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America's Success was Just a Blip, Says Professor, and It's Good That We're Sliding Back into Normal Suckiness

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RUSH:  Now, over the course of the 25 years of this program, and particularly in the most recent five years, you have heard me discuss the people who believe America was founded in an unjust and immoral way -- and, as such, believe that America is illegitimate, America is not a superpower -- and many of these people happen to be teaching your kids.  Many of these people happen to be professors in the academy -- academe. 

 Many of them happen to be teachers in middle school and high school.  Many of them happen to live and work in Hollywood.  There are plenty of anti-capitalist people laden with guilt who believe this -- and Obama, by the way, is one.  I'm convinced that Obama and all of the fringe leftist extremists who support him really think this country's rotten to the core, that it's a myth, almost; that the Constitution itself is a mistake, because it does not empower government enough. 

Well, I'm holding in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers, a really long piece in the July 21st issue of New York Magazine.  Here is the headline: "The Blip."  This thing prints out in microscopic font size to 10 pages, and I am not going to read you all of it. I don't even have to.  I'm just gonna get you the nub of it.  Now, this is New York Magazine.  This is widely read in the influential centers of the capital and New York. 

It's read in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This is gonna be read in every newsroom. Every editor, every producer will see this. Everybody who thinks they're hip and cool in New York will read this -- and, I dare say, a vast majority of 'em will sign onto it and agree with it.  "What if everything we've come to think of as American is predicated on a freak coincidence of economic history? And what if that coincidence has run its course?"

In other words, there is no real substance to the American founding.  It's just happened because of a quirk of fate.  Certain elements in the world aligned at the right time, and it just happened.  Here's the thesis of this piece: Everything positive about American success has been coincidence, and it's now over.  We really have seen the best.  This is it.  The article celebrates Robert Gordon.  Robert Gordon is the chief thinker in this piece. 

He is a professor of economics at Northwestern University in Chicago.  He is a declinist.  He is one who believes in the decline of America.  He believes that it's needed, necessary, justified, and good. Professor Gordon, according to New York Magazine, is very influential in intellectual circles -- which, of course, makes sense because American intellectuals love anyone or any theory that sneers at the foundational greatness of this country. 

Anybody who sneers at the Founding Fathers, the founding, the Constitution, Declaration, is to be favored by the American intellectual elite.  Now, Professor Gordon's theory is that it was just an accident, it was just freak coincidence, but things happened. The right people were born at the right time and the economic circumstances of the world were right. The king was behaving in a way that made it impossible for people to stay there, so they had to go somewhere else for freedom. 

It didn't happen because of any supremacy of ideas! America is not the result of anything exceptional or special; it's an accident, it's a coincidence, and it has run its course.  It's over.  Now, this theory that Professor Gordon holds allows the ruling class, the intellectual class -- the Democrat Party, if you will -- to support the Limbaugh Theorem, because, one, America's success was just a "blip."

This decline was inevitable, it had to happen, and therefore -- the biggie -- it has nothing to do with Obama, nothing to do with Obama's policies, nothing to do with the failure of liberal policies.  This was ordained, just as the founding of this country was an accident.  There are ten pages of supposed scholarship to back this up in New York Magazine.  These people... It's getting worse.

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RUSH:  Look, I'm not trying to depress anybody with this, but we are here in the arena of ideas.  I want you to know what's going on out there, and I doubt that many of you are gonna come across New York Magazine.  It's pretty much a local publication.  It does have some readership outside New York, obviously, because of their website.  But this is nothing new, this anti-Americanism that exists in the academy.  It's nothing new, the "blame America" crowd.  It isn't anything new that people hate America.  What is new is more and more average people, outside the intellectual elite academe, are beginning to consider that it may be true, because everything's off the rails. 

Nothing's going the way it should be going.  And it's so simple. All of this is happening because of a particular party and its beliefs.  It's all happening because of the Democrat Party and liberalism.  But for whatever psychological reasons, the low-information crowd, the people that voted for Obama who are unhappy, I'm talking about them, not you.  The people that voted for Obama who are just miserable, are beginning to lose faith in the country, and those people then become vulnerable, and they become ripe for seduction. 

So here you have it, in the New York Magazine, a multiple page essay from a Northwestern professor of economics essentially saying and then citing what he considers to be evidence that all this is just an accident.  Now, they can't say act of God because they don't believe in God.  And I think, by the way, folks, the fact that they don't believe in God means that they're always searching for some meaning.  We had the story earlier this week about Millennials and looking for meaning, something solid they can grasp onto, put their arms around, something that gives a reason for being alive, something that gives a reason for following the rules, something that gives a reason for doing the right thing.  Why are we doing this?  Everybody's looking for meaning. 

If you don't have faith in things larger than you, if you don't have a religious faith, you're gonna grasp on to earthly things to believe in. You're gonna become susceptible to people like this who are also disdainful to religion.  And if you doubt me, just look at the way they make fun of Christians.  Making fun of Christianity and Christians is high sport in America today and has been for a while.  So you have a number of circumstances in existence that, in the old days, this piece would remain in kookville.  It would remain in the exclusive province of the faculty lounge, and it would be talked about by people who brag about how much smarter they are than everybody else, but aside from them nobody would run across it. 

Now, I want to take you to the end of this long piece, because one of the things that's happening here, Gordon's thinking that America's just an accident, there's nothing special about it.  In fact, it's not that there's nothing special about it.  In fact, it hasn't been good. This confluence of events, this economic freak coincidence was really mean because it gave people ideas of what was possible that really aren't.  See, we're now declining back into what is reality.  Reality is misery, reality is paucity, reality is scarcity.  The abundance that has been the hallmark of America the past 230 years was exception, it never was intended, it can't ever be that way forever, and it was just an accident. 

So, all the good things, even the things that were good are bad because they gave people false hope.  I give you a brief summary of this perverted piece.  Robert Gordon, by the way, he's a graduate of Harvard. He went to Oxford. He has a PhD in economics from MIT, and he's on the board of the National Bureau of Economic Research group.  They are the people who tell us when recessions start and end.  The whole thing is a treatise of doom, gloom, apocalypse, negativism, as though that's what's normal.  The past 220 years, a freak accident of the universe.  And it's been really bad because it gave people the false impression of the possibilities of wealth, the possibilities of material acquisition, whatever. 

He is a declinist.  We're now declining into a state of scarcity and misery, and that's what's normal.  And here at the end of the piece, Gordon has been getting -- by the way, this piece, I should tell you, is the most e-mailed piece on the New York mag website.  So as I mention, it's being distributed far and wide.  Every news producer and editor in New York is gonna read this. Every cable network, every newspaper is gonna read this and it's gonna confirm what they believe, and it's just gonna solidify the notion in their minds, this country sucks, and it never has really been any good, and whatever good did not happen because of superior ideas or thinking. It was all just an accidental quirk of fate.  I want you to know this, you've gotta be prepared for this.  Here toward the end of the piece.

"Gordon has been getting e-mails from regular people who have learned something about his theory, and who have been trying to make sense of the consequences. He has a separate e-mail box where they have accumulated; he tries to reply to each one. The messages are more muted than you might think, more introspective. From a Cincinnati investment manager: 'There is no way productivity growth in the future will achieve the rate of the sixties, right?' From an attorney: 'I have reached comparably pessimistic conclusions from a less rigorous analysis.' From an activist in Rhode Island: 'I strongly believe if we understand the end of growth, we can make provisions for the economy we actually have.'"

So he's getting e-mails from ordinary people who are signing onto this and praising his brilliance and celebrating their own brilliance by virtue of the fact they agree with him.  And they're all making plans now for nothingness, scarcity, the end of the good times that were never real in the first place.

"Gordon’s recent work has been suffused with a sense of loss, of the end of things. In certain ways these have also become the themes of his life. He lives in Evanston in a grand house, built in 1889, the second one in from Lake Michigan. Gordon and his wife, a film scholar, bought the place fifteen years ago and restored it, including the stables, though they have no horses, and the extra rooms, though they have no children. Gordon comes from a famous family of economists," blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. "Gordon’s own father had grown up not well-off in Baltimore, but once he started teaching at Berkeley, the family experienced its growing prominence and prosperity as a subset of the country’s own.

"One recent afternoon, I met Gordon at his house, and we drove to lunch through Northwestern’s main campus. Around Gordon and me -- bicycling across the quad, wandering half-drunk into the streets -- were the members of the first American generation who would be no more educated than their parents."  University students. They're just saying here that students at Northwestern aren't gonna learn any more than their parents did.  That's good, by the way.  That's good.  We have to stop these unreasonably high expectations.  He goes on to point out how many psychological problems in this country exist because too many people are trying to be things they'll never be and so there's nothing but rampant depression and disappointment when people realize how insignificant and unaccomplished they are.  And they ought not feel that way because that's normal.  Most people aren't any good at anything. Most people fail at everything, and these lofty expectations are nothing but poison. 

It's the most e-mailed piece.  Now, it's apocalyptic and those kinds of things are like magnets to people.  It's a really infuriating piece because it's entirely disproven by fact. It's entirely disproven by history.  But, you see, here's a guy, I don't know if he believes God or not, but what happened in the founding days of this country is illegitimate.  The hatred that exists for this country is profound in these highly educated, elite intellectual circles.  And it's always been contained there.  As I say, now it's starting to spread out to average people.  And the reason why is because after all of these years of liberalism, we're all becoming like Detroit. 

I mean, what hope is there?  And so people want an explanation for things, especially if it's an explanation that enables them to not have to blame themselves.  Oh, really?  I'm a failure?  Well, guess what.  That's what we're all supposed to be.  I'm actually pretty good.  I can just hear it in the next five or six years, getting calls from leftists on this program.  "Mr. Limbaugh, this country's always been an accident. It was a quirk of fate."  You're gonna have acolytes pick this up and become disciples of it, and it's all gonna be believed in their hearts and not their minds. 

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RUSH:  So when I was explaining and excerpting parts of that recent story in New York Magazine, I'm looking in there on the other side of the glass, and Snerdley just looks really depressed.  Normally he's angry and throwing stuff in there and gesticulating widely. What is the matter with you? "That's really depressing."  I said, "Well, I understand how it's depressing.  I coulda rolled the dice. I could have ignored this.

I coulda not have mentioned it, not have brought it up.  It does dovetail with what we've been discussing.  I'm intent here not to depress everybody.  I want everybody prepared for what's out there and what's happening, and what you're gonna be up against.  You're gonna go crazy trying to understand why they think this.  Like I myself, I know it's silly to say this, but I don't care. I'm entirely willing to be silly.

In my heart, I don't understand anybody born in this country hating it.  I just don't.  But if I step back, take my heart out of it, and start thinking about it. Then I can understand why, say, African-Americans -- depending on how they've been raised -- might think there's nothing really great here about this country, given slavery, but then my head would get back into it. Snerdley, you even told me once that you don't celebrate Fourth of July because it no big deal to you.

The point is, it doesn't matter.  The point is that this country is the first to go to war with itself to end it, and 500,000 people died.  We don't live in those days anymore, but yet the Democrat Party is trying to convince everybody we do, and every incident that happens that can advance the agenda this is still a slave, racist state, they will take and advance.  That frustrates and disappoints people. 

But, you know, in my heart, I don't know how anybody can hate this country.  Intellectually you start thinking about it.  For example, this guy Gordon. I don't know him, this professor, but I know how some of these elitist intellectuals think -- and you're going to laugh at this, but don't.  You might ask, "How could this guy look at the success that he's had? Look at these degrees, look at education, look at big house that this story describes he lives in!

"Look at the great life that he's got. He's got rooms that he doesn't use. He's got stables but no horses.  What in the world has gone wrong for this guy?  Why in the world is he down on the country that made all this possible?"  One possible explanation is the founding cannot be just or good because he wasn't present. He didn't have anything to do with it.  You, folks, you think you know egomaniacs?

You don't know what an ego freak is until you run into a genuine intellectual superiorist and supremacist on a major college campus.  "The founding couldn't have been any good, or the Constitution, because I didn't write it. It couldn't be any good! The Declaration? I didn't say anything in it. It's not worth anything!"  Some of them actually think this way.  Others of them genuinely believe that this country's unjust and immoral because they hate capitalism. 

They've got this theory, so we're trying to analyze things impossible to analyze and explain because we're dealing with a sickness.  I think liberalism and the constant devotion to failure after failure after failure, time and time again, is psychotic.  It's never worked.  Socialism -- the drive to make everybody equal, this utopia quest -- it's never happened, it can't happen, and yet millions still seek it.  That's psychotic. 

It's irrational, and, as such, there's no rational explanation for it.  This is why I've always said, "I don't care to understand these people.  They are to be defeated," and that's why I say, "Where is the Republican Party?"  This stuff has to be defeated.  Don't get depressed; defeat it.  It has to be pushed back against, not accommodated.  We don't need to be polite in dealing with this kind of literal insanity. 

To come up with a 10-page magazine story claiming that all of that prosperity -- that everybody's known for 220 years -- was bogus, all for one reason, to exempt the failure of Barack Obama and mask it?  All of this is to cover for the absolute incompetence of Barack Obama and the disaster that has been his presidency.  It's all for that.  Plus they intellectually believe this crap, to a certain degree. 

Anti-Americanism is rife in the academy and the upper echelons the intellectual elite.  Remember, these people on the left, they're circling the wagons. They'll promote Dan Rather to the number one journalist in the world after he commits a fraud, just to save the movement.  Well, here Obama is destroying the... I mean, his policies are wreaking havoc, and so we've gotta come up with an explanation that exempts him from any responsibility, and that's what this essentially is in New York Magazine.

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