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Do Conservatives Lack a Grand Strategy?

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RUSH:  Jerome in Watchung, New Jersey.  We'll try you.  How are you, sir?

CALLER:  Fine.  Thanks for taking my call, Rush.

RUSH:  Well, you bet, Jerome, great to have you here, buddy.

CALLER:  Well, you know, about 20 years ago we were driving through Utah and I turned the radio on, went on a scanner, and yours was the only voice that I got, and I thought, "Well, I don't want to listen to this," so I went through another scan, and bingo, same voice, and I listened to you, and I thought, "You know, this fellow is saying a lot of the things that I believe." And I'll tell you, we've been listening to you ever since.  It had to be, I guess more than 20 years ago, 25 years ago.

RUSH:  Well, I appreciate that.  Thank you very, very much.

CALLER:  I tell you why I'm calling.  Something that's really got me a little buffaloed.  I guess 1994, when Newt Gingrich was the Speaker of the House, he was able to put a line-item veto to allow the president to veto, you know, certain legislation that came before him. President Reagan said, "Give me this and I will balance the budget."  And so, sure enough, he was able to get that enacted. 

But I'll tell you, it took the Democrats about a week to take it to the Supreme Court, because they said that this was not within the authority, the constitutional authority of the president.  And so the court ruled, you know, the court said, "Listen, the president doesn't have this right.  The Congress writes the laws, the Senate approves it, the president carries it out."  Now, my question is this.  This lawsuit that's been put into place by the Speaker is gonna go nowhere.  I mean, it's a silly thing.  Why didn't they take this to the Supreme Court?  Ask for a fast track hearing, because it's a violation of the Constitution.

RUSH:  Take which, the line-item veto?

CALLER:  No.  The fact that this president, the current president has rewritten the health care law 26 times.

RUSH:  Oh.  Oh.  Oh.  Oh.  The lawsuit was just announced so that conservatives would think and Republicans would think that the Republicans were engaging Obama.  But they're not, and they're not going to because they are afraid to rally Obama's base for the November elections.  That's why they're not doing any criticizing.

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RUSH:  We continue here with Seattle.  This is Alan.  Great to have you on the program, sir.  Hi.

CALLER:  Hey.  Thank you, Rush.  As one of your addicted listeners, I appreciate what you do and how you do it, but most importantly, Rush, I appreciate why you do it.

RUSH:  Well, thank you.

CALLER:  Thank you for your service.

RUSH:  I appreciate it.  Thank you.  Thank you very much, sir.

CALLER:  Hey, Rush, as we all know Washington is corrupt and dysfunctional.  And Americans, everyone I talk to, they're mad, they're sad, and unfortunately they're embarrassed.  So I have kind of a quick question and a couple of thoughts, if I may.  Rush, this is more rhetorical, and I ask this of a lot of people.  Who should own the future of the American way of life?  We, the people, or government?

RUSH:  Well, if it's a rhetorical question, I don't have to answer.

CALLER:  That's true.  But would you?

RUSH:  (laughing)  There's no question, we, the people should own the future.  We do own the --

CALLER:  Exactly.

RUSH:  -- the future.  That's the point.

CALLER:  The Founding Fathers put that into the first three words of the Constitution.  So Maha Rushie, seriously, we need collaborations like the one between you and your wife, with Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, Mark Levin's Liberty Amendments, and of course the Tea Party and all the great things they do.  In my opinion, to end this dysfunctional government, Rush, we needed a collective support that's beyond impressive.  It needs to be awe inspiring, right?  And only then will true conservatives that are gonna be our leaders will step forth on our behalf. 

I mean, heck, the Constitution was written to protect the free man, a free society, a free market, and capitalism.  So here's a thought, and I haven't heard it before.  Why don't we have a grand strategy around an American revival movement, incorporating everything that you've done, Levin has done, the Tea Parties do.  I mean, brand strategy works.  So if we had something that was intelligently simple, that ideally represented the fight for our survival, would the American people support it?

RUSH:  Well, we're witnessing whether they will or not right now.  The effort is underway.  There's much more to say on this, but I've got really no time.  I let you have most of it.

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