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There's No Virtue in Not Owning a Car or Being Successful

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RUSH:  I have it hear, folks, right here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers.  This is an article from NPR.  And I would think a lot of Millennials listen to NPR.  They've been conditioned to, "oh, that's erudite and elite."  Well, their professors all did. (interruption) Did anybody make a big deal out of what?  Well, no.  In fact, when I was in my twenties, nobody was even willing to take you seriously until you were 40.  You hadn't lived long enough to know enough to be trusted with enough when I grew up. 

Snerdley, things change.  There used to be some things that were time-honored.  If you were in a situation where you were being paid by somebody, you're not an entrepreneur, you were not gonna really start getting high up on that ladder until you hit 40.  And it wasn't arbitrarily chosen.  It was the result of decades and decades of experience that had taught management people, you have to live that long, that much experience.  You had to live that long to prove you stuck with things, that you didn't quit, that you didn't give up, that you didn't mind competition, that you could be trusted with more responsibility and you were worth earning more. 

There's an instant gratification that exists now and has for awhile.  When I was in my twenties nobody gave a rat's rear end what I thought about anything, whether I was happy or not, whether I had heartbreak or not, nobody cared.  And, Snerdley, I know what your point is.  Why are we worried about these punk kids?  I know, it's Generation X, Generation Y, Generation Z, Generation Zit, and now it's Generation Millennial and so forth.  There is a reason for it, and I will explain it to you.  We've discussed it on this program before. 

Every generation of people has among them a sizeable percentage who think they're in the last days.  Every generation has a sizeable percentage of people who believe that times have never been worse.  Remember, most people's historical perspective begins the day they were born.  They know from that day backwards and forwards, but things that happened before they were born, depends on what they were taught, not important. 

So things might have been much worse in the Civil War than they were today, but nobody knows that because they weren't alive then.  "Doesn't matter.  They're really bad now, Rush, I'm telling you, this is it."  Well, I happen to think that this is somewhat important because the difference, Snerdley, is this generation's being told they got no hope.

My generation, we were inspired. We were pushed.  We were put through the wringer, the competitive wringer, it was tough.  No road was paved.  I mean, I don't want to use the cliches, but I will.  Dog-eat-dog and so forth.  It was expected.  But there were pockets of people -- I mean, everybody has failures around them that tell 'em they can't do this or do that.  I wanted my own place.  I couldn't wait to get out of home. I wanted my own apartment. I wanted my own car. I wanted all that. 

I get a story, NPR celebrating the fact that Millennials don't want to own a car.  See, it's a good thing.  This is exactly my point.  The wrong things are being praised and celebrated and being said to be inspirational.  Back when I grew up, there were just a bunch of givens.  You wanted to do better, you wanted to have a great life, you lived in America, it was possible, depended on how hard you wanted to work at it, kind of ambition you have, go for it. It was hard. You're gonna fail along the way, everybody did, and some were gonna do better than others, country was gonna be fine.  This was the way we lived. 

The problem now is, the reason that I'm focusing on this, just to be selfish about it, we've got a whole generation of people here who don't believe in that America anymore.  You know, when I was growing up, all the things I was told about America and about myself, hard work, prosperity, success, whatever that meant to people.  For some people it means material things.  Other people it means being the best at what they do.  You know, everybody defines happiness a different way.  But whatever it was, it was a given that it was possible.  It was up to you to get there.  Today, they're not being told that it's possible.  They're being taught that it isn't. 

It's why it's important.  And furthermore, in addition to kids being taught that it isn't possible, they're being taught that if they do make it, that there's something wrong with 'em, that they cheated somebody, or they've stolen, or they've broken the rules, or done something.  There is a stigma that is attaching to success today.  Wasn't the case when I grew up.  And do not, folks, call me an old fuddy-duddy.  This is not a walk to school in 10 feet of snow story.  There is a genuine transformation coming over the country.  This is a different country today. 

We're no longer talking about people in terms of theory and warning them what will happen if the left continues to succeed.  It's not 20 years ago, 25, 30, 40 years ago where we are warning them what'll happen, say, if the communists succeed around the world.  It has happened.  We are living it.  It's no longer a prediction.  Now it's reality.  The left owns the culture. They own academia.  They own the media.  And they're doing everything they can to cement their hold by depressing every inspiration and hope among young people. 

Nobody wanted me to lose faith in America.  I mean, the establishment, there was an establishment.  This may be a better way to say it.  In the sixties, seventies, there was an establishment and I wanted to be a part of it.  That's why I didn't wear blue jeans. I didn't protest the war in Vietnam.  I didn't want to identify with the kids that were perceived as trouble. I wanted to be in the establishment. I wanted to succeed at it.  Well, today who's the establishment?  The establishment is the anti-America, as we knew it, the America is over, the America is unjust, the America immoral, improperly founded and so forth. That is the establishment today.  And there are people that want to be in it.

Everybody wants to be in the establishment, whatever it is.  But other than pockets, you know, individuals here and there, the idea -- I mean, nobody had lost faith in America, other than your random leftist here or there, your college professor or what have you.  It was still a minority view that the country was unjust and immoral.  It was a minority view that the country was improper and bogus.  I never, at any point in my life when I had a setback, I never blamed the country.  And I never once thought that the country was standing in my way.  I never once thought that the country was an obstacle. 

And my point is, people, kids, are being raised today and being told today by people they admire so many rotten things, that they have lost faith in the country.  That was not a reality when I was growing up, nor any other generation.  I'll tell you, World War II, the Great Depression, there was no thought of losing faith in the country.  It was all about saving it, all about preserving it, all about growing it. 

It's not the same today.  The left has had way too much success.  The people that don't like this country happen to be running it.  The people that don't like this country happen to be controlling education.  The people that don't like this country happen to be in charge of many elements of the pop culture.  And those are highly influential. 

So you can sit in there and you can get mad that we're focusing on this group of young people and that group of young people when in the past they were on their own and if they made it, fine, and if they didn't, that's fine too.  It was up to them.  Nobody was coddled.  That's really what you're upset about, you think they're being coddled today.  I'm not coddling them.  I think the very lifeblood's being sucked out of 'em and they don't even know it.  When they lose faith in the country, when people are comfortable teaching them, instructing them to lose faith in the country. The left has managed to convince a lot of people the US is not worth saving, that the US is not worth fighting for. 

They've had a profound amount of success at this.  And this is another reason why there is this fog of depression that's just permeating everything.  And a lot of people don't understand it, other than economy's not great.  But it doesn't feel right.  Everyday life just doesn't feel right, even among people who ought to be robustly happy by past standards.  Each succession of young people's gotten more self-centered because we made 'em that way.  Life's about them. They're told that at graduation. We're told that the future's about them, everything.  They think it.  They want that to be true.  Everybody wants to matter.  Everybody wants to be important.  Human nature.  But the messages that we used to get that were inspirational and uplifting and positive and can-do, all of that's now been stigmatized. 

 Let me just read an excerpt from this NPR story: "Why Millennials Are Ditching Cars And Redefining Ownership -- Take Zach Brown, 27, an L.A. artist and actor who doesn't own a car. 'I don't feel like I actually buy things for myself. Like, people will go out and buy clothes or buy music or electronics or things like that. Most of my spare time is spent just hanging out with friends, and you don't necessarily have to purchase anything in order to do that,' Brown says. 'Art supplies and food -- that's the majority of where my excess money that I don't spend on a car goes to.'

"Brown is friends with Rosenthal," somebody mentioned earlier in the piece, "who finds herself spending her spare cash less on things and more on experiences. 'I love going to the movies and I like going to concerts a lot,' she says, 'and I like listening to music. I use Spotify and I listen to Pandora and things like that, but as far as purchasing those things I don't typically do it.'" Because that's been stigmatized, 'cause it's material, it's right out of the communist manifesto. It's stigmatized. It's filthy. It's selfish. It's destroying the earth to own things.  If I buy a car I have to buy gasoline. It means I'm a polluter.  These people are being told they are virtuous living lives of literal averageness and no remarkability about them, no risk-taking, no fun.  There's virtue in all this.  It's just 180 degrees out of phase.

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RUSH:  Now, here's the final line in the piece at NPR.  "The simple pleasures and the bare necessities. Perhaps Millennials are on to something."

This is like those articles that suddenly began extolling the wonderful benefits of unemployment once Obama came into office.  You remember those?  How wonderful it was to lose your job because look at all the things you got to do.  Why, you got to reunite with your family, and you got to travel. That trip to France you never were able to take, you could finally find time for it, and all the friends you hadn't seen.  It was called funemployment.  You remember that? 

So here we are in an economy being destroyed by Barack Obama, and his cohorts in the media write stories encouraging the Millennials to just accept the fact that all they're gonna end up with is the bare necessities and then the simple pleasures, and that's as much as anyone should hope for. 

Well, I'm sorry, folks, that's how they live. Those kinds of low expectations are why around the world so many people are trying to get here.  This is disturbing.  That's why El Snerdbo, that's why I am focusing and trying to talk to these people because nobody else is giving them a counter.  They're being lied to. They're being told that there's virtue in not distinguishing themselves. There's virtue in not accomplishing anything. There's no stigma attached to that.  Achievement, success, those things are not fair because not everybody is.  In LA a grown man doesn't want to have a car.  Do you think that has any roots in traditional America?  A grown man.  In New York, it's another thing.  A grown man, 27 years old, in LA, an actor, what's he gonna pick up on his bicycle?  A makeup artist? 

A grown man, not only does he not want a car, he thinks there's virtue in not wanting one and not having one.  "That's right, Mr. Limbaugh, that's the way we all should be thinking now.  This is how we will save the planet from global warming and reduce our dependence on foreign oil."  And this is how these New Castrati little sissies think.  Well, I don't know, folks.  All I know is that this kind of stuff is not what built a great country.  A 27-year-old kid who doesn't want a car, we're not talking about John Wayne there.  We're not talking Hercules.  Who are we talking about?

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RUSH:  Now, folks, I made a little bit of a mistake.  Zach Brown, 27, the NPR story, his preferred mode of transportation is not a bicycle.  It's not a car.  It's a skateboard.  A 27-year-old man in LA, skateboard, virtue in not owning a car.

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RUSH: I'm not gonna keep on with this Millennial stuff.  I've spent the better part, let's see, an hour yesterday and an hour today, and I don't want to overdo this.  I do think, however, it's important.  The Millennials and the generation prior, but particularly the Millennials, they're being encouraged to lose faith in the country.  They're being encouraged to accept a transformation into a lesser country that's just unnecessary.  They're being trained, indoctrinated, what have you, into accepting lives of so little potential.  And the insulting thing is that they're being told to feel virtuous about that. 

The left wants everybody to give up everything, except the leaders of the left don't give up diddly-squat.  The leaders of the left, they're the ones that go out and spend $50 million traveling around on other people's 727s, like Bill Clinton.  They're the ones collecting $700 a speech and traveling thousands of miles, using jet fuel to get there, to make the speech to accept the money.  And they're the ones driving around in big cars and flying in private planes, while telling their minions, "Skateboard?  That's fine, Zack.  In fact, that's virtuous.  You keep it up, Zack.  You've got a real future with us."  So unnecessary. 

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