RUSH: I was just thinking, if we can't even reach out to the Millennials, our own children, how are we gonna reach out to the Hispanics? I mean, if you're the Republican Party, and you can't even reach out to your own kids and turn them around, if you can't even reach out to your own Millennial generation and give them the truth about things, how in the world are you gonna reach out to Hispanics?
You know, Moynihan, Senator Moynihan, Daniel Moynihan came up with this phrase, "defining deviance down." And what that meant was that as crime and malfeasance and general cultural decay continued to get worse, our inability to stop it caused us to just claim it to be normal. So increased murder rate, normal. Increased crime rate, normal. More bank robberies, whatever it was, teenage births, the new normal. We can't stop it. We can't deal with it, so we just define deviancy down. So what used to be deviancy is the new normal.
Well, what we are watching in real time here is the future of our country being defined down, by virtue of the fact that so many people are losing faith in it. And I know you agree with me, but what's maddening about that is there's nothing wrong with the country. It's what's being done to it that is wrong, and if anybody needs to be losing faith with anything, it's with policies that come out of the Democrat Party. That's what people need to lose faith in. But if the Republican Party isn't gonna stand up and say that, what do you expect to happen?
The Republican Party is an opposition party. The Republican Party ought to be standing up every day and telling people what's wrong with Obama's economic policies. But they can't get past Obama's race. They're cowed. They're scared to go anywhere near criticism of Obama because of his race. In normal times, you have a Democrat Party trying to remake and transform the country with these idiotic policies, the Republican Party would be standing up and telling people what's idiotic about them and pointing out alternatives and giving people something to think about. It isn't happening.
RUSH: Somewhere in Georgia. This is Jess. Thank you for waiting, sir. Great to have you on the program. Hi.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, first-time caller. Thanks for having me on the show.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: There's been a lot of talk over the last couple of days ago on your show about Millennials and how they've been staying at home in record numbers and haven't been able to afford a car and haven't been able to afford to save. I want to tell you a story that I think kind of plays into that a little bit. I'm a 24-year-old police officer in south Georgia, and my first year on the job I paid around $6,000 in federal taxes, and my tax return that year was -- my federal tax return was for $23, which I just couldn't believe. I expected a lot more than that for how much I paid in.
RUSH: Wait, wait, I just lost you. Your first year on the job you paid $6,000 in federal taxes, and your tax return -- you mean your refund?
CALLER: My tax refund, my federal tax refund.
RUSH: Oh, I thought you said your tax return. The refund was $23 and you paid $6,000?
CALLER: Yes, sir, that's correct.
CALLER: So I was expecting a lot more than that, I was disappointed. But, anyway, the second part of the story is a little bit after I received that check, I was at work, part of a team that executed a search warrant on the home of a known burglar and drug dealer. And part of the scope of that search warrant was any documents which would help to tie the suspect to that particular residence. When we went in, he was not there but, lo and behold, we found his tax return there, and upon opening it, I saw that this individual had made an income of $3,000 legally that year, not to include, you know, any money he made from drug dealing or from the merchandise that he stole from others and sold.
RUSH: Which, of course, would be unreported.
CALLER: Of course, unreported income.
RUSH: So he had $3,000 reported income.
CALLER: And his tax refund was for a little under a thousand dollars. And that, to me, it's obviously outrageous that he got back more than he paid in. Not only that, but he's a criminal, and he's gotten back more than I got back as a police officer. I didn't think that that was right. And I think that young people are seeing a trend there that they don't feel like hard work is paying off. And they feel like they could do just as well by sitting at home and collecting some sort of assistance.
RUSH: We had the story yesterday. We had who stories yesterday, Jess, on how in Connecticut and New York respectively you can earn 33 and $50,000 a year tax-free accessing all of the various -- 126 welfare assistance programs. If you can access 'em, you can earn 50 grand or 33, depending where you live, tax-free. And this guy you're talking about, the drug dealer criminal on whom you executed the search warrant, what got him that refund was the earned income tax credit.
RUSH: But you have a really good point. This is where virtue and -- I don't want to be syrupy here, morality, whatever, but this is where this kind of thing comes in. You've chosen an honorable profession, you're a law enforcement professional, you want to protect the law-abiding in your community, you do all of that. You knew what it paid going into it. You knew that. You know what your future earning possibility is, and there's no question you're gonna run into people that do far better than you do breaking the law. And they're not gonna get caught in many cases, or if they get caught, they squeeze out of it somehow.
I know it's frustrating, but everybody at some point in life runs into this circumstance where people less qualified, they think, or they know somebody in their family that gets 'em a job and they don't have a connection. It's these kinds of inequities that the left uses to preach socialism and fairness to people. And people who have less resolve than you do fall for it. Are you still there?
CALLER: Oh, yes, I'm here.
RUSH: I know, people get dazzled when I speak sometimes.
CALLER: I wasn't sure if you were done with me yet. I would absolutely agree with that, and I think that a lot of young people, you know, the majority of young people in my age-group voted for Barack Obama, and I think that they feel that they did it because all of these programs represent doing the right thing. They still have this idea that we are caring for people who are less fortunate or have fallen upon hard times, and I think that --
RUSH: That's exactly right.
CALLER: -- if they want to carry our age-group in the upcoming election, that they have to find a candidate that can effectively deliver a message to young people that there is pride and dignity to be found in hard work, and that there is virtue in that and there is virtue in being independent and in being able to take care of yourself.
RUSH: I agree. I agree a hundred percent. That message, by the way, is conservatism. And it's not hard. But there just doesn't seem to be too many Republicans that are willing to articulate it, as a policy alternative or as a way of life. It's both. And it works. But you're exactly right. The left has found a way to young people, helping others, helping the discriminated against, the aggrieved, you name it. The promise of utopia. The promise of painless existence and so forth, and it all sounds good when you promise it, and if you get a clever spokesman who can make it believable like Obama was, it's hard to rebut. But after five years of abject failure on the part of this clever spokesman, the time, I would think, is ripe to blow it up.
RUSH: Pat in Fort Carson, Colorado, it's great to have you on the program. Hello.
CALLER: (garbled cell) Hi. How are you doing Rush? Mega dittos.
RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much.
CALLER: First-time caller but long-time listener. I've been trying to get through to you forever and finally did. Anyway, I just... I had my mid-life crisis in 2008, and you can put me in with those Millennials a little bit. I bought into the soup and Kool-Aid that Obama was throwing out. Now I'm getting ready to retire from the Army, and now look at the economy. No jobs or anything. It's gonna be tough, Rush.
RUSH: Let me take you back to 2008 and that campaign. What was it...? And be honest. There's no wrong answer here. What was it that you now think you fell for or bought into? What did you believe he meant, or what did you think was gonna happen?
CALLER: I just bought everything he had to say, his "hope and change" for America, that America is bad, "and it's time that we turn around and become good, and, you know, we need to apologize for all our actions, and it's coming down hard on everybody." I shoulda just gone with my heart, and with what my dad always taught me: With hard work comes good success and not having it handed to you.
RUSH: So you heard Obama talking hope and change, and you bought it, and you heard Obama say the country is not respected and liked and it needs to be. You heard all of that gobbledygook that he was saying, and you just bought right into it?
CALLER: I bought into it hook, line, and sinker. You know, I'm getting ready to retire from the military here in a couple of months, and I'm looking at the job market. Everything I wanted to do that I had dreams of doing when I got out, I can't do anymore. I was hoping to --
RUSH: Now, in 2008, Pat, would you describe yourself as being ideological in any way? I mean, did you think in terms of liberal or conservative or Republican versus Democrat, or did that kind of stuff not matter to you?
CALLER: I fell into the Republicans versus the Democrat, and the Democrats talked a good game. They talked a good game, and the Republicans just... I don't know.
RUSH: See, this --
CALLER: They lost their fight and need to get their spine back.
RUSH: This is what fascinates me. I'm probably not gonna express this well, but I'm gonna give it a shot. You didn't say anything wrong. Don't misunderstand my tone here at all. It's not directed at you.
CALLER: I won't. Okay.
RUSH: I intellectually do not understand "falling for Democrats." I understand what they do. There's a 50-year track record of Democrat policies and what they mean and what happens. There is evidence all over the world that if Democrat-type policies are in place, what happens to people and what happens to countries. I am ideological. It is all about conservative versus liberal to me. I would never... I can't ever see myself falling for a Democrat campaign.
I can't see myself being seduced or sucked in by Democrat promises. I don't care who it is. What's hard for me... It's not hard. It's disappointing. There are so many people who just don't look at political parties that way. They don't look at things that way at all, and that to me has always been the task, has been to try to get people thinking more along those lines, so that an Obama would come along and nobody would be fooled.
I mean, everybody who voted for the guy has been fooled. Everybody. Now, you do have some true believers, and you've got some people who voted for him 'cause they want to be close to power. You know, the Hollywood people and the Wall Street rich and the crony capitalists, whatever. Rank-and-file, everyday normal people have to know now, in my mind, that it was all smoke and mirrors. Except they don't!
That's the frustrating thing.
They're losing faith in the country, not Obama, because of the Limbaugh Theorem. I mean, the failure of the Democrat Party and the failure Democrat policies, Pat finally saw it after five years, after four years. But my guess is another Democrat 10 years from now could suck him in. He will not remember this. (He might. Don't take it personally, Pat.) That's why the learning never stops here at the Limbaugh Institute.
When it comes to party politics and worldview, I don't understand having to relearn it. The only way I do understand it is people just don't look at it that way. "Well, this guy, I like him. He's got some good ideas! I like what this guy's saying, this Democrat." You mean you believe it? "Oh, yeah! It sounds good to me. Plus those Republicans? What a bunch of scummy racist bigots!"
Of course, that's a factor, too. It's the way Bush was portrayed, and never any defense, never any response to any of those allegations and stupid charges. I don't know. I'm being a little childish here, I know, because this is like a kid wishing for Santa Claus every day. It isn't gonna happen. But it's still... Some of it, to me, seems to be so obvious. I don't... Well, I do understand being fooled by it, but then I don't.
I wouldn't be. I would not. I would never be fooled. A John Kerry would never fool me. A Barack Obama would never fool me. A JFK would never fool me. But, I mean, obviously tens of millions of people are, every four years. If I had unlimited time to develop this, I could probably get to exactly what I mean by this. I'm probably sounding a little contradictory and I don't mean to be, but I'll stick with it until I get it right.