RUSH: This is the 15th year, our 15th anniversary, of hosting the Cure-A-Thon for Leukemia and Lymphoma, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of America. We do this once a year. We do this in less than three hours a year. In our 15 years, we’ve raised over $14 million, and I have to tell you, I am so proud of you people. I was really not expecting this to be a banner year because of all of the Drive-By Media doom and gloom that’s out there, particularly on the economy and this latest rise in the gasoline price. I know it’s put a crimp in a lot of people’s budgets, and the fact is that in our first hour — I’ll get the numbers here shortly — it may track even ahead of last year, which was a record year.
I think that the efforts that you’re making here deserve some acclaim, and I want to do it in this way. By the way, let me give you the ways that you can donate today: 877-379-8888. That’s the phone number. Or you can simply go to RushLimbaugh.com. You can see the fantastic premiums we’re offering with certain levels of contributions, and you can donate there online. Click on “Donate Now.” Click on it. It’s a yellow button, and it’s easy, and I’ve been told that online hits and donations this year are up 20% over last year.
I think if I read it right, it’s 20% higher than phone donations. Your credit card information will be kept totally secret. NSA will not find out about it. CIA will not find out about it. Dana Priest of the Washington Post will not know your credit card information. There will be no leaks. But here we are. We find ourselves in the midst of an
It’s gotten to the point that a Democrat liberal think tank — get this. It’s called The Center for American Progress. They released a new study recently, “Understanding Mobility in America.” Let me give you the gist of this. “America may still think of itself as the land of opportunity, but the chances of living a rags-to-riches life are a lot lower than elsewhere in the world.” Now,
Now this study claims that “99% of American kids born to poor families will never make it to the wealthiest 5%.” Minorities, of course, are hardest hit. “Only 32% of white families will remain in poverty, compared to 63% of black families.” Now, I don’t want to analyze this paragraph by paragraph today, as time is of the essence today, but that’s a hanging curve ball
But they conclude here that the American dream as a myth! But in order to believe that, folks, you have to buy into the liberal mind-set. America in decline is liberalism’s central tenet! In war, they see us defeated. They see our institutions and traditions are inherent discriminatory and oppressive and corrupt and that’s why they have no problem trying to tear them down. Now, President Bush calls this “the soft bigotry of low expectations,” and believe me, that’s pretty accurate in a sense. The soft bigotry of low expectations.
You go out and tell people, “You have no chance. We don’t expect anything from you,” and what are you going to get from them? Zilch, which is
Let me tell you what this survey is. It’s not the soft bigotry of low expectations. This is the
Well, let me tell you something, folks.
People outside America, as we see
Now, the reason I wanted to talk about this is because what you’re doing today by running ahead of last year’s donations, is putting the lie to this myth that there is no opportunity, that there’s no chance for rags-to-riches success in this country. I don’t get emotional very much here on this program, but I cannot tell you how proud I am, because I didn’t know what to expect going into this today. With all this doom and gloom out there, I had no idea what to expect with all the Drive-By Media hits on the economy which they’re saying it’s not as good as everybody says it is; they’re trying to make people think we’ve got soup lines, gas prices. But here you are on our 15th anniversary of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Cure-A-Thon you are running ahead of last year which was a record year, when, yeah, we had the Drive-By Media doing negative hits, but we didn’t have such pointed assaults on the pocketbook as the spike in gasoline prices and so forth. So you all are doing the Lord’s work out there and I just wanted to thank you and I wanted to tell you how proud I am of you, and as always, I’ve made my own contribution today. I’ll tell you what it is, just so you’ll know. A running tally does not count mine. We don’t count mine until later.
I gave two months ago. I got started early, and I gave the Leukemia Lymphoma Society $250,000, which is about the same amount as last year and the year before. Because I don’t ask anybody to do something that I haven’t done, and I believe in this organization. I love the people that I’ve gotten to know who have committed their lives to it. I’ve met a lot of people and known a lot of people who have had various blood cancers, and the success rate that researchers are having in prolonging life, cure rates, is profound. I’ll share some of that with you during the course of the program today.
But I just wanted to thank you because you, in this audience, by your daily virtue and existence here, put the lie to this silly notion that the opportunities in this country are finished and over. You’re the people that make the country work, not these pointy head intellectuals at the Center for American Progress, or not a bunch of think tank people anywhere else, or not a bunch of elected officials. It’s
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