RUSH: Christine in Ojai, California. I'm glad you called. It's great to have you here, Christine. Welcome to the program.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. Thank you very, very much. Well, I just wanted to share a little story with you. I have given up my television. I guess the federal government now mandates that you have to have digital television, so my cable company demanded that I have -- well, they were kind enough that they were gonna send me these little black boxes to put in my house. I had to have one for each television set in my house and we have five outlets here, so I had to have all five little boxes, plugs and wires, and I just got so frustrated that I said, "I'm giving up TV. I'm done with it." So now, Rush, I have to tell you, I turn my radio on in the morning and I get to listen to you. And I'm getting my news from you and my information. My life is so much more happy now that I don't have a television. I go to bed earlier. I wake up early. I listen to you in the morning, and hear what I need to hear, and my life is just so much better. I wanted to share that with you.
RUSH: No, I believe you. I've tried this myself. It's why I've recommended people do it. It's really a great way of -- even if you instinctively know how much crud and rotgut and drivel you're exposed to via television, no matter what the program, could be a news program, could be drama, comedy, whatever, it's just an assault. It's just an assault on the senses, and it's an assault on what you hold dear, the values you believe. So if you turn it off and you're not exposed to it, your attitude, your life does change, your mood, at least, changes every day. And I know this because I've done it. This last vacation, Christine, that Kathryn and I took, this was the first vacation in a long time where I really did get away from things, where I didn't turn the television on once in 10 days.
CALLER: Did you?
RUSH: I did keep up now and then with some news, but very little of that. The only thing I looked at on the Internet was the things I looked at that interested me in terms of them being hobbies. I slept 15 hours one night. I could not believe this. I thought the clocks had screwed up. And my attitude, there was much less stress. I didn't have any performance pressure, obviously, I didn't have to work, but I understand exactly what you mean. The added benefit -- and I mean, this, too, it's gonna sound braggadocios, but you did mention you listened to this program every day. One thing about this program, even with all of the crap that the left does that we talk about here, we try to have fun with it. It's at least not defeatist, overwhelming, and makes you feel like giving you. This program is inspiring, it's funny, it's engaging, it's uplifting, and I appreciate you noticing that. It's great thing for you to say to me. I really appreciate it.
CALLER: Well, I appreciate that that's the show that you present to your listeners, and I appreciate the fact that I am getting the news that I feel is important to get, and I can go forward and, you know, look into those things that I want to look more into.
RUSH: Christine, let me tell you something. Honest to Pete here, folks, we are more thorough in covering liberalism than they are covering themselves, because they spend most of their time ignoring what they do or covering it up. One of the things about the news media, one of the powers they have is what they don't cover.
Ted Cruz just had a fabulous rant on the Senate floor. I saw it on TV today so it must have been yesterday or last night, about this IRS scandal. It wasn't anything anybody else hasn't said. It was just that it was on the Senate floor. He contrasted everything about the IRS scandal, imagine if everything that has happened had happened with a Republican president, a Republican-led Senate, a Republican attorney general, imagine, he said, the media ignoring it like they're ignoring this. Imagine. He went through it. And of course we all know that is the case, that they would be all over them demanding resignations, demanding impeachment, demanding criminal charges, demanding the e-mails be produced. We all know this. But the way he said it, nevertheless, was very effective.
But I really appreciate your comment, because the daily exposure and a lot of what most people think of as news today can be defeating and depressing. It can be frustrating, and it can drive some people to the brink of madness, because it is so devoid of truth. It's so absent reality. It is so unfair, if you will. It is so biased. And if everybody in this country had two, three straight weeks of exposure to this program and not the websites that tell people what happens here, but actually listened, I actually believe the public mood would improve.
The media is one of the biggest obstacles that we have. It's been that way for a long, long time. Not telling you anything you do not know. But, Christine, I appreciate the call. I know exactly. She turned off the TV, listens only to this program and she's actually enjoying life more, and it does happen, no question about that.
Chris in Sacramento, my adopted hometown, great to have you, you're next. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I'm calling to thank you. I went to college in San Francisco for the last four years. The last two were pretty much the hardest of my life. When I came back home I listened to your two audio books, The Way Things Ought To Be and See, I Told You So sort of as a mantra every day for a couple months. And it turned me around and inspired me to see the truth about liberalism and just to see the truth about life. And I just wanted to thank you for that.
RUSH: Well, you're welcome. My gosh, two calls in a row, this is great.
CALLER: Yeah. (laughing)
RUSH: Where did you live in San Francisco? I'm just curious.
CALLER: I lived in a nice area in San Francisco. I lived near Golden Gate park.
CALLER: But the hard part of it was dealing with a lot of my professors, dealing with the people there. There are homeless pretty much everywhere in San Francisco.
RUSH: I know.
CALLER: A man actually came up to me one day and asked me to staple his face.
RUSH: Staple his face.
CALLER: (laughing) Yeah. A homeless man asked me to do that. These people get into your business, they try to get money from you, all of this stuff.
RUSH: I was gonna say, that was a way to increase benefits if you show up somewhere with staples in your face?
CALLER: Exactly, yeah, and --
RUSH: Get this. There's a move in San Francisco. An effort's been underway for a long time there, but the bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge commission I think is meeting today and is gonna have a vote on putting a suicide net under the Golden Gate Bridge.
CALLER: Oh, my gosh.
RUSH: And you know what it would cost? What do you think it would cost, the projected cost? It's gonna be more than this. The projected cost to put a suicide net the full length of the Golden Gate Bridge? Seventy-eight million dollars for a net.
RUSH: That's right.
CALLER: Oh, my goodness.
RUSH: And they're rejecting it because of too much money. They need the money for addadictomy operations, for the public employees who have sex change, transgender operations as part of a public benefit. Seventy-eight million for a net.
CALLER: Yeah. I can't believe that.
RUSH: And how dare they deny people the right to suicide in San Francisco. That's one of the purposes of the bridge, is to kill yourself.
CALLER: Oh, my gosh.
RUSH: How dare they deny people that right.
CALLER: It was really tough and then a lot of the professors there, I had a lot of lesbian professors and stuff like that and --
CALLER: There were a few times where I just had to stand up and say, "Look, you know, capitalism isn't the problem, you know, conservatives aren't sitting --" 'cause they have this whole idea of what conservatives are.
RUSH: I know.
CALLER: They think they sit around and, you know, you're racist and all this stuff. I said, "Look, conservatives don't just sit around and think about racist things and, you know, try to make life hard for everybody."
RUSH: No, they do. They're the ones preoccupied with those things. They're preoccupied with skin color, sexual orientation, sexual gender, they're the ones preoccupied with that stuff. You should have told 'em the problem with the world is the unequal distribution of capitalism. You might have caused them to actually jump out a window.
CALLER: To me, true equality is actually treating people the same. It doesn't matter what they're -- (unintelligible), you treat them as you would treat anybody. You would treat them as you would treat a white privileged male, you treat everybody the same.
RUSH: Treat everybody the same. Treat everybody the same, one of my mottos.
CALLER: Yes. Yes.
RUSH: Well, you got out of there with your degree?
CALLER: Got out of there with a degree, yeah.
RUSH: Well, congratulations. Now you're back to Sacramento.
CALLER: Back to Sacramento, yes.
RUSH: San Francisco, I'll tell you, it's a beautiful place. I love it. I know that it's enemy territory for me, and I resent that, too. I mean, it's just enemy territory simply because of what I believe. It's a shame, but that's the way it is. Congrats on the degree, and I appreciate the call. Thank you so much, Chris, and best to you. What is your degree in, and are you gonna pursue that in terms of --
CALLER: You know, I got a degree in psychology, and I was a pretty different person when I was in San Francisco, but now I'm actually pursuing business. I'm going back to school and getting a business degree. I don't think I'm going to go down the career route in psychology, but I guess it's good for me to have in terms of dealing with people and --
RUSH: Absolutely. That'll help you everywhere you go, whatever your career is. Best of luck.