constantly pushing ahead to get where we are. And, consequently, we're not gonna get rid of this stuff overnight, and we cannot define our effectiveness by how quickly we're able to roll it back.
Now, we can roll it back faster than it took to evolve to this point. A couple elections and we could make a huge dent in the leftward tilt. But it took them 50 plus years of an intricately woven web of deceit, with tentacles spiraling deep into the culture and the subculture, both social and political in this country to get us where we are. And just to prove it there's this little passage here from Murderers' Row, 1962, this is Matt Helm's boss at whatever agency this is, CIA, talking about why he assigned Matt Helm to this particular case instead of some other agents.
Here's the quote. "These delicate buds we get nowadays, nurtured on beautiful thoughts of peace, security, and social adjustment! They may be brave and patriotic enough in the right situations, but the thought of violence turns them inside out. Not one of them would kill a fly, I sometimes think, to save an entire nation from dying of yellow fever."
Now, what this means is, even back in 1962, here's Donald Hamilton, he's the author, and he's writing about the soft under belly of the peaceniks and the do-gooders. And even as far back as 1962, the peace movement and social awareness and anti-violence and even in government. I don't want to make a big deal of it. It's just how long this has been going on and how steady it is, and how it hasn't changed. This is one of the things, by the way, that frustrates me. It has been going on so long, I don't know why more people don't see it.
Now, granted, liberalism, socialism is seductive to the lazy. It is seductive to the people who think they've got no chance, no hope. It's seductive to the incompetent. It is seductive to people who are obsessed with the unfairness and injustice everywhere and think that big government can fix it. But this is just an indication of how it really isn't new, and it can be beaten back. People have been aware of it for years, and it's not been a steady increase for the left. They've gone through their ups and downs and their cycles and everything.
It wasn't long ago, Port St. Lucie, Florida, right up the road, a woman walked into a McDonald's, asked for some Chicken McNuggets and was told that they were out. So the woman did what occurred to her as the first thing to do, she called 911 and wanted to speak to Obama, to fix the problem of no McNuggets. No Chicken McNuggets, call 911. We may have a new contender for whatever category this fits into.
Several residents of Fairfield and New Haven, Connecticut -- now, New Haven is where Yale is. Fairfield is where I go every July to play in the member-guest golf tournament at the country club of Fairfield, so I have been to this place. I have seen it with my eyes, both eyes. Several residents of Fairfield and New Haven, Connecticut, called 911 over the weekend when their cable and Internet went out in the middle of Breaking Bad. They didn't call the cable company. They didn't call their Internet provider. They called 911.
This is happening with greater frequency. What does it indicate? It indicates something. It's the most direct route to central authority they know. 911 is the fastest way to get to the government. It's faster than going to the building. It's faster than trying to find a phone number. You just call 911 and you think you're getting hold of government.
So people's cable TV goes out in New Haven, Connecticut, where Yale is, you can't get Chicken McNuggets in Port St. Lucie, and you call the government! Is it any wonder the Millennials are in a fog of aimlessness?