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The Hashtag is the New Concert

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RUSH:  Here is Kevin in Youngstown, Ohio, as we start.  Great to have you on the program.  Hello.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush!  How are you today?

RUSH:  Just fine. Just fine.

CALLER:  It's great to talk to you, buddy.

RUSH:  Thanks very much, sir. 

CALLER:  I've come up with the perfect plan.  We could get hold of Bruce Springsteen, Oprah. We'll have ourselves a big old leftist concert, raise a couple of truckloads of money, and truck it down there to Nigeria. Do it the leftist way! Throw a bunch of money at it, and it'll fix the whole problem.

RUSH:  Now, you are calling here and you are being very sarcastic. You're giving a very, very mean-spirited and very extremist Tea Party-type comment, making fun of the left like that.

CALLER:  Well, while we're at it we might as well collect 36,000 white envelopes --

RUSH:  Don't you understand?  We don't have to do that anymore.  The hashtag does that! 

CALLER:  Yeah, but --

RUSH:  We don't need to do the We Are the World concerts anymore.  We don't need Bono. By the way, do you remember all that food for the Ethiopians that were starving?  It was stolen.  The trucks were stolen en route.  But the celebrities don't have to work anymore. They have to do these concerts to show how much they care.

CALLER:  Well, we could collect a whole bunch of white envelopes, stuff about a thousand bucks in each envelope, and when they escape, give Obama's 36,000 criminals an envelope to help fund their way.

RUSH:  Wait a minute.  You want to do a double whammy.  First you want a concert for the kidnapped girls in Nigeria, and now you want stuffed envelopes for the released illegal immigrants.  (laughing)  Give them an Obama phone, too, one that works internationally so they can go back and forth across the border and still be able to talk to their loved ones, paid for by the US taxpayers. 

Actually, his thinking is not off if this goes on.  Normally leftists come up with these concerts when there are lots of people involved and the pressures to solve the problem have not worked. So you gotta have hundreds of thousands starving in Ethiopia before you qualify for a concert. Three hundred kidnapped Nigerian girls sold into slavery while being converted to Islam?

Remember: If you're gonna go the concert route, you gotta have a theme for it, and somebody's got a to be to blame, and do you really...? They're not gonna do a concert blaming Al-Qaeda; they're not gonna do a concert that blames militant jihadists.  They'd have to do a concert that blames the government of Nigeria with this, which is the official government position.  But the hashtag, don't you see? 

The Twitter hashtag has replaced the concert.  The Twitter hashtag, how many millions of people does that reach as opposed to a concert? You don't have to go out and get TV time. You don't have to arrange for the artists to show up at the concert. You don't have to produce it. You don't have to check egos at the door. Just do the hashtag.

The hashtag has replaced the concert.

The hashtag has replaced the ribbon that you wear on your shirt or your suit jacket.  The hashtag, pretty soon, will replace the US military.  The hashtag magic.  #BringBackOurGirls.  You wait and see.  This is gonna end at some point.  You know it will.  And if it ends... (interruption)  Well, no.  It will end because of #BringBackOurGirls. (interruption)

No, you wait... However it ends. 

It has to end well. (interruption) Well, it can't end with any harm having come to the young girls. (interruption) Well... (interruption) No, no, no. (interruption) But... (interruption)  Yeah, if any harm comes to the young girls then the hashtag will not, of course, get any credit.  If it ends well, if the girls are returned to whoever and wherever they were before they were kidnapped, the hashtag is gonna get the credit.

No matter how it really happens, the hashtag will be given the credit for ginning up the desire to do it in the first place.  I mean, they've got the song.  "All we are saying is #BringBackOurGirls."  We've got the melody.  We just need to change the lyric line a little bit.  But the concert, it could happen.  You know, he put it out there.  There could already be people thinking about it right now.  Just the... (interruption)  No, no.  (laughing)  "We Are the Hashtag."  (laughing)  

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