RUSH: You know, moving on to something serious here. In recent days, in the recent past, we've talked here about the Millennials, people that are basically 21-34. One of the things I am hearing or fear has happened is that, as Obama continues to break promises and Obama continues to wreak havoc on the economy and basically destroy the foundations of the American dream -- which is what he's doing -- that young people, who, by virtue of their age, have no living experience with conservative victory, won't know it. You and I do.
Those of you who were alive in the eighties, we have a memory of a conservative victory, and eight years of it. We know. But people that are 21 don't, 25, no idea. To them, conservatism is nothing more than a theory. It has no real-life dominance or victory in a lot of people's lives. So these young kids, they just all signed on to Obama in 2008. And they signed on to Obama for the reason young kids sign on to any liberal Democrat. Utopia. It's gonna be cool. There isn't gonna be any confrontation. There isn't gonna be any unhappiness. It's gonna be the perfect American novel: boy meets girl, they live happily ever after, the end.
No conflict, no confrontation, no death, no disappointment, no sadness, no failure, nothing. Obama was gonna bring all of that, which is what every young person wants. Well, Obama's failed miserably. But rather -- and this is the thing that upsets me and has concerned me for a while -- rather than blame Obama, they're just losing faith in the country. They're just thinking America's over. They're just thinking America's best days are finally behind us. There is no great American dream in my future, they're saying. They don't blame Obama. They blame the system. They blame the country. They blame whatever.
And there's a story in the New York Times: "Obama Effect Inspiring Few to Seek Office -- Eric Lesser was shaking hands with diners in a Portuguese restaurant last week when he spotted the owner of Manny’s TV & Appliances. 'Oh, I’ve got to get a picture,' Mr. Lesser eagerly said, draping his arm over Manny Rovithis, whose low-budget commercials have run for decades in Western Massachusetts. Mr. Lesser’s giddiness about meeting the local celebrity had not faded when he sat down for lunch. 'Awesome,' he said.
"Although Mr. Lesser spent much of the last six years in the company of President Obama and Washington hotshots, now, as an earnest, hug-prone 29-year-old candidate for the Massachusetts State Senate, he is far more interested in people like Mr. Rovithis. Which is a good thing. Mr. Lesser, a former White House staff member, has returned home on the path Mr. Obama hoped to inspire many of his young supporters to follow when he said, 'We are the ones we have been waiting for.'
But they go on to say Lesser is the exception to the rule. The Obama effect is inspiring few to seek office. Another way of putting it, the Wall Street Journal does their version of the New York Times story, and their headline is: "Obama Generation Losing Interest in Obama -- The President who hoped to be the Democratic Reagan sees diminishing influence, plus the highest state tax burdens."
So what we have here, we have a story about how basically young people elected Obama but now they're bored with him, they got bored. And because they're bored and because the vote that they gave Obama hasn't turned out way they wanted it to, now they are down on America. They are not down on Obama. And the kids, these young people, the story makes it plane, they've figured out he's disingenuous. They've figured out he's smoke and mirrors. He's turned them off of the country. He's turned 'em off of politics.
Here's a quote from the story: "Unlike John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, who inspired virtual legislatures of politicians and became generational touchstones, Mr. Obama has so far had little such influence.
Another pull quote. "The Obama era has been a disaster for them. ... These Millennials are 'the first in the modern era to have higher levels of student loan debt, poverty and unemployment, and lower levels of wealth and personal income than their two immediate predecessor generations (Gen Xers and Boomers) had at the same stage of their life cycles.'"
So I would suggest to you in this Obama's been successful, but the point of the story is how he's failed. He has failed to inspire these young people, and they're just giving up now. This is tragic, with these people giving up on the country. And it's all about the Limbaugh Theorem and Obama escaping any real accountability. "Ah, well, if Obama couldn't do it, it can't be done. If Obama couldn't make us rich, nobody can. If Obama couldn't restore the economy, nobody can." They're not so much saying that as their indifference now is leading people to conclude it for them.
Now, the New York Times is worried that there aren't future Obamas in this group wanting to run for office. To them it's all about finding future little junior Obamas that are gonna get elected and become junior Obama's in office. And that's not happening. The Journal, their concern is that these people are just tuning out of politics period and are just down on the country. It's not good, folks, and -- to tell you the truth -- it's exactly, I think, part of the plan.
RUSH: There's one thing I forgot to mention to you. In this story, the New York Times has a story about how Obama has failed to inspire young people that voted for him to run for office themselves. They're just so down on things, they're so disappointed, just didn't turn out the way they expected and they don't want to get into politics. They just don't think it's worth it. It doesn't get anything done, blah, blah, blah, blah.
To a certain extent you can understand that. In these kids' world, politics has done nothing but gum things up. But the end of the Wall Street Journal piece by James Freeman, the last two paragraphs: "This shift in attitudes among the so-called millennial generation -- those born after 1980 -- may reflect the fact that the Obama era has been a disaster for them." And it has.
The Obama era has been a disaster, but the problem is they don't really attach it to Obama, not yet, not fully. At least according to polling data. I hope that's incorrect.
"As noted in a recent report from the Pew Research Center, millennials are 'the first in the modern era to have higher levels of student loan debt, poverty and unemployment, and lower levels of wealth and personal income than their two immediate predecessor generations (Gen Xers and Boomers) had at the same stage of their life cycles.' Young people are not expected to turn out in big numbers for Democrats this fall. The Beltway spin is that apathetic youngsters don't care enough to show up for midterm elections. But the kids also appear increasingly dissatisfied with the results of Democratic governance."
Well, we hope they make that connection. What I have been worried about is that they won't make that connection, that they will not blame a particular party and its policies, again, because of the media. Who's gonna tell 'em that it's Democrat Party policies doing this, if they don't figure it out on their own? The media is not going to do so. Pop culture entertainment is not gonna do so. Late night comedians are not gonna do that. So it's up to them finding conservative talk radio, Fox News, or figuring it out on their own that what is happening is due exclusively to Democrat Party policies.
Now, if that could be made a reality, if that were to happen, then it could be a plus that they would become increasingly dissatisfied with the results of Democrat governance. But then, see, this is the rub. This goes back to my point, they were not alive, consciously alive, they were too young to be aware of the eight years of Ronaldus Magnus. If they were born in 1980, then they were nine when he left office, big whoop. Any time after that they're gonna be way too young to appreciate it.
So they don't really have any political movement to compare it to, in terms of governance. Their whole lives have been dominated by Democrats. And if they believe that Democrats are the best people, that Republicans are mean-spirited, racist, sexist, bigot, homophobes, because that's what they've been told, then even if they start blaming Democrats, the opposition is no better in their minds, they might just get down on the country. And, to me, you know, the Republican attitude has been, "Ah, screw it. Young people are gonna always vote Democrat. We'll get 'em later. Young women are always gonna vote Democrat. We'll get 'em later as they grow up and mature, as they get older and so forth."
But I think it might be a good idea to make a move. Rand Paul, we got an audio sound bite, he's going after groups. He's going after the Hispanics. He's going after African-Americans. He's gonna go after single women, as groups. That is his philosophy.